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  •  Commonspot 5 Upgrade

    Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2009

    Commonspot was upgraded to version 5 this morning.  If you haven't yet seen the overview of Commonspot 5 in the Web Publishing site, you might want to review that - there are some user-interface changes for authoring.

  •  Survey System Updates

    Monday, Jun. 22, 2009

    The survey system now includes a few changes - the most significant change is that you'll no longer be required to "activate" a survey in order for it to be published - the availability of a survey form will now be controlled by its publication dates.  With this change, you will now be able to modify the survey form once it is in use - previously, changes to the survey required that the data be cleared and the survey de-activated first.  That's no longer required.

    Other changes in this update include: create "views" to display survey results easily, an "attachment/image" field type has been added, questions and question groups can now be copied within a survey, and survey questions can be easily moved (drag and drop) to new positions.

  •  Media Player Element and playback controls

    Thursday, Jun. 4, 2009

    When using the Media Player element to embed a SWF video in a Commonspot page, you can optionally set the "controller" script parameter to "true" to display the play/pause/volume controls.  The control bar is always displayed for FLV video, but is not shown by default for SWF files.

  •  Blog Manager

    Monday, Jun. 1, 2009

    The new Blog Manager system is now active.  If you maintain blog content in Commonspot, you will now need to login to the Blog Manager to add blog posts, or edit previous posts.  If you have questions about this change, or need assistance with the new system, please send a Support Request to the OMC/Media Services Web Publishing team.  

  •  Link Style Change

    Monday, Jun. 1, 2009

    The font style and color have changed for text links in SCU Web sites.  Previously, links were formatted in bold text with a beige color.  We'd received lots of feedback about that style - many people found it difficult to identify links within blocks of text, due to the lack of an underline below the text, and similar color values for standard and linked text.  In this style update, links are displayed in red with a dotted-line underline in paragraph text blocks.  Links within lists are displayed in red without the underline style, and links within feature elements and the right column elements are displayed in the original style.

  •  Include preview images in the Media Player element

    Wednesday, May. 13, 2009

    The Media Player element now supports an additional custom script parameter - "preview" - the URL path to a preview image to be displayed in the video player window.

  •  Survey Manager now supports quizzes

    Friday, May. 8, 2009

    The Survey Manager system can now be used to build online quizzes or tests.  When configuring a survey, you'll see the option available to present the form as a quiz, followed by additional options for handling scoring, correct answers, and the quiz results. 

  •  Custom event calendars: select by location

    Thursday, Apr. 30, 2009

    The campus calendar now allows custom calendars to be constructed using the event location for selection.  Here's an example: http://www.scu.edu/is/about/events.cfm - listing all events scheduled to take place in the Learning Commons building.

  •  Commonspot authoring access on Wednesday, 4/15

    Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2009

    There will be a short interruption in Commonspot authoring access, now planned for Wednesday (4/15) morning.  The system operators will be upgrading and patching the authoring server, which will require stopping authoring and Commonspot replication for about an hour.  This was originally planned for Tuesday afternoon, but has been rescheduled.

  •  SCU home page and base template changes

    Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2009

    The "SCU Experience" presentation is now live on the SCU home page - each of the core attributes contains two features, including video and image slideshows.  The base template has also been modified - the university seal has taken the place of the mission icon in the image at the top of each page.

 
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