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In case you didn't hear, we'll be doing an introductory session for the new version of Sakai, v. 19 THIS WEDNESDAY. 

Here's the notice that went out to all faculty:

"When: Wednesday, June 12th, from 1200-1300

Where: Reed Hall, Room 103 

On June 19th, NPS will be upgrading the Sakai Learning Management System. Join NPS’ Sakai gurus, April Fertig from CLE Help and Dianna Beardslee from CED3, for a guided tour.  The hour will include:

Demos of the new features and/or changes

Sakai 19 best practices

Question and answer opportunity

Please bring your laptop if you want to test out the new features. We hope you can make it!

If you are not able to attend this session, but would be interested in attending another time please let us know by emailing clehelp@nps.edu or drbeards@nps.edu."

We will be also be presenting using Zoom, at https://zoom.us/j/631518519

Why the Giant Leap in Version Number?

While it seems like an upgrade from version 12 to 19 would be a big leap, the Sakai developers are simply changing the version naming scheme to match the current year, rather than the number of the version. Sakai as we know it will actually change very little, and certainly not as much as it did during the summer of 18, when we jumped from v. 10 to 12. 

Some things to look for in this new version:

  • Gradebook Classic has been discontinued, to be replaced by “Gradebook”
  • New “Rubrics” tool, integrating with assignments, gradebook, tests, and forums
  • “Working Copies” in tests and quizzes is replaced by “Drafts”
  • In-course chat function
  • Course enrollment interface changes.

Release Notes from the Sakai Developers:

The first is a list of the release notes from the Apereo Foundation, a collection of developers from higher education institutions around the globe who oversee and contribute to the development of Sakai and other open source projects.

  https://www.apereo.org/projects/sakai-lms/sakai-19-released

  • The second link below is a more in-depth list of the changes to the software, listed in the Sakai Project Wiki, which is a Confluence page (just like the NPS Wiki, though not affiliated) and serves as the community collaboration platform for the Sakai developers and institutional admins alike. 

 https://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/DOC/Sakai+19+Complete+Feature+Summary

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