Improved SmartSite is up and running

The latest version of SmartSite is up and running. Thousands of faculty, students and staff used the online course-management and collaboration system as usual this week, as instruction began for the winter quarter.

Most people who use SmartSite won't notice the upgrade, because the system looks and feels much like it did before. But the improvements installed Dec. 17-19 are significant, including an upgrade to version 2.6 of the underlying Sakai open-source software; new tools; better support materials; and the transfer of system hosting and maintenance to rSmart, a leading commercial affiliate of Sakai based in Phoenix, Ariz. Previously, SmartSite has been maintained by the campus.

Some minor issues reported after the installation have already been resolved. The SmartSite team continues to work on any reported issues as quickly as possible. Find details, and other information, at the service's main Web site.

For assistance, contact the IT Express Computing Services Help Desk, (530) 754-HELP (4357), on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Please direct any questions or comments to SmartSite Program Manager Kirk Alexander at