ACTT In-progress Project Presentation for MiddCreate

Tuesday, July 5 from 3-4pm
LIB 105A or Polycom 712833

The new ACT Team process includes in-progress project presentations. These presentations are meant to inform the community about how things are going, what has been done and what still needs to be done, what is going well and what are the challenges.

Evelyn Helminen will be sharing the MiddCreate project, currently in the pilot stage moving into production for the fall.  After we will discuss how MiddCreate fits into Middlebury’s academic cyberinfrastructure.

In-progress project presentations are open meetings, anyone may attend.

Weekly Web Updates – June 27, 2016

Our team spent much of last week finding and fixing a number of errors related to the Drupal production environment migration to Chef.  If any additional errors pop up that we might not have caught, please let us know via the Helpdesk.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • A “More Link” field has been added to the rss_page content type on www.middlebury.edu.
  • We copied over some missing rewrite rules for www.miis.edu from our old Drupal cluster.
  • The URL fragment has changed from “studentlife” to “student-life” on forms.middlebury.edu.
  • The case in FetchProxy where multiple entries existed for the same header is now being properly handled.
  • After our production environment switch, Course Hub roster photos were failing to sync. This has now been fixed.
  • Fixed an issue in the Course Hub that prevented instructors from being able to create spaces for lab/discussion sections.
  • An Runtime Error has been resolved on directory.middlebury.edu, when attempting to view a list of results in which one row did not contain an email field.
  • The WordPress language files have been updated.

Al-Manhal Arabic e-books and journals (trial ends August 16, 2016)

Through mid-August, our Middlebury and Monterey campuses have trial access to this database from Al-Manhal, the only provider of full-text searchable databases of scholarly and scientific publications from the Arab and Islamic world. AlManhalAl-Manhal’s over 13,000 e-books and 300 peer-reviewed journals can be searched through the user-friendly platform linked above. The full-text content is also fully indexed in Summon. (Allow a few days after this post for all Al-Manhal content to be find-able in Summon by Middlebury and MIIS users.)

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

The Bread Loaf Preservation Project: Photo exhibit in the Davison Library

In June 2015, Middlebury College and the Vermont Land Trust, with the support of Louis Bacon ’79, signed a conservation easement forever protecting Middlebury’s 2,100 acre Bread Loaf campus. A photo exhibit in the Davison Library for the summer celebrates this initiative. Photographs by Brett Simison and stories from people involved in the conservation project illustrate not only the campus’s natural beauty, but also its literary lineage, ecological diversity, and imaginative space. This exhibit helps explain why Bread Loaf is a landmark place, and celebrates its perpetual protection. We invite you to come see these photos, read the stories, and think about why Bread Loaf is important to you.

Sponsored by Middlebury College’s Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Weekly Web Updates – June 20, 2016

On Sunday we worked with our colleagues in CSNS to migrate our Drupal sites to an updated cluster of web-hosts managed using the Chef configuration management system. This migration represents an exciting shift as we strive for more consistency and recoverability of our infrastructure. While the primary functions of all Drupal sites have been tested and validated prior to and after the migration, please submit a Web Helpdesk ticket if you notice anything newly broken in a Drupal site.

We have removed the wp-jquery-timelinr plugin from our WordPress sites. When it was enabled, editors were unable to use the WordPress editing interface. The plugin had not been updated in some time.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • We fixed some accessibility issues present in our Drupal site templates including an empty header on the BLSE site, a duplicate element in some of the branding blocks, lack of alt tags on the Sustainability site tag icons and MIIS site arrow images.
  • Applied a fix to improve the speed of cascading permissions in Drupal.
  • The “Middlebury in the News” feature of the Newsroom sidebar will no longer load its templates from the Sustainability site theme.
  • A fix was made to the directory to solve an error that occurred when returning results that didn’t have an email address value.

Notes for Canvas Update

This is a large transition from Moodle to Canvas, impacts majority of campus, faculty, students and staff.

Proposal Review: http://sites.middlebury.edu/canvas/2016/01/29/canvas-adoption-proposal/

What has been done

Recommendation Summary was accepted and things are moving forward to make them happen.

Web Services, went forward before we received budget approval and provisioned Canvas in Course Hub. Will make transition easier for faculty. Tentatively scheduled for July 1st.

Account Creation and Provisioning

  • currently working
  • challenge, accounts needed to exist before user can log into Canvas
  • Guest Account can authenticate with Canvas

Organization

-broken down by term College Fall ‘16, Institute Fall ‘16

-sandbox are in default

Canvas Course Creation

-Bob was able to make in Pilot

Currently available for four language schools, to enable moving forward with LS pilot. The Schools participating are Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, and Russian.

Communication out, announced 5/24. Approximately 250 visits to site.

MIIS had a gathering around Canvas that had about 15 people interested. Bob is planning some further outreach.

Joe has has gotten some positive feedback via email.

Sandbox sites

Joe has been creating some sites

-will make for faculty that would like to work on course materials before launch in July

-prefered vs Canvas free for teacher offered by Canvas

Training Materials

-Focus has been for language schools, they have the most immediate need.

LS LMS/Moodle Usage

Graph of LS LMS use: SPAN longtime user with high usage

FREN cut back on Moodle when SANSpace was introduced

Other Schools vary

RUSS piloting Canvas this summer

Will watch LS transition from Moodle to Canvas

Canvas has been integrated into LS faculty curricular tech introduction. Session is limited to 1 hr, also need to cover Course Hub. Little time from session to class start.

Canvas Migration Guide drafted

Amy S. and Sean working on two Canvas Classes to orientate LS instructors

-One for Teacher

-One for Student

 

Planning UG migration from Moodle to Canvas

Graphs on Undergrad LMS/Moodle Usage

-some departments are increasing others are decreasing

-generally increase with sciences, decrease with languages.

2015-16

443 sites

181 instructors

DMT have begun Canvas training

Department Support, academic staff reaching out to each department. Some assignments have been made.

Reviewing training opportunities:

-Canvas onboarding for technologists.

-New Faculty Orientation

-Teaching & Writer’s Retreat

-Pedagogy Series/DM Bootcamp

-Worksessions?

-Course Templates

Librarians are beginning to orientate themselves to Canvas.

Publicising 24/7 support from Instructure/Canvas is important. Will be new to encourage use of Instructor/Canvas support. Qualtrics also has this.

Goal of paid support is to free Middlebury staff to assist with curricular develop in place of how to use Canvas (image upload, other point-and-click activities)

 

Needs to be done

Where are Canvas documents being stored and shared?

Joe will create shared space for documents being drafted

Bob is point person for Canvas at MIIS, does this remain through production?

Staff backups/redundancy? We still need to figure this out.

Moodle Decommissioning Plan needs to be drafted

-host Moodle instance on Midd Servers?

-Contract expires 8/17

-LS Summer ‘17 Canvas Use

-Fall ‘16 Canvas & Moodle sites can be created, though staff will encourage Canvas adoption

 

ITS Outreach

-WebHelpdesk Ticket Type needs to be created

-Training and orientation for Helpdesk Staff

Shared resources haven’t been created in Canvas: departmental resources, academic honesty tutorial…

LS Placement Exams will need to be transitioned
Chinese Adaptive Testing, currently being researched.

Weekly Web Updates – June 13, 2016

When editing a Drupal “RSS Page” node, you may now select to sort the results by date with the newest items shown first (the default option) or with the oldest items shown first.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Due to a change in the terms of service for the Instagram API, we have had to remove the Instagram module from our Drupal sites. The one instance of this module being used on a live site was replaced with a static image linking to the Instagram account.
  • We have removed the Flickr plugin from our MediaWiki installation. The plugin was not being used and no longer recommended for use by its developer.

(resolved) Polycom software not working at Monterey and off-campus

UPDATE: The issue has been resolved as of 5:30pm EDT. We apologize for any disruption this may have caused.

Dear colleagues,

The Polycom software is currently not working at Monterey and off-campus. We are working to resolve the issue. Rooms with dedicated polycom equipment are not affected.

If you need to participate in a call today from Monterey or from off-campus and do not have access to a room with dedicated polycom equipment, please email us at helpdesk@middlebury.edu and we will provide an alternative solution.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Petar