SmartSite to shut June 23-24 for upgrade ahead of fall launch

SmartSite, the new learning management and collaboration system at UC Davis, will shut down for part of a weekend in June while its software is upgraded.

The outage will start at midnight on Friday, June 22, and end by noon on Sunday, June 24, wrote SmartSite Program Manager Kirk Alexander in an email to colleagues this week.

In less than four months, SmartSite officially becomes the preferred campus system for managing classes online, although its tools are handy for a wide range of uses. It has been tested as a pilot program on campus since early 2006, and more than 8,600 people have used it so far.

"In preparation for the fall launch, the developers must upgrade the entire SmartSite environment to the latest version," Alexander wrote. Users who try to access SmartSite during the outage will see a "down for maintenance" notice with a link to the campus systems status page for more information.

"The upgraded version will include a significant number of fixes and improvements to most tools," Alexander said, but "the overall look and feel of SmartSite will not change."

Send questions about the upgrade, or about SmartSite in general, to or call (530) 754-HELP. For more about SmartSite, including an overview of tools, features, potential uses, and the launch this fall, click here; visit the "Support and Training" section to read about upcoming SmartSite workshops and demonstrations.