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Requirements

Sakaï version: Compatible with Sakai 2.5.x (not a specific snapshot as before).

Recommended Browser: Firefox 3.0.x (some bugs with MSIE and Chrome)

Overview

You will find below a list of new features and improvements but for a quick overview, have a look at the Screen Captures, freshly updated!

What is completely new in version 9.04

New features

(tick)  Evaluation subsection

An Evaluation subsection in the syllabus has been introduced. This subsection allows that  each course evaluation (exams, session work, etc.)  has its own "page" (ContentUnit) with specific resources, assignment link, etc.

(tick)   Rubrics
The list of available rubrics for a resource context now depends on current context (type of resource context and type of parent ContentUnit). This is configurable in rules.xml.

(tick) New type of resources

  • Contact information
  • Citation (only partial functionality: work in progress)

(tick) Preview function
Allows to preview the current course outline before publishing or even saving it. The operation completely takes place on the client-side (no server processing).

(tick) "Long View"
Allows to see the whole course outline in one long page. The Long View is available in the editable view for the teacher as well as in the student view.

(tick) Resources ordering
Easy (and instant!) reordering of resources in a rubric.

(tick) Saving the course outline
OSYL now proposes to save the course outline when leaving the tool, only if changes were made.

(tick) New tools (work in progress, mostly alpha-level):

  • OpenSyllabusAdmin or OSYLAdmin is targeted to the instance administrator for configuration tasks (course management integration and skin/bundle configuration will be included eventually).
  • OpenSyllabusManager or OSYLManager is targeted to the teacher for course outline operations. Implemented up to now: import/export (XML zipped with its resources).
What has been improved from latest released version

Improvements

(tick) User Interface completely revamped

  • Text Menubar (no more cryptic icons!)
  • Edition operations in soft pop-ups
  • Unobtrusive feedback à la Gmail
  • Lightboxes for confirmation dialogs and error messages
  • Sparse use of effects (fade-out and slide)
  • No more annoying floating windows
  • Better management of scrollbars

(tick) Resource selection and upload greatly improved

(tick) Better separation of resources and resource context

(tick) Lighter Assignment integration

(tick) i18n improved

(tick) Numerous bugs fixed!

Bugs and limitations

  • Citation integration incomplete (citation browser coming soon)
  • Assignment integration does not allow to pick an existing assignment yet
  • Assessment (Evaluation) attributes are not displayed outside of the editor pop-up
  • Description in document contexts: Formatting is lost after edition

Detailed version information(9.04)

Project

Revision

Date

osyl

r2182

2009-03-31

osyl-admin

r2100

2009-03-17

osyl-admin-gwt

r2017

2009-02-25

osyl-common

r2214

2009-04-03

osyl-core-gwt

r2217

2009-04-04

osyl-manager

r2095

2009-03-12

osyl-manager-gwt

r2017

2009-02-25

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