Here are some of the highlights for January 2015 as well as ongoing work:
- 74 development issues and 193 end-user support requests were resolved.
- We recorded an overall application uptime of 99.75%.
- Fast fact - In 2014, there were 2,510,326 successful single sign-on logins, which resulted in 3,569,256 user sessions with services such as myACU, Gmail and Self-Service Banner (SSB). Our single sign-on service is powered by an open source product called Central Authentication Service or CAS for short, which we have used for the last decade.
- myACU look and feel updates - Last week we deployed a new directory search application that uses the new myACU look and is compatible with mobile web browsers. This morning we deployed an updated look to Self-Service Banner (SSB). We will continue to work on refreshing applications that use the old myACU look and feel.
- Class attendance monitoring job - We have created a job that will automatically notify the SOAR program staff whenever a student has been absent for more than 1/3 of class meetings. The job will send an email report to the SOAR staff on a weekly basis so that they can proactively help students get back on track before it is too late. We are hopeful that this will have a positive impact on our ability to retain students since class attendance is a major indicator of student success.
- Canvas LMS – The Spring 2015 pilot is well under way with 79 faculty, 196 courses, and 2,544 students. The courses appear to be well used according to the following statistics gathered this morning: 2,339 assignments, 485 discussion topics, 2,538 files uploaded, and 118 media recordings. We continue to prepare to automate data integration so that courses and enrollments can be managed automatically as with our other course tools (Blogs, Classfolders and Dropboxes, and iTunes U).
- CampusQuad - We are assisting Student Life with a pilot of CampusQuad for the Spring 2015 term that launched this week. CampusQuad is a mobile app intended to improve campus communication, especially among the student body.
- Graduate School program buildout - Project planning is underway as the Graduate School prepares to launch new programs later this year. We are working with Jay Goin, Executive Director for the Graduate School, to plan the use of new applications for the recruiting and admissions process as well as a portal for enrolled students.
- Business Intelligence – For the first time, an additional set of Banner data that is not included in the Ellucian-delivered operational data store (ODS) was migrated and made available to Cognos for reporting. This process will be repeated many times so that the ODS includes a comprehensive set of data for reporting. Several report authors have written Cognos reports that will be used for production reporting. This is the start of an extensive process to migrate all of our reporting from Discoverer to Cognos.
See January 2015 – Resolved Issues for a more in-depth summary.