Smartsite Improvements

SmartSite is open-source software collectively developed by the Sakai Foundation with members from more than 350 educational institutions. The foundation accepts enhancement requests for new features and improvements. Those requests are selected and prioritized by the educational institutions that manage the various tools and infrastructure of Sakai.

The SmartSite team welcomes requests from anyone at UC Davis who uses SmartSite. Requests to the foundation must be sent via the SmartSite team. If, after careful review, the best way to address your concern is to request a software change, we will forward your request to the foundation, and create a tracking ticket so you can track the progress of your request.

To request improvements to any tool in SmartSite:

  1. Email details of your request to .
  2. A consultant will contact you via email or phone to review your request or offer suggestions.
  3. If a request is submitted to the Sakai Foundation, a tracking ticket will be created that you can use to track the progress of your request at http://jira.sakaiproject.org.

UC Davis is responsible for maintaining, fixing, and improving the Gradebook2 tool in SmartSite, and new versions are released, on average, twice a year. The other Sakai Tools are maintained by the Sakai Foundation members and institutions and new versions are released, on average, once a year.

Sakai Tools Available in SmartSite

The following chart of Sakai tools serves two purposes:

The campus SmartSite oversight committees, which include the Campus Council for Informational Technology's Educational Technology Subcommittee, and the Academic Senate Information Technology Committee, recommended that these tools be included or excluded in the SmartSite service.

Note: ◆ = the default tools for course and project sites.
Sakai Foundation Tools Available in
SmartSite
Not Available
in SmartSite
Available for
Course Sites
Available for
Project Sites
Announcements  
Assignments  
Basic LTI      
Blogs  
Calendar  
Chat Room  
Drop Box  
Email Archive  
Forums  
Gradebook2  
Guest Access  
i>clicker      
Mailtool  
Messages  
Modules  
News  
Podcasts  
Polls  
Post'Em      
Resources with Google Doc Integration  
Roster    
Sections    
Sign-Up  
Site Editor  
Site Statistics  
Student Evaluation      
Syllabus  
Test & Quizzes  
Web Content  
Wiki