Moodle 2.6 Update

Middlebury’s instance of Moodle will be updated to 2.6 on June 3rd, between the hours of 5pm and 8pm.

In March, we shared some information on the new features of Moodle that will be available in this update: http://sites.middlebury.edu/lis/2014/03/16/whats-new-in-moodle-2-6/ The include

  • New whole-course formatting options (eg. entire course design is forum-based)
  • Annotate uploaded .PDFs in-browser, with tick and cross stamps
  • Enhanced mark-up, feedback & grade-review/release options
  • Backup & restore courses larger than 4 GB More responsive, flexible
  • TinyMCE editor for multi-device design, readability
  • Better performance & functionality–faster, and uses fewer resources

You can see more of the new features at: http://sites.middlebury.edu/lis/2014/03/16/whats-new-in-moodle-2-6/#sthash.xh0gC3pY.dpuf

One change to note: the links to edit an activity in Moodle are no longer displayed as small icons, they now appear in an EDIT menu.

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After

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If you have questions about the new features in Moodle, please contact your Liaison (http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons), Joe Antonioli, or Heather Stafford.

Sunday morning maintenance

This Sunday morning during our established maintenance window between 6 and 10 am we will be performing the following actives:

  • We will be upgrading network components in our Internet path and making adjustments to our security devices (firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention systems).  There will be several intermittent Internet service interruptions lasting about a few minutes mostly during the 7 to 9 am time frame.
  • We will be upgrading MiddCloud that includes MiddFiles and several other network file shares, there will be approximately a 15 minute service interruption between 7 and 9 am.

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

Printing to Public Printers — Minding P’s & Queues Just Got Easier

Blue PrinterDo you print at the College libraries?  At any of our public computing labs?  If so, on your next visit, expect a streamlined list of printer choices offering expanded locations where you can go to release your print job(s).  It’s easier and more flexible!

Look for two new print queues — Library_Printers and Non_Library_Printers — that are now available for use.    (FollowMeBW will be retired.)

Remember…  For fastest results, print directly from a lab computer.  Visit go/howtoprint to view our updated instructions on how to print to a public printer.

Friday Links, May 23, 2014

Fun and inspiring CSS examples and animation effects – Get inspired by the elegant use of CSS, CSS3, and jQuery or JavaScript in these examples. Also, learn about a fantastic new resource for brushing up on your CSS vocabulary.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Middlebury Faculty Seeks to Cut Ties With Online-Education Company.  In a nonbinding vote, professors overwhelmingly opposed a business venture with a company called K12 to sell online language courses to elementary and secondary schools.

LIS Workshops: find summer reading, movies, & more + website development

LIS Workshop:  Library Services & Resources at Middlebury

Wed, 5/28,  2:00 – 3:00 pm  Davis Family Library 105 Computing Lab (lower level)

We’ll introduce you to library services and resources available to Midd users and show you how to search MIDCAT, the library catalog, and Summon (our “search everything” tool) to discover resources like books, articles, films, eBooks, audiobooks, and more.  Learn how to access news and popular magazines online as well as find online resources aimed at all ages.

Website Maintenance Work Session

Thu, 5/29,   1:00 – 2:30 pm  Davis Family Library 105 Computing Lab (lower level)

Do you maintain a website in Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki (wiki), or Moodle?  Bring your work to this session and we’ll have staff on-hand to help you with any questions as you update or create your site.  This is not a formal workshop; we will answer questions and problems as they come up.  Work sessions will be staffed on a rotating basis by representatives from each of the following areas:  Web Application Development, Curricular Technology, and User Services.

Sign up online or visit http://go.middlebury.edu/lisworkshops to view the full workshop schedule.

Alert Regarding New Phishing Emails

We have been alerted to some new phishing emails which have been received here at Middlebury. One example is:

Subject: (IRS) Identity Protection
To:
Internal Revenue Service.
Your 2014 1098-T tax Form is now available electronically on Banner Self-Service.

Update your IRS E-file immediately, click here to –
For your protection, this link would expire in six hours.

These messages are NOT legitimate. Please do NOT click on the provided link or disclose any information to the Google form linked to from the message. These messages can be very cleverly disguised, but we will NEVER ask for any identification information via email, so always remain wary of any such email. More information is available at http://go.middlebury.edu/phish

“Finishing the Term in the Library” – a poem

Thanks to poet Gary Margolis for sharing this timely work!

Finishing the Term
in the Library

It was most likely me
I’m remembering, one
of the last to leave,
to finish not sleeping

in the red leather chair.
Three floors down
from street level. Trying
to write the last sentence

of a semester’s paper.
Trying to become more
complete all by myself.
There in the stacks

there was another book
I’d rather be reading
and not searching for
a word to send me

home. Home being up
three flights, where tonight’s
late night librarian was closing
his book. Reading being all

he could do to pass the course
of his time. To close the big door
behind him. To turn off
the magnificent, fading, central

hall light. So the two of us could
walk out together, him to his car
and me to my passing, now-I’m-done
summer.

Drupal, Moodle, WordPress, Mediawiki & More: Upcoming workshops

The LIS summer workshop schedule is now available.  Visit go/lisworkshops to view offerings for May through August and sign up for topics of interest.

We’re happy to be able to offer new, expanded website work sessions where you can get help with any of your websites — whether in Drupal, Moodle, Mediawiki or WordPress — we’ll have staff on hand who can help with all of these!  We’ve scheduled regular opportunities throughout the summer so you can plan ahead.  You’ll find a few Drupal introductions as well, covering basic website skills for those just starting out.

Do you prefehttp://go.middlebury.edu/lyndainfor to learn on your own?  Summer can be a great time for professional development.  Check out lynda — a fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills.  Lynda is also available off-campus and does not require VPN, so no fair trying on that excuse; simply use http://go.middlebury.edu/lynda to go directly to Middlebury’s login portal and give it a whirl.