We love to hear your feedback, and we rely on your suggestions and questions to make meaningful changes. We're sharing our product release notes below to keep you in the loop on impactful updates to our platform and your communities! ________________________________________________________________

July 2, 2020

Features:

  • Multi-Community Support for LTI/SSO. A single set of keys for this available integration can now support any number of communities. This allows for a more seamless joining experience for members.
  • Community admins can now choose if replies to announcement emails return to the email address of the admin who sent it, or to Participate's no-reply address. Replies will go to Participate's no-reply address by default. Details can be found here.

Fixes

  • Moving a chapter in a course or page was temporarily copying the content over to the chapter it was switched with, resulting in lost work. This has been fixed, and moving chapter content can be executed without issue.
  • Clicking "Unsubscribe from all" in the email preferences, under the user profile, was no longer un-checking all other boxes. This issue has been corrected.

June 26, 2020

Fixes:

  • Group announcement emails were not sending properly. This has been corrected, and group announcement emails will now be sent properly to the desired recipients.

June 12, 2020

Features:

  • Discussion pages have been fully converted to use GraphQL- Development of many of our recent improvements to discussions required GraphQL in this release, the underlying infrastructure of discussions is fully converted to GraphQL.
  • Users can now delete their own discussion posts even when they have replies or likes attached - Users will now be able to delete their own discussion posts with replies and likes. For posts with nested replies, a message will display letting other users viewing the remaining replies know that the main post has been deleted. The replies nested underneath will remain unchanged. Posts without mentions will function as they do currently, and will be deleted with no extra messaging. They will simply disappear.
  • Comments/Replies in discussions can now be called out and highlighted for users to find more clearly. Comments, replies, and mentions in discussions can now be highlighted for users. This function will be seen when following links from emails and notifications to take users directly to the comment being referenced. No more digging around for comments or responses!
  • Confetti popup modal component- if a user joins a community by signing up, logging in, or clicking “Join” from a discussion page, then they will now see a confetti modal popup letting them know that they successfully joined the community and can now participate in the discussion. This confetti modal was made to be reused in other places, so we may be seeing more of it later!
  • Discussion reply and mention notifications have updated links to take users directly where the comment exists - We've improved the way members navigate to a mention or reply in discussions. Now when you receive a notification in the platform that you have a reply or have been @mentioned in a discussion, clicking the link will take you to the right place in the discussion. No more searching for the right spot!
  • Users can highlight text to hyperlink in the discussion editor - Linking a resource has now become even more easy! Simply highlight the text you'd like to link to in your comment and then click the linking icon. Paste in the URL in the window that appears next and click save! You're all set with the resource linked! Pasting just the url will insert the url text as a hyperlink.
  • Metrics for users joining a discussion/joining a community via discussion - We will now be able to gather metrics on users who join a community via the discussion page. This will allow us to support our partners efforts by providing better research and information.
  • Discussion comments, replies, and shared resource posting and deletion will now operate in real-time (no page refresh required) - Discussion comments, replies, and posted resources will now be visible as they occur in real-time. This will allow a more seamless interaction between users, as they will no longer be required to refresh the page to see new content.

Improvements:

  • Adding a link to a discussion no longer inserts a resource card (content block) - Users have come to expect that they will be able to add a link by hyperlinking text. In an effort to support this, we will be removing the content block that was previously created when adding a link.
  • The discussion editor will now always show rich text edit options - In an effort to make the discussion editor easier to use and more clear, the edit options will now always be displayed and available, rather than showing or hiding when the user clicks inside or outside of the input field respectively.
  • The discussion editor now allows users to insert a hyperlink - Users will now be able to insert a url into the link uploader on the discussion editor and it will be added in the input field as hyperlinked text.
  • Discussion mention, reply, and comment email notifications have an updated look and function! When you've been mentioned or replied to in a discussion, you'll receive an email with a few new improvements. The email will give you a short preview of the discussion comment text and clicking on the link will take you directly to the spot in the discussion thread where your response is waiting.
  • Google drive links will now provide a warning regarding sharing permissions when added to discussions - Google drive links that are added to the discussion editor will now give a warning to make sure sharing permissions are set properly. This is just a warning, it will not prevent uploads of google doc links that are set to private or other more stringent sharing settings.
  • Links no longer require http// or https// in order to be validated and added to the discussion editor - Links will now be validated regardless of if http or https are added at the beginning. This should help alleviate confusion that some users may have when posting mostly complete urls that are just missing that small piece.
  • Invalid urls can now be added to a discussion post with a warning - Invalid urls are now allowed to be added in the discussion editor, however, the user will be warned that the url does not appear to be valid before posting.
  • The discussion editor will now warn the user when a url seems invalid - Members can share resources in discussion. If you happen to enter an invalid url, a warning message will appear so that you can adjust the link. If you proceed with the invalid url it will be added to the message, but will not appear under the shared resources for the discussion.
  • The discussion editor will now have consistent button sizes for media and rich text edit options - Button sizes should now be normalized and consistent in both size and color.
  • Any place where we display an @mention (email, discussion) will now display the “@” symbol - in order to make it more clear that users can use the @ symbol to directly mention each other, all places where direct mentions occur will now include the @ symbol before the name.
  • Discussion options for link, file, and image upload will now open as a full screen popup on mobile. To help users see the menu more clearly, discussion editor options for file, link, and image upload will now pop up a full screen window allowing users to complete the desired action.

Fixes:

  • Discussion rich text options and attach buttons would “underlap” the post button at very narrow width screens (mobile) - Buttons on the discussion editor should no longer collide, overlap, or underlap each other on small/mobile screens.
  • Discussion card comment, and shared resources counts were incongruent with the actual count displayed in the discussion itself - The data displayed on the discussion card should now match what is shown in the discussion.
  • On small screens, discussion input box placeholder text would overflow the bounds of the input field and run off the right side of the screen! At a certain length, placeholder text will now be truncated with an ellipsis (...) in order to allow it to properly adapt to smaller screens.

June 5, 2020

Improvements:

  • Collection permissions will now be visible from the user dashboard view. From the collections tab of the user dashboard, a yellow tag will indicate include whether the user is the owner, a collaborator, or just subscribed to the activity that occurs on a collection.

Fixes:

  • Adding a primary image to a course was setting the maximum enrollment to 0, preventing further users from enrolling. Now, admins and designers taking this action should be able to do so without any effect on the maximum enrollment setting.
  • On courses, the type of review (Automatically Award Credential, Review on Submission, or Mentor Along the Way) was not visible after selecting the type and then publishing a course. Now, the review type that is selected on a course will be clearly indicated with a blue icon.
  • When adding a shared resource to a collection, the collection options displayed included collections that users were only subscribed to, but not an owner or collaborator of. Now, the only options visible while taking this action will be collections that users own or are collaborators on.

May 29, 2020

Features:

  • We are proud to bring our Direct Message experience to users on mobile devices. This will allow mobile users to have the same ability to connect with other members in their community in the same way that desktop users have been enjoying for a couple of months now.

Improvements:

  • The Direct Message window will now adapt better to small and medium width screens. This primarily includes allowing it to remain a small window on iPad pro and other medium width screens, while popping into a full screen window on smaller sizes.

Fixes:

  • Direct Message conversation index was misaligned on mobile. Users should find that on both desktop and mobile the conversation index names, timestamps, and messages should line up and wrap in a more visually pleasing way.
  • Direct Message window was not dropping when re-directing on mobile, or otherwise warning the user of the redirect. The modal will now drop when redirected. Any message progress will be saved and maintained the next time the user re-opens the same conversation as long as they are on the same browser session. If moving to a new browser session or clearing the cache, the user will lose saved draft messages.
  • Logging in or signing up from a collection collaboration invitation was resulting in a server error. Users should no longer experience server errors when entering the site via a collaboration invitation.
  • Collection links were missing their IDs when sharing via twitter. Users attempting to share a collection link via the twitter share button should now see that the url is fully formed and shareable.
  • Course cards in the community collection were sending community administrators to the enrollment page, instead of the assignment page. Admins will now be taken to the correct assignment page, and if the enrollment page is unavailable, then it will not display as an option.
  • Users were unable to add a custom image to a link or file when first uploading them to a collection. Users should now see that images loaded into the details section when adding a resource will immediately show the desired image on the card upon successful upload.

May 15, 2020

Improvements:

  • Password reset links now expire in 1-week (instead of 3 days). User's should no longer experience as many issues using a somewhat stale password reset link.

Fixes:

  • Community header was showing on private pages for non-members. The community header for private page type resources was being revealed to users when it should not have. This was leading to dead-ends and authentication gates, frustrating our users. This should no longer occur, as the header will now be hidden properly.
  • Closing out of an announcement from within mobile edit mode was deleting drafts. The announcement editor seemed to be "eating" drafts, resulting in frustrated admins. Closing out the mobile announcement flow when you are part of the way through will no longer delete your drafts!

April 24, 2020

Features:

Organization Admin Tools, Organization Hubs, Community Launchpad!

  • New customers going through the self-serve flow will see these new features, and the launchpad. Existing customers won't, unless they are manually toggled on/added as an owner to their respective org. Please consult with CS for plans to use these new tools in the future.
  • Organization Admin Tools: As an internal admin you will now see the new internal tools for new organizations, as well as organizations for every existing partner that we have. You will also have the ability to create new organizations, add yourself or others as organization owners, create community plans and set the launchpad to be visible or not (within community settings).
  • Organization Hub: Users who have been invited to be the owner of an organization will be able to see the org hub and the community plans available to them. No existing users will be added on deploy --- they must be manually added.
  • Community Launchpad: Communities set to "Launched" or "Unlaunched" will display the launchpad. All existing communities will be set to "Participate Managed" by default and WILL NOT show the launchpad. You must be an internal admin to toggle this setting.

Improvements:

  • The "Members" tab default page and filters have been improved.
  • The "Members" tab now displays All Members by default, rather than the summary page. The "New Members" filter has been eliminated and is replaced by the ability to Sort by "Newest" and "Oldest".
  • Partial keyword search is here!
  • Everywhere that keyword search exists now supports partial keyword searches by card title. Keyword search by tag is still supported for full terms. Misspelled words and words with extra letters (e.g. "exampke" or "exampleee") are not supported at this time. However, "examp" would be supported as a partial and would return results similar to "example".
  • The "Join the Discussion!" flow is vastly improved. If you are not a member of the community, or if you are not logged in, you should now see an option at the top of the discussion to complete the required action to get you into the discussion!
  • The hyperlink feature in the discussion editor now has its own icon. This should help our users more easily figure out how to add working links to a discussion.
  • Internal links, google docs, and links behind a login wall are now allowed in discussions. You will now find that you are allowed to add internal links and other links previously deemed "not public" or otherwise "inaccessible" to a discussion. You will still be warned that these links may not be public, but you will not be prevented from adding them.
  • Community Reports now have hyperlinks! Admins will now find user names and "credential awarded" statuses are hyperlinked in community reports. "Credential awarded" should take them straight to the user's badge page/certificate. Once there they can view the evidence or see information about when it was earned.
  • Community Report Export now only includes what is actually filtered. Admins will now find that the content exported from community reports will only include what is actually filtered and should match what they are viewing on their screen at the time of export.

Fixes:

  • Large communities were failing to publish announcements.
  • Communities with large user numbers (~1500+) were experiencing a bug which prevented publishing an announcement. This should now be resolved.

April 17, 2020

Improvements:

  • Our Terms of Service (ToS) and Privacy Policy have been updated to include recent changes to age restrictions for users on our site. Age restriction changed to 16+ (was 18+).
  • The appearance of the yellow notification indicator has been improved on our solid white header. You should now no longer see a navy outline on the yellow dot on the bell and DM icons. This offers a cleaner look.

Fixes:

  • Collection embedding on a page or course was causing a "Not Found" error to display, until saving your work. Collection embeds no longer display an error and will show full content, even without saving your work in the editor.
  • Links for some sites (mainly youtube) were spinning and not resolving when attempting to upload to a discussion, or collection. You should now see that most links resolve in a reasonable amount of time and are uploadable (please let us know if you observe otherwise.

Background Work:

  • Styling updates for DM mobile work is ongoing. Many of the styling changes for DM mobile work were deployed, but they are hidden still, so you will not notice any changes on production.
  • Slate editor tests. A few versions of slate have been tested in order to determine the most stable upgrade. This will not affect production.

April 13, 2020

Features:

  • We wanted to be able to send announcements to smaller groups of users quickly in order to be able to provide the ability to follow up with users, to share with a certain subset of users specific information, and provide the foundation to allow certain users to enroll in courses easily.
  • Announcements work similarly to email: when you send it out, the people targeted get an email, and can see a copy of the announcement on the platform.
  • Ability to create groups within communities of users that belong to that community using a new UI for the purpose of picking out users
  • Ability to send announcements targeted to those groups
  • Ability to re-publish announcements to different group members, which when removed, removes the ability for members to see the announcement on the platform.
  • Announcement creation looks better on small screens.

Improvements:

  • Community Admins can now see Draft & Hidden Pages and Courses in their communities instead of just Published Pages and Courses
  • Announcements support for video thumbnails
  • Community Welcome Emails have better copy
  • Page cards now bring you to the page view
  • Course Bundle cards now will show when they're in "Draft" state
  • Collection Collaborators use the new Direct Message feature vs our old feature.
  • Collection resources now show a more specific type of collaborator name for users: Author, Collaborator, Commenter.

April 10, 2020

Improvements:

  • We ran into an issue where while populating a new data set that would allow Users to individually view Announcements instead of by communities and groups. Usually when someone receives an announcement, they get an associated email attached to it. That occurs when users are assigned to be able to view an announcement, and without that assignment, no one could view past announcements. When we populated the data, the application thought these were "new" published announcements, and thus, sent emails. We caught it happening around 10% of the way through the total announcements created --- some users got emails they shouldn't have.

March 20, 2020

Improvements:

  • All facilitators are displayed on the community About page, which was previously limited to four facilitators.
  • You can now filter for "Page" resources on the community resources tab (under the Type filter).

Fixes:

  • The font on the "Manage Communities" modal dialog is back to what it once was, after an accidental change.
  • The discussion message composition area will not expand to the right even when challenged with extremely long URLs (or typing without spaces).

March 17, 2020

Fixes:

  • Discussion message composition will now correctly wrap text instead of growing infinitely wide.

March 16, 2020

Improvements:

  • Announcement emails have been updated to new design and no longer include extra lines on bulleted items
  • New default banner for communities
  • DM message window no longer cut off after three lines (and handles scrolling)
  • DM message delivery is now slightly faster

Fixes:

  • DM message input is now appearing in Safari
  • Mentorship and Feedback empty form now appears when it should:
  • Prevent an error on the home/courses tab when searching using certain special characters.
  • Prevent some error cases that could be encountered when scrolling on community pages.
  • Correctly hide DM functionality from iPads

March 9, 2020

Improvements:

  • Course cloning is now more friendly: You can give the clone a name, and will be redirected to the cloned course after creation, along with a very supportive "success" message.
  • Course cloning is even more friendly: When cloning a course with a credential, the credential is not copied to the clone. This helps prevent accidentally assigning the same credential to multiple courses.
  • All things previously known as "Organization" are now "Community" across the board.
  • All things previously knows as "Peer Review" are now "Mentorship and Feedback".
  • Announcement creation & editing is now doable on mobile devices.
  • Users now have more control about which emails they want to receive: There’s a new "Email Preferences" option under the gear icon on the profile page, where you can individually enable/disable emails about announcements, discussions, and more.
  • Discussion messages & Direct messages now have a plain text representation in the database to support reporting & analysis needs.
  • When signing up, new users will receive a new & improved welcome email from our distinguished CEO.
  • The "Mentorship and Feedback" page now shows friendly messaging when there’s nothing to review.

Fixes:

  • The button on the product page would incorrectly say [Enroll Free] when a user is enrolled via course bundle. Now it correctly says, [Resume Course].
  • When discussion messages are deleted, any associated files/resources will be removed from the resource listing in the sidebar. The context menu for cards in collections was hiding some of the available actions when viewing on narrow (mobile) screens. Now you get the skinny on all of ’em.
  • Alternating between adding files and links to a collection used to cause an error. Now we’re error free.
  • User profile pages are now viewable, without error, by anonymous (logged out) users.
  • Viewing About and Members tabs on a Community when logged out no longer causes an error.

February 7, 2020

New Features:

  • When enrolling in courses and course bundles, users will automatically be joined to the appropriate community. Automatic community joining excludes school, district, and private communities, and there are additional conditions if the course is exposed in multiple communities.

Improvements:

  • The community shown on the course page, is very likely (though not guaranteed) to show the user a correct community, rather than always showing the community that owns the course. In short, it attempts to find a community that the user and course both have in common.
  • after enrolling in a course, the user is automatically redirected to the course page.
  • messaging after a user has enrolled in a course or bundle is a bit better and provides a link to the user’s course listing.

Fixes:

  • Removed duplicate row from reports, caused by either:
  • multiple badge requirements for a single course
  • a course being assigned both directly and indirectly via course bundleMonday, March 9th 5: 19

February 4, 2020

New Features:

  • Formative Review has launched!

Improvements:

  • Better messaging on our login & signup forms depending on the action which triggers it

Fixes:

  • Cloning a course no longer make the page unresponsive
  • A new (empty) course bundle page no longer refers to the defunct "studio" page.

January 23, 2020

Improvements:

  • Learning products now provide a link back to the related course
  • Learning product discussions now appear directly in the page, rather than as a modal dialog that required a button click to display
  • Updated Terms of Service
  • Learning products link pack to the peer review listing page (if you’re a peer reviewer)
  • Community collections no longer show up in a user’s personal collection listings
  • Previously overlapping modals for ToS and joining a community now play nicely together.

Fixes:

  • Alert dialogs are no longer squished on small screens
  • Page to page linking now works correctly without requiring a page refresh.

December 11, 2019

New Features:

  • From now on, new resources, courses, course bundles, and pages will appear at the top of communities.

Improvements:

  • Minimal header on Learning Product page for that sleek experience.

Fixes:

  • Community designers can reorder course bundles (as well as instructional designers)
  • Joined date for facilitators matches on ‘About’ and ‘Members’ tabs
  • Notifications dropdown now fullscreen on mobile (instead of running off the screen)
  • Visual work for direct message dropdown, inbox & bottom-anchored individual conversations.

November 22, 2019

New Features:

  • Links can now be added directly to community resources.

Improvements:

  • When purchasing a course, the price on the "Pay" button is updated to reflect the discounted price when a coupon is applied.
  • Course Designer now able to reset course progress on courses owned by organizations where they are a designer.

Fixes:

  • Fixed the alignment & position of buttons and checkboxes when selecting communities for announcement delivery.

November 22, 2019

New Features:

  • Courses in course bundles can now be reordered:

Improvements:

  • Update to the existing privacy policy
  • Add rate-limiting to the API to protect the site against bad actors or misbehaving browsers
  • The login form now works seamlessly with Google Chrome auto-fill.

Fixes:

  • Minified header’s login and signup buttons have been updated to be viewable against a white background
  • Fixed product page enrollment button to work with batch enrollment
  • Clear badge & product create/edit forms after they’ve been submitted
  • Make invalid page slugs report a "Not found"

November 20, 2019

New Features:

  • A new "Slackhouse" integration to deliver comments from Clubhouse directly to you in Slack, but only for stories you’re associated with or direct mentions.

November 14, 2019

New Features:

  • Ability to filter peer reviews by "available for review"
  • Partner reporting only includes courses which are in the community
  • Create new products in the new Admin: Products section.

Fixes:

  • User profile browser tab displays user’s name when viewing another user’s profile
  • Update peer review to not reload the page when the discussion is closed
  • Clicking "See More" when a sorting/filter menu is open no longer snaps the page back to the top.

November 5, 2019

New Features:

  • Empty state for Community and Course discovery pages (Result not found)
  • Configure internationalization in frontend (the beginning of our app being in new languages)
  • Create collection directly in a community:
  • SFS updates (radio buttons unable to be clear, all options available, etc. )
  • Assessment Card to properly show updated dates, with sort ability added
  • Search, filter, and sort products in the new admin tools

Fixes:

  • Peer review release directs back to peer review page with success message

October 24, 2019

New Features:

  • Update "Badge" verbiage to "Credential"
  • New Admin Users section with search, filter, sort component and "see more" pagination; includes ability to create users
  • Temporary empty state design added to badge index page
  • Standardize and center "New" button on announcements
  • Global header updates (white and less branded) when viewing a community

Fixes:

  • Update draft pages to not be visible to learners

Maintenance:

  • Upgrade Babel/Jest and fix affected tests

October 16, 2019

New Features:

  • Batches are here: New internal admin tools to manage batches of users, enabling user creation/import, assigning users to communities, enrolling users in courses, and viewing the history of these actions
  • Navigation improved: side bar nav for communities and user home page now stays with you as you scroll instead of the header

Fixes:

  • course report CSV exports are available for all years again

October 4, 2019

New Features:

  • All new user profile page with enhanced mobile support, communities list, searchable collections/credentials/courses, and easier administration
  • Admins can now unenroll users from courses AND bundles on their profile page
  • Updated headers with community links on courses, pages and products
  • New community marketing URL which triggers a dialog to join the community

Fixes:

  • discussion replies no longer occasionally double post
  • redirect to cloned course after cloning
  • collection items no longer cause issues after deletion
  • /users/me URL directs to each user profile again

September 24, 2019

Fixes:

  • Updates Documentation Link for V2 Courses
  • Allow users to see collections when they are the only community resource
  • Announcements now get sent to all recipients instead of about 1500.

Maintenance:

  • CSV’s are now importing correctly on Batches
  • A ton of new Batch functionality is dropping
  • Award Badges now exists on the new user profile
  • Shortcodes and Org IDs are now visible for admins & account managers.

September 12, 2019

Improvements:

  • to dialog mobile views

Maintenance:

  • Removed resource "quick view" from places

Fixes:

  • discuss breadcrumb was directing to the wrong place
  • Resolved designer community collection permissions
  • Performed a global schools clever import
  • Made it so instructional designers can always see peer review page & content
  • Ported managing organizations to the new user profile
  • Set up batch actions & csv import with more error handling & frontend support
  • cloned course was carrying over "published" status
  • cannot create/manage products with the "product administrator" role
  • Fixed some spacing issues on dialog buttons

September 5, 2019

Improvements:

  • Remove old marketing integration code
  • Authorized page creation by users with the system role of Instructional Designer
  • Made sure users can message another user
  • Better informed users when not authorized to view a page, focusing on community invitations

Fixes:

  • course name update wasn’t updating sort order in courses
  • Added remaining cards into storybook
  • school year on reports to be the correct (current) school year
  • Added home and discover sections in the hamburger menu on mobile
  • Fixed legacy . . . /home community links
  • Renamed filter course to community on community disc page
  • Documented Carousel and Carousel-slide components in storybook
  • Changed community leader to be called community facilitator
  • Updated user settings form
  • Removed home link from displaying in header when logged out
  • Removed simple legacy toolbars
  • error on community feed
  • Removed grade level from user profile form
  • Added an administrative requirement to view /organizations or /marketplace pages

August 23, 2019

Fixes:

  • with editing a batch / clearing original batch name
  • Added ability to batch process community assignment
  • Added ability to batch process course enrollments
  • course cards weren’t displaying status under certain scenarios

Improvements:

  • Presented signup and login buttons to logged out users
  • Added ability to list users in batches
  • Added empty states for all of the community tabs
  • Added "myself" & "no owner" to peer-review filter
  • joining community by invite in the restructure
  • errors that occur from visiting site logged out and then logging in
  • Hid the resources tab if no published courses or other resources were present
  • Hid discussion call to action when users are logged out
  • Added a redirect back to private/invited communities after login
  • Removed cards from styleguide
  • Created a storybook entry for Grid component

August 9, 2019

Improvements:

  • On tablets & iPads, our spacing was marginal. They now have proper margins.
  • Our favicon was lost in the dark. . . for browser tabs in dark mode and Firefox all the time. We added a white background to make our logo visible.
  • We prepared / built into the restructure (currently beta mode) the ability to create pages of all kinds: Go forth and generate all the content.
  • We built out the new interface component for selecting public, hidden, private courses in preparation of rolling our visibility conventions into courses.

August 9, 2019

Improvements:

  • Course bundles are now visible in home --> courses tab in beta
  • Course bundles and courses are both now un-enrollable in beta
  • Admins can now update a school’s district in beta
  • Fixed issue that prevented #discussion links in courses from opening discussion window

July 26, 2019

Improvements:

  • The illustrious paragraph tag, wrapped in the abstract
  • React element has now been documented
  • MiniEditor alert messages were getting a little big for their britches. We took them down a peg or two.
  • Community Admin can now successfully delete an invitation.
  • Mac OSX allows total control and domination of scrollbars
  • our scrollbar on the user card now defers to Apple standards
  • We manifested redesign of horizontal tabs in code, coming soon to a user profile near you
  • Omni-auth security is a bit unreliable these days, we punted on accepting them back into our lives until they’ve made some changes to better themselves

July 12, 2019

Improvements:

  • Beautified navy global navigation top bar, with unread notification indicator
  • Button for course & course bundle creation in beta
  • Links to single announcements from the user feed in beta
  • Set up Segment event tracking to cover all legacy events and new high-priority beta events, including:
  • Searching for communities and courses
  • Viewing announcements from email links
  • Viewing discussions, collections, and communities
  • Created the beginnings of batch processing (of users) for administrators: a data model and design mockups

Fixes:

  • V1 courses defaulting to V2 editor
  • Overpowered community admin permissions (editing user profiles, etc)
  • Wonky mentioning (page refresh required, no insert in text blocks)
  • Mobile navigation buttons getting pushed off-screen

Friday, July 19

Improvements:

  • Facilitated moving courses between communities: now they are automatically added as a draft to the new community and removed from the old community
  • Initiated use of a visual diff tool, Percy to help our dev + QA teams prevent visual regressions
  • Added the ability to create and view batches
  • further progress on our admin mass user-processing tool
  • Members SFS inconsistencies
  • Datetime for CSV reports not displaying in Excel

June 28, 2019

Improvements:

  • Peer-review discussions have more descriptive titles and buttons
  • Community discovery now supports filtering by category
  • Notifications are much more pleasing to the eye
  • Subscribed & collaborated collection now see those now appear in the user’s home collections view
  • Event tracking in beta mode for actions that modify data
  • peer-review (assessment) search count & pagination

June 22, 2019

Improvements:

  • add a type (video, webpage, etc. ) filter to community resources page
  • fix "Your courses" links on course discovery page
  • add descriptions to cards on user courses page
  • rename "assess" to "peer review" and sort learning products in reverse-chronological order
  • show originating community on announcements in user feed
  • add community collection editing
  • hide the courses tab in communities (for learners) when there aren’t any published courses
  • allow discussion comments immediately after joining a community
  • add discussion creation
  • add collection creation
  • add community user invitations
  • make new users part of the beta automatically
  • search & filter community members
  • fix duplicated tags in some search-filter-sort tag controls on non-beta
  • fix error when logged-out and viewing an assignment (course taking) page. Now presents a login prompt
  • collections with more than 50 items can be reordered
  • prevent beta banner from covering up controls on announcement editing page

June 21, 2019

Improvements:

  • add a type (video, webpage, etc. ) filter to community resources page
  • fix "Your courses" links on course discovery page
  • add descriptions to cards on user courses page
  • rename "assess" to "peer review" and sort learning products in reverse-chronological order
  • show originating community on announcements in user feed
  • add community collection editing
  • hide the courses tab in communities (for learners) when there aren’t any published courses
  • allow discussion comments immediately after joining a community
  • add discussion creation
  • add collection creation
  • add community user invitations
  • make new users part of the beta automatically
  • search & filter community members
  • fix duplicated tags in some search-filter-sort tag controls
  • fix error when logged-out and viewing an assignment (course taking) page. Now presents a login prompt
  • collections with more than 50 items can be reordered
  • prevent beta banner from covering up controls on announcement editing page

June 13, 2019

Improvements:

  • prevent peer-reviewers from "un-claiming" an assessment after awarding a badge
  • make community categories/tags editable
  • (beta) smooth some page-dependent transitions when joining/leaving beta
  • (beta) fix sort order of discussions in a community
  • (non-beta) add community course filtering for designers

Fixes:

  • fixed courses that were in an invalid state (published, but without an associated product)
  • fixed course display when a user is viewing their own profile

June 3, 2019

Improvements:

  • white background on non-beta pages when in beta mode (they were a little gray)
  • Show "featured" communities first on the beta community discovery page

Fixes:

  • Fixed error viewing learning products when logged out
  • Fixed payment error for paid (marketplace) courses

May 30, 2019

Improvements:

  • display the default logo & banner for communities without custom images
  • prevent images, etc. from overflowing in the announcement feed
  • enhance resource preview/modal "Visit" button, by making it work

May 30, 2019

Improvements:

  • Restructure limited beta release
  • Courses and bundles must now be explicitly released with a "published" toggle
  • Draft courses and bundles are now visible to designers in their community
  • Fixed: reporting on badges ed by month

May 8, 2019

Improvements:

  • Removed duplicate entries in community reports
  • Improved chapter navigation on mobile
  • Allowed users to preview old courses in beta as "under construction"
  • Changed handling and recommended size of banner images to maintain resolution
  • Converted some pop-up alerts to our custom components for consistent style

Fixes:

  • Broken avatar images on beta staging
  • Consistent page titles (in browser tabs)

May 2, 2019

Fixes:

  • which prevented badges from being viewed anonymously
  • Archived discussions are now protected from modification

April 24, 2019

Fixes:

  • Interaction editing on completed courses
  • "Next" interaction in a course was acting funny, but it works now.
  • Pagination? It works.

Improvements:

  • Updated the spacing between cards to be more uniform across the site
  • Lots of updates to add uniformity for our Alerts
  • Updated our UserMenu, you should check it out: (Especially on mobile)
  • We have made great progress on our Beta version (more to come in the near future)

March 14, 2019

Improvements:

  • New announcement emails… you can see all the content
  • We made the initial page load a little faster by deferring code for infrequently accessed pages.
  • The user menu (shown when clicking your avatar) now includes links to admin tools

March 12, 2019

Improvements:

  • Discussion archiving and un-archiving.
  • User search for mentions in discussions is now scoped to users in the community.

Fixes:

  • comment order/duplication on peer-review discussions
  • Fixed some learning product pages with uploaded files resulting in a blank page.
  • Fixed vertical alignment of buttons in dialog windows.

February 20, 2019

Improvements:

  • The Mini editor is now live in discussions
  • Users can now unenroll from bundles themselves
  • Staging emails will now be restricted to participate. com email addresses
  • Created task to archive Twitter Chat transcripts

Fixes:

  • Fixed logging in to staging causing a logout on production (and vice versa)
  • Fixed links and files not appearing in discussion "shared resources"
  • Fixed CSV exports

February 6, 2019

Improvements:

  • new lighter theme for menu bars
  • fix to prevent "unsaved progress" prompt from appearing when inserting a collection into a course

January 29, 2019

Improvements:

  • fix for community carousel scrolling
  • fix for discussion user mentions occurring at the end of a message
  • fix for unenrolling from a course using the context menu
  • link users mentioned in discussions to their profile page
  • removal of the legacy "collection groups" page

January 16, 2019

Improvements:

  • preparations for HubSpot cutover
  • attaching files and Google docs in our mini-editor
  • improve security of intercom interactions
  • allow removal of uploaded images in various locations
  • improved accessibility for page navigation
  • speed up the community page by deferring user data until the tab is clicked
  • mentions in discussions (and related notifications)
  • use "Participate" as the issuer for badges
  • work on components for the redesigned search/filter/sort
  • new minimal footer
  • discussion comments display in order
  • alert for unsaved changes in the course editor
  • allow email addresses with newer top-level domains

Fixes:

  • display of the mention autocomplete
  • display of discussion participants in the sidebar
  • deleted page redirects that are now handled in HubSpot.

December 7, 2018

Improvements:

  • Discussions now support rich text (bold, italic, lists, etc. ) Next month we will have an elegant new "mini editor" that makes rich text and attachments more streamlined, but in the meantime, highlighting text will show the rich text context menu.
  • File uploads now have a nice display in learning products (no more broken image icons)
  • We’re now running the Puma web server. That means we can handle big groups of users more easily

November 9, 2018

Improvements:

  • We had a micro-deploy today that allows deletion of discussion messages, but only if the message has not received any replies or likes. There's a follow-up story to allow messages with replies/likes to be replaced with a placeholder message to convey "This message has been deleted", while still retaining replies/likes and preserving the structure of the discussion.

November 5, 2018

Improvements:

  • We upgraded the "glue" that binds the site together, making for an overall faster experience
  • We improved initial site load time by removing tons of old javascript and CSS
  • Forms and inputs now have a consistent user experience site-wide
  • Having lots of unread notifications will no longer slow the site down

New Features:

  • Single sign-on LTI authentication
  • New Instructional Designer role allows internal users to view all courses and assignments
  • Community moderators can now delete discussions
  • Announcements now send email notifications
  • Print Badge page now works for everyone

October 22, 2018

Fixes:

  • Removed internal staff from community reports

October 9, 2018

Improvements:

  • Users can finally search, sort, filter in the studio tab
  • back by popular demand: a static password reset page
  • v2 learning products are now claimable by reviewers…making peer review much easier

October 3, 2018

Improvements:

  • The most noteworthy change in today’s deploy is an adjustment to the search results: search will only surface public collections for the time being.

September 3, 2018

Improvements:

  • URL-ified individual tabs on dashboard/community
  • New editor features: add hyperlinks to images, hero images
  • New ‘community designer’ role
  • Updated global search design (including scoping results to show only collections)
  • Updated dialogs/pop-ups across the platform (part of usability
  • Updated tags input component (part of usability)
  • Redesigned authentication/signup screens (part of usability)
  • Batch assigned DoS courses to all CETs
  • New ‘buttons’ component (part of Angular removal)

August 7, 2018

Improvements:

  • Course bundles: added Image galleries in courses
  • Ability to feature a community
  • New tag input component for communities (‘learn’ tab)
  • Updated buttons across the platform (from red to blue, custom component)
  • Moved chats into ‘resources’ tab
  • New ‘tabs’. ‘tooltips’ and ‘drop down’ components (part of Angular gutting)

July 5, 2018

Improvements:

  • New reports design for communities (including filters and CSV export)
  • New filters for ‘resources’ tab
  • New filter and search options for ‘learn’ tab
  • Added tags to course cards
  • Ability to insert a collection in a (V2) course
  • "Sticky" course navigation
  • Smarter results in user search (prioritize users from the same community)
  • Remove old Global Schools courses from communities and users
  • New visibility settings for communities: public/hidden/private

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