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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 1.1.8 is here with support for CSS,JS Overrides!

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We are happy to bring to you a new update in the 1.1x series of Shika - version 1.1.8. In addition to some UI fixes needed for Joomla 3.7x, this version brings some interesting new features like enrolment by User Group, support for CSS and JS overrides and the ability to manually enrol for paid courses in the backend.

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Shika 1.1.7 is now compatible with Joomla 3.7.2

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We have been getting a lot of emails regarding the compatibility of Shika with Joomla 3.7! We are happy to let you know that Shika 1.1.7 is compatible with Joomla 3.7.2!

We have the following known UI issues with Joomla 3.7.2 :

Frontend >> Course Page >> Set Goal >> Click on calendar >> it gets cut out(#105638)Frontend >> Course Page >> Assign users >> Click on calendar >> it gets cut out(#105639)Back end >> Report page >> want to save this? Tab is not showing properly on small window(#104987)

Other than these, there are no breaking issues. The above issues shall be solved in v1.1.8 coming next week. 

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Shika 1.1.7 is here

Shika 1.1.7 is here

We are happy to bring you Shika 1.1.7 with some usability enhancements, improvements in permission handling & some bug fixes. We now auto create the first module when you create a new course. There are now finer grained permissions for intra course operations - in this case Manage training material.We recommend you upgrade as soon as possible ! 

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Shika 1.1.5 is here with assignment reminders !

Shika 1.1.5 is here with assignment reminders !

We are happy to bring to you Shika 1.1.5. The original 1.1.0 release introduced Course assignment support via jLike integration. However at that point the assignment reminders were not ready for prime time. In this release we have introduced the same. Though this it's now possible to setup multiple reminders that can be sent to users reminding of their assignment due dates.

In addition we have fixed a number of bugs reported by customers as well as our internal QA’s. We recommend you upgrade ASAP !

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Shika 1.1.4 is here!

Shika 1.1.4 is here!

We are happy to announce the release of Shika 1.1.4. This release fixes a number of bugs and also introduces some media cleanup scripts to remove any orphaned media. We encourage you to update  to the latest version as soon as possible.

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Task Done:

#101224 Orphaned lesson files removed from local server

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Roadmap for Shika 1.2

Roadmap for Shika 1.2

The latest major release for Shika, our Learning management system (LMS) for Joomla -  version 1.1 introduced 20+ new features and a host of bug fixes and improvements. While we continue to improve on the 1.1x release with minor release, development on the next major release has already started !

Read on to see what you can expect in the next major release - version 1.2. 

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Shika 1.1.3 is here!

Shika 1.1.3 is here!

Shika 1.1.3 has been released with some critical bug fixes and improvements. We encourage updating as soon as possible to the latest version.

Note-When you upgrade please note that some certificate generation tags have changed. Please update your existing certificates to use the new tags.

For the complete changelog, read on. 

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Shika 1.1.2 is here!

Shika 1.1.2 is here!

We are happy to announce the release of Shika 1.1.2. This is a maintenance release and fixes some bugs in the previous versions. We suggest upgrading to the latest release. Click on read more for the full changelog.

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Shika 1.1 released with 20+ features !

Shika 1.1 released with 20+ features !

It's here! Shika 1.1 is out with 20+ spectacular new features that will take learning with Joomla to a whole new level. With Shika its always been our goal to give you a scalable learning management system that's not only simple to use but can also scale and adapt to various learning needs. In this release we take another step closer to that goal.  

When version 1.0 was released, we had decided that for the next few releases we will do less new features per release and release faster. However we ended up having to increase the features planned for the release as we had a lot of merge requests pending from our customization teams. Delaying these merges would have meant complicating things for future releases. So it was decided that 1.1 will end up being a much bigger release than originally planned. 

Shuffling for Questions and answers, Event as lesson, Automatic random quiz generation, Link as lesson, Assignments and Goals are just some of the features that come to you in this release !  The net total if you include all the minor features goes upto 24 or so new features and a lot of bug fixes and improvements.

Please note that this release is a 'Major Release' and thus needs a migration. The Migration is pretty painless but you need to run it in both Shika as well as jLike post installation. Once you install the release, make sure you click the 'Fix' buttons in the left corner on the Shika and jLike component pages. Also make sure you read the release notes carefully before you upgrade !!

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Shika 1.0.8 released

Shika 1.0.8 released

Shika 1.0.8 has been released with some critical bug fixes. We encourage updating as soon as possible. While the team gears up for the next Alpha release of 1.1 and move steadily towards a feature rich stable release, we are continuing to do minor releases of the 1.0 branch and ensure you get a rock stable version of Shilka. 

If you are not using the most ground breaking LMS in the Joomla space yet, get onboard now ! 

For the complete changelog, read on. 

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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.

 

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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 has landed

Shika 1.0 has landed

Its February 22nd 2016. Just over 4 years when we first flirted with the idea of creating a learning management system. May 2014 saw Shika enter Techjoomla Labs. 21 months , 8000+ hours of development time and 350,000 + lines of code later, we are proud, (albeit exhausted and excited at the same time !) to present to you Shika 1.0.

Since its announcement, Shika has caused a lot of excitement in the Joomla community and all your love and feedback is what has powered and inspired us and will continue to do so. It’s been an amazing journey so far a lot of it documented via our blog.

A lot of love, feedback and code has gone into making this first cut of our dream come true. Here’s a quick look at what we have to offer.

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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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