AMLS Rec Engine

Now anyone can tap into the Amazon Machine Learning Service (AMLS)? I’d love to see Ellucian’s Banner product make smart recommendations based on AMLS. Students register for university classes through Banner. I could see Banner leveraging AMLS to figure out that students who like certain classes might be interested in other classes. There already is a market trying… Continue reading AMLS Rec Engine

Integrating D2L-Drupal Via LTI #USGRockEagle13

Tom Boyle, Kennesaw State University Half Drupal and half Desire2Learn interest. Request to determine how to decrease time it takes for an online student to go from application to orientation to advisement to registration. Orientation took place in Desire2Learn. Script looks for applicants in Banner and creates the user in Bulk User Management. Registrar enrolls… Continue reading Integrating D2L-Drupal Via LTI #USGRockEagle13

Minimal Downtime #USGRockEagle13

Marc Pare, Oracle Why work on weekends or late at night? (For us because of director policy because accidents during the day changes untenable with clients. But this is targeted to Banner to not GeorgiaVIEW.) Weblogic High Available Topology (Maximum Available Architecture) Client > Apache Server or OHS > WLS Cluster (> Admin Server) >… Continue reading Minimal Downtime #USGRockEagle13

LMS Non-Negotiables

I listened in on the first town hall meeting for our USG LMS Transition Task Force on Thursday. There are 3 more town halls this week and a final one December 9th. It sounds like the task force is looking for what items are non-negotiable, extremely important, nice to have. Here are the non-negotiable items… Continue reading LMS Non-Negotiables

CE/Vista and Banner Integration

This is the second time I have worked on making Vista integration work with Banner. The first was 2005 in Vista 3.0.3 at Valdosta State. The production here at GeorgiaVIEW was set up by Harold, Jill, and Amy years ago and integrated into the install scripts or part of the cloned databases. So now I… Continue reading CE/Vista and Banner Integration

Confidentiality

A student wants Blackboard Vista to not reveal his or her last name. The student has already gone to the Registrar and gotten a confidentiality flag placed on the record. As I understand it, this flag in Banner is a FERPA protection to prevent the record from being provided to parties external to the university.… Continue reading Confidentiality

If a Learning Management System Was a Boat…

I saw a CompSci.ca blog post for If a programming language was a boat… (through WIRED) and laughed at the descriptions of C, ColdFusion, Java, Perl, PHP, and Ruby. Java is a cargo ship. It’s very bulky. It’s very enterprise~y. Though it can also carry a lot of weight. Will carry a project, but not… Continue reading If a Learning Management System Was a Boat…

RE 2007: Administering Sakai

. Timeline: Oct 2006: Faculty committee selected Sakai over Blackboard Vista Jan 2007: Developed a roll-out plan. Jun 2007: Pilot Aug 2007: Production Still: Some classes still running on CE4.1, being phased out of use. Needs – no more than 5% of code custom written by GA Tech or professional services. Integration with Banner. Grade… Continue reading RE 2007: Administering Sakai

BbWorld Presentation Redux Part I – Automation

Much of what I might write in these posts about Vista is knowledge accumulated from the efforts of my coworkers. I’ve decided to do a series of blog posts on our presentation at BbWorld ’07, on the behalf of the Georgia VIEW project, Maintaining Large Vista Installations (2MB PPT). I wrote the bit about tracking… Continue reading BbWorld Presentation Redux Part I – Automation

Turn the Tables

CrossRoads Newsletter and Career Development Center: With corporate recruiters and executive search firms now using blogs as a prescreening tool for candidates, Whitcomb advises people to create online journals to demonstrate their skills, share their expertise, and lend potential employers insight into their personality. “You can write about projects you are working on, industry events,… Continue reading Turn the Tables