Monthly Archives: June 2021

Sakai 21.1 Released

This is from the sakai-dev list – Wilma Hodges

Dear Community,

Congratulations to our amazing worldwide community!

I’m pleased to announce that Sakai 21.1 is now available for downloading!

Sakai 21.1 has 171 improvements including

  • 24 fixes in Assignments

  • 7 fixes in Gradebook

  • 17 fixes in Lessons

  • 9 fixes in Rubrics

  • 41 fixes in Tests & Quizzes

Other areas improved include:

  • Accessibility

  • Announcements

  • Basic LTI

  • Bullhorns

  • Calendar

  • CKEditor

  • Content Review

  • Dropbox

  • Feedback

  • Forums

  • Internationalization

  • Login

  • Mail Sender

  • Message Bundle Manager

  • Messages

  • Polls

  • Portal

  • Profile

  • Quartz Scheduler

  • Resources

  • Roster

  • Site Info

  • Statistics

  • Syllabus

There was 1 security issue fixed in 21.1 (details will be sent to the Sakai Security Announcements list).

Please also note the upgrade information page for important notes related to performing the upgrade.

Wilma Hodges, Ed.D.

Sakai PMC – Community Coordinator

Lecture Recording Setup (Basic)

When I record my lectures for my online courses I am using a DIY studio where I am trying to mimic a high end studio the best I can and I have described the technologies that I have used in a blog post I reference below But my studio building hobby is more than most folks need for good lecture recordings so I decided to write down my advice for a less complex way to produce good quality lectures.

Good Quality Lectures

When I am not trying to be all fancy – I find that Camtasia is a great tool that can get the work done.

A good camera like the Logitech StreamCam is nice.

Microphones are important.  The built-in Macintosh microphone is as good as any setup I have used. If you are Mac person – then use the Mac microphone – I don’t know for Windows – audio is very important so do some testing including recording a few words and then be silent for 10 seconds and a few words and some silence. Cheap microphones don’t do well with silence and have problems when transitioning from silence to sound.

Then use two ring lights offset is good for lighting – like these:

Ring lights are always shown to be set up with the camera in the center – but if you have classes then you have two ring reflections that look really bad. Just get two lights and put them at 45 degree angles and you have nice lighting and no circles in your glasses.

The Fancy Version of Lecture Recording

How I Record My MOOC Lectures (Updated)


Lemons Build 2006 Mustang Details

After three years of running the Sakai Racing Team with Generation 1 (1995-1999) Neons, we have reached the point where parts are getting harder and harder to come by so we are starting work on building up a a 2006 Mustang for our net season 24 Hours of Lemons campaign.  This blog post will keep track of things like purchased parts in case we want to build another one.

  • June 2021 – Seat Slider – Sparco Slider Seat Track Set – Amazon –
  • June 2021 – Driver Seat Bracket for MOMO / NRG / Sparco / Recaro / Bride / OMP – Ford Mustang (2005+) – Part #SB039DR – Amazon –
  • June 2021 – OMP HC/733E Seat Mount Bracket – Amazon –
  • June 2021 – Ford Side Airbag Light Eliminator Plug Plastic Mustang 2005-2007
    Ford: XF2Z-14B022-AA –
  • June 2021 – 1 HA/781E TRS-E XL USD$ 409.00 Color:Black, Size:XL –