ITS Fall COVID-19 Updates

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  1. For FacultyFor StaffFor Students

    Weekly Web Updates - September 7, 2020

    | by Adam Franco and Ian McBride

    We are happy to announce that the Course Hub has gained a new feature: profiles for users with the ability to record your name pronunciation in both audio and text. Further detailed in the ITS wiki, this feature will present name pronunciation and preferred pronouns to instructors in the Course Hub’s class-rosters. Likewise, instructor name pronunciation will be shown to students on course-overview pages.

    As previously announced, we have now switched WordPress ( and over to using encrypted https:// connections for all browsing.

  2. For FacultyFor StaffFor StudentsScheduled MaintenanceService Improvements

    Weekly Web Updates - August 10, 2020

    | by Adam Franco and Ian McBride

    WordPress change announcement: In the coming week we will change and to use encrypted HTTPS for all browsing rather than letting sites be browsed under both HTTPS and unencrypted HTTP connections. This change will improve security for all users and is a prerequisite for an improved single-sign-on process.

    All URLs will be automatically redirected to HTTPS version and the impact on the vast majority of sites should should be minimal. That said, with over 5,000 sites in the system there are likely cases where some browsers will block the inclusion of some content has been hard-coded to load using an HTTP URL. In these cases, the resolution is to update the embedded content to use https:// URLs instead of http:// URLs. Because of the  scale of content in this system it is not possible for us to exhaustively audit all sites and pages. Users can test their own sites by navigating to the site and changing the address in their browser’s URL bar from… to… Please report any issues found or questions via a Help Desk ticket.

  3. For FacultyFor StaffService Improvements

    Weekly Web Updates - April 27, 2020

    | by Ian McBride and Adam Franco

    By default, Canvas shows grade-distribution graphs to students. While this setting can be changed by instructors, it is buried under advanced course settings and not easy to find. Showing the grade-distribution in large classes may be fine, but in classes with only a few students it could expose student performance in obvious ways.

    Beginning this week, when new Canvas sites are provisioned from the Course Hub we are now hiding the grade-distribution graphs by default. Instructors who wish to display grade-distribution graphs can update the course settings in Canvas to show the grade distribution graphs — only the default for new courses is changing.