To minimize impact on faculty and students, Courses upgrades occur every August. The technology and learning team collaborates in advance with each of the University's five (5) schools to schedule the best day and time for the year's upgrade.
Upgrades typically incorporate a number of changes, including:
- New Features
- Enhancements for Existing Features
- Maintenance Updates
- Database Improvements
- Security Updates
These upgrades are important to keep Pepperdine's learning management system on an innovative curve.
What is the difference between a Courses upgrade and a Courses update?
You can think of a Courses "upgrade" along similar lines as a major iOS release (e.g. iOS 12). They usually represent a more significant overhaul in the improvement and reliability of the system. The Sakai community performs a significant amount of testing on each new release prior to Pepperdine's scheduled upgrade day.
On the other hand, a Courses "update" is usually more of a maintenance event. They typically are composed of small updates and patches, occasionally new features, and security updates. Updates are usually scheduled during periods of low-impact (e.g. Spring Break or Thanksgiving Break) throughout the academic year.
When will this year's upgrade occur?
Courses is scheduled to be upgraded to Sakai 19 on the morning of August 13, 2019. Courses will be unavailable during that time-frame. Rest assured that any prior work you have done before this date will be saved.