THIS WEEK IN ILIOS
No release this week, as we enjoy another slow(ish) summer stretch. The Curriculum Inventory portal is officially open for your submissions, and we are officially here to assist, throughout the submission cycle.
Since we don't have any major updates to report, I thought this would be a good chance to share a few hints on how to get the most out of Ilios. First, always remember to check the user guide, available at https://iliosproject.gitbooks.io/ilios-user-guide/content/
, for help on how to get things done. It's constantly being updated and expanded, so you may likely find information there that's new since your last visit if you haven't checked it out recently.
My Materials / Course Materials:
Did you know your students have easy access to a searchable, sortable list of all their available learning materials in Ilios? If they need to find a document, link or deck for review -- whether for general study, prep for a high stakes exam, or any other reason -- they can do so using their "My Materials" link. Similarly, for faculty and administrators, the Course Materials link in each course management page provides the same searchable, sortable view of all the learning materials associated with a given course. Just click on the file box icon in Course Details.
Timed Release of Learning Materials:
Need to expose an asset to students for a limited window -- or hold back access until a specific time? You can do that with any learning material in Ilios, using the Timed Release tools.
Want to assign an activity to be due (or requisite) prior to another activity in a course? Use the linking tools to create linked sessions and Pre-Work activities.
Wondering just what the breakdown is of teaching activity in a course? Investigate with the Course Visualization tools to see breakdowns of objectives, vocabulary tagging, instructional modalities, and teaching time.
if you have questions please don't hesitate to send us a note at email@example.com
The latest code and the complete changelog for this release, as always, are available for download here:
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.