August 22, 2016 • Written by Matt Miles
What is HTTPS? HTTPS uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to encrypt and decrypt user page requests over the internet. This helps keep the information that you enter into your browser private as it travels through the internet. LEARN supports HTTPS fully.
LEARN was recently upgraded to a new version of D2L Brightspace – 10.6.3. A side effect of this upgrade is that our existing implementation of HTTPS stopped working properly. Previously HTTPS was enforced only on the login page in order to protect users’ login credentials. When users entered LEARN HTTPS became optional. Currently if we set the system to enforce HTTPS on the login page users are unable to login properly. It is particularly critical that logins to LEARN are done through HTTPS to protect users’ login credentials.
D2L is working on the problem, but if a solution isn’t found soon we are going to have to force HTTPS on throughout LEARN. This may have some side effects if courses are embedding insecure content. If the provider of content that’s been embedded in LEARN doesn’t support HTTPS it will not work when HTTPS is enforced. In most cases external content providers already support secure connections. For example, video providers like YouTube, Vimeo, and the College’s ShareStream video service all support HTTPS natively.
Even if we fix the current problem with HTTPS logins, we are going to be turning on HTTPS only in the fall prior to LEARN migrating to a cloud service.
Check if Your Course Is Affected
If you want to see what your course will look like when we switch over to HTTPS you can do this now. If you type https:// before the learn.rrc.ca address in your URL bar (https://learn.rrc.ca) you will be able to navigate through LEARN using a secure connection. If you have trouble seeing your content when accessing LEARN through HTTPS please contact us at email@example.com.
December 6, 2016 • Written by Matt Miles
LEARN’s move to the cloud is still on schedule for December 19th.
The new integration between Colleague and LEARN has not been entirely finalized yet, but should be soon. The new integration for LEARN will only affect 2017 courses so that no changes are made to actively running courses where possible.
- Colleague Crosslisting will be actively reflected in LEARN automatically. Previously this crosslisting only showed up in LEARN if the course was already crosslisted when it was entered into LEARN.
- Crosslisting will no longer delete the child’s course offering. Instead the child’s course offering will be renamed and set to be “inactive”. The name will be changed to include (Deactivated Crosslisting) in the title. The course will be “inactive” because simply moving the sections to a new parent does not remove those who are enrolled as Developer, EA, Editor, etc. This will prevent them from accessing the course and being confused as to why there are no students there anymore. The child course offering is not being deleted because Colleague crosslisting could have potentially accidentally deleted courses with real user progress or course files in them.
- Courses cancelled in Colleague will be renamed to include (Cancelled) in the title and the course will be set to inactive.
- We will be able to extend course end dates on demand.
- We will be able to extend program end dates on demand.
An additional change is to how users will login to LEARN. Now that LEARN is using a federated login service, users will no longer be able to login directly on LEARN’s front page. They will need to either login through HUB or by clicking on the login button on LEARN’s front page. This new login will require you to enter your RRC email address instead of just your username. For students this will be firstname.lastname@example.org. For staff this will be email@example.com. Please see this blog posting for more information.
Please be aware that LEARN will be down from 5pm Monday, December 19th until 10am Tuesday, December 20th.
This window will see the last data migrated to the cloud, LEARN upgraded to the latest version, and testing performed to make sure that everything is working. There will absolutely be no data loss. If there is a problem we can always revert to our on premise hosting of LEARN which will not be deleted until we are sure we’re working well on the cloud.
December 1, 2016 • Written by Chris Bryan
With LEARN moving to cloud hosting on December 19th, 2016 the College needs to implement a new login system to allow secure logins over the internet.
LEARN will now be authenticating users through Active Directory Federated Services. This authentication method requires a change to the username you enter. For those logging in directly through https://learn.rrc.ca instead of putting in just your College username, you will now be required to enter your Red River College provided email address. Your password will remain the same. Staff will login with firstname.lastname@example.org, and students will login with email@example.com.
There will be no change to logins through HUB.
The new login system will be deployed on Monday, December 19th, 2016.
If you have any questions please contact LEARN Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Login Instructions For https://learn.rrc.ca
- You will be forwarded to the ADFS login page. On this page enter your RRC email address as your username and the same password that you use for other College services.
August 10, 2016 • Written by Chris Bryan
In August of 2016 LEARN is receiving and upgrade from version 10.3.20 – v10.6. Though these are point version updates there are many features that have been upgraded and/or introduced to the system.
Please feel free to view the full release notes from D2L: v10.4.0-v10.4.12 and v10.5.0-v10.6.3
Or view our highlighted changes below:
November 12, 2015 • Written by Matt Miles
We’ve been listening to your feedback, and we’re addressing the #1 issue that users have with LEARN – the inability to reply to forwarded emails. On December 1st, LEARN’s email is changing to be a send-only email system. This means that while LEARN will still be able to send email, it will no longer receive email – replies will go to your College email account (but you can configure that account to forward emails wherever you prefer).
We’ve set up pages explaining the switch with different instructions for instructors and for students:
LEARN Email Switch For Instructors
LEARN Email Switch For Students
If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com.
We recently found that some people were using Youtube clips they created in Youtube as embeddable objects inside of LEARN. The benefit to this is focusing on a certain segment of a video by controlling the start and end time the user can see of that video. Since we found an issue with LEARN and youtube videos we decided to show you how to get around this. (Fix coming in LE 10.3.0 SP20 or 10.4.0) Read More →