Nothing to talk about

Summer classes of various sorts are humming along.  Campus is no longer abuzz with cicadas, but there are incoming student orientations.  The IHSA boys and girls state track meet weekends are long past.  The Boys’ State and Girls’ State conferences have both completed.  Now it’s cheerleaders and dancers and musicians.  The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps have completed their camp and begun competing.  It won’t be long until the high school marching band camps start up.  Then it’s a short run to the end of summer session and the soon to follow beginning of fall session.  Sounds all lazy, crazy, and fun, right?  In the meantime, there’s work to be done.  Disaster Recovery plans to improve upon.  Upgrades to plan and implement, first in test, then in production.  And hopefully, somewhere in there, some RFP evaluations to narrow the field and planning for campus evaluations.

See, there’s really nothing to talk about.

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Summer on Campus

The cicadas seem to be thinning out.  It could, however, be an illusion due to the cooler weather.  Their buzzing is currently being supplemented by the low, dull hum of a variety of large equipment.  Work crews started yesterday tearing out sidewalks to be replaced.  There are entertaining moments, like when we noticed they were working to pull out a section next to a fire hydrant or when they lift and drop large pieces to break them up  (some of the thuds shake the floor!).  There are annoyances too — the incessant hum, the periodic thumps that make you wonder whether we’ve had some campus emergency or not, and the {temporary} elimination of some standard walking paths.  I guess summer is a great time for maintenance in all sorts of university endeavors.

WebCT downtime over

We scheduled downtime from 12:15am until 2:15am, but finished by 1:15am.  The restart seems to have worked — cluster seems to be working properly and even took the time to enable and test the Export to SIS feature.  It all seems to be in order.  I’m exhausted.  Night-Night.

Another addition to the LMS list…

And another one thanks to Laura Gekeler:

Edvance360:  http://www.edvance360.com/

Previous list, in alpha order…

Agilix BrainHoney: http://blog.brainhoney.com/free-account/

Blackboard Learn 9.1:  http://www.coursesites.com/

Desire2Learn:  http://www.desire2learn.com/demos/

Epsilen — http://www.epsilen.com/LandingSite/index.aspx

Instructure Canvas:  https://canvas.instructure.com/

Jenzabar:  https://www.myjenzabar.net/ics

Moodle:  http://demo.moodle.net/

Pearson learningstudio: http://www.pearsoncustom.com/pearson-learning-studio/requestdemo.php

rSmart Sakai:  http://mysakai.rsmart.com/

 

Summer Conference Season

It’s summertime.  Lower census on campus and in town.  And it’s conference season.  Sakai conference is coming up very soon, followed by the Blackboard conference(s).  So many sound so interesting.  And some very interesting acquaintances will be attending some of them.  But our university budget is tight and my personal budget is even tighter with a low ceiling (and no votes to raise that ceiling), so I’ll be here checking into disaster recovery, how to tweak some SQL to get the data I want out of our webct database, and identifying what service packs and/or hotfixes to apply to our test and production system in August before Fall classes start.