Auto-Save Coming to TheHub

What is auto-save?

Auto-save is a feature you’re probably used to from Google Docs and other online sites where the content of your pages is automatically saved every few seconds or so, even without having to click the “Save” or “Submit” button.   We’ve been meaning to introduce this to TheHub for awhile now, and finally had the resources to make this happen.

What is (and isn’t) saved on TheHub?

It’s important to understand what is and is not automatically saved on TheHub.  In short, TheHub is not automatically saving the entire form – there are a long list of reasons why this isn’t possible including error checking and data validation.  What is auto-saved is all the large text blocks – those large rectangles you enter several sentences or paragraphs into.  Student examples include your Draft Div II and III contracts (eg: “Overview”, “Goals”, “Plan”, “Multiple Cultural Perspectives”, “Advanced Learning Activities”, etc).  Faculty examples include Final Course Evaluations (eg: “Narrative”, “Cumulative Skills”, “Optional Comments”, etc).

It is important to understand that you must click “Save” or “Submit” on every form to ensure the entire contents are saved.  Auto-save will only save the large text blocks and nothing else.

When is this starting?

Auto-save will be introduced on TheHub at the start of Spring committee request period, around March 2016 for students and later in summer/fall 2016 for faculty.

How do I know it’s working?

Under each text block, you will now see a message such as:

Last saved at 02/14/2016 at 9:14:15PM

These will automatically update each 15-30 seconds as you type.  If you make no changes to the content nothing will change.  For example, this is a sample from a Div II Committee Request: