The ‘My Courses’ tab and all its associated features in MIX will be deactivated prior to the start of the Fall 2015 semester due to changes in the underlying software. Information Technology Services is announcing this change now so that all faculty members have sufficient time to begin planning to use eCampus when emailing their classes or using course and content tools.
The training team at Information Technology Services has already scheduled two introductory classes on eCampus for Wednesday, Nov. 12 and Tuesday, Nov. 18. Classes will continue to be offered throughout the spring semester as well. To view the training schedule and see more details, click here: http://it.wvu.edu/services/training/schedule
For those unavailable to attend a class, instructions for two options to email a class are available here:http://it.wvu.edu/services/training/mix
eCampus offers virtually every feature that MIX offers, along with some additional features. Faculty can view a side-by-side comparison of services here: Comparison of MIX and eCampus Tools
The current version of MIX is nearing its end of life. ITS is participating in a beta program for the new portal software, which currently does not include course management capabilities. The new portal instead includes more extensive integration with eCampus and its course management tools. More information about the new portal will be available this summer, but ITS wants to give faculty using the course management tools in MIX as much time as possible to transition to eCampus.
Although there have been some unplanned outages this semester, eCampus has been stable for the past month, and faculty should feel confident using it. ITS technical staff has worked with several vendors to isolate the possible root cause(s) and has conducted simulated stress testing to replicate the scenario experienced during mid-terms. Recommendations from the vendors have been implemented, along with new monitoring processes.
“With the end of life of our current software portal, we must work with faculty to make sure their needs are covered,” said Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer John Campbell. “With this advance warning, we are providing as much time as possible to work with faculty and ensure they are ready for the change.”
Please direct any questions or concerns to project manager Kristin Floyd at Kristin.Floyd@mail.wvu.edu.
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