Category Archives: LIS Staff Interest

New print style for Course Hub class rosters

Since 2011 instructors have been able to view class rosters in the Course Hub, a feature many have used to help learn students’ names or quickly look up contact, Commons, or advisor information.

Web view of the course roster.

Web view of the course roster.

One thing we had not anticipated at the time is that instructors might print the roster to have a reference with them in class. Unfortunately, the rosters weren’t laid out with printing in mind and often flowed across pages in a not-very-compact way. Today, we are pleased to announce that class rosters now have improved styling that will lay-out the roster in a more compact grid when printing.

Old class roster print view.

Old class roster print view.

New class roster print view

New class roster print view

As web technology in general is not optimized for print, it is possible you still might encounter quirks when printing. We recommend using Firefox, Chrome, or Safari and avoiding Internet Explorer when printing rosters as some IE versions have a quirk that can cause pages to break across photos.

Wireless Updates

Hi all,

The MiddleburyCollege network went live on Tuesday, and devices of all kinds have been connecting successfully since. However, we want to give people more time to make the switch, so we will not be removing midd_secure on Monday but rather on the morning of Wednesday, March 11th. We anticipate that Midd-standard will be removed the following week as planned, with a possible delay of one to two days to allow time for those who need to move to the special MCPSK network that will be introduced on Wednesday.

Please take a moment now to connect your device to MiddleburyCollege so you won’t have anything to worry about as we retire midd_secure and Midd-standard. You may see a warning about the certificate, but it is safe to continue and connect. The most alarming warning comes from Windows 7, and looks like this:

cert warning

Again, in this case it is safe to continue connecting – the certificate is valid, but some devices do not recognize it by default.

Special Note: College-owned Windows 7 laptops should not see the above certificate warning, but may see the following message:

false alarm

This is misleading; if you click Close and wait 1-2 minutes, the connection should complete successfully.

If you are unsuccessful in connecting to Middlebury College after a minute or two, we suggest rebooting your device and trying again. Any warnings should only appear once – after that, your computer or device should save the configuration settings and reconnect quickly and smoothly from then on.

As usual, please direct specific issues to the Helpdesk; broad questions should be asked here so everyone can benefit from the discussion.

~Zach Schuetz
Middlebury College ITS

Wireless Updates

Hello everyone,

There was a minor technical issue that prevented us from making the wireless change planned for today (removing midd-unplugged and adding MiddleburyCollege). We are back on track to make the change tomorrow morning, March 3rd.

Further updates as events warrant. Please contact the Helpdesk (x2200) with any questions.

Sincerely,

~Zach Schuetz
Middlebury College ITS

Embedding a Kanopy Streaming Video in a Course Site

Good news! Thanks to our partners in ITS, faculty can now embed a video from Middlebury’s repository of Kanopy streaming videos in their WordPress sites. We’ve documented the process here. Below is a sample of what this would look like once it is embedded in the site.

You can do this in Moodle as well. The process is a little different, and is documented here. (Look in the section “Additional Options” below the YouTube instructions.)

 

ITS Systems Maintenance Sunday, March 1st

During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, March 1st we have the following activities scheduled:

 

  • Our Exchange email environment will receive the latest patch from Microsoft (Cumulative update 7)
    • There is no service outage planned with this maintenance
  • There will be a netmask change on a network management subnet
    • There is no service outage planned with this maintenance
    • Some ITS staff will see notification alerts from monitoring systems

 

We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.

 

Regards,
Billy

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Google Analytics for Higher Education Workshop on March 25, 2015

I’ll be hosting a workshop to discuss how you can use Google Analytics to get information about and improve the Middlebury website. You can sign up for the workshop on Wednesday March 25 from 1:30-2:50pm in MBH 161. Registration is limited to 10 persons to ensure there will be adequate time to answer your individual questions.

If you want to attend either session and don’t already have access to Google Analytics, please submit a Helpdesk ticket for “Software & Web Tools – Goolge Analytics Question” so that I can make sure you’re set up prior to the session.

Description: We can give you access to our Google Analytics reports so that you can look at traffic patterns for your website, but in order to get the most from this tool, you’ll need to do a bit of set up work and understand the basics of the platform. If you do not yet have a Google Analytics account, please indicate this in your sign-up.

What we’ll cover: Google Analytics tips & tricks, what number you should care about, search engine optimization, and getting your account set up.

What we won’t cover: Goals, conversions, AdWords, and on page events.

Format: The workshop will last an hour with additional time for questions and discussion, as needed.

More information about LIS workshops is available at go/lisworkshops.

Friday links – Feb. 20, 2015

Google and Mattel pull the View-Master into virtual realityGoogle and Mattel pull the View-Master into virtual reality – Let’s recall the iconic View-Master toy that first launched in 1939 — it used small colored film that brought images to 3D life. Now, it’s getting a massive overhaul with the help of Google and its Cardboard VR (virtual reality) viewer.