Panopto: Scheduled Downtime

On Saturday, June 25th 2022, the Panopto Cloud will be updated with the latest features and improvements. These updates will require downtime. We expect up to 3 hours of downtime, with a target start time of 9:00pm EDT.During the downtime, you will not be able to access videos on your Panopto site and any attempts to upload from recording clients will result in a “Server unable to connect” message.For any questions, please contact Panopto Support online at support.panopto.com or email support@panopto.com.

Apply for a Digital Bryn Mawr Project Grant by March 15

LITS invites Bryn Mawr faculty, staff, and graduate students to apply for project grants to support digital teaching, learning, or research activities broadly construed. Digital Bryn Mawr Project Grants may be used to support professional development opportunities; curricular development; symposia or other events; and other teaching, learning, or research-focused projects, including digital scholarship projects.

These grants are intended to help advance engagement with digital technologies, regardless of an individual’s prior experience or expertise. We welcome proposals from absolute beginners, seasoned experts, and everyone in between! We support projects of different scales and at stages ranging from discovery/prototyping to implementation. Please see information on current and past projects for ideas.

If you’re not sure if a Digital Bryn Mawr grant is appropriate for your project or how to get started, we encourage you to reach out to us and sign up for a consultation or info session.

Requests to support professional development opportunities or co-sponsorship of events can be submitted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will review proposals for other types of projects twice a year, with deadlines for submission on March 15 and Oct. 15.

To learn more, visit our Digital Bryn Mawr Project Grants page.

Please contact the Help Desk if you have any questions: help@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-7440.

Changes and Improvements to Moodle

The upgrade to Moodle 3.11.4 during the month of December was successful. This version update included general fixes and improvements, as well as accessibility and security improvements and fixes. For a complete list of changes see Moodle 3.11.4 Release Notes.

The most noticeable changes include:

  • Mark as done buttons under course activities. These buttons are part of Moodle’s ongoing efforts to make it easier for students to keep track of their coursework and for instructors to provide and manage ungraded course activities. See “Using Activity Completion” for examples and instructions. Teachers can disable activity completion and remove all “Mark as done” messages on the Course Settings page (Go to Edit Settings > Completion tracking > Enable completion tracking > No).
  • Word document import button on the text editor box, which allows users to import the contents of a Word document (as opposed to copying and pasting the contents, or attaching the document).
  • Create Merged Course Shell option appearing under the settings for each course.
  • Fixes and minor improvements to activities such as: Attendance, Checklist, Collapsible Topics, OU Blog, and the H5P Content bank.

We have also made the following accessibility improvements to Moodle:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk: 610-526-7440 or help@brynmawr.edu

Issues with OUBlog activity on Moodle

Starting Monday, December 13, some instructors have reported post visibility issues occurring with the OUBlog activity. LITS is currently working on testing and implementing a fix for the issues and we expect that OUBlog activities should be up and running at 9am on Wednesday, Dec 15.

Please contact the Help Desk with questions: help@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-7440.

When and how to back up your Moodle course

In preparation for the final step of our Moodle upgrade (Aug 18, 2020), faculty and staff might need to create a back up of previous courses. Any action to back up courses or course files should be taken before Aug 18. To assist with this process, below is a quick guide on what to do with your courses based on when they were taught and when you will need them:

For Fall 2017 to Spring 2020 courses:

These courses are currently on Moodle (https://moodle.brynmawr.edu) and will be automatically archived by LITS on August 18, 2020. After that date, you will be able to access these courses via the archive at https://moodlearchive.brynmawr.edu.

For Spring 2017 and earlier courses:

These courses are currently stored on the Moodle archive (https://moodlearchive.brynmawr.edu) and will be permanently deleted on August 18, 2020. The current archive will be replaced with a more-recent archive containing courses from Fall 2017 and later.

If you have a Spring 2017 or earlier course and you will not be using the course this fall but would like to keep a backup, you may:

If you have a Spring 2017 or earlier course and will need your course for this fall, you should back up and restore your course to Poodle or request that LITS do that for you before August 18, 2020. Instructions for both are here: http://techdocs.blogs.brynmawr.edu/6626