Enhance GauchoSpace Service Quality
Maintain a secure, easy to use, and pedagogically-useful learning environment. Continue to deploy and apply core Moodle software updates for security and bug fixes. Continue to gather and expand campus constituent feedback from instructors, students, and others through surveys and focus groups organized by the GauchoSpace Planning Committee. Deploy quarterly systems and code updates, including requested enhancements, new plugins, local code modifications, and integrations with external tools and applications. Deliver the next major update to GauchoSpace in December 2020, updating core code from Moodle 3.5 to Moodle 3.9.
Improve access to GauchoSpace for all users, from any device. Utilize principles of universal design, with specific focus on mobile accessibility, in all UX/UI updates. Deploy a mobile application for iOS and Android devices for campus use, designed around student feedback and priorities.
UCSB Campus Cloud hosted GauchoSpace
Leverage the UCSB Campus Cloud to the extent possible to modernize the GauchoSpace infrastructure for increased resilience, reliability, and scalability. Deploy a disaster recovery site on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Winter 2020. Deploy a test GauchoSpace environment on the Campus Cloud. Create pricing and performance analysis for running production GauchoSpace service in AWS. Develop platform-agnostic code for deploying GauchoSpace on AWS and other public or private cloud platforms.
Liberate the GauchoSpace Data
Deepen integration with relevant campus data sources via the campus API gateway. Maintain and enhance integrations with existing and new campus-wide applications and services (e.g. G-Suite, Zoom, UCSB Library discovery resources and research guides, etc.). Develop improved processes and expand resources for instructors and departments for utilizing and integrating external applications (such as textbook publishers’ homework tools, or third-party communication tools).
Implement a Learning Record Store for consuming learning data, in alignment with security best practices, campus data lake goals and infrastructure, and following global educational standards. Securely design and deploy dashboards for students, instructors, advisors, and campus leadership.