This is the third maintenance release since Sakai 19 was released in spring 2019. Sakai 19 introduced the new Rubrics tool and improvements to usability, grading, notifications, and more.
Thanks to its open-source community, Sakai is continuously providing fixes, security updates, and improvements to its users.
In this maintenance release, Sakai 19.3 has 143 improvements in areas such as assignments, gradebook, lessons, and content review (Turnitin). There are also nine security issues fixed. Full details can be found on Sakai’s confluence page.
Source: Sakai at SoftwareReviews, Report Published January 2019
Thanks to being open source and having a collaborative community of users, Sakai can identify bugs and respond to issues quickly. This aligns with its goal to be a nimble and responsive product and community, which is part of the reason it received the SoftwareReviews Customer Experience Champion award.
Some major LMS conference cancellations or online alternatives have been announced in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, though not all have canceled.
As the world responds to the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, closed schools in some affected areas are turning to eLearning and web conferencing to maintain continuity in course delivery and/or studying.
Plans to require four online high school credits in Ontario, Canada, have changed: the required credits have been reduced to two and made opt-outable.
Configuring online learning can take time and resources not all organizations have, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. D2L is assisting with this through a Quick Start Care Package to help organizations rapidly transition to online learning.
What is changing in the HR technology space as a result of COVID-19? Some organizations are seeing an uptick in interest and customer support, while others are providing free access to their product.
Cornerstone is acquiring Saba, a learning management system, to further invest in its learning offerings and gain reach in the market. With this acquisition, the organization intends to accelerate product development.
Cornerstone acquires Clustree to incorporate AI into its learning solutions. As a result, Cornerstone’s Learning Suite displays deep knowledge of employee skills, which can inform promotions or job changes, areas for learning, and recruiting decisions.
Instructure has responded to pushback from both users and investors about their proposed sale to a private equity firm.
iSpring expands its product offering with Flora LMS, a subscription-based course-selling platform targeted at business trainers, edupreneurs, and training companies.