The Sakai Changelog tracks changes, bug fixes, developments, updates and major milestones
October 12: Sakai upgraded to version 11.1 August 2016
August 16: Sakai upgraded to version 11.0 September 2014
September 21: Edit and Remove settings added to published assessments in Tests & Quizzes. August 2014
August 17: Peer review feature was added to Sakai. September 2013
September 15: VoiceThread was implemented in Sakai.
August 11: Capability added to set the desired language of individual course sites. July 2013
July 14: Sakai configured to allow linking to Assignments and Forums from WYSIWYG. June 2013
June 30: Graduate student instructors now have the ability to create a course site.
June 30: Users with the Instructor or Maintain role are able to add a course site alias (change/add site URL in Site Info> Edit Site Info). May 2013
May 11: Sakai upgraded from 2.7 to 2.9.1 – new features include Lessons tool and design improvements
May 19: Improved handling for copy/paste from Word and updated security filtering for CK editor.
May 22: Expanded functionality of email archive tool to cover dm.duke.edu subdomain January 2013-May 2013
Code freeze to prepare for Sakai 2.9 upgrade
Dec 2: Update to Media Gallery. Video and audio will now play on iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, etc).
Dec 16: Modification to Tomcat and Nginx to address issue with export grades feature.
Nov 25: Patch to fix issue with eReserves – web content links were being removed from sites when the process ran. Updated Fuqua template.
Nov 29: New server node added to support increased load.
Oct 14: Patch to fix issues with courses that have duplicate roster feeds; fix for Course Builder role (can now access unpublished courses)
Oct 15: Spring 2013 feeds released
Oct 22: Patch to fix name issue in the internal Sakai blog tool. Previously names would not update for users in the blog tool.
Oct 27: Patch to address issue with gradebook crashing when the user doesn’t assign points to an uploaded column; patch to address issue with Tests&Quizzes crashing when selecting Statistics or Item Analysis; patch to add monitoring in the logs for Web Content tool
Oct 28: SERVICE OUTAGE. Hardware issue after scheduled maintenance.
Aug 12: Security settings changes for Webservices IPs
Aug 19: HTTPS change to allow Media Gallery (Kaltura) to display in Google Chrome
Aug 24: new node added to increase performance and stability; updated instructions for ‘Upload/Download Multiple files’
Aug 25: new Group Assignments functionality added to Assignments tool
July 10: DNS change at Duke requires restarts of Sakai servers – some instability (6pm-10pm)
July 15: Changed link for Honor Code in Assignments tool to point to permanent URL
July 22: set networkaddress.cache.ttl to 60 sec; implemented NGINX as front end load balancer; corrected header of syllabus notification email
June 7: patch for web services and Toolkits. Users can now add participants to migrated course sites.
June 7: change for Announcements. Email notifications now appear from sender, not from generic @sakai.duke.edu or course name.
June 30: Blackboard shut down completely. blackboard.duke.edu and courses.duke.edu redirected.
May 2: downtime 5am-5:15am for vendors to restart Linux servers to avoid bug in Linux causing systems to crash after 200 days running.
May 13: patch to fix entity picker (instructors were not seeing links to forums)
May 20: patch to fix gradebook percentage issue and change to email addresses (to stop getting official site email notifications via Service Now): firstname.lastname@example.org
May 21: Spring 2012 courses migrated from Bb to Sakai (completed)
April 5: Templates and skins activated for Law, Divinity, Fuqua and Nursing
April 16: Alpha-sort of course lists fixed and implemented
April 21: eReserves Ph 2 deployed in production
March 4: Move production to new data center
March 9: bug fixes implemented: spellcheck, LDAP preferred name/nickname, Messages tool ‘from’ address, modules limit, MIME handling for doc/docx files
March 16: bug fixes: removed duplicate site option; patch to stop instructors from removing their last roster from a course site accidentally; warning text added for test takers
March 25: Longsight unstealthed the Search tool on production during scheduled restart
March 26: Fall 2012 feeds went in
Feb 1: Imports for Bb ORG sites completed. Announced to ORG site owners/leaders.
Feb 3: added code repointing WebDAV to ldap.duke.edu – fixing WebDAV for users. Added Visitor role to course and project sites to prepare for Toolkits integration.
Feb 8: Toolkits added to Sakai. Site Info>Add Participants enabled to link to Toolkits.
Feb 13: Summer semester feeds loaded into Sakai. SIS files didn’t include Fall 2011 feeds – students in F2011 courses temporarily removed until feed could be repaired and re-added.
Feb 28: brief service degradation due to networking issue on path to DC (caused LDAP errors in Sakai logs due to timeouts and overall system slowness between 4pm and 7pm)
Jan 8: Respondus Lockdown Browser added to production
Jan 8: Duke 021 and 023 added as new nodes to support Sakai load
Jan 9: added Emeritus type to production to allow Emeritus faculty to create sites
Jan 12: Sakai-test running on two load balanced nodes
Jan 19: Import of Fall 2011 Blackboard content
Jan 20: new Gateway site deployed on sakai.duke.edu
Jan 25: rolled out ‘grouper’ codebase for Toolkits integration. WebDAV services affected by authentication to new ldap.
Jan 30: rolled out templates code. Only default Duke template made available for now.
Dec 8: Gradebook export to STORM installed
Dec 8: node freezes prompt several rolling restarts. Investigation leads to rolling back Gradebook export code which seems to resolve the issue.
Dec 20: Gradebook export re-rolled out successfully. Winter semester added to SIS feeds.
01 Nov: Sakai Spring 2012 course data feeds loaded. Restriction on faculty who can create courses lifted = all Duke faculty and/or staff can now create Sakai courses
02 Nov: Issue closed – reports of login/logouts, odd secondary login screens seems to have been repaired by code added to change the default cookies for Sakai at Duke.
02 Nov: Wiki permissions changed (previously didn’t allow students to edit by default)
03 Nov: TA role changed for Spring 2012 and onward. Grade role added to Production.
13 Nov: released Project sites for Duke faculty, students and staff (Terms of Service agreement development done and added)
12 Oct: Glitch in All Grades display in Gradebook for some users repaired
12 Oct: SERVICE DEGRADATION: Sakai slowness reported. Node restarted. Cause: bad import of archive file.
26 Oct: SERVICE DEGRADATION: SIS files stop loading correctly. Student info restored in 45 mins. New monitoring and checking put in place on file feeds.
27 Oct: Kaltura Media Gallery (beta) added to Sakai production
29 Oct: Migration of all Bb Course Content for all Duke faculty (F2007-Su2011) completed
31 Oct: fixed issue with FERPA block not allowing student names and email to display properly in Sakai
02 Sept: color of tool names on left menu changed from green to blue to increase accessibility
02 Sept: issue with LDAP connection and slow loading of large classes resolved
02 Sept: Course Builder role added
05 Sept: Apache bug keeps some users out of Sakai. Longsight investigates and addresses with a patch.
07 Sept: Load balancing on two nodes added
12 Sept: SERVICE OUTAGE: Sakai servers go down. Services restored. Additional monitoring put in place.
12 Sept: server restarts resolve issues with email archive tool not sending emails
20 Sept: fixed Java error in recording/audio tool in Tests&Quizzes
23 Sept: Timeout of Sakai increased to 3 hours.
27 Sept: patch applied to add missing settings in Tests&Quizzes for migrated exams
01 Aug: Migration of Bb content for Fall Sakai participants (F2007-F2011) completed
05 Aug: eReserves code deployed to Duke Sakai
12 Aug: My Active Sites tab reconfigured
18 Aug: Gradebook patch to fix issue with Gradebook calculations in weighted categories
19 Aug: Sakai ‘Get Started’ support site moved out of Sakai and into WP: http://support.sakai.duke.edu
22 Aug: text changes – descriptions for Add Participants screen, Authorizer screens, etc
25 Aug: WebDAV patch to fix issues with Mac OS 10.6 and above. Text changes added to explain login process.
29 Aug: added patch to keep primary instructors from ‘deleting’ themselves from a course site
SIS integration for enrollments completed
11 July: fixed bug in Messages tool causing Messages to crash when including an attachment
25 July: Honor Code in Assignments tool changed to reflect Duke Community Standard
27 July: Content migration tool fixes/changes finalized – first set of course migrations run for Phase 1 faculty by Aug
Look and feel for My Workspace set.
Bb to Sakai migration tool modified and implemented
20 June: Modules added to Sakai. Help documentation.
23 June: Search tool added to sites and My Workspace
Added drop highest/lowest grades function to Gradebook
Added Q&A Tool
Added Sign-Up Tool
Duke Sakai released/announced
Sakai – added Gateway information