Summer 2012 WebCT Data

The spring 2012 term closed on Monday afternoon.  Summer term opens today.  In preparation for summer classes, Friday was the final batch load of summer data from Banner to WebCT — summer term is now on live update with student enrollments included.  Fall data will be updated in batches until around August 10th.


A Few Words

Still in limbo, over more things now.

Still waiting on RFP.

Working on more details for updates.  Are there any known issues with CE 8.0.4 and oracle database CPU july 2011 or oracle java CPU june 2011?  Are there any known issues upgrading CE 8.0.4 to .5 and then to hotfix 1 before or after those critical patch updates?

Waiting for appropriate temporary access to allow updating fall data via batch icgorldi data.  No questions here, just waiting.

Attempting to tease out the next questions and/or steps to be prepared for when the above info comes through.

Oh, and today is my Friday.  Don’t get too excited for me, no big plans and production upgrade is 2 weeks away.


Wishing and Planning and Waiting

*sigh* another summer slipping away.  And this summer is so special, on so many fronts.

In my personal world, our oldest child turned 18.  Now that’s a milestone.  As a resident of the US and particularly east central Illinois, we had a week straight of excessive heat warnings, then a break and today a heat advisory.  That’s memorable.

As an employee of EIU, I am part of  a committee that is working on the process for identifying the future infrastructure for online classwork.  We started with the core of a Request for Proposals meant to be added to the institutional parts and sent out to entice vendors/potential future partners to convince us that we need to team with them.  That’s definitely the beginnings of a landmark year that I’m wishing will go well and provide some needed interest in and excitement for online learning.  In the meantime, I’m waiting.

As a member of ITS and the primary Bb/WebCT admin, I’m heading up the plans for our late summer WebCT upgrades, scheduled for Aug 11-13.   Planning…  identifying what all needs to be upgraded, collecting needed installers, notifying appropriate all constituencies, re-scheduling backups, testing in our test environment, and finally pushing a lot of buttons and waiting.

The next couple of weeks will go so fast.  Then, hopefully, the normal rhythm will take hold before the RFP excitement picks up.  So much to look forward to.

Non Update

BbWorld 2011 was last week.  I wasn’t there.  Desire2Learn Fusion 2011 was last week.  I wasn’t there either.  Sakai conference was a couple of weeks before that.  I wasn’t there either.  Instructure had a gather at BbWorld.  I didn’t get that t-shirt.  The Midwest MoodleMoot is coming up.  I don’t think I’ll be there either.

Instead I am in limbo.  Following my growing twitterfeed and various mailing lists and websites to gather information from other educational institutions while I wait.

What am I waiting for?  I’m waiting on a couple of things.  One has been “in process” for a while.  That’s the LMS RFP to gather Requests for Proposals of what is available from LMS vendors.  It is in process to be finalized and published, but I have no idea what day.  So, I wait.

Another wait item has been prep for upcoming WebCT upgrades.  Dates are nearly confirmed.  Within the next week I will be gathering oracle patches and WebCT patches to start with a test run on our test system in prep for the real thing on production in a few more weeks.

Not much news.  Not much info.  But there you have it.

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.

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.