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May 12 2017

Reminder: Access to AY15-16 Courses Ends May 31, 2017

Access to academic year 2015-2016 courses ends on May 31, 2017. This is in line with the policy for access to CoursePlus websites. The policy states that access to a CoursePlus site is enabled for the academic year in which the course is offered and following academic year. For example, if a course occurred in the third term of the 2015-2016 academic year, a student enrolled in the course has access to the CoursePlus site until the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. After that point, access to that CoursePlus site is terminated.

If you need materials from a CoursePlus site in the 2015-2016 academic year, please download them before May 31, 2017, as you will not be able to access the sites from the 2015-2016 academic year after that time.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:06 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

May 10 2017

Display and Open Discussion Forum Categories on a Specific Date

Faculty and TAs have a whole host of tools to control access to categories in the discussion forum in their CoursePlus sites. You can make a category visible only to a select group of students, lock the category and prevent new posts after a specific date and time, restrict posts to just faculty and TAs, and more.

You can now set a date on which a discussion forum category becomes visible to students. A number of faculty have asked CTL Help for this feature in the past year. Not only does this feature provide more control for faculty who desire it, it also helps to declutter the main category view by not showing categories that aren't going to be used until a specific date. It can also help prevent posts in the wrong category when categories are organized around periods of time (ie; weeks of the term).

Screenshot of the new "Hide Category Until" option

This option is available when you set up or edit an individual category in your discussion forum. If you have questions about how to use this new feature, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:04 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

May 1 2017

CoursePlus Outage on May 1, 2017

CoursePlus went offline unexpectedly at approximately 1:17am today, May 1, 2017, and was offline until approximately 7:05am. According to the research that CTL and JHSPH IT have done thus far, connections to the database cluster got backed up and caused a cascading failure across the CoursePlus cluster. It is not clear at this time why the connections got backed up or why connections did not fail over to another server in the CoursePlus database cluster, but we are investigating.

We apologize for the inconvenience that this no doubt caused some students, TAs, and faculty. We know that any downtime in CoursePlus is very frustrating to all of you, and we work hard to eliminate unexpected downtime. 

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:20 AM - Categories:

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