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Sakai 19.3 Maintenance Released
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.
iSpring expands its product offering with Flora LMS, a subscription-based course-selling platform targeted at business trainers, edupreneurs, and training companies.
Pearson released the results of its Global Learning Survey. This is the first time that Pearson has undertaken such a study to capture the opinions of 11,000 learners across 19 countries. The study uncovered eight key trends indicating a shift to life-long, learner driven education.
Blackboard has announced its partnership with Amazon’s Alexa to launch a new Skill for its flagship learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn. Learners (and their parents) will be able to get information about their profile and coursework simply by asking Alexa.
Following on the heels of Blackboard Ally accessibility integrating with D2L, D2L announced a strategic partnership with Aria, a service for blind and low-vision people.
Absorb LMS has acquired Tampa-based eLogic Learning LMS. This is the second acquisition in its aggressive acquisition growth strategy, following its acquisition of Torch LMS in May.
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TalentLMS 4.0 features several new features along with an improved user interface. While none of the new features are game changers, they are marginal improvements that TalentLMS users and administrators will enjoy.
Sakai has recently launched its 2019 version, which includes many new features that target areas like communication and collaboration tools and facilitate content creation and delivery.
PowerSchool Unified Classroom integrates MS OneNote.