For more than a decade the Web Applications group and its predecessors have provided a popular “class photo roster” through the online directory to help instructors match names to faces. We are pleased to announce that as of today, the class photo roster is now a feature of the Course Hub.
As with the old version, the photo roster is only accessible to the instructor[s] of a course. We hope that by moving the photo roster into the Course Hub it will be easier to use and more readily accessible. While we don’t have a shutdown date yet, the old version of the photo roster will likely disappear when the online directory is next rebuilt (not until sometime after the current semester).
Faculty, please give this new feature a try (look for the Roster links in the Course Hub) and give us any feedback you may have.
To give our colleagues a better idea of what’s changed in our web applications each week, we’ll be preparing this quick list for publication each Friday. Not all of the details of each change are included below, but we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have in the comments.
- Updated the class photo roster application to work with the new class-group structure in the Active Directory. You will now see separate lists for instructors, students, and audits for each course.
- Internet Explorer 7 users saw a notice on our homepage about a script taking too long to load. The IE 7 rendering engine has problems displaying over 100 stories on our homepage, so people using that browser will now see a smaller, random selection. If you’re using any other browser you’ll still see all the stories.
- We’ve switched back from the OSMF player to FlowPlayer temporarily for videos. The OSMF player requires the user to have Flash Player 10 and the distribution image just includes Flash Player 9. We’re going to add a prompt to the OSMF player to let people know they need to upgrade, then put it back in production.
- Custom splash images now work in Drupal videos. To add a custom splash image to your video use the [video:url image:url] syntax.
- We’ve removed the Banner Web Scout which provided pseudo-load-balancing between the two BannerWeb servers through GO. All of the GO shortcuts for Banner now go directly to the primary server with no intermediate steps.
- We’ve redesigned some aspects of the MiddLab theme to make the site easier to navigate and provide more space for project content and larger video players. Watch MiddLab next week as many new projects from the Spring Symposium will appear.
The “display name” (or alpha name) shown in the web directory, Outlook address book, etc. had in the past been set so that it could only be corrected or changed manually. This process has now been modified so name changes entered into the Banner database are flowing through the Active Directory table and are subsequently updating the web directory, Outlook, Segue, etc. in the format Last, First Middle.
One enhancement which should help people out as a result of this change involves the “Preferred First Name” field in the Banner database. For records that have had this data entered into Banner, the “Preferred First Name” is now appended to the “display name” and enclosed in parentheses in the format Last, First Middle (Preferred First).
Requests for “display name” changes should now be sent to the following:
- Middlebury college staff or academic year faculty: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middlebury college undergrad students: Commons coordinators
- MIIS staff or faculty: email@example.com
- MIIS students: Seamus Dorrian
- BLSE students or faculty: Susan Holcomb
- MMLA staff or faculty: Michelle Davis
- MMLA students: Jessie Jerry
- Language School summer staff or faculty: Sandy Bonomo
- Language School students: Kara Genarelli
It would be helpful to include the words “change display name” in the subject line of the e-mail message.
Dear LIS staff,
Is your contact information up to date in the College Directory? Need to add a new picture – or update the one you have? If so, stop by Circ – I’d be happy to take your picture and show you how you can upload it to the College Directory. It’s easy and quick! Privacy settings can be adjusted to allow your picture to display to the world or only to the campus. Our new web pages go live at the end of this week – is your personal contact information ready?