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01.11.2018 | Security flaws (Meltdown and Spectre) affecting many computers, tablets, and mobile devices

Please see alert for information on the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws.

02.21.2018 | Ensemble Video - Unavailable @ 12-2 AM EST for Scheduled Upgrade

The Ensemble Video cloud servers will be unavailable on Wednesday morning (2/21/18) from 12:01AM - 2AM ET for a planned upgrade to Ensemble Video 4.8.

Enterprise System Maintenance

Tuesday, 4:00 am - 8:00 am

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Sunday, 6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Enterprise Systems may be unavailable during these times.

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Transition to Nexus (Union's Moodle)

What is Nexus?

Nexus is Union’s branded version of the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) software.

What factors influenced the switch?

ITS worked with faculty and advisory committees, ran a year-long pilot with volunteer faculty, and gained experience running Moodle. Information from all these efforts was used to make a final decision. Some of the more important considerations were:

  • Functionality that meets the current needs of faculty and students as expressed in annual surveys conducted by the faculty and student computing advisory committees. In addition to standard LMS features like grading and quiz creation and management, we evaluated a broad range of attributes of the system like ease of use, end user customization, etc.
  • Ease of learning the system, availability of training and support materials.
  • The flexibility and openness of the system to provide additional functionality to faculty and students at a reasonable cost to the campus.
  • Future support for mobile access.
  • The reliability, performance, and stability of the system; the availability of support if problems occur. Both Blackboard and Moodle have large user bases and others who can help support the product in addition to that provided by the organization that created the system.
  • Total cost including software licensing, hardware, personnel costs for support, etc.
  • Support for accessibility. Union is committed to providing systems that support the learning of all Union students.
  • Availability, quality, and ease of integration with other important components of a learning platform.

What's the timeframe?

What's Happening When
Initial pilot (8 volunteer faculty) Fall term 2010
Pilot size increased (30 volunteer faculty) Winter term 2011
Pilot size stays the same Spring term 2011
Decision made to move from Blackboard to Moodle May 2011
Initial cohort of departments selected and notified
(Chemistry, Computer Science, History, Modern Languages, Physics, Sociology)
May 2011
Decision to move directly to Moodle 2.0 made June 2011
"Branding" of Moodle begins — Nexus is chosen as name July 2011
Training held for initial cohort and all new faculty June-August 2011
Fall term 2011 starts — Faculty begin teaching using Nexus September 2011
Second cohort of departments selected and notified (Anthropology, Biology, Economics, Geology, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology, Visual Arts) October 2011
Training of second cohort November-December 2011
Winter term 2012 starts January 2012
Third (and final) cohort of departments and programs notified (Classics, Bioengineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, English, Film Studies, Math, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theatre & Dance) January 2012
Training of third cohort February-March 2012
Spring term 2012 starts — all academic courses using Nexus March 26, 2012
Conversion of administrative/non-academic Blackboard sites begins April 2012
Training for staff supporting administrative/non-academic sites begins April 2012
Archiving of Blackboard sites begins June 2012
User access to Blackboard restricted August 2012
Blackboard turned off September 2012

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