New year – new possibilities. The first update this year has focus on the administration area and attendance and behaviour keeping. The mentor role is expanded to manage both attendance and behaviour keeping. In addition we present a number of minor changes.
Due to the amount of new features the blog entry for this release is divided into four parts.
Course dashboards and page tool
The course dashboards and page tool are now enabled for all users. The functionality is described in this blog entry and in the online help: dashboards and pages.
We are taking several initiatives to improve global performance. It is now possible to store static files, such as images, on a content distribution network (CDN). This means that the files are located closer to you, and enables faster loading of itslearning. The CDN is enabled for all sites within the USA. We are also working to get rid of the evil frames – in the next release, perhaps?
Personal storage space quotas
After the update on 7 January the personal file storage quota is removed from individual users to policies. As a result, users who have been granted individual quotas are given the same storage quota as normal users.
To grant different storage quotas to individual users, administrators can create a policy for the users they want to grant a different storage quota. It is only possible to have one storage quota per policy. If you want to grant some users with 1 GB storage and another group 2 GB, two policies must be created. We have already created a policy for users with no personal storage space.
Read more about policies in the help!
We have created a new blog for the Diglib updates.
Read more in the Diglib blog
SCORM: SCORM resources can now be imported as a single resource or split into multiple resources. The second option is new and allows the content to appear as multiple links in the navigation tree, based on the structure of the SCORM package. Teachers can insert the individual links in, for example, the planner.
New web 2.0 plug-in: Norwegian customers can now embed videos from NDLA (Nasjonal digital læringsarena) in the rich text-editor.
Individual learning plans: It is now possible to delete an individual learning plan.
Dashboard as a landing page: If dashboards are enabled for your site, you can now select the different dashboards as landing pages for a profile under the Administration tab >> Profiles >> Edit profile >> Start URL. A landing page is the page users see when they log in.
DirectEdit: A new version of DirectEdit is included in this release. You are automatically asked to install the new version the first time you use DirectEdit after the release. In addition to fixing some bugs, the new version has better support for Open Office applications. Administrators that have to install DirectEdit manually on their organisation's computers can download the MSI file here.
Note that there is a known issue connected to DirectEdit and Microsoft Office when 'Protected mode' is on.
Planner column width: Column width is adjusted in the planner.
Welcome e-mail: Some of our users have experienced that Hotmail marks the welcome mail from itslearning as spam. We have now reduced this possibility.
SyncID: You are now allowed to see (but not edit) the SyncId in the Manage Enterprise web services and Edit hierarchy pages.
Google and Postini: It is now possible to edit the Google Apps credentials in the Google administrator interface in itslearning. It’s also possible to add Postini credentials here. Enabling and adding the correct credentials automatically creates students, teachers and guests groups in Postini and assign the users correctly.
- Perform for all: When using the 'Perform for all' functionality in Administration >> Users and access rights, the changes affected all users, and not just the search subset as expected. This has now been addressed.
- Course content blocks: The course content block was not showing in all courses. This has now been addressed.
- Conference: If a user was in a conference and then navigated away, an error message appeared saying the user is already connected when the user tried to rejoin the conference. It also took some time before users that logged out of itslearning were removed from the conference. This has now been addressed.
Posted on January 7, 2010
by Øyvind Flatnes