Dr Chuck Severance visits Bb Angel Indy Office the day after delivering Academix Keynote "Beyond the LMS"

Thanks to Jan Postonday for this TwitPic photo:   Jan doesn’t identify the other person in the photo… perhaps a new BB, former ANGEL employee? I linked to Dr. Chuck’s Keynote slides in a posting several weeks ago. True to form his talk is generating plenty of dialogue here at Notre Dame concerning vision and architecture for an LMS replacement. How exactly does the present day LMS morph to become that next ‘system’ or ‘glue’ or ‘portal’ for all the things teaching and learning requires, for all those fun Web 2.0 cloud apps? Is Blackboard ready for the death of … Continue reading Dr Chuck Severance visits Bb Angel Indy Office the day after delivering Academix Keynote "Beyond the LMS"

Discussion Tool: Journal Mode

I’ve got an incredibly interesting phenomena going on with a single course and a single student … unfortunately getting the student to submit their computer (or even answer questions about it) for scrutiny is like the proverbial teeth pulling. She was the first one to complain that the UI dates for each of her weekly Journal postings is inaccurate. The UI claims, for instance, that she did 3 of them on Feb. 12th within 2 minutes of each other. The Tracking report the Instructor accesses is another odd animal. The session numbers do not correlate with the access date/time stamps. … Continue reading Discussion Tool: Journal Mode

*Oh* *My* *Word* : Unknown feature in Weblogic 9.2 the cause of it all.

Weblogic 9.2, the underpinnigs of CE/Vista 8.0 has an Advanced SSL feature which is enabled by default. From the BEA “Configuring SSL” doc: Using Host Name Verification “A host name verifier is useful when an SSL client (or a WebLogic Server acting as an SSL client) connects to an application server (ed. “Wimba Voice Server”) on a remote host. It helps to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks. By default, WebLogic Server has host name verification enabled. As a function of the SSL handshake, WebLogic Server compares the common name in the SubjectDN in the SSL server’s digital certificate with the host name … Continue reading *Oh* *My* *Word* : Unknown feature in Weblogic 9.2 the cause of it all.

Wimba Security Cert of the wild card variety and Weblogic 9.2

I am still looking for an answer from Wimba to the question of how to configure our Bb Vista 8.0 server (based on Weblogic 9.2) so that it will accept the *.wimba.com security cert they sent us for use getting to our Wimba Voice Tools instance at https://notredamevoice.wimba.com To get the best SSL logging, you'll want to go to the Logging, DeBug subtab in Weblogic and check the box for SSL. This logging has been invaluable to us to discover why the Bb Vista server is not creating an encrypted session to the wimba voice tool server configured for us. … Continue reading Wimba Security Cert of the wild card variety and Weblogic 9.2

Broken: Banner 8 ICSSKCOM mod

THIS IS AN EDITED POST FROM JAN 21. Luminis 4 is not the culprit as results have been seen with Banner 8 on Luminis 3.3. (Melody Brake provided additional information). From my conversations with Melody Brake of Colorado State University, those of us who’ve adopted a little change to the ICSSKCOM package in Banner 7 may be in for a rude surprise when we upgrade to Banner 8. (Stay tune to further blog posts on this topic as more information rolls in). Banner 8 seems to refuse to send (?) any more than 13 character strings for the courses short … Continue reading Broken: Banner 8 ICSSKCOM mod

Horizon Wimba Voice Tools

I goofed in my preproduction installation, learned from my error, went on to a production install back in August. I am STILL trying to pull out the remnants of the failed preproduction install so that I can reinstall. Un-installing and re-installing Wimba Voice Tools is seemingly impossible. I’ve done any number of combinations of ripping the files out the back end, shutting down and restarting the application cluster and ripping out the front end. On this quiet pre-Christmas day I hope to finally get it off the server so that I can contemplate a re-install on yet another day. The … Continue reading Horizon Wimba Voice Tools