2015 Week 27 in review


Spent much of the week digging out of the hole caused by being out of the office for 10 days. Emails, voicemails, etc. Mostly caught up now. We're planning the D2L upgrade from 10.3 to 10.4-or-10.5, which will kick in on August 24. It should be a smooth process, with D2L doing the heavy lifting, but we need to build the plan for what we need to test on our end, and to figure out what new features will be switched on. Looking forward to running current D2L versions - 10.3 is 2 years old, and many of the improvements we've seen at Fusion for the last couple of years have been unavailable to us.

We redesigned the D2L homepage to make it actually useful for students, rather than as a dumping ground for administrative links and announcements. Hopefully, students will find it more useful. Early feedback is mostly positive, with one helpful email "I HAVE THREE WORDS: IT F*CKING SUCKS" contribution from a student (but that was more than 3 words, so I'm not sure how to take it).

I'm working on a few proposals, and have put a lot of time into thinking about communities and networks at the UofC. Lots of things going on. An abstract representation is starting to form:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"] communities. kind of. more to come…[/caption]



The SSL certificate for my site is about to expire. I'd planned to switch over to Let's Encrypt (which had originally been scheduled to launch in time, but has now been pushed to September 2015 for general availability). I can't justify the cost of renewing a wildcard certificate for a couple of months, so I'm temporarily pulling SSL from my site. Browsers seem to be OK with shifting back to HTTP: rather than HTTPS:, but Firefox seems crankier than it needs to be. Between proposing to deprecate HTTP and in being overly sensitive about SSL certificates, Firefox sure isn't doing the non-corporate web any favours.

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