In just over two weeks – the Fall 2016 term will end. At almost the same time, Sakai, the learning management system used by Johnson University (Tennessee, Florida and Online) will undergo an upgrade from Sakai 10.2 to 11.2.
This upgrade has been planned for well over 6 months and as with any upgrade hopes to bring better continuity and usefulness to a tool as used by both faculty and students within the context of face to face, hybrid and online courses offered by Johnson University.
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.
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.):
There 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