Unicon Upgrades Learning Environment Test Drive to Sakai 2.8

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Test drive allows users to view online tutorials and participate in sample courses to get familiarized with Sakai. New features in Sakai 2.8 include Lesson Builder, Assignments2, and Gradebook2.

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Unicon, Inc., a leading IT professional services provider specializing in open source for the education market, today announced that it has upgraded its Test Drive Sakai environment to Sakai 2.8. Unicon developed this test configuration to help users freely explore the features and benefits of Sakai, the leading enterprise teaching, learning, and academic collaboration platform, through online tutorials and sample courses. Test Drive Sakai uses a branded, native community source version of Sakai and provides users with a variety of course sites (including Biology 101, Business 315, and the Astronomy Club,) as well as their own personal worksite (labeled “course shell”).

New to Sakai 2.8 are the Lesson Builder, Assignments2, and Gradebook2 tools. The Lesson Builder is a tool that allows an instructor to organize resources, quizzes, tests, and media on a single page. Assignments2 enables instructors to create, distribute, collect, return, and grade assignments. Each student's submissions are private and can only be seen by the instructor and that student. Gradebook2 allows instructors to calculate, store, and distribute class grade information to their students. Also included in the test drive is the Kaltura Video Tool for Sakai, available for use in the course shell. The tool provides users the ability to upload, catalog, edit, share, and publish video and related content. To help acquaint users with these tools and others, a library of instructional videos has been added.

Test Drive Sakai is available to users free of charge. It is an effective tool in helping new users and future users of Sakai get acquainted with the tool set and capabilities. For users well-versed in Sakai, it can provide an opportunity to explore the new features in the latest Sakai release.

As one of the original Sakai Commercial Affiliates, Unicon has a vested interest in ensuring Sakai's long-term success. Unicon provides a full range of services and commercial support for an organization’s instance of Sakai. To learn more, please visit http://www.unicon.net/services/sakai. To access Test Drive Sakai, visit https://testdrivesakai.com.

About Sakai
Built by higher education for higher education, Sakai is a community source online collaboration and learning environment that provides a framework and pluggable tool modules for managing, delivering, and assessing student learning. It is designed to bring students and instructors together for knowledge sharing, discussion, and shared learning. Users of Sakai deploy it to support teaching and learning, ad hoc group collaboration, and research collaboration. Visit sakaiproject.org to learn more about the tools and features that make up Sakai.

About Unicon
Unicon, Inc. is a leading provider of IT consulting services for the education market. Unicon works closely with colleges, universities, and corporations to find the best solutions to meet their business challenges. Unicon specializes in using open source technologies to deliver flexible and cost-effective systems in the areas of enterprise portals, learning management systems, identity and access management, online video, calendaring, email, and collaboration. Unicon is a Sakai Commercial Affiliate; an InCommon Affiliate; an Industry Member of Internet2; a Jasig and VMware Partner; an authorized Solution Provider for CAS, uPortal, and VMware; and a services partner and reseller of Kaltura, Liferay, VASCO, and Zimbra. For more information, visit: http://www.unicon.net.

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