This week we will be upgrading the Course Hub sites from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 before the beginning of the fall semesters. These upgrades will cause the Course Hub sites to be offline for approximately 2-3 hours while the database and configuration are upgraded.
The planned schedule is as follows:
- Tuesday, August 18th from 8am – 11am EDT (5am – 8am PDT) – http://courses.miis.edu/
- Thursday, August 20th from 7am – 10am EDT (4am – 7am PDT) – http://courses.middlebury.edu/
During these upgrades, direct access to Moodle, WordPress, SANSSpace, or other curricular tools will still work however new course spaces will not be able to be provisioned until the upgrades complete.
New WordPress themes available
The following themes are now available in sites.middlebury.edu and sites.miis.edu.
- WordPress plugin updates:
- WPtouch Mobile
- Schedule Posts Calendar
- Resize Image After Upload
- Post Types Order
- NextGen Gallery
- MailPoet Newsletters
- Email Users
- CM Tooltip Glossary
- Blog ID In Site Admin Menu
- We’ve been noticing periodic stability issues with the web-server that hosts the GO application. We anticipate that these issues will be resolved by an upcoming system update.
Tweaks and Fixes
Fixed a broken view that was preventing
Since 2011 instructors have been able to view class rosters in the Course Hub, a feature many have used to help learn students’ names or quickly look up contact, Commons, or advisor information.
Web view of the course roster.
One thing we had not anticipated at the time is that instructors might print the roster to have a reference with them in class. Unfortunately, the rosters weren’t laid out with printing in mind and often flowed across pages in a not-very-compact way. Today, we are pleased to announce that class rosters now have improved styling that will lay-out the roster in a more compact grid when printing.
Old class roster print view.
New class roster print view
As web technology in general is not optimized for print, it is possible you still might encounter quirks when printing. We recommend using Firefox, Chrome, or Safari and avoiding Internet Explorer when printing rosters as some IE versions have a quirk that can cause pages to break across photos.
Logging onto Middlebury web sites just got easier to do on your phone, tablet, or other small screen. Today we updated the Central Authentication Service (CAS) theme to dynamically reformat itself so that login form is easy to use on any screen size. No longer will you have to side-scroll or zoom to enter your username and password to access authenticated services.
The Mozilla Foundation’s latest version of Firefox, version 34, has started running searches when you type
go/mail into the address bar without prefixing with
httpd:// or using the fully-qualified name
go.middlebury.edu. This follows similar moves by Chrome and Safari to prefer searches over host-name lookups when there isn’t a fully-qualified domain name in the URL bar.
The good news is, that confirming the dialog to go to GO instead of to search will set a preference allowing GO shortcuts to continue to work:
If you forget to click the confirmation, it is possible to manually add the preference to make GO links work permanently. See the LIS Wiki for more details.
I’ve applied the latest update to our WordPress platforms, sites.middlebury.edu and sites.miis.edu. This update provides a smoother media editing experience:
- Improved visual editing – speed, accessibility, and mobile support
- Edit images easily – quicker access to crop and rotation tools, scale images directly in the editor
- Drag and drop your images right onto the editor
- Image gallery previews right in the editor
- Showcase music and clips with simple audio and video playlists
- Live widget and header image previews in the Customizer
- Stunning new theme browser
Here’s a short video covering the changes.
More information about this update can be found on WordPress.org including a full list of the changes to the platform.
We recently took a look at the server logs for the GO service over the past 29 days (September 22 – October 21) and thought it might be interesting to share the most-used shortcuts and their aliases.
- 3,317 hits per day — go/webmail, go/mail, go/email
- 1,220 hits per day — go/bannerweb, go/bw, go/ssb, go/timeentry
- 759 hits per day — go/keysurvey
- 649 hits per day — go/papercut
- 550 hits per day — go/lib, go/library, go/libraries, go/read
- 546 hits per day — go/middfiles, go/midd+files
- 527 hits per day — go/coursehub, go/hub, go/course+hub
- 444 hits per day — go/moodle
- 393 hits per day — go/menu, go/menus
- 371 hits per day — go/directory, go/dir
While some people access these shortcuts by clicking on links embedded in our various web sites, the vast majority are directly typed into users’ browsers.
Which shortcuts (one of these or others) do you find most useful in your normal day?