It has been a productive and busy year for the Ilios Project, and as a team we want once again to thank each and every one of you who use the platform, and the schools who support us with their deployment of Ilios, for your support, your feedback, and your help in making this a great curriculum management tool choice.
As the year 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to just quickly note some of the highlights of what the development team was able to deliver for you in the past year.
Backend (version) releases
Frontend (feature/user interface) releases
closed tickets / additions merged into code
- Launch of Hosted Ilios Services
- Small Group Assignment tool launched
- Allow for active/inactive tags on vocabulary items (to retire old terms)
- Added cohort assignment to rollover, providing for auto-linkage to program objectives and competencies
- Improved links to resources
- True Mobile display for smaller devices
- Addition of 2018 MeSH (and simple command line control for all MeSH updates in future)
- Course Visualizations for objectives, instructional hours, vocabulary terms, and instructional methods, and activity by instructor
- Addition of “Leadership” sections for all areas of curriculum
- New permissions model allowing granular control of access and read-only permission for the entire curriculum
- Improvements to accessibility compliance
- Updated Curriculum Inventory tools
- Competency-Objective mapping display provided in Program Year
- Competency Map download available for all cohorts
- LTI components added for Moodle and Canvas
- Completely refactored Session List display
- Updated Course Summary View
- Instructional Notes added to sessions
- Massive Performance improvement for page loading time
- Implemented opt-in global error tracking
There was a lot more, but I think that this helps to focus in on just how much the team was able to deliver through this past year. An impressive effort, and a heartfelt thanks the to core team!
: Ilios remains on track with costs and spending; our recent updates to hosted services have noticeably reduced our overall operational costs, and this in turn allows us to focus on maintaining effective resource levels for the project.
For schools who are financially contributing members of the Ilios Project, we will be reaching out in late January with information regarding the coming year, and to discuss all continuing contracts, service agreements, and MOUs.
While expansion to new schools has tapered off somewhat this year, we have had a good deal of activity with our existing schools, particularly in the area of updates, upgrades, and hosting service.
: With noted presence at a number of education and technical conferences in 2018 (UCCSC, Medbiquitous, EmberJS meetup, Symfony Live, ATXpo) we continue to expand recognition of Ilios as a high performing, cutting edge technology solution for health professions education.
: With a longer than expected code freeze (while we worked on a major conversion of certain backend systems), various resource conflicts, and the usual unforseen circumstances, we fell behind our projections for development timelines this year, ending with about a 7-week deficit for the delivery of a number of significant features. For this reason I leave the quadrant in yellow for the year's close, although at the time of this writing we are midway in process for coding about 80% of the noted deficit, and may well have a preliminary release before the end of the year.
Current Version: v3.57.0
- Corrected visualization bug where ILM minutes for total instructional time were incorrectly calculated
- Corrected a number of display formatting and translation issues across the UI
- Improved error reporting configuration
- Various minor fixes, library updates, and housekeeping
Next release: December 20, 2018 (tent.)
We deeply appreciate all our Ilios schools, and we thank you for your support. A special thanks to our users at USF, LSU, UFL, Stanford, SUNY Downstate and UCI for your feedback through this calendar year, and your patience as we worked our way through upgrades and assistance. And as always, a grateful thanks to the UCSF faculty, staff and leadership at the schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry, as well as the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences, for your support and engagement through the year.
We hope that all of you (and your students!) continue to derive benefit from Ilios!
Wishing you all a happy, healthy new year,
The Ilios Team
Please be sure to updates your systems to get the latest, greatest code!
How to Update Your Frontend:
The Ilios frontend is always up-to-date on our content-delivery servers at Amazon S3, but you will need to regularly run a console command on your backend instance in order ensure that your users are seeing the latest version and that they are getting all the latest features and bugfixes. To make sure you users are receiving the latest frontend code at all times, just follow the steps described here:
Though you will probably never need to deploy the Ilios 3 Frontend on your own servers, the source for the frontend code can always be found at https://github.com/ilios/frontend/releases.
The changelog for updates specific to the frontend can be viewed here.
Our online user guides are available at https://iliosproject.gitbooks.io/ilios-user-guide/content/
The latest code for download and update, as well as the complete changelog, is available here:
Training, Learning, and Collaboration Opportunities
We continue to develop our online user guides. They are available at https://iliosproject.gitbooks.io/ilios-user-guide/content/