On March 19, we release version 1.7.30 of the OpenLab. It included a number of new features as well as few minor plugin updates and some bug fixes.
On the OpenLab Courses directory page, we added “Cloneable” as an option under the “Type” dropdown, so you can now search for courses that allow other OpenLab faculty to clone them.
In another cloning-related update, we made a change to the widget on sites with shared cloning enabled. Anyone who is not faculty, or faculty who are not logged in will now see the text, “Logged-in faculty members can clone this course.” Faculty who are logged in will continue to see a link to “Clone this Course.”
We also added a checkbox allowing site admins to control on a more fine-grained level what actions will send email notifications for Discussion, Docs, Files, and Calendar. Now, any time you add new or edit existing content, you can choose whether or not you want to send an email notification to all members of your group.
WP Broken Link Status Checker is a new plugin that allows you to run scans on your site to check for any links that no longer work. This could be helpful especially for evergreen sites that include links to many external resources, such as OERs.
We fixed five bugs in this release. One caused “Library” to stop appearing as a department choice under the School of Arts and Sciences, meaning there was no way to categorize Library courses. Now, all projects, clubs, portfolios, and people can choose Library as an option under Arts and Sciences and/or Academic Affairs, and courses can choose Library under Arts and Sciences. If you teach a Library course this semester, and weren’t able to properly categorize it, you can correct this by going into Profile > Settings, and then choose School: Arts and Sciences > Department: Library.
Another bug was causing the time reported for activity of different kinds in a group (e.g. blog post, comment, discussion post, new doc, etc) as five hours ahead of the correct time in daily and weekly digest email notifications.
There were two bugs fixed in the OpenLab Gradebook plugin. One caused an issue for people who had cloned a course with Gradebook active on the source course. The plugin on the new course didn’t allow them to save new gradebooks or add students to a new gradebook. This issue is fixed for all newly cloned sites, but if you cloned a site prior to March 19 and are experiencing this issue, you can fix it by deactivating the Gradebook plugin and reactivating it. The second issue was a conflict with the “Page Links To” plugin, which has been fixed.
We also fixed an accessibility issue with the Hemingway theme by adding labels for screen readers for two buttons that were missing the labels that identify the element as a button so users with screen readers are aware of its function.
As always, please contact us with any questions!