It's official, letter says: SmartSite launches in autumn

SmartSite debuts as the new learning management and collaboration system for UC Davis this fall, writes Pete Siegel, vice provost for Information and Educational Technology, in a new letter to faculty, staff and students. He encourages people to learn more about it, and to consider taking some training from now through summer.

SmartSite offers the campus new ways to study, work, teach and do research online. It runs on Sakai, an open-source software developed by a consortium of about 100 leading universities and colleges, and offers tools ranging from wikis and chat rooms to online drop boxes for sharing documents. It has been a pilot program on campus since early 2006.

"A new phase is about to begin for UC Davis," Siegel writes, "a phase that encourages new forms of communication, learning, collaboration, and community building. I invite you to join us and experience it for yourself."

SmartSite will replace the course management tools in MyUCDavis, although those tools will remain available through 2007-08 and run parallel to SmartSite. Migration tools and support staff can help people move from the old system to the new one.

Learn about training and other details here.