SmartSite upgrade wraps up early

The SmartSite software upgrade was accomplished in about seven hours last weekend, minimizing the disruption to the thousands of faculty, staff and students who use the system to teach, research and work together online.

As previously announced, on July 19 the Academic Technology Services group of Information and Educational Technology upgraded the Sakai software used by SmartSite from version 2.4 to version 2.5, fixing bugs and enhancing various features along the way. The upgrades include the new "My Active Sites" tab for all users, which replaces a drop-down menu.

The upgrade temporarily blocked access to SmartSite sites, data, tools and features, and was scheduled from 8 a.m. July 19 through noon July 20. But the SmartSite team finished before 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, about 21 hours early. The group had done several dry runs in advance to make the work as efficient as possible.

If you have questions or concerns about the upgrade, contact the IT Express support group at or (530) 754-HELP [4357].