Welcome to another edition of the Ilios Shelter-in-Place Status Report!
We are all still doing well here at the home base, and we hope you are also keeping your health and your sanity intact as we move into the spring and summer season with so much still uncertain about the upcoming months (and start of the new school year).
As noted last month, we are maintaining Communications and Development quadrants into Yellow
this month, out of regard for the current health crisis and its impacts on our daily work lives.
This past month we have continued our efforts toward code improvements, as well as moving forward with our roadmap development efforts regarding objective tagging and management, offerings management, site management, and new user roles. You should expect to see these beginning to role out this month.
While the future is full of uncertainty, the budget here remains on track, and we do not foresee issues in the near to midterm due to any COVID-19 related issues.
For our hosted schools, we are fast coming up on renewal season, and happily we can let you know now, costs for your hosting will remain at current levels, or at a reduction from current levels, for the next yearly cycle. If your school currently self-hosts, please do consider the option of hosting with us
during this time of constrained resources and staffing. Once implemented, running costs for a hosted Ilios subscription are extremely reasonable, and we can be sure that your systems remain up, up to date, and fully operational for your faculty learners and staff wherever they may be situated.
: API moving to v2.
An API version update is approaching. Since 2015, Ilios has been running on the original v1 API. At this point in time, to make way for a number of the changes we are implementing in the roadmap, it is necessary to introduce the next version, v2, of the Ilios API. We are looking to launch the new version this summer. This will be a breaking change for systems calling the API directly,
WHY DO THIS NOW? In order to address the need for the ability to directly tag learning objectives with vocabulary terms (and not just MeSH), it is necessary to refactor how Ilios handles Objectives. This is a major change, but allows us to do some notable and important reworking of the schema and data delivery models that are overdue. As we approach the change, we will provide further details in order to assist you in the migration to the new API. While it will be deprecated at the release of v2, our intention is to continue to support the v1 API through the remainder of the 2020 calendar year.
System administrators and Ilios tech managers, please look here for further information in the coming three weeks regarding specifics of timeline, impacts, and best practices to manage the update. And of course, if you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
The Ilios Team
Current release: v3.74.3
Next update scheduled: 15 May, 2020
The latest code for download and update, as well as the complete changelog, is available here:
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:
WE CAN HOST YOU
The changelog for updates specific to the frontend can be viewed here.
Get automatic upgrades, always stay on the most current releases, and enjoy the security of knowing that your servers are being managed by the core Ilios team! We can help migrate your existing Ilios, or if you are new to Ilios we can spin you up an original setup. Interested in having us host your Ilios instance in our secure production environment? Let us know!
Check out https://www.iliosproject.org/hosting/
and if interested, please contact us
for additional details, pricing and more info.
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/