News and Updates: January 2014
During December 2013, the Writing@CSU site was once again substantially redesigned. The most obvious change is a new layout that scales to the size of your device, reduces clutter, and is touch friendly. To accomplish this, the site was recoded to support scaling. This involved using media queries to support the display of key navigation elements (primarily menus) on larger and smaller screens.
We also moved to a more visually appealing design, with less clutter on the pages and easier and more predictable access to navigation tools. Key changes include the following:
- Options Menu. Click on the Options Menu ( upper right side of several pages on the site: My Page, Classes, Wikis, ePortfolios, and Blogs) to view the navigation menu for the page. The menu reduces the space previously devoted to navigation tools, allowing you to focus on your work.
- Additional Customization Options. We've added more options for controlling the appearance of the site, including the option to hide the site banner and to hide or display announcements about new features.
- Updated Course Templates. The old templates have been retired in favor of a cleaner, simpler look. If you miss the old templates, you can add one of three navigation menus and specify their location on the page.
- Cleaner Designs for Wikis, ePortfolios, and Guides. The tables of contents have been updated significantly and the design of the managements pages have been updated as well.
- Updated Preset Layouts. All of the preset layouts for the site, classes, wikis, blogs, and ePortfolios have been updated to reflect the new design. New presets have been developed and some of the older presets have been retired.
- (Improved) Gradebook. The gradebook has undergone more changes, mostly under the hood.
We continue to work to prepare the site for release as an open-source project. Gavin Miller, an undergraduate at Colorado State University who works at the Institute for Learning and Teaching, is nearing the end of the testing and documentation process. Once that work is completed, look for an announcement about availability of the code. Our intention continues to be to have the Studio available for use on both Windows Web servers and LAMP servers.