The Future Is Here: Illinois Compass 2g

The Future Is Here: Illinois Compass 2g

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  • Town Hall on Illinois Compass 2g

    CITES is holding an Illinois Compass 2g Town Hall Meeting on April 24 in Room 314 Illini Union from 3:00 - 4:30 PM. The meeting will feature a panel of faculty sharing their experiences with Illinois Compass 2g and an "Open House" session that will highlight new uses, new tools, and enhancements in the new system, such as Grade Center, improved Communications tools, and the next major release scheduled for installation this summer (code named "Ocho"). This event is targeting faculty, instructors, administrators, and staff who want all the details on the new Illinois Compass and for instructors planning their move to Illinois Compass 2g. 

  • CITES ATS Presents To Faculty Executive Committee Senate

    Kostas Yfantis and Robert Baird from CITES ATS presented an Illinois Compass 2g update at the April 9th Faculty Executive Committee Senate meeting. Faculty were very interested in hearing how the campus enterprise LMS, Illinois Compass, is developing and how plans for faculty to move to the new system powered by Blackboard Learn are going. 


  • Illinois Compass 2g Showcase - 'Teaching with Technology' Brown Bag

    Spring 2012 'Teaching With Technology' Brown Bag Series begins this Wednesday February 8,  Noon-1 p.m. in 23 Illini Hall

    Presenting  an  'Illinois Compass 2g Showcase' featuring  selected tools and how they are used in teaching. Presenters include  Darin Eastburn (learning modules), Norma Scagnoli & Jill Moore (embedded media), Laura Hill (blended format) and Virginia  Peterson (groups and group projects). Please join us for an informative look at these selected Compass 2g teaching tools.


    More on the Spring 2012 schedule at:


  • Performance Testing of Illinois Compass 2g

    CITES has been working with Blackboard to do extensive performace testing on the new Illinois Compass 2g hardware and software since the beginning of January 2012. Tests have proven the robustness of our installation and have revelealed places where tweaks to settings and configurations can help us optimize performance even more. Final capacity testing is near the last step to our testing process and will occur early morning, Wednesday, February 1, 2012. 

    Between 1:00-4:00 am tomorrow morning (Wednesday), large course testing will occur. 

    Between 5:00 and 8:00am tomorrow morning (Wednesday), final capacity testing will occur through the load balancer with a high probabilty of system failure since we are testing for the highest capacity the system can support. System analysts will be on call to address any system downtime. Note that this testing occurs during our regularly scheduled maintenance window for Illinois Compass. 



  • Daily Illini article on LMSs at Illinois (Dec 8, 2011)

    Rocky Lira, the Illinois Compass 2g project manager, is quoted in The Daily Illini on December 8, 2011 in the article "Integrating UI course websites could prove beneficial to students".
  • Introducing Illinois Compass Second Generation (Illinois Compass 2g) - November 2011

    On November 17, 2011, Illinois Compass Second Generation made its campus-wide debut at Illinois. This is the most significant upgrade of Illinois Compass and the Blackboard software that powers it since CITES began running it in 2004. Users must choose to move to the second generation system in Spring, Summer or Fall 2012.

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