Loyola University Chicago

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Sakai 11 Upgrade

We are excited to announce the Sakai 11 upgrade is now complete. All project sites and course sites have been retained. Policies for Sakai Users provides more information on course and project site retention. For questions or assistance with Sakai 11, please email sakai@luc.edu or visit one of our drop-in locations. Click here to view a high-level project timeline.

What's New

Sakai 11 provides easier navigation, as well as enhanced feature and functionality to Lessons and a new Gradebook. Additionally, the SCORM Player will now be available for all course and project sites. Many of the University's instructional systems that integrate with Sakai will also get a new look with the upgrade including Atomic Learning, Top Hat and Loyola Media (Kaltura). Zoom users will be thrilled to learn they soon will be able to create and launch online meetings directly within their Sakai course. This is all just the tip of the iceberg! Click here to view the full Sakai 11 Release Notes. Please note the University's instance of Sakai is customized, meaning you might come across some minor differences in this general description.

Preview

As primary stakeholders in the success of this upgrade, all current faculty, students and staff are invited to take a sneak peek at Sakai 11. To access the University's development site, please visit https://lucdev.longsight.com/ and use your ID and password to login. The best way to experience Sakai 11 is to start by creating a new project site. Go to the upper-right corner of your screen and click Sites, then click Create New Site. From there, you'll be able to customize the site settings, and access the complete tools library within Site Info. Click here for further instructions on creating a project site.

Open Forums

Over the next few months of this exploratory phase, we'd like to hear from you and field any questions about the upgrade. On Friday, March 3rd we will start our series of weekly Sakai 11 open forums. Please plan to join us online at https://luc.zoom.us/my/dropin from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT. Future dates include 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5. A special Open Forum will also take place the afternoon of the upgrade, 5/12 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. We look forward to stimulating conversations among an active community of learners. UPDATE 5/15/17: Our Open Forum series has now concluded. Please check back later this summer for additional dates/times leading into the Fall 2017 semester.

Training

Sakai 11 training is scheduled to begin in mid-February and run consistently into early next fall. Sessions are being offered in multiple formats including hands-on and online, as well as at a variety of days and times. Attend a general overview of What's New Sakai 11, and/or register for a more advanced Rediscover the Lessons Tool in Sakai 11 or Transform Your Gradebook in Sakai 11 session. Click here to view the ITRS Training Catalog for specific dates and times, and to register online. Be sure to check often as we anticipate adding more sessions and topics.