Updated October 7th, 2017-This article provides background and outlines what users can expect as we roll-out significant improvements to the viewing and editing of syllabi. Please check back often as we will continue to update this article as new details emerge and questions are asked and answered related to this upgrade.
Motivation and Goals
The goal of this project is to modernize the presentation and authoring of syllabi. Much has changed in the years since we first introduced the current experience in terms of client requirements, content consumption, devices and browsers, legislation, and other best practices. For this project we have focused on:
- general readability and consistency,
- accessibility and screen reader compatibility,
- handling "advanced" content like tables,
- and yes, even printing.
What's changing, and what's not...
First of all, let's talk about what is NOT changing. The actual written content of each syllabus will be preserved, so users should not expect to find that any syllabus item information is different than before. In addition these enhancements will not affect:
- authoring behavior,
- feed processing,
- course creation,
- templates, or
Now, on to what IS changing. Users will primarily notice changes in the look and feel of each syllabus, specifically the:
- width and balance of presented syllabi,
- font sizing, indentation, variations, and headings,
- color and size of editor buttons,
- table, list, and comment styling,
- dozens of accessibility improvements, and
- various other fixes.
And what MIGHT change? The vast majority of syllabi will immediately look much more awesome. However it is possible that those who have used advanced or irregular styling on their syllabi (e.g. tables with additional properties, empty spaces for alignment, etc.) may not mesh with these new styles perfectly. So as we introduce these enhancements, we encourage you to spot-check recent syllabi and let us know if anything now appears to negatively impact the comprehension of the content.
Deployment and Timing
These are the current targets each phase of deployment:
- Update sandboxes in mid-October.
- Update production in mid-November.
Concourse Power Users will be notified via email in preparation for each phase of deployment, and this document will be updated to reflect more precise dates.