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Systems Go for New CourseWorks (Sakai)

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Last week, Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT) announced that a number of necessary changes and updates to prepare for the fall semester rollout of New CourseWorks (Sakai) where completed. Among the changes was a move to new server hardware to create a robust production environment necessary to handle the approximately 800 courses that will use New CourseWorks this fall.

Other improvements included a database transition to Oracle 11 from Oracle 9 and a move to Linux virtual machines with additional storage. These new load-balanced servers will now be reachable using a new URL: http://newcourseworks.columbia.edu.

More critically for faculty and instructors, the Registration Feed, composed of instructor and student course affiliations, is now automatically uploaded to the New CourseWorks system, which means that daily student roster adds and drops are processed automatically. Additionally, new migration tools are available for instructors and administrators to migrate content from CourseWorks to New CourseWorks. Tools allow migration of data from the various CourseWorks' sections, including Introduction, Syllabus, Lectures, Assignments, Files and Test and Quiz. The simple migration process seamlessly transfers information to New CourseWorks.

Related news:
Dec-20-2012: New CourseWorks Downtime Dec. 27
Jan-06-2012: Faculty Workshops for January 2012
Dec-30-2011: Video Tutorials For New CourseWorks Available On YouTube
Dec-30-2011: New CourseWorks Upgrade Adds Features, Improves Interface
Oct-18-2011: New CourseWorks Transition at CUMC Off to a Great Start
Sep-07-2011: Fall Premiere 2011 Features Sakai LMS Transition
May-17-2011: New CourseWorks Powered by Sakai
Jan-26-2011: CourseWorks Downtime Survival Guide
Feb-18-2008: Spring Courses Evaluating Sakai
Jul-26-2004: Sakai Project at Columbia