Dear Digication Administrators,
Happy New Year! We hope you have all enjoyed a peaceful and joyful holiday.
To start off the new year, we are excited to share the latest updates regarding the New Digication feature release timeline. For those of you that are actively testing and planning pilot implementations of New Digication this semester, the following may be particularly useful as you finalize your plans.
There were several features we previously estimated to have been released around 1/1/17. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the release dates have been delayed. We sincerely apologize and assure you that we are working as quickly as possible to deliver the features to you.
We are aware that each community is on a unique timeline; some have moved forward in testing and planning for pilot launches, while others have started planning for transition from Digication Classic to New Digication in Fall 2017.
The following features are our top priority. Each feature will be released separately as it is completed within the next 2-8 weeks:
- System level templates (similar to Classic)
- Submit ePortfolio
- Support of embedded content currently supported in Classic
- Existing Digication modules support
- Comment + Conversations
- Ability to move content between slides
Features planned for Fall 2017:
- Conversion from Digication Classic ePortfolios
- Custom modules & template library
- Save and apply styles globally
- Style library
- Download ePortfolio as .zip files
Upcoming Pilots Utilizing New Digication
Although New Digication does not yet include the features listed above, a wide range of editing and design tools are available. Because new features will be made available throughout the coming weeks and months, we are strongly encouraging schools to begin piloting New Digication during the Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 semesters within targeted user groups. Concurrently, Digication will be providing frequent webinars in which faculty and administrators may participate for training in the new platform.
We realize some of the features listed above are high priorities for campuses, and we are available to speak to you about your upcoming pilots to help you plan for the semester ahead. Please reach out if you would like support or consultation.
Transitioning to New Digication
After having piloted the New Digication platform among smaller user groups during the Spring and Summer semesters, schools should plan internally for larger, campus-wide implementations beginning in Fall 2017. The Digication Administrators at each school have control over when New Digication is available to end users in their communities, as well as when they choose to enforce the use of New Digication for all new ePortfolios being created. While each school will have its own transition path, we recommend Fall 2017 as the targeted transition date.
Digication plans to officially transition all schools to New Digication in Fall 2018. At that time, we will no longer be providing support for creating new ePortfolios using Digication Classic. End users will continue to have the option to migrate their Digication Classic ePortfolios to the New Digication interface on their own timeline on a per ePortfolio basis.
If users do not wish to migrate their ePortfolios to the New Digication, viewing and editing will be enabled for as long as browsers continue to support them, which will likely be for many years to come. We will not be developing any new features in Digication Classic.
Resources to help with your transition have already been shared on our help desk. Additional materials will continue to be added through the Spring semester. You will find additional New Digication help documentation has been added to the help desk. We will also be in touch regarding upcoming webinars to facilitate training and implementation efforts in New Digication over the coming weeks.
We appreciate your patience and support as we make progress on the development of New Digication features. As always, we welcome your feedback, questions and concerns! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your friends at Digication