Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) v2.8

The most recent version of the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) is v2.8,  we hope to migrate WebLearn (currently based on Sakai 2.6) to this new version at the start of the new year.

Sakai 2.8 offers many improvements to key areas like accessibility, internationalization, performance, and security. Among the many enhancements included in the 2.8.0 release, noteworthy items include:

  • Configurable URL shortening service (cf tinyurl /
  • reCAPTCHA support for logins
  • Collapsible portal navigation menu
  • Experimental CKEditor implementation
  • Respondus question import handling
  • Customizable letter grades in assignments
  • Support for IMS BasicLTI outcomes and improved external integration capabilities
  • Enhanced user profile options
  • Persistent event logging for Quartz Scheduler jobs
  • Improved integration with external user providers (e.g., LDAP)
  • Inclusion of many new webservices
  • Updated language packs (Chinese, Dutch, French Canadian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and Vietnamese.)
  • Feature to set open/close dates for discussion boards, forums and topics and sort the threads
  • Ability to preview message prior to sending in Messages tool
  • Ability for site authors to change display order of announcements

A full list of features can be found in the release documentation

Astute readers will note that we will be jumping from Sakai v2.6 to v2.8 missing out v2.7, this is entirely due to lack of resources but of course Sakai v2.8 contains all of the improvements found in Sakai v2.7. For the record, here are the key enhancements of v2.7:

  • Conditional release
  • Basic IMS LTI
  • Vastly superior Profile tool
  • Replacement of Mailtool with MailSender
  • Forums improvements (incl. ability to link directly to forum messages)
  • Plus others!

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