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Shika 1.3.1 is released with actionlog, privacy plugins and new quiz feature

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We are out with a new update for our learning management system for Joomla. We are happy to release Shika 1.3.1 which primarily adds support for Joomla 3.9.x privacy tools suite.

This release introduces two new plugins: actionlog plugin and privacy plugin for Shika.

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Read on for details related to the plugins, new features and for the detailed changelog.

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Shika 1.3 is here with exercises, assessments, new question types and much more

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The wait is over! We are super excited to announce the release of Shika 1.3 which brings a whole lot of new features for you.  A new lesson type for exercises with an assessment engine, new question types, support for question grouping as well as dashboards powered by our new engine-TJ Dashboard.

Detailed upgrade related instructions are given in the release notes. Make sure you read them carefully before you upgrade.

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Shika 1.3 (Beta) - Exercise and Feedback Lesson Types and new Question Types

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We are happy to announce the release of Shika 1.3 Beta which brings new lesson types and question types, assessments for exercises and events, support for sections for question grouping and much more. Note that since this is a Beta release, you should not install this version on your live sites.

Below is a quick look at each of the features. Look out for a detailed blog on each of the features

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Shika 1.2.10 released with GDPR compliance

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A new version of our Learning Management System for Joomla is out. Shika 1.2.10 has been released with a small change needed for better GDPR compliance. We have added a new field "Term and conditions" on payment(order) page that the user would need to accept before proceeding with the payment for the “Paid Courses”. Besides this, we have added a new course filter for LMS-filter module that would be displayed for courses at the frontend. Go through Shika 1.2 release notes and instructions in case you are updating Shika 1.2.10 directly from Shika 1.1.x. Do take a look at the release notes before upgrading to the latest version.

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Shika 1.2.9 is here with improved Shika JTicketing integration!

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Shika 1.2.9 is here and brings a complete rewrite of the Shika JTicketing integration with a simplified workflow. Please make sure you are using v2.1.3 of JTicketing with this version of Shika. Besides this feature, we have also introduced the ability to set/update user timezones from the User import in enrollments.

Before you upgrade Shika, you must first uninstall the current version of jLike from your site. In this version, we have done some packaging changes due to which you need to specifically follow the upgrade instructions. If you are upgrading to this version from Shika 1.1.x then make sure you read the release notes.  

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Learning goes Social with Shika LMS for Joomla!

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Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. Right from blogging about your experiences, posting videos, starting discussions on your favourite topics and sharing viral content, everything is possible with social media. Learning as an experience as well as an industry is not unaffected by this trend. In fact as more learning goes online, it is something that will need to be embraced as a toolset to improve user engagement and reach by Learning management systems. 

Shika has embraced this very early in its product lifecycle and is always evolving its feature set to make it a true Social Learning Management System. Read on to see what features Shika offers that gives it a Social edge!

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Shika 1.2.8 is here!

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We are happy to bring you Shika 1.2.8 which is primarily a bug fix release. We strongly suggest you take a full site backup before updating Shika to the latest version as a best practice.

Please read the upgrade instructions and detailed changelog before upgrading. Also, go through the Shika 1.2 release notes and instructions in case you are updating Shika 1.2.8 directly from Shika 1.1.x.

Read on for the detailed changelog.

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Shika 1.2.7 is here with more than 20 bug fixes

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We are happy to bring you Shika 1.2.7 with more than 20 bug fixes. We strongly suggest you take a full site backup before updating Shika to the latest version as a best practice. Please read the upgrade instructions and detailed changelog before upgrading. Also, go through the Shika 1.2 release notes and instructions in case you are updating Shika 1.2.7 directly from Shika 1.1.x.

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Creating Rich Personalised Certificates with Shika

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Isn’t it a great feeling when you are rewarded and recognised when you complete a milestone or a goal? Online courses are no different. In fact, for online courses, recognition is even more important as they lack the physical touch points and personal motivation that is usually part of ‘In Person’ learning.  Low completion rates are the biggest bane of online learning. Rewards and recognition is a great way to fight this.

Personalised certificates are just one of the many features that Shika offers to let you reward your users.

A certificate is much more than a piece of paper. It is a recognition of one’s work and gives a sense of entitlement.They are a great way to showcase your achievements & add to one’s academic and work profile.

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Shika 1.2.6 is here with two brand new features and minor bug fixes!

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We’ve done back to back releases of Shika in the last few days - v1.2.5 which was a bug fix and security release and 1.2.6 which fixes a few bugs and introduces 2 new features.

As our endeavour, our security team is continuously trying to make Techjoomla products safer. We recommend you upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible.

Read on for the features and detailed changelog.

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Shika 1.2.3 is here with ajax based reports!

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Shika 1.2.3 introduces an infrastructure upgrade with TJ Reports bringing Ajax to the reporting engine. We have also added a UX fix where now you can see enrolled users in a course in a popup. Besides this, we have 20+ bug fixes. We recommend you upgrade to this version soon.

Read the release notes carefully before upgrading to the latest version. Also, go through 1.2 release notes and instruction in case you are updating Shika 1.2.3 directly from Shika 1.1.x.

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Shika 1.2 is here with teacher and manager reports, Bootstrap 3 support and more !

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The wait is over! We are super excited to announce the release of Shika 1.2 which brings Bootstrap 3 support, User Hierarchy awareness and a plethora of reporting enhancements with TJ reports integration. Between TJ Reports and Hierarchy awareness it is now possible for managers to view reports of a user reporting to them. What’s more, the reporting now also understands the concept of ownership and allows Course creators to view reports about the courses created by them.

Please note that this is a major release and involves a migration which is however painless. Also since the layouts have been revamped to support Bootstrap 3, any overrides you have done might need some rework. On installation do not forget to click the ‘Fix’ buttons on both Shika and Jlike Components. Detailed instructions are given in the release notes. Make sure you read them carefully before you upgrade !!

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Techjoomla collaborates with Themexpert for integration of Shika LMS with Academia v3.0

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Techjoomla is happy to announce our new collaboration with Themexpert for integration of our popular Joomla LMS- Shika with the Academia v3.0 Joomla template from Themexpert.

Academia v3.0

Academia is a 100% responsive educational Joomla template, that is perfect for any type of educational organization. It is crafted with 3 homepage variations and 20 built-in pages.

If you are looking for a beautiful template that offers an official Shika LMS integration, then this is the one we highly recommend.

Shika users can use the coupon code ACADEMIA3 to get a 30% discount on Academia. Note that the coupon code is valid till 31st October, 2017.

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Shika 1.1.13 is here with the new Box API

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We are happy to bring you Shika 1.1.13 which brings an updated Box API integration which is used for rendering document type lessons.

The older version of our plugin was using legacy Box view APIs which will be having their EOL late this year. Hence the older version is being deprecated. You can find out more about the EOL announcement from box here : https://blog.box.com/blog/new-box-view. Make sure you update and migrate your documents to the new BOX API ASAP. Not migrating can break your lessons using BOX in the future. 

This new release is a HUGE step as it opens the doors to several new document types to be supported in the near future as the new API allows for high-fidelity, interactive viewers for documents, images, videos, 360 images and videos, 3D files and dozens of other file types. We will be working on bringing these new enhancements to you as we extend our tracking capabilities to the new file types.

Read on for details and instructions on setting up and migrating to the new plugin.

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Shika 1.1.12 is here!

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We are happy to release Shika 1.1.12 with feature support for AltaUserPoints and some bug fixes. We recommend you to upgrade to Shika 1.1.12 as soon as possible. Also don’t forget to read the release notes before upgrading for instructions related to backward compatibility breaks. Read on for the complete changelog.

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Shika 1.1.11 is here!

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We are happy to release Shika 1.1.11 with some new features, improvements and bug fixes. We recommend you to upgrade to Shika 1.1.11 as soon as possible. Also don’t forget to read the release notes before upgrading for instructions regarding backward compatibility breaks. Read on for the complete changelog.

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Shika Roadmap Update !

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If you have been following our blogs and social channels, you will know that we have released several incremental updates in the 1.1x series. In fact we have had to break typical semantic versioning policy in order to push in several small feature updates that could not wait till the next major version.

It has also been decided to introduce Bootstrap 3 sooner than originally planned in terms of version numbers since an increasing number of clients have asked for it. Since this would need a major version release on account of backward compatibility breaks, it warrants a major version.

So here is the proposed roadmap for the upcoming versions of Shika.

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iSpring SCORM officially supported in Shika !

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We are happy to announce that Shika now has official support for iSpring SCORM content. Shika developers and technical experts at iSpring recently conducted compatibility tests to ensure that iSpring content works well with Shika.

Authoring good quality SCORM content can be a long and exhausting process. iSpring makes this a breeze ! With iSpring’s suite of authoring tools, you can turn your PowerPoint presentations into supercharged e-courses in a snap. iSpring authoring tools not only preserve animations, triggers and timings of PowerPoint presentations but also allow to enhance them with different types of interactive activities.

iSpring TalkMaster allows you to design interactive dialogue simulations to train your employees' communication skills in a safe environment. With iSpring QuizMaker, creating interactive quizzes is faster and easier than ever before, thanks to the new visual question editing mode. iSpring Cam, records “how to” tutorials and inserts them into your courses or publishes them directly to your YouTube channel.

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Shika 1.1.10 is here!

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We are happy to bring you Shika 1.1.10 with some bug fixes and usability improvements. We recommend you to upgrade as soon as possible. Do read the release notes before upgrading. Read on for the complete changelog.

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Shika 1.1.9 is out with hierarchy based assignments

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We are happy to announce the release of Shika 1.1.9 which is a feature and maintenance release. We have consciously made a decision to do releases in the 1.1x series that move away from the ideal principle of semantic versioning in order to fill feature gaps in the 1.1x series before embarking on the next true major release which will be 1.2. So expect to see more feature releases in the 1.1x branch that make the extension more solid and enterprise ready. 

This release introduces a new feature that has been a horizontal extension for Techjoomla but wasn't released as yet - com_hierarchy. This lets you set context specific hierarchy relations between users. The utilisation for this is mainly to set training managers for users. These 'Managers' shall be able to assign & enrol courses to users under them from the frontend with the new Assignment workflow that is also released in this version. This is also a dependency to our migration to TJ reports which will allow for features like Teacher reports and Manager reports in v1.1.10. 

Besides this major feature, we have also introduced a configuration for Certificate orientation & introduced a spent time column in the attempts view on the frontend. 

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