August Platform update release notes

During July the team worked and fixed the following issues:

1. Due to plenty of courses, we have to maintain the database and change configurations. Some issues will still be observed for few weeks time until we stabilize the system. We expect 5 minutes maintenance break every Monday to allow the system to re-index courses. The final fix will be delivered in September

2. Too many unread notifications can slow down the system, some fixes around this issue were released in order to improve performance.

3. Video limit regression of a previously fixed bug, no obvious end user experience but mainly for master admins.

4. Now we offer a direct line to our sales team via a chatbot. You can find it on left side of the page. By using this users can chat with our sales representative.

5. The message in cource publish page is updated to indicate that the data will be updated in production and can take time up to 30 minutes.

6. Error with Matchjax.js is fixed. It was because the public CDN we used for mathjax.js were moved to a different place.

7. Europeana API is integrated. A press release will be issued in the following weeks, we are testing system performance.

Eliademy shining new updates

We have done many updates on our servers this month. Now the users can sign into Eliademy using their LinkedIn accounts. The feature is not new, but it stopped working earlier because of some changes in LinkedIn authentication API’s.

We have improved Quizzes as well. The issue with copy-pasting data from spread sheet applications like Microsoft Excel and Libre Office into Quizzes is fixed. Clipboard data contained multiple formats of same data and it was not handled correctly in our code which was the root cause of the problem.

We are sending over 600.000 emails per month so we had to improve validation in the ‘Send-email-invitations’ screen. We had to improve validation in order to avoid users misusing our email servers and sending spam messages by utilizing a free service.
capcha check

One update in Organization management as well. Removing a user from an organisation will automatically unenroll the user from all the confidential courses of the organisation. So now you can remove a student from your organisation and automatically from the courses within the organisation.

We also updated our Video servers with more storage capacity and got better prepared to support the 1.000.000 students that we expect that we will be serving this year.

For the new free users there is an upload limit of 200 MB on our video servers. The change is not affecting Premium and existing free users.

A minor fix also on the the participant count in tasks and dashboards will not include the owner of the course. Also the profile page is updated, you can see the list of your learning courses at there.

The Gradebook layout issues are fixed now. It is displayed in pages when more than 100 users are present, it is sorted based on completion status and name of the user, and completed user details and displayed in different background color.
Gradebook paging screenshot

Course admins can export the user directory into csv format now.

New hyperlink “Manage Enrollment” is given in course participant page. Admins easily navigate to manage enrollments now.
Manage Enrollments

The discussions (forums) now shows recently active discussions in the top.
forums

Forums now render formatted texts better. Earlier there had issue with ‘strike-through’ text.
Forum formatting text
We also happy to announce our 3 new team members that were instrumental on creating this new release. Welcome on board Rajeev (India), Danny (USA) and Vladimir (Russia).

Stay tuned as next month we bring new functionalities and starting the implementation of neural networks to take advantage of the Terra-bytes of data created by our users. We will bring something really cool and make everyone happy!