Portal upgrade I

Effective August 18, the HMC Campus Portal available at https://portal.hmc.edu will be upgraded from version 4.2 to version 6.4.

Portal 6.4 Home Page
Portal 6.4 Home Page

As you know, the Portal provides information about things like course schedules, class lists, advisees, grade entry (for faculty) and unofficial transcripts (for students). It is part of a suite of software applications that the Claremont Colleges all use.

Some of you will already have used this version of the portal when you visited https://portal64.hmc.edu, a URL which will continue to function. If you need to access the old portal after August 18, you should visit https://portal42.hmc.edu.

We believe that this new version of the Portal software will go some way toward resolving issues around performance and the user interface. We hope you will agree. Either way, we would like to hear what you think about the new software, so don’t hesitate to call, write or visit.

Thanks are due to Sonya Zhang for her hard work in getting the new software up and running, and to Registrar Noel Keller for advice.

Sakai Upgrade

Sakai Menu Screenshot
Sakai Menu Screenshot

This weekend we will be upgrading the Claremont Sakai server from version 2.4 to version 2.5. The upgrade will take place on Sunday between 9:00AM – Midnight (August 10, 2008). Sakai will be unavailable during this time. In addition to many bug fixes and a few tool enhancements, you’ll notice a slightly new look to the interface.

The most important change is that the Discussion tool has been retired and replaced with the Forums tool. This applies to both course sites and project sites. Fall 2008 course sites have been created with the Forums tool in the default tool set.

Unfortunately, there is no easy one-click export utility for the Discussion tool. If you have a project site and need an archive of the old Discussion tool contents please email Elizabeth Hodas ASAP. If you are a faculty member and would like to re-use Discussion topics from an old course site please send her email ASAP as well.

Visit the Claremont Sakai Site at http://sakai.claremont.edu/

Computing Committee 08-09

The computing committee for 2008-09 was recently named. The committee members are:

Jim Eckert (Physics), Chair

David Harris (Engineering)

Chris Stone (Computer Science)

Martin Pyne ’09 (student)

Joseph Vaughan (CIS), ex officio

The computing committee charge (from the Faculty Handbook) is as follows:

  • To represent faculty and student computing interests;
  • To advise the Chief Information Officer on computing policies and on long-range planning for information techology;
  • To advise the faculty and college leadership about information technology needs, policies, and long-range planning.