Author Archive | Colin McDonald (he/him/his)


Commons 2.3: The CV, Your New Professional Homepage

It’s a new year, and we’re thrilled to kick it off by unveiling a big new feature. Today, we say goodbye to the traditional Commons Profile and hello to the Commons CV! The CV (curriculum vitae) is a versatile, visually compelling public landing page available to every Commons member. Using intuitive and customizable editing tools, […]

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Commons 2.1: Activity and Events at a Glance

We’re excited to begin a new year and a new semester with a cleaner main menu and several important new ways to jump into everything happening on the Commons. Last spring, we brought the key elements of our homepage redesign to our top-level People, Groups, Sites, and Courses directories. We’re now launching overhauled Events, Activity […]

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New Year, New Commons!

Welcome to the 1.19 Release As the CUNY Academic Commons enters its 13th year, we’re thrilled to unveil a cornerstone for the years to come – a new homepage with a visual and functional overhaul that will eventually transform the entire platform. A quick visit to should give you an idea of what’s now […]

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New Features: OER Metadata and Editing Instructors

In addition to our homepage overhaul, today we’re also launching a few targeted improvements in how we catalog and display the fast-expanding number of courses on the Commons. As we increasingly open up education on the Commons, it is now possible to mark your Group and/or Site, including a course group or site, as one […]

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Version 1.17 Released: Group Library and Site Cloning Features

Our latest release revamps how Group members can share group resources with each other and introduces a powerful cloning tool for adapting existing Sites to new uses while preserving the original. Both are well-timed to enable more efficient group collaboration and Site expansion (building off of last year’s new creation portal) as COVID-19 necessitates new […]

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Version 1.16 Released: Revamped Courses Directory

Teaching continues to drive substantial growth on the Commons, so we’re excited today to launch new features for searching and discovering the rapidly-increasing number of courses in our community. Our revamped Courses Directory now boasts a hero slideshow of rotating course highlights, a new filter bar for finding Courses based on a variety of configurable […]

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