Documentation:The History of Open Learning Platform at UBC

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2004-2008

  • MovableType based blogs, number of websites running on various technologies

2008

  • WordPress based, Campus Wide Login (CWL) enabled blogs.ubc.ca launched, over 700 users/blogs migrated from MovableType
  • Common Look and Feel (CLF) introduced by UBC Public Affairs
  • MediaWiki gets CWL and CLF treatment and becomes UBC Wiki - wiki.ubc.ca

2009

  • CWL enabled sites.olt.ubc.ca for hosting websites
  • Around 20 websites on the server by the end of 2009

2010

  • UBC blogs gets new social homepage and social (buddypress) network
  • CTLT and PA partner and sites.olt.ubc.ca becomes UBC CMS and inherits PA’s cms.ubc.ca
  • Minimal WordPress Hybrid theme becomes the parent theme for most of CMS websites
  • Wiki Embed Plug-In developing allowing for UBC Wiki (MediaWiki) content to be embeded into UBC Blogs, UBC CMS (WordPress)

2010-2012

  • over 10,000 blogs and over 500 active, domain-mapped websites. Over 15,000 users of which over 12,000 students.
  • Continual improvement of our platform - the main developments:
    • Solid back-end: partitioned mySQL to 256 databases; Both blogs and CMS have load balancer in front of 4 app servers and master/slave db servers.
    • Extending our UBC CLF theme - almost all sites run on this theme - see manual
    • Writing plugins to support UBC community, under CC license, over 200k downloads from Wordpress.org only!
    • Established great user community through monthly larger clients' meetings, end users' support through open web clinics twice a week, community based UBC wiki documentation

2018

  • MediaWiki upgraded to include Visual Editor
  • New WordPress Service -- UBC Course Spaces -- launched in beta.