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!
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.
* 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.
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
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.
ITS 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.
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.