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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 WordPress Themes Now Available

This month we deprecated a number of older, rarely-used themes and added seven modern and exciting ones. The Commons tries to limit WordPress theme choices to around 50 themes so that our Dev team can more easily manage their updates and monitor any vulnerabilities. If you have a particular theme you want, we can install […]

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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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Introducing Block Widgets

There is a big change in the way widgets are handled with the release of WordPress 5.8. Previously, Commons members added widgets to “widget areas” (sidebars, footers, etc.) by going to Appearance>>Widgets or to Customize>>Widgets. There they found an array of widgets, some provided by WordPress, some provided by the theme, and some provided by […]

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CUNY Academic Commons Annual Report 2019-2020

The Commons Annual Report for 2019-2020 is now available to download! Released roughly six months later than usual due to the disruption of the pandemic, the report highlights the importance of the Commons to so many who are adapting to the world of remote teaching and learning. We have added 4,600 members since June (a […]

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