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OAC Update – July 27th, 2022

There will be an update to the Online Academic Community (OAC) on July 27th beginning at 8:00am PST. An outage of approximately 5-10 minutes is expected.   Updates will include:   Theme and security related updates  The removal of the BuddyPress plug-in:  Including...

User activity feeds temporarily disabled

Sorry folks -- we have temporarily disabled user activity feeds while we check a few things. It will be back as soon as possible. Updated 2018Mar05

WP ULike Button

This plugin allows you to add a like button to your OAC site, giving your website visitors the opportunity to engage with your website in a more interactive approach. The like button is extremely customizable allowing visitors to like any page, post or comment. The WP...

OAC UPDATE – Advanced Firewall Security

OAC UPDATE – Advanced Firewall Security

Dear OAC users, At around 10:15am, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, some users were temporarily blocked from accessing the OAC. This was a result of an advanced security update to our firewall.  Please note: the OAC has an algorithm that blocks users' IP...

OAC UPDATE – WordPress 4.9 Release

OAC UPDATE – WordPress 4.9 Release

We have and OAC update coming up tomorrow, Tuesday, November 21, 2017. We're upgrading to WordPress 4.9 "Tipton" which is the second "major" release of 2017. There will be some upgrades to user-experience and some new features. For a preview of the new features please...

OAC Workshops

Technology Integrated Learning is offering a wide variety of Online Academic Community workshops! These include an introduction to the OAC and sessions focusing on the DIvi theme. For more information and the schedule, check out our website!

Minimizing spam in your blog

Getting spam comments in your blog? Here's how to deal with it. For privacy reasons we are not allowed to use services that send your info or comments out to foreign locations, so we can't use Akismet.  We do have a number of other measures in place that have largely...

Contributor Role Change

A Contributor can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them. Contributors now have the ability to add media to their posts however, Site Administrators still need to review the post before publishing.

OAC Access

The Online Academic Community (OAC) is open to current employees and students at the University of Victoria. Upon leaving the university, you will lose access to your account. If you will be graduating from UVic this year, your OAC access will be closed before...

Assessing the OAC

This post originally ran on Inside Higher Education. I am reposting it here. Looking back at the academic term, I feel positive about the last four months. Sure, I have had a mountain of marking to do and lots of meetings to attend. But, overall this term was an...


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