Sakai 11.2

Even though we have release notes [1], I was wondering if it would be helpful to make a blog post about our maintenance releases. Also motivated by the fact that in 11.2 we had to turn off one of the new features of Sakai 11 for the mobile view, and thought that would be important to communicate. This blog post is really about both Sakai 11.1 and Sakai 11.2 since combined there are 350 improvements since the 11.0 release on 23 July 2016. 

 

SakaiCamp Un-conference in Orlando Florida January 21 - 25, 2017

We are pleased to announce a SakaiCamp un-conference in Orlando Florida January 21 - 25, 2017.

SakaiCamp is an informal gathering that is focused solely on Sakai. The people who show up decide on the topics of discussion, and in some cases, working sessions. Attending we get a nice mix of developers, instructional designers, managers, etc. And we have break out sessions so that developers can talk tech and users can talk function. And we all come together in full group debriefs and discussions.

Case Study Video: Sakai At University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has released a short promotional video highlighting the power and potential available in its instance of Sakai, as well as the role of its instance in expanding the university’s mission into the digital world.

Celebrate Sakai 11 on Twitter #turnitupto11

Between the dates of September 12 - 21, tweet away on Twitter with the hashtags #sakaiproject and #turnitupto11 to enter a fun contest. 
 

Announcing the release of Sakai 11 !

Sakai 11 has had a facelift! The new version of Sakai supports a responsive design meaning that it can be used on any device with any screen size, any place, anytime, anywhere! The new release represents one of the biggest, if not the biggest, improvement in Sakai in years. Sakai 11 is, of course, still 100% open source and its redesign was informed by UX testing with real users and delivered by the worldwide Sakai community.  

 

Sakai Accessibility Ra11y Plan update

Phase 1 of the Ra11y plan [1] is complete!  We are one (big) step closer to WCAG2 Certification. 
 
What does this mean? It means that we completed a substantive review of the accessibility of the Sakai system by contracting out the assessment
to a reputable 3rd party, SSB Bart [2]. Improving Sakai's accessibility means making it easier for people of all abilities to use our system. Our aim, as it always has been, is to make the system genuinely as accessible as possible, which directly impacts students, instructors, and other users in a positive way with a better user experience. We also wish to achieve WCAG 2 certification, which validates the community's hard work in this area. A double win!
 
The good news is that Sakai, as it stands now, is assessed at 74% compliant, which is not a bad starting point. Also we have gone painstakingly through the 453 identified issues and consolidated them into 51 Jiras [3] .  We are off to a great start and we don't want to lose the momentum!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sakai 11 timeline

The Sakai core team is planning a Beta release the week of May 9, 2016. A Beta release is feature complete and within striking distance of an RC01, our first release candidate. We are anticipating having an RC01 shortly after Open Apereo 2016 and an expected release date in late June. 
 

Sakai 10.7 released!

The Sakai Core Team is happy to announce the Sakai 10.7 maintenance release  for general availability! Congratulations worldwide team! There were 47 fixes  [1] in this release across the core tools. 2 new security fixes. 
 
if you're running 10.6 that this upgrade is of critical importance. Several of the fixes in 10.7 were regressions from 10.6, especially against Assignment and Samigo.