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Stabilizing AWS Costs on UMW Blogs

One of the quiet wins we had in DTLT this semester was moving UMW Blogs to Amazon Web Services. It was essential because this platform was quickly outgrowing the limits of a dedicated server. In fact, if it weren’t for Tim Owens‘s fancy … Continue reading

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UMW Domains Is Not Radical

On Tuesday Tim Owens and I spent the afternoon with the good people at Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). Rob Pongsajapan invited us up to talk about the work we’ve done with UMW Domains. Rob has led … Continue reading

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Scaling UMW Blogs in the Cloud

UMW Blogs is in it’s eighth year, which is like 56 years old in web time. And like all us aging technologies, middle age can be a bitch when it comes to performance. But thanks to Tim Owens and the magic of load … Continue reading

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Set UMW Blogs to Phase Diagram

I was looking at the traffic on UMW Blogs on this beautiful Fall morning during my day off—I can’t help myself. Looks like last Sunday we had a traffic anomaly of epic proportions. On average we get 8 to 10 thousand … Continue reading

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UMW Blogs in Cloud City

Almost two weeks ago Ryan Brazell and Tim Owens moved both the core files and the databases of UMW Blogs onto Amazon Web Services (AWS). What does that mean exactly? It means UMW Blogs is now in a virtualized server environment that can dynamically … Continue reading

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UMW Domains vs UMW Blogs

There’s a somewhat manufactured rivalry in the DTLT bullpen between the old gold blogging platform UMW Blogs and the young upstart UMW Domains. Ryan and I stand on the side of tried and true tradition, while Tim and Martha are into the … Continue reading

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Analyzing Chinese Film GIFs

The students in Sue Fernsebner‘s Chinese History through Film course have been hard at work creating GIFs as part of their film analyses. There are a bunch of excellent GIFs that try and capture a particularly significant moment within the … Continue reading

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Open, Public Educational Publishing Platforms #4life

On Monday I checked in on the traffic stats for UMW Blogs, something I do from time-to-time when the semester starts to slow (the fact this didn’t happen until week 14 is telling). I was pleasantly surprised to see that … Continue reading

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The Strange Wonderland that is UMW Blogs

Professor Mara Scanlon just sent me a link to this post by a student in her Advanced Literary Studies Methods course (English 295). The final paragraph of that awesome blog post reminds me how vital it is to be part of … Continue reading

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Tracking Over Four Years of Traffic on UMW Blogs

I’m working on presentation about assessment on another front, and as an excuse for a break I decided to post some recent UMW Blogs traffic statistics from the last four years. I know analytics and data is all the rage … Continue reading

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