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.
The upgrade will take several hours. During this time Sakai will be completely inaccessible to faculty and to students.
A confirmation email will be sent following the upgrade, letting you know that you can again login to Sakai.
The upgrade will take Sakai from version 10 to version 11, and includes updates some new features and most of all a new look that’s meant to make accessing Sakai on mobile and tablet devices much easier. See this list for a full list of the new features and changes. You can track availability of Sakai using the Johnson University Internet Services page. Login credentials will not be affected.
The most important aspect of the upgrade is to make it as smooth as possible and minimize frustration and headache for both faculty and students.
Sakai is a world class, open source learning management system providing a platform for tens of thousands of students in various educational settings and used by the likes of Duke, Standford, Oxford and others. The global Sakai community is currently in the process of field testing Sakai 11 and making sure it’s ready for ‘prime time’. This testing is critical to put Sakai 11 through it’s paces to insure quality assurance for every adopting institution and organization.
The Quality Assurance testing is done by faculty, students and administrators in institutions who are using Sakai currently. This QA process in collaboration with Sakai Developers helps insure Sakai 11 is ready.
In order to insure a smooth upgrade and provide ample time for instructors to prepare for their upcoming fall courses, course sites for the Fall 2016 term will be made available July 5, 2016. This provides faculty with course sites a full month prior to the upgrade and about three weeks of lead time before fall term courses begin on August 22, 2016. This is a change from the plan to wait until the after the Sakai upgrade to create fall term course sites.