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The only reason for time
is so that everything
doesn't happen at once.
                             - A. Einstein                                                
    curriculum management for the health professions

THIS WEEK IN ILIOS

Greetings!

While we had initially had a release on schedule for this week, we are delaying that release an additional week to allow for further testing. With the latest work containing a significant number of upstream dependency changes and the addition of some notable requiring under the hood to allow for more flexible time management (more on that below), there will be no release this week, and instead we will push out the next version update on Friday, 19 February 2021.

In the meantime, we've updated a bunch of issues and items in the frontend interface, improving performance and paving the way for next week's version update.

Academic Year Flexibility

After a long time in the making, we are beginning the launch next week of the underlying structures and tools to allow for a more robust and flexible management of time cycles in Ilios. One of the major challenges of tracking modern curricula is the alignment of the standard Academic Year, the timing of the starts and ends of actual instruction in that year, and the alignment of both with the inexorable movement of the actual calendar year. To facilitate greater flexibility, Ilios is introducing tools which will assist in the management of these areas, beginning with the ability to better identify and label the start/end of the Academic Year as specified for any health profession educational institution. These tools will begin to be rolled out next week, and will allow schools (should they desire) to specify a custom start and end date for the Academic Year; this will also allow for more flexibility in the specific labeling of Academic and Program Years, so that they explicitly adhere to whether or not they cross the transition of the Calendar year (eg., "AY 2021" vs. "AY 2021-22", etc.). We hope this will improve the experience for our partners in Australia and elsewhere (hello, Melbourne!) with differing standards.

We will have more details on this with next week's release, but if this impacts your institution and you have questions please don't hesitate to send us a note at support@iliosproject.org.

CURRENT RELEASE: v3.86.0
NEXT SCHEDULED UPDATE: Friday, 19 February 2021

OTHER UPDATES:
 
The latest code and the complete changelog for this release, as always, are available for download here:  
https://github.com/ilios/ilios/releases/latest

GET HOSTED: https://www.iliosproject.org/hosting/

LTI DEPLOYMENT: You can now plug the Ilios events & calendar dashboard, as well as the course manager, directly into your LTI-compatible LMS pages. It's as easy as clicking your mouse (two or three times). In order to deploy, you will need to be provided with a secure access key. Please email us for complete instructions at support@iliosproject.org.

TRAINING: Are you interested in getting a focused training for your power Ilios users and managers in your school or institution? We can do that for you: 1.5 - 2 days of focused training on the most effective ways to leverage Ilios as power users, and deliver information to your students and faculty in the best way possible, custom-tailored for your needs and methodologies. Please contact us if you are interested.

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:
 https://github.com/ilios/ilios/blob/master/docs/update.md

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 Ilios Team

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