Microsoft Mail - Office365
The SSO Proxy server is soon to be retired by Microsoft, itslearning has developed a new IDP solution which supersedes the SSO Proxy Server. Its Learning will be migrating your school's domains from Monday next week working down the list alphabetically.
If you are accessing emails via the learning platform, you should not see any downtime and will continue to access emails as they were previously.
*********If, however you access emails via a mail client, you will need to either update the password or remove and re-add the profile**************
The password to be used for mail clients will be the itslearning password, I suggest you either follow the steps below to update the password in the mail client or alternatively set the itslearning password to be the same as your existing office 365 password. This should work in most cases.
Expand and 'Remove from vault' the stored Office365 credentials in control panel > Credential Manager.
When prompted, input Office365 password.
The issues that have been seen so far are that the its learning account is being locked causing the Office 365 account to be suspended because the domain has been migrated and users have not updated their passwords. To prevent this happening in Central Bedfordshire, Its learning will be disabling the sync service after the migration, (the only downside to this is new its learning accounts will not have an email address created until the sync service is switched back on).
Any queries please let me know.
Issue with 'new' messaging system
An issue has come to light where any account in your school can search for and message anyone in central bedfordshire. This only affects those schools where they have implemented a policy that allows communication with 'Site' as opposed to 'School'.
I recommend that you change the communication option to 'School' in ALL of your policies.
Any issues please contact me in the usual way.
Early User Interface – Important changes
This summer we have some very exciting changes happening to the itslearning platform. Changes include a new interface, new features and updates to existing features.
At the end of July, the early learner course interface is being retired from itslearning, this means that it will no longer be possible to create new early learner courses. Any existing early learner courses will be converted to ordinary courses. Our design team is looking into how we optimise the new itslearning for our youngest users, and we will communicate these updates at a later date.
For more information on all changes that are happening this summer please visit http://www.itslearning.co.uk/the-new-itslearning-experience
Changes are coming - UPDATE
Having seen the new new look and feel, and talked to its learning staff I can assure all users that you DO NOT have to change to the new version of its learning.
A number of facilities that Central Bedfordshire users will be lost with the new version, a few of these are listed here:
Skins will no longer be supported i.e. space/animal misfits
Early years interface will not be supported
ALL CONTENT on a course 'dashboard' will be lost when upgrading
I have been assured that any/all schools who wish to continue with their EXISTING platform will be able to do so for the foreseeable future. This has several advantages, the biggest of which is not having to go through the undoubted upgrading issues. By waiting hopefully any problems will be ironed out AND it may be that in a years time scripts will have been written to allow your existing content to be migrated to the new version should you wish to venture down this route.
If you do not have much content on a course dashboard you may well want to move over to the new version, if you do please let me know.