Get out and vote like it’s 1924!

In honor of the Vermont primary tomorrow, we remember that every vote counts – even in a small town.

The tiny Vermont town of Somerset (which still exists!) could not be silenced despite losing 50% of their voting population in 1924. In one fell swoop, the town clerk, treasurer, tax collector, constable, and school director departed, leaving the other two legal voters the only residents eligible to cast their ballots.

Though the town currently boasts a similarly small population, we hope they, and all voting Vermonters, make it to the polls tomorrow!

Somerset
Discover more Vermont history from the pages of John Y Kellogg’s scrapbook documenting his two-week hike on the Long Trail in September 1921. (RBMS Flat Shelf 56)

Issue with access to Middlebury Google Services – August 5, 2016

09:30 AM
We’re investigating reports of an issue with authentication into Middlebury Google services. We will provide more information shortly.

11:00 AM Update
We are working on resolving an issue with authentication into Middlebury Google services. We will provide more information shortly. Thank you for your patience.

2:40 PM Update
We are now working with Google Support to resolve an issue with authentication into Middlebury Google services. Thank you for your patience.

5:15 PM Update
We are continuing to work with Google Support to try to resolve an issue with authentication into Middlebury Google services. Updates will follow.

8/6/2016 4:30 PM Update
The authentication issue with Middlebury Google has been resolved.

Weekly Website Updates – August 1, 2016

This week’s update of the Drupal Monster Menus module changes most of the pop-out dialog windows from requiring the old “Thickbox” script to using something newer that works on more screen sizes. Thickbox is still used for image gallery pop-outs and the “click to enlarge” window on top-right images in Drupal news stories.

We tested this new functionality, along with our colleagues at other schools who use Monster Menus, in IE 11, Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari and corrected the few issues we found. As always, please report any issues through Web Helpdesk so we can work to address them.

Updates

* The change to media permissions described in the release notes was not applied to our sites.

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The Drupal Gallery Thickbox pop-out window will no longer break for images that don’t have captions. Following that fix, we made another correct to get it working again for galleries containing images that do have captions.

Notes for Google Drive & Course Hub, Adobe Connect

Announcements

  • Horizon report – Joe has been asked to sit on the Expert Panel for the 2017 Higher Ed Report – will inform our work for making cyberinfrastructure projections.

 

Course Hub/Middfiles/Google Drive

Provisioning Google Drive folders and Middfiles folders using the Course Hub. – Joe

  • Meeting w Jim Stewart and Mike Roy about this
    • Use of middfiles has declined 20% over the last few years – let’s provision course folders on demand from the course hub instead
    • It is possible to provision Google Drive folders using the Course Hub, allowing the Hub to set up appropriate permissions and add rosters.
    • MIIS courses don’t use local storage
  • What communication needs to happen?
    • There needs to be clear messaging that Google Apps is available to everyone, and provisioning of course folders is an option.
    • Exit strategy needs to be in place
  • The plan is to move away from local storage to cloud services
    • What do we lose in this transition?
        • Media projects have to be downloaded every single time
    • Moving directories to the cloud
  • Before this gets automated in Course Hub, do we need to consider other configurations e.g. OneDrive?
    • Course Hub can allow for all sorts of provisioning, do we need to make a strong recommendation for one or the other?
  • There is currently no proposal/ask to decommission Middfiles/course folders. That functionality will still exist.
  • Google folder provisioning through Course Hub will not be in place for the fall semester
  • Are we supposed to make a recommendation for one or the other?
    • People are already using Google Drive privately, they’re not using Office 365
    • Should we do a comparison pilot to determine the unique affordances of the two platforms?
      • Only one program will have dedicated support – once we make a decision about which one is supported we need to articulate an exit strategy
      • At the end of the pilot, would we turn the unselected platform off?
  • Tenure review process and current 2-year retention policies are at odds
      • We’d have unlimited storage with google apps, but we can’t guarantee google wouldn’t change their terms of service – exit plan necessary
  • How long Moodle archives will be accessible after decommissioning is undecided

 

Recommendation: Create functionality that allows for the provisioning of Google Drive spaces for courses using the Course Hub.

Recommendation: Create functionality that allows for the provisioning of Course Folders on Middfiles using the Course Hub.

 

Video Conferencing (Mack and Petar)

  • Adobe has discontinued its educational pricing for Adobe Connect, and the new price is prohibitive; we need to plan for a replacement for next fiscal year
    • We are in agreement that there is a need for adobe connect-like functionality beyond our other platforms
      • Large scale curricular events that allow for screen sharing, file sharing, interactivity, recording, etc.
      • MIIS Recruiting, International Education Mgmt program, and other departments are dependent upon Adobe Connect for virtual events
        • virtual symposia, recruiting webinars, synchronous sessions for hybrid courses (presentations, roleplays, lectures)
    • Alternatives to Adobe Connect
      • 6 week Skype for business pilot took place
      • WebEx by Cisco is being piloted now
      • GoToMeeting by Citrix – not much for academic use
      • Additional tools being piloted
        • Some of these tools could potentially meet the needs that Adobe Connect currently serves, but they are being evaluated as replacements for our telephone systems. Is that sufficient consideration for curricular use?
        • What would be missing?
          • Given how heavily MIIS programs rely on Adobe Connect, if tools are being piloted that could replace it, MIIS and the DLC must be part of that conversation and any potential pilots
        • Mack and Petar could do demos for us
        • We could potentially do a curricular/academic pilot of one of these platforms
        • Seems like Zoom is the strongest contender for curricular purposes
          • Potential pilot participants – MIIS’ International Education Mngmt program does a symposium every semester. 60 students will be presenting this November (majority of presentations rely upon web conferencing).
      • Would be great if alternative platform could also replace polycom infrastructure, but that’s not the primary purpose of the evaluation

 

  • Next steps: Petar will share spreadsheet for us to respond to/indicate our needs in a replacement. Make additions by 8/9

 

 

From Petar:

 

Per our conversation at the ACTT meeting, we need to look for a replacement for Adobe Connect as we cannot afford their new pricing model (which is twice the cost = $40k). This is the link where Mack and Petar have begun to collect a list of features that are required/desired to have in a replacement, and a list of potential replacements. Please add any features or solutions that you think are missing. We are hoping to have the feedback collected in the next two weeks and review the list again and choose the top three solutions.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Vv1LwQNz-cY0EOnVofZEl3vDdKet3KWpFF48twQFElo/edit#gid=0

Banner Outage

Update:
Both BannerWeb and Banner INB are back up and running.
Thanks again for your patience.
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We are currently experiencing a unplanned outage affecting both BannerWeb and Banner INB.

We are in contact with the Ellucian Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and they have mobilized their response staff to address this issue.

We regret any inconvenience this service interruption is having on your day, and will have this issue resolved as soon as possible.

Please check the System status page for updates.

Free Microsoft Office for Home Computers

MS Office LogoITS is pleased to announce that we are now licensed to provide currently employed faculty and staff with Microsoft Office, free of charge, for use on home computers.   We have a new portal page where you can login and download Microsoft Office.

For more information and links to the MS Office download sites, visit  http://go.middlebury.edu/getoffice.   Follow the instructions to complete the download then install the Office products.  If you have any problems, please contact the Helpdesk by creating a ticket http://go.middlebury.edu/whd.

Weekly Web Updates – July 25, 2016

We’ve added the Magic Liquidizer Responsive Table WordPress plugin, which you can enable to make tables on your WordPress site work on mobile devices. Just enable the plugin and set a maximum width in its settings.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The Canvas resource type is now in the list of resources that would show up on your Semester Dashboard and you’ll see links to your Canvas course sites there.
  • Drupal image gallery pop-out windows will now work when the gallery is set to not show captions for the images.
  • We clear an additional cache in Drupal when the homepage stories list is updated on the MIddlebury site to ensure that the content in the “waveform” receives the latest updates.
  • We have added print styles to the Middlebury responsive Drupal theme.
  • Added a one hour cache to the MIIS Around the World page to improve site performance.

ACTT Extended Team Meeting Agenda for August 26, 2016

The new ACT Team process includes Extended Team meetings. These closed meetings allow the Team to work with expert staff and focus on evaluating solutions that inform recommendations.

Agenda

  1. Course Hub/Middfiles/Google Drive –  We will discuss provisioning Drive folders and Middfiles folders using the Course Hub. – Joe
  2. Video Conferencing – Adobe has dropped its educational pricing for Adobe Connect, we need to plan for a replacement. – Mack and Petar