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

@MiddInfoSec: Phishing Alert — “Notice!!!” or “Verify”

A phishing email message was sent to many @middlebury.edu mailboxes today with a subject line of “Notice!!!” or “Verify”.  DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS MESSAGE!

The phishing email message is an attack designed to trick people into disclosing their username and password.  Do NOT follow the instructions in the message, as it could lead to your Middlebury account being compromised.

Instead, please forward the suspect message to phishing@middlebury.edu.

If you think you might have fallen victim to these or any phishing attack RESET YOUR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY at http://go.middlebury.edu/password

If you have lost access to your email account, please reset your password and contact the Helpdesk at x2200 for further assistance.

Here’s a sample of the phishing email message:


College Of Middlebury, would be having maintenance as from 12 midnight which your present password would expire due to maintenance updates.

 

To avoid suspend login error Submit HERE

 

Failure to comply admin would suspend your account due inactive response.

 

Thank you,

IT Department


Welcome back to the libraries, Alumni!

We hope you enjoy reunion! Here are a few tips to help you feel at home in the libraries.

Computers and  Library Databases

Our computers and library databases are fully available if you are here in the library. Just ask for a guest username and password when you visit. You may also be interested to know that JSTOR and Project Muse are available for free to Midd alumni. After signing up for a Midd alumni account, you will be able to use JSTOR and Project Muse from anywhere. For more information including instructions on how to sign up, see How do I get Alumni Access to JSTOR and Project Muse?

Wireless

To connect your phone or other device to the wireless network, create a guest account by following the instructions here: Get started with wireless.

Borrowing, printing and more

You may also find our information (including borrowing privileges and printing advice) for guest and alumni patrons useful: Guests and Visitors to the College.

Just for fun

Find yourself in a yearbook! Our yearbooks are in the Browsing Collection on the main level of the Davis Family Library, just beyond the graphic novels.

ILLiad Web pages down for ILLiad Upgrade

The ILLiad Web pages will be down at 10:00 am today while we upgrade the ILLiad software.  The ILL web site should be inaccessible for only a short time, assuming all goes well with the update.

If anyone has problems after 2:00 pm please contact Rachel Manning at x5498 or rmanning@middlebury.edu for assistance.

Weekly Web Updates – June 6, 2016

Photos uploaded to the Directory will now be added to the Facility Commander ID card database after they’ve been approved, allowing for an easy, automated process for allowing students and others to submit photos for their ID card. Additionally, staff who approve the photos can send a custom approve or decline message to the individual. The strict 200×200 pixel dimension requirement on new photos has been removed, but they will be still be displayed in a 200×200 square on the directory.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • We resolved a technical issue on the back-end of the Course Catalog that prevented the nightly sync from Banner running as scheduled due to a database version mismatch.
  • Items in the Recycle Bin will no longer be displayed in the rotating homepage view of stories on the David Fellows for Peace website.