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Waterman Farm
By: BGS, Thursday, April 05th, 2018

A new theme was put on the websites. It has new text styles and a light gray background with an image of the Waterman Farm looking toward downtown Columbus at the bottom of each page.

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By: BGS, Thursday, December 07th, 2017

You have a new tool on your administrative login tabs: Google Analytics! It will enable you to see the Analytics of your site with one click. To learn more read the overview.

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photo gallery
By: BGS, Tuesday, November 07th, 2017

The updated Photo Gallery allows you to do many of the things you have been asking for in a Photo Gallery. You can now “batch upload” – this means you can select one or many images to upload at one time. You can now drag and drop the images in the Photo Gallery to rearrange them. It is now possible for you to select what image will be the avatar for your Photo Gallery.

The Photo Gallery has a new look too. Instead of the grid pattern of the old gallery, the new gallery will display your images in a montage format. You can still get the grid look by making all your images the same size before you upload them into the gallery.

For complete documentation on using the updated Photo Gallery get the PDF here.

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Twitter Feed
By: BGS, Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Click here for instructions to embed a Twitter feed on a basic page.

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dressage event example
By: BGS, Tuesday, May 03rd, 2016

The Event content type has been updated. This update:

• Adds a header image to events that will show on the lists of Events under the Events tab, and in the upper right corner of the full Event (under the important information block). 

• Reformats the home page upcoming events block to show the month and day of the Event in white text on a black background.

• Standardizes the date display to be a quasi ap style on all the other displays. (three letter month, day, four number year).

• Reorganizes the fields into fieldgroups to better organize things for editors. For example Details and Contact Information.

For the new documentation please click here. Example of a full event:

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Content is like water
By: BGS, Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Responsive web design is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).

This week the web developers updated the Slideshow slide and the Homepage Slide content types of our websites to be more responsive. You can check it out on your large monitor by resizing the Home page (drag the edge of the page from the left or the right) until it morphs into responsive mode or check out the same Home page on your smart phone or tablet.

Examples of Slideshow Slides can be found at and Homepage Slides at  Login to your site and check your content type to see if you are using either one of these slide shows. This update does not apply to Extension County sites.

small   large
small device   large device

Another addition is an Edit button. When you are logged into your site you will see an Edit button on each slide, you can now make updates and changes directly by using this feature.

Updated documentation for Slideshow Slide and Homepage Slide is here.

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Buckeye Alert
By: BGS, Wednesday, April 06th, 2016

The Buckeye Alert System is a cross platform notification system allowing the university to reach out to students and staff over nearly two dozen communication methods.  All CFAES Drupal sites now participate in the Buckeye Alert System.  When the university issues an alert our sites will display the message at the top of our pages with a red banner.  The addition of the Buckeye Alert System does not interfere with any other site functionality and our websites will behave normally during an Alert.

For more about how the University communicates across the campus in an emergency see the Department of Public Safety Website:

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Ohio Rivers
By: BGS, Thursday, February 11th, 2016

This week an update to the CFAES News module was pushed out to most of our Drupal 7 sites.  This update makes some visual changes to how images and dates display in articles, as well as new options for subscribing to articles.

News story images now crop to the same proportions as you see on the news releases located on  The size of the image in news story teasers as well as the main story has been standardized using the same model. By filling in the “Title text” field for an image a caption is displayed underneath it.  And news header images now link to the original image when on the news article page.

The Date display in teasers and on news stories has been updated and standardized.

The news page now offers a subscribe button which leads to a rss newsfeed of updates.  Feeds have also been made available on pages based on the tagging field within news.  Links to these tag pages are at the bottom of each article.

The homepage news block now only shows news items that have been “Promoted to Front Page”.  We have set the sites to “promote” all articles by default but if there are articles that should not appear on the home page this can be accomplished by unchecking the “Promote to Front Page” box when editing the article.  (see documentation for details)

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By: BGS, Friday, November 06th, 2015

This reply is from eLearning Support in response to the question “can you get any analytics for U.OSU pages.” If you are using U.OSU this might be something you would want to pursue.    Bonnie

I write in response to your question about analytics in U.OSU. I saw that you've had to wait to hear back from us. I realize that can be frustrating. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may have caused you and your team in FAES.

I'm pleased to let you know that a U.OSU website's site administrator can access analytics information for that site, via the Statistics widget on the site's Dashboard and also via the Google Analytics Plugin. For more information, please refer to the help articles "Analytics in U.OSU" (URL: and "Working with Plugins" (URL: At the time you'd reached out with your question, my team was investigating some reports of problems with this particular tool. We needed to wait to follow up with you until those problems were addressed.

It looks like you'd initially sought assistance from the IT Service Desk, which forwarded your question to my team (eLearning Support: we specialize in supporting U.OSU as well as other tools listed in my signature information). For future reference, you can route questions about our toolset directly to us by emailing the pertinent tool, e.g. As a little more background, the IT Service Desk team is staffed by tech support "generalists". They do a great job of answering basic questions about a wide range of tools, but need to refer more complicated questions to the appropriate specialist team. They've had no training on part of my team's tooolset (e.g. Mediasite). My team works during university business hours. If you encounter a complicated concern during this time and call the IT Service Desk, if they cannot assist you, they can redirect your call to us.

You might also find it helpful to consult our U.OSU support documentation, which we've provided in the U.OSU section (URL: of the ODEE Resource Center. The Resource Center, which has a fairly robust search engine, contains help articles, FAQs, and other information about each tool supported by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE). That being said, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have trouble tracking down the information you need.

I'm going to go ahead and close this help request record now, Bonnie. Soon you should receive an auto-sent email to that effect. If you have follow-up questions, you may re-open your record by replying either to this message or the one you'll receive shortly.


Cricket Nardacci
eLearning Support
Carmen | CarmenConnect | Mediasite | U.OSU | CarmenWiki | RIV
Learning Systems & Infrastructure
Office of Distance Education and eLearning | 614-688-4357

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Cat at Printer
By: BGS, Tuesday, September 08th, 2015

An update to the newsletter module was done on Sunday September 6, 2015. This update includes a new index block for the archive pages as well as a new “Print Friendly View” which displays the full articles for the issue so that the whole issue can be printed at once.  The update also contained some fixes to the relational fields for articles, events, and media mentions.

If you are having any problems viewing your website after this update, clear the cache on your browser this might fix the problem. If you continue to have problems please put in a ticket at the IT Help Desk.

Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday
Phone:  614-292-9110



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