What is happening? The OnBase document depository and database server are being migrated to Windows Server 2016 virtual machines.
Why is this happening? Microsoft’s extended support for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (currently used by the OnBase document depository and database server) is ending. Virtual machines must be upgraded before support ends in order to avoid security risks.
When is this happening? Wednesday, October 16 for the entire business day. Additional communications will be sent when the upgrade is complete.
What is the impact to OnBase users? OnBase will be unavailable during the upgrade window. Graduate applicant documents viewed through Quest will also be unavailable.
What is happening? We will be testing the University’s campus-wide emergency communication system.
When is this happening? Thursday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m.
What is the impact? Emergency communication channels being tested include:
Tweets to @UWaterloo and @WatSAFEapp
WatSAFE mobile app
The ‘UW Emerge’ on-screen pop-up for desktops and laptops
The ‘WatSAFE Desktop Notification’ on-screen pop-up for desktops and laptops (Windows)
Portal alerts and push notifications
Messaging: The message displayed will read “TEST of the UW Emergency Notification System. During an actual emergency or threat you would receive instructions. No action is required.” More information regarding the emergency would be available at alert.uwaterloo.ca.
Approximately 30 minutes after the test activation message is sent, a deactivation message will display, “The test of the UW Emergency Notification System is complete.”
In the event of a real emergency during this test, please contact Police Services at 519-888-4911, or ext. 22222.
Be sure to install the WatSAFE app on your device to receive this test message, and more importantly, to stay informed of campus emergency situations. Visit the WatSAFE website for more details.
What is happening? Effective May 1, 2020, the WCMS will no longer be accepting new or changed features from external (non-WCMS team) developers for use with WCMS 2 (Drupal 7).
What is the impact? Custom development work affecting WCMS 2 sites will not be shipped to production as of this date. At that point, any future custom development will only be considered for WCMS 3 (Drupal 8 initially, then Drupal 9) and will be targeted to ship only when the affected sites have been moved to WCMS 3.
Note that this does not affect the ability to edit or create content on the site.
What do users need to do?
No development work in progress: If you were considering custom development and have not yet reached out to the WCMS team, it is strongly advised to defer any work until WCMS 3 is opened to external developers (projected for September 2020). This will avoid any necessary rework, as work compatible with WCMS 2 will not be compatible with WCMS 3, due to changes in Drupal.
Development work in progress: Units with work in progress, or who cannot wait for WCMS 3 to ship new work, must complete any outstanding development by April 1, 2020. This will allow time for the WCMS team to review the work, and for you to make any necessary changes prior to the May 1, 2020 deadline.
Hiring co-op students/developers: Supervisors intending to hire co-op students or temporary employees, or otherwise contract for development work, should do so with these deadlines in mind.
What about custom development work on my current site? Existing custom development work will not be compatible with WCMS 3, due to the aforementioned changes in Drupal, and will have to be rewritten if it is still needed once the full feature set of WCMS 3 is announced. Stay tuned for follow up communications regarding existing custom development.
When is this happening?
WCMS 2 feature submission for review: April 1, 2020
WCMS 2 production freeze: May 1, 2020
WCMS 3 development open to external developers: Sept 1, 2020 (projected)
What is happening? In November 2018, the Exam Management, Assessment and Processing Evaluation project team began investigations into the replacement of the existing exam scanning service, Scantron. The committee is pleased to announce the request for proposal (RFP) has been awarded to Akindi Inc.
About Akindi:Akindi is a web-based assessment system that automates the creation and grading of multiple-choice exams. This tool allows clients to use any scanner and sheet of paper, offering a low cost of ownership by eliminating the need for costly equipment, supplies and dedicated staff resources, while facilitating the use and accessibility of the exam scanning service across campus.
What our clients will receive
The new exam processing service will provide:
A user-friendly interface designed with faculty and instructional team members in mind.
Excellent support, with extended hours available during exam periods.
Seamless integration into existing workflows. Where you once used Scantron you can now use Akindi.
The ability for clients to assess exam results when they want, where they want.
Actionable data that can be used to immediately identify gaps in understanding and provide feedback to students.
When is this happening?Optional use of the service will begin September 23 and continue through the fall term. Instructions on integrating Akindi with a course in LEARN will be available from both the LEARN Help and Akindi websites by this date. During the winter 2020 term (date to be confirmed), Akindi will become the centrally supported multiple-choice exam processing service. Scantron will no longer be available for use.