Overnight, on Tuesday November 7, rSmart will deploy the latest OneCampus release. No downtime is anticipated.
This release contains bug fixes and the following key enhancements:
- Blackboard Connector
- Canvas Connector enhancements
- Pinned sections
- “Easy” button for moving Publishers over to the Permission Groups module
- Alert monitoring
- HTML markup enhancements
- Most Popular within each category
- Announcement enhancement – Ability to disable task launch
- Publishing Menu Design Refresh
- Feedback enhancement – Ability to link to an external site
Blackboard Connector – We are happy to announce the arrival of our next connector! In this release, Blackboard customers will be able to connect their Blackboard instance to their OneCampus instance in just minutes! Once the connection has been configured by an Administrator, end users will authorize the connection and see their Blackboard courses as task tiles on the main page of OneCampus listed beneath their Favorites. * You must be on Blackboard Learn version 3200.7.0 or newer to be able to use this connector
Canvas Connector Enhancements – We have received a lot of feedback from our customers regarding the Canvas Connector we released this summer. We want you to know that we appreciate it and we are listening! With this release you can expect the following enhancements to the Canvas Connector:
- The ability to post announcements to the Canvas tasks section.
- Active/inactive toggle switch- You will now be able to keep the Canvas Connector in an inactive status while you work through the configuration process and then toggle to an active status when you are ready to go live with your end users.
- The ability to customize the text that appears in the authorize and deauthorize modal windows.
- Image and term information that is associated with Canvas courses will now be pulled onto the individual course task tiles within OneCampus.
- Canvas Connector changes will now be saved in the audit log.
Pinned Sections – Ever wish you could add more sections to the OneCampus main page? Wish no more! With this release Administrators will be able to create and showcase additional sections for tasks and task centers they want to feature. When an end user visits the site without logging in they will see the new pinned sections just below any featured sections (if enabled). If authenticated, end users will see the pinned sections beneath any featured sections, My Favorites (if enabled) and My Recently used (if enabled).
Bookmarking – Folks have been asking for this functionality for a while, and it’s finally here! With this release OneCampus Admins can enable end users to add bookmarks within OneCampus. Bookmarking will work in conjunction with the Favorites functionality so both will have to be turned on within Advanced Settings. Once properly enabled, end users will be able to create bookmarks for external sites they visit frequently. The bookmarks will appear as slim task tiles within their favorites section.
“Easy” button for moving Publishers to the Permission groups module – A few releases ago we mentioned that the Maintain Publishers module would be retired soon and all Publishers that reside within that module will need to be moved over to the Permission Groups module. We understand that for most of you this might be a time consuming task, so our developers have created an easy button to do the work for you! Located within the Maintain Publishers module, simply click the “Convert all” button and all of your Publishers will be moved to Permission Groups with one easy click!
Alert monitoring – OneCampus will now monitor for new active alerts every 30 seconds even when the user isn’t actively clicking on links. This means that any new alert will be displayed to end users without them having to do any kind of navigational refresh before they see it.
HTML markup enhancements – In addition to the existing bold, italicize, and hyperlink options, you will now also be able to underline and add numbered or bulleted lists. This enhanced HTML markup will be available for task and task center descriptions as well as announcements and alerts.
Most popular within each category – Within each category, the tasks that are most popular will now be displayed first with the remainder of the tasks within the category following in alphabetical order.
Announcement enhancement – Ability to disable task launch – We received feedback that it would be nice if there was a way to allow end users to search and find a particular task but not be able to launch it (for example, during a planned outage or maintenance window). We have added a checkbox to the New Announcement page that allows you to disable the ability to launch the task/tasks that the announcement applies to. If checked, end users will see your announcement but will not be able to launch the task from the announcement or from the task details page. This functionality will not affect other tasks that might reside within the same task center.
Publishing Menu Design Refresh – You will notice some exciting changes to the Publishing menu in this release! While the terminology will remain the same, the layout has been updated to be more intuitive and streamlined. Most noticeably, the module tiles have been replaced with a more organized menu format, reducing clicks.
Feedback enhancement – Ability to link to an external site – You asked and we listened! Beginning with this release, you will now be able to redirect the feedback link (that resides beneath the sign in dropdown) to an external website. One use case might be if you would like to be able to redirect your end users to a survey that exists on an external site.