Weekly Web Updates – January 11, 2016

Previously, everyone who could log into our Middlebury and MIIS Drupal sites was in a group of users who could view the general Google Analytics report and would potentially see a “Stats” link in the Edit Console to get a Google Analytics report on pages they can edit. While there’s no security issue with this, the best practice is to scope site permissions where possible, so this view is now restricted to just people with access to our Google Analytics under their @middlebury.edu or @miis.edu email address. We’ll be reaching out to those who are registered in Google Analytics using their own @gmail.com emails with instructions on switching, if they like. If you would like access to analytics, you can request it through Web Helpdesk.


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Google changed the domain of their calendars from google.com/calendar to calendar.google.com, which broke some Google Calendar shortcodes in WordPress. The plugin now accepts both domains.
  • When showing a list of “News” items on the Middlebury Drupal site using the RSS Page content type, the Publish On date will now be used to sort the items, when available, rather than the last edited date.
  • You can now include “controls:false” in the MiddMedia shortcode in WordPress to display a video player without the control buttons.
  • As part of the continuing phase out of the Translucence themes for WordPress, the Metrics, Minimalist, Translucence Dark, and Blogging Community Homepage themes were removed.
  • The default value for class year on Davis UWC student profiles is now 2019.
  • A contact email address was removed from the MIIS footer on forms.miis.edu, directory.miis.edu, go.miis.edu, catalog.miis.edu, and m.miis.edu.
  • Fixed a bug in the Course Hub sync process that was preventing spring-term courses from synchronizing rosters to Moodle.
  • Improved the security of of CAS Directory service. ITS staff can now log in via CAS to use this service for troubleshooting group-membership attributes.

Email Phishing Alert

To our campus community,

We need to make you aware of an on-going phishing email attack on campus.  If you see a message like the one shown below, delete it and don’t respond.   It you have already responded to this email and given information, contact the Helpdesk at 802-443-2200 and check out the link below explaining what to do next.


These phishing emails can appear legitimate, though they take you to a non-legitimate site or email address.  Remember that the Helpdesk will never ask for your username/password.

Here is an example of the most recent email you may have received:

“To All
We currently upgraded our Server to 50GB inbox space. Please log-in to your user account to validate E-space.
Your emails won’t be delivered by our server, unless email account is confirmed.
protecting your email account is our primary concern,
for account update
should you have any questions please contact the IT Helpdesk.

Copyright (c)2016 ITS Help Desk”

Be Safe,

Lisa Terrier
Helpdesk Manager – Service Requests
Middlebury College
110 Storrs Ave – Davis Family Library
Middlebury, VT 05753

Weekly Web Updates – January 4, 2016

This covers the brief week of December 21 through noon on the 23rd.

New Features

The IX Show Latest YouTube plugin for WordPress is now available, which provides a shortcode for displaying the latest video from a particular YouTube channel.


Fixes and Tweaks

New to the libraries for the New Year!

Following up on successful trials, the library has subscribed to three new resources:

  • Ancestry, Library Edition – we got very positive feedback on this trial and we are pleased to enable faculty, students, and staff to use this fascinating resource for classes and scholarly and personal research.Ancestry
  • Human Rights Studies Online – both the Monterey and Middlebury campuses now have access to this archive of documents, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010.HRSO
  • BrowZine – Students, faculty, and staff at both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey can get easy browsability and convenient access to most of our subscribed journals on mobile devices or through a web browser. Since our trial, the web version now has the capability to provide your own personal “bookshelf” of your favorite journals.

Fall 2015 Wilson Media Lab Stats

After compiling the fall semester usage stats for the Wilson Media Lab one trend became apparent: increased usage. When compared with the usage stats for the fall 2014 semester we saw:

  • Increase in hourly lab usage counts from 5525 to 7154 which equates to a 29% increase over the 2014 count.
  • Peak hourly usage count increased from 454 to 657 (45% increase over the 2014 count). In 2014 this occurred during the 9 – 10 pm time block, in 2015 in occurred during the 3 – 4 pm time block.
  • Increase of help requests from 884 to 1075 (22% increase over the 2014 count). In both years help requests peaked the week prior to finals (145 in 2014 and 200 in 2015). Kudos to the digital media tutors for handling all these questions!!

Below is an infographic of lab data. If you are interested in more granular information feel free to contact Heather at hstafford@middlebury.edu.

Weekly Web Updates – December 21, 2015

WordPress 4.4

The key features of this release include:

  • All images are now responsive and will appear at an appropriate size for the device screen.
  • The new “Twenty Sixteen” theme is available for use.
  • You can now embed WordPress posts in other WordPress posts by just pasting the URL of the post into a post. Additionally, you can now do this with content from Cloudup, Reddit Comments, ReverbNation, Speaker Deck, and VideoPress and the sites the WordPress already supported.


Tweaks and Fixes

  • The header and footer of the MIIS Course Catalog now correctly reflect their design and we’ve corrected a typo on the Schedule Planner page for all the catalogs.
  • There is a new wrapper element that is around all video embeds in Drupal to assist with responsive display of the video player. This wrapper now has the proper markup to ensure that it aligns left or right, if you’ve chosen to align the video.
  • Several instances where we went a bit too far with output sanitization on the MIIS Drupal site have been fixed to print properly sanitized HTML rather than plain text including the Top Right Image field on stories and the Opening Paragraph field of basic content.
  • The “follow this project” link, which linked to the comments form, was removed from MiddSTART posts.
  • A contact email address was removed from the MIIS footer.

Systems Maintenance this Sunday, Dec 20th

During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, Dec 20th from 6 am – 10 am we have the following activities scheduled:


Recently, Windows 10 computers have been unable to connect to the MiddleburyCollege wireless network on campus. To address this and other issues, we plan to push a new security configuration for MiddleburyCollege wireless network. (No changes will be made to the other wireless networks.) Your device will likely prompt you to accept a new certificate and/or re-enter your credentials the next time you try to connect. If, after doing so, you encounter any connection difficulties, please contact the Helpdesk.


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






Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Friday Links — December 18, 2016

Virtual Reality

Image: Shawn Whiting, Erin Carson/TechRepublic

Virtual reality in 2016: The 10 biggest trends to watch – one point of view on what to expect, and what not to expect, in virtual reality in the coming year.

The 10 most important lessons IT learned in 2015 – Before moving on to the new year it is a good idea to reflect back on lessons learned during the previous 12 months. It is also a good idea to compare our experience to that of others.