This update requires the system to go offline, but Suzanne Cadwell, the Information Technology Services director of teaching and learning, said ITS is working to ensure the update process goes smoothly.
“We’re excited about it and it’s because, mostly, just because we think it’s gonna be an easier Sakai for everybody to use,” Cadwell said.
Cadwell said this update will improve the user experience.
Some of the new features include a more responsive design with an improved layout and navigation across different devices. Cadwell said the new gradebook features make it easier for professors to input grades into the system through a spreadsheet that requires fewer clicks than the current system.
She said the new site will have “hotspot questions” with clickable images and graphics for students to answer questions. The update also allows professors to customize the Sakai site for their course and easily integrate all of their resources and lessons into one place.
Cadwell said upgrading Sakai requires three different testing environments because they need to ensure tools, like VoiceThread, Warpwire and Blackboard Collaborate, will work with the new Sakai site.
“The upgrade was available, was issued late summer and of course we needed more time to be sure that we test the upgrade on our system and make sure that we were ready with help documents and all of that before we made that available to users,” Cadwell said.
The Sakai 11 update has a lot of features that students have been hoping for.