Changes in Sakai (from 10 to 11)

Here are just a few of the coming changes you can expect to see in the upgrade of Sakai 10 to Sakai 11:

  • Responsive Design: How it works and looks on different devices
  • Gradebook Improvements
  • Lessons Enhancements
  • Additional Tools (Attendance for example)
  • Font Awesome Support
  • Tool name and actions refinements
  • And more!

Sakai 10 and 11 have a similar visual structure, but there’s definitely something to be said for understanding how to get around and where to find things.  The left-hand navigation per-site or course remains, as does the access to course and project sites across the top.  Beyond this standard web-site design (even Amazon uses a similar structure) there are some definite changes. You can see them below in a screenshot of the same course in Sakai 11 and 10 respectively:

My Workspace gets traded off for Home, but mostly as a change in naming, not function.

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Home in a course in Sakai meanwhile also gets updated, but again just in naming not in function, to Overview (see above image).

The whole set of icons used throughout Sakai is updated to use Font Awesome icon set, instead of the famfamfam set.  This is most especially notable in the left-hand navigation that appears in the Home (11) and Overview (11) areas of Sakai.  These icons can also easily be used in any content development by using the Font Awesome button in the rich text editor, in any tool that accesses the rich text edit window (which includes Lessons, Assignments, Tests and Quizzes, Announcements, Messages, etc.):

image4There are as yet other changes including, but not limited to:

  • More Sites to just Sites
  • Overall look and feel to facilitate access on any type of device (referred to as Morpheus)
  • Move of View Site As from top right to left just atop the list of tools for any course site
  • Move of Publish Now manage access option to the center from the left hand navigation area
  • Inclusion of profile image in the top right, which also doubles as the Log Out menu
  • Updates to the ‘sites drawer’ location
  • Inclusion of easy method for marking sites as “favorite” for quicker access in Sites area
  • Update to use of ‘elfinder‘ from old file browser when locating and  uploading new resources to a site
  • Inclusion of Windows 10 directions for upload/download multiple resources to a course site
  • A huge number of visual and functional changes to the Gradebook (thanks to NYU), which are covered in another post.

While there are as yet, still other changes and the possible addition of some really interesting features contributed by University of Dayton, be sure to stay tuned.

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