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Sutori, Padlet, and VoiceThread Embeds Now Supported on the Commons

The Commons Dev team recently implemented code changes to support Sutori, Padlet, and VoiceThread embeds on WordPress sites. Actively engaged with the pedagogical needs of the CUNY community, the Commons provides an open source infrastructure that integrates both proprietary and non-proprietary resources. Here is a list of custom file and content types which can be…

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Gutenberg – The New WordPress Editor

Block Editing WordPress 5.0 was released in early December and features a modern, new editor called “Gutenberg” that replaces the “Classic” editor that has been around for years. Gutenberg is one of the biggest and most controversial changes in WordPress history, and the web is filled with articles, both pro and con. Gutenberg’s user experience…

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The Commons Plugin Director

Confused about what our over 330 WordPress plugins do? Our new Commons Plugin Director can help.  It provides the plugin’s name, a description of what the plugin does, the version, the author, and the plugin site URL. All these fields can be accessed using keyword searches. For example, enter “slider” if you are looking for…

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Group Forum Improvements

The backbone of the CUNY Academic commons is our Groups feature. Whether you use it as a graduate class platform, a research group, or a place to store and discuss department and committee concerns,  you know how useful it can be. (And if you’re at the starting point, please read our How to Create, Join and Maintain Groups page to begin.)…

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Sunset of the Wiki

Early in the life of the CUNY Academic Commons, an important space for collaborative writing and for the sharing of open content was our Wiki – powered by MediaWiki . In recent years, users have preferred newer areas of the Commons – Sites, Group Docs, Social Paper – for this kind of functionality. As a result, we have decided to remove…

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HETS Commons Is Up And Running!

Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS) has added a social layer to its site based on the CUNY Academic Commons model. The purpose of HETS Commons is to provide a social-networking platform that seeks to establish and provide a space for collaboration and exchange of ideas, knowledge, and best practices among all HETS member institutions. HETS appreciates…

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Events Calendar for Groups

Our newest feature is the Events Calendar. As we told you in our previous post, you can create Events as an individual or as a group.  This week we will take a closer look at creating events in a group context.   Calendar Navigation Find the Events link on the navigation bar on the left…

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Akismet Spam Protection for Any WordPress Installation on a CUNY Domain

Thanks to the terms of a licensing agreement generously made available by Automattic, the CUNY Academic Commons recently purchased a subscription to Akismet, the premier spam-prevention service for WordPress blogs, that can be shared with any WordPress installation on a cuny.edu domain. We would very much like to spread the word about the availability of this…

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