Commons 1.19.7

I’ve just released version 1.19.7 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release includes the following fixes:

  • Fix a bug in the sign-up-sheets plugin that prevented Dashboard access for non-admin users
  • Improve text wrapping on homepage
  • Better indication of current nav item on main site
  • Embedding for zeemaps and Microsoft Sway
  • Fixed issue that caused hover dropdown nav menu to appear off-screen in some cases
  • Fixed Preview mode for certain configurations on sites with mapped domains

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.19.7 milestone.

Commons 1.18.11

I’ve just released version 1.18.11 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is also a major update release for plugins and themes, and includes a security update to WordPress.

This release includes improvements to the way that domain mapping works in the case of non-public sites.

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.18.11 milestone.

Commons 1.18.0

I’ve just released version 1.18.0 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Version 1.18.0 is a “feature release” for the Commons, in a series of twice-yearly milestones that include larger features in addition to the smaller fixes that come with our twice-monthly releases.

As in the last few releases, 1.18.0 focuses on making the Commons easier to use for the increasing number of CUNY community members using the network for teaching, learning, and connecting, especially during remote learning. Some feature highlights:

  • Group cloning: In 1.17.0, we introduced “site cloning”, a feature that allows users to create a new site using one of their previous sites as a template. With 1.18.0, we extend this functionality to groups.
  • Directory filters: We have redesigned and rebuilt the filters in our Members, Groups, Sites, and Courses directory, for greater power, consistency, and ease of use.
  • Improved assessment tools: We’ve built new tools for exporting user activity from sites and group forums. We think that instructors using these spaces for courses will enjoy this easy-to-use format for assessing student participation.
  • Group library improvements: The Group Library introduced in version 1.17.0 sees some improvements, including better tools for creating, renaming, and deleting folders.
  • “Pronouns” field: A new profile field gives community members a place to indicate their pronouns, which are then displayed throughout the Commons interface.
  • Two-factor authentication: Members can now opt in to enhanced login security by enabling 2FA in their Settings section.

In addition to these user-facing improvements, we’ve made a couple large infrastructural changes. We’ve moved to a new tool for handling “mapped” domains – cases where non-Commons URLs are used for Commons sites. We’ve migrated our Digital Research Tools integration from the defunct DiRT Directory to its successor, TAPoR. And we’ve improved performance by adding compatibility with new caching APIs in WordPress.

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.18.0 milestone.

Commons 1.13.2

I’ve just released version 1.13.2 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is also a major release for plugins and themes. The update includes an update to WordPress, which includes various tools related to privacy and GDPR compliance. In addition, we address a number of items related to the 1.13.0 release:

  • Fixed incorrect character encoding on invitation modal
  • Fixed bug that caused erratic behavior when on the invitation step of group creation
  • Improved formatting of invitation modal and invitation email text
  • Fixed issues with mixed-content warnings on mapped domains

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.13.2 milestone.

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