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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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Shika 1.0.7 released

Shika 1.0.7 released

We are happy to announce the release of Shika 1.0.7. This is a maintenance release and fixes some bugs in the previous version. 

We suggest upgrading to the latest release. The release is available in the downloads area. Click on read more for the full changelog. 

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Shika 1.0.6 released

Shika 1.0.6 released

We are happy to announce the release of Shika 1.0.6. This is a maintenance release and fixes some bugs in the previous versions. We have also solved the package size issue in v1.0.5.

We suggest upgrading to the latest release. The release is available in the downloads area. Click on read more for the full changelog. 

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Shika 1.0.5 Released

Shika 1.0.5 Released

We are happy to announce the release of a new version of Shika. As announced earlier, we are following a parallel release strategy allowing us to keep working on new features that a lot of users are asking for while maintaining a stable branch with regular updates & faster updates. 

In this release of the 1.0.X branch we bring you new set of bug fixes. Subscribers are encouraged to update immediately. Please read on to for the complete change log. 

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Shika 1.0.4 released

Shika 1.0.4 released

We are glad to announce the release of Shika 1.0.4. In this release we have fixed over 40 bugs in the maintenance branch. We have also introduced quite a few usability improvements. We have introduced a Ajax based export for CSV to allow exporting large volumes of data. Currently only supported in the attempt report, in future versions the same will be made available for all exports. 

Current subscribers can download the new release immediately. 

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Shika Development updates - version 1.1 and up

Shika Development updates - version 1.1 and up

The 2 months since the release of Shika 1.0 have been an amazing time. Thank you everyone that has supported Shika either as Early Adopters or through words of encouragement via the comments, forum posts and Social channels.

We had published a Roadmap for version 1.1 of Shika on 22nd March. However, there have been some changes in the feature list and hence the schedule of this release. In this blog I'll take you through what's coming. 

Parallel Release Tracks

Since the release of version 1.0x we now have separate teams working on parallel release tracks as below. 

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Sneak Peek on Shika 1.1

Sneak Peek on Shika 1.1

We have finalized some features for Shika 1.1. Just in case you have missed the webinar you can have a look at all the planned features here. This list is as per the market demands.

 

Events as Lesson

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Shika release plans and upcoming webinar

Shika release plans and upcoming webinar

It's 10 odd days since the release of Shika 1.0 Stable. It was supremely energizing to see your awesome response for the release. Thank you guys for all the Love and support, we’re hoping to see same kind of enthusiasm from you guys which will keep us motivated and we will be able to maintain a steady pace of the development, getting you all some fabulous features in Shika.

What’s next?

In order to keep a fast pace of development and at the same time ensure that you have stable releases to use on your live sites, we are going to do development in 2 parallel tracks. One track will concentrate on improving the current stable builds, maintaining them adding fresh new features. The Second track outputs shall be shared with subscribers as Alpha/Beta releases to take early feedback.  Look out for updates on the roadmap during the webinar.

Webinar on Shika

We’ll be doing the webinar via Google Hangouts.  The idea of the hangout is to give you some in depth insight into what Shika is all about - Courses, Modules, Lessons, Authoring, Quizzes, Reports and best ways to use them. On Public demand, we shall also be talking about ways to extend Shika, the developer APIs available and a lot more. We are very excited about this.. especially the Q & A sessions where we can interact and brainstorm the possibilities with each other. See you all soon!

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Shika 1.0. is coming. Last 3 days to go!

Shika 1.0. is coming. Last 3 days to go!

With more than a year of development, testing and lots of Love from our very on Shika Early Adopters, we are finally getting ready to launch the first stable release of Shika.

The last few months have been super busy with lots of beta releases, plenty of feedback from early adopters and quite a few features getting squeezed in, in spite of a feature freeze!

We would like to thank our Early Adopters for having faith in us and supporting us in all the ups and downs in Shika’s Early stage journey.

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Shika Beta 17- A Step closer to the Stability!

Shika Beta 17- A Step closer to the Stability!

On demand of our very own Shika Early Adopters, we have introduced some cool new features. Besides these features, there are a lot of bug fixes done.

What are the new additions?Course and lesson alias

With Alias for Courses and Lessons they’re going to be more Search Engine Friendly.

Youtube plugin

Previously we were facing problems with Youtube video lessons using JWplayer API, now we have integrated the IFrame API for YouTube videos to get rid of this scenario. YouTube plugin is introduced as one more Lesson type in video section.

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Shika Beta 16 with New features for Lesson & Quiz management!

Shika Beta 16 with New features for Lesson & Quiz management!

After Shika Beta 15 we have come a long way in terms of stability of the extension. We have also been simultaneously developing a lot of features for Shika as a part of the custom service projects we’re doing for our clients. With this release we are introducing some new features and lots of bug fixes.

Let’s get into the details!Change the completion status/score of an attempt and delete the attempt

Admin has the liberty to change the completion status of any attempt of any lesson / quiz and the score of any attempt of the quiz. And also the power to delete a lesson / quiz attempt. This way he can reset any attempt of any lesson / quiz of a user.

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How to create widgets for your Shika user dashboard?

How to create widgets for your Shika user dashboard?

In the process of making Shika's user dashboard more user friendly we have made some major changes by adding new widgets to the dashboard. With this you can now build your own widgets and give your users the freedom to choose which widgets he/ she wants to be shown on the dashboard.

We have created a new table #__tjlms_dashboard which contains all the widgets per users. If the users has not set any widgets to be shown or is using the default dashboard, basic dashboard plugins will be shown.

For Shika 1.0, user will not be able to select the widget and hence only the basic widget will be shown. This feature will be implemented in version 1.1.

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Shika Beta 12 gets you a surprise!

Shika Beta 12 gets you a surprise!

We are regularly rolling out updated Beta versions of Shika as promised. In previous blogs you might have noticed that we’ve said that the feature list for version 1.0 has been finalized and we will not be adding any new features till 1.1.

However, we have made an exception and added some tempting features!

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Shika Beta 11 Out Now!

Shika Beta 11 Out Now!

It has been really long since the Beta 10 release of Shika! As we all know that we are really close to the stable release which can happen anytime soon. Entire feature list has been finalized and this is the Beta 11 we are rolling out.

You will be overwhelmed to see the number of Bug fixes (500+) done in Shika after Beta 10, especially if you are an Early Adopter!

Why is it taking so long to release a stable version?Techjoomla has implemented a new stability matrix (Which will take our product's quality to new heights). All our products will undergo a deeper, closer QA tests.Every change needs some time to be incorporated! Our devs are still used to Techjoomla's conventional QA and development methods and it is taking time for making them adapt to the new stability matrix.We agree that this is time consuming but Rome was not built in a day! Shika 1.0 will be the most stable product delivered by us. We are blogging about the change in the Development and the QA process at Techjoomla. You have a look at the first blog here.View the entire Change LogStability Matrix for this release!

As I mentioned earlier that the stable release will be anytime soon you guys have very less time left to avail 42% DISCOUNT on Shika.

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Shika! Marching towards stability!

Shika! Marching towards stability!

Its not been a really long time after Beta 9 and we are already out with Shika Beta 10 for you. Our developers have made efforts to fix most of the issues assigned by our very own Early Adopters as well as some important issues which were needed to be fixed on priority, crossing 80+ bug fixes. :) 

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Since, Shika’s stable release is just a stone’s throw away, you guys should make sure that you avail the 42% Early Adopter Discount! 

Who is an Early Adopter?

Early Adopters are the ones who buy Shika Beta at $399.99!

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Shika Beta 9 Out now!

Shika Beta 9 Out now!

It has been really long since the end of the year development update of Shika! As we all know that we are really close to the stable release which can happen anytime soon. Entire feature list has been finalized and this is the Beta 9 we are rolling out.

We are keeping no stone unturned to get you a rock solid stable release. Our developers are going that extra mile to make sure that not even a simplest issue is kept unresolved. You will be overwhelmed to see the number of Bug fixes (200+) done till now, especially if you are an Early Adopter!

View the entire Change Log

As I mentioned earlier that the stable release will be anytime soon you guys have very less time left to avail 42% DISCOUNT on Shika.

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Shika Learning Reimagined Webinar!

Shika Learning Reimagined Webinar!

“Shika” the most awaited LMS for Joomla is very close to a public release and the excitement is growing. Many of the customers who have availed to be Shika Early Adopters have already been playing with it and giving some great feedback.

A lot of you have asked for a closer look at what Shika is all about. So we have tied up with CloudAccess to bring you a Pre-release Webinar on Shika.

What will the webinar cover?Organization of your learning contentThe Anatomy of a Shika CourseWhat are Lessons? What types are supported?Authoring ContentAssessment with QuizzesSell Access to courses and make moneyMake Learning Social with our Social features and integrationsReporting, Tracking and ScoringCertification and Rewards

This webinar will give you some great hands-on time with Shilka and All your Questions will be answered. If you use or are looking to adopt a Learning Management system for yourself or your client, you can’t afford to miss this one. 

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Shika - Changing the face of learning in Joomla. Development updates!

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If you have been following our blog, you will know that we are close to launching a brand new Social Learning system for Joomla.  Its an exciting time for us and development is in full swing! This blog will give you a quick update on where we are.  If you want to know more about Shika - the Social Joomla LMS, read our Labs Post here

We would love to hear your feedback about what you think of the development and UI so far and give us your valuable inputs. 

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Shika - an awesome new LMS extension for Joomla enters Labs

Shika - an awesome new LMS extension for Joomla enters Labs
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This first stable version of Shika LMS for Joomla was released in April 2016. You can find out more about the product and its features here . 

Shika in Marathi means 'to learn'. Like with many ideas, this idea started out of frustration of the lack of good LMS systems for Joomla. Sure there are a few but we saw a dire need of something different with a fresh approach.

Shika is a Learning Management System (LMS) for Joomla. Its been in development now for more than a year & is in production use at some of our clients. We are now beginning the process to generalize the development as a plug & play product for Joomla based eLearning.

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