THIS WEEK IN ILIOS
So, we are off and running for 2020, and have a whole lot of good stuff in store for Ilios!
This week the Ilios team used their monthly codejam as an all-day planning session. We made a thorough review of the issues lists in our Github repositories and user feedback notes, and have drafted a plan for the roadmap of development for the calendar year.
Some of this work is in discrete feature-oriented buckets; some of this work is more structural, and will pertain to operational. architectural, and deployment needs; and finally some of it is very broadly thematic, drawing in any number of associated issues and reported needs or enhancements across the platform.
Between now and Summer of 2020, our intended targets for development will include:
- Accessibility Improvements: The student user experience in Ilios is now at a WCAG "AA" level, with an accessibility score of 78.3%. Our goal is to be at "AAA" and over 90% by early Spring of 2020.
- Offering Manager Improvements: We are planning a full update and rewrite of the interface for Offering Management. Some of the items to be addressed are better group and user assignment, easier scheduling, bulk actions, and simplified workflows.
- Calendar Filter Updates and Improvements: The calendar filters will be updated to be much more user-friendly and easier to access, providing better and more rapid return of desired calendar information and threads.
- Site/Location Management: The ability to configure at the School level multiple locations (for clinical & clerkship sites, tracking multiple campuses, etc) including time zone and metadata assignment.
- Extended Tagging of Learning Objectives: The ability to tag objectives directly with terms from your vocabularies, as well as MeSH.
- New Roles and Permissions (TA, Peer Tutors, Observers): We will be adding a number of new ways for users to interact with the curriculum, to allow for the tracking and management of these types of roles.
- Error Tracking: Our DevOps team will be adding a number of new monitoring tools to allow for the better tracking and management of issues on the servers.
Among the issues slated for the second half of the year (or earlier if we get there!) are improved Admin Console features, improved and expanded visualizations and analytics, improved and expanded messaging and alerts, and improvements to the UI including better searchability, display, and personalization options. Along the way we will be continuing our work on code improvements and performance enhancements, deployment, and continuing quality improvement.
This is a very aggressive development map, but we are confident that with your feedback and support we will be able to make 2020 an amazing year for Ilios users.
if you have questions on the roadmap, or any other issues, please don't hesitate to send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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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.