posted this on April 16, 2013, 5:18 PM
In the CLE, the portal is a system component that collects all of the independent Sakai tools into one common interface. It provides navigation to sites and tools, and it allows the CLE to be customized with a unique “skin” for display of an institution’s logo and other graphics.
Neoportal is a redesign of the existing CLE portal. An enhancement for version 2.9 of the ANI Sakai CLE, neoportal improves the overall look and feel of the CLE, while also providing a variety of useful new features.
The CLE can be configured with or without neoportal. Keep in mind, however, that a CLE instance configured for neoportal must be reskinned. If ANI hosts your CLE instance, neoportal configuration will require a service fee for reskinning. Contact ANI support for more information.
In addition, a CLE instance configured for neoportal cannot be configured for categories in the tools menu. As an alternative, you may configure the CLE for the Page Order Helper feature in the Site Editor tool. With this feature, site owners can change the order of tools in the tools menu, as well as add, remove, rename and hide tools. For more information, see Site Editor: How do I use Page Order Helper?
In a CLE instance configured for neoportal, a course site may look similar to the following:
In addition to a different look and feel, neoportal provides the following features:
Collapsible tools menu Users may collapse or expand the tools menu in a site.
Direct navigation to tools in a site Each site link displayed across the top of the CLE screen includes a dropdown menu of tools. Users can navigate directly to a tool by selecting it from the menu.
By default, the first ten tools in a site’s tools menu will be displayed in the site link dropdown menu, but the CLE can be configured to display more or less tools.
User menu While users can navigate to a large number of tools in My Workspace by selecting from the site link dropdown menu, they can also navigate to a smaller subset of My Workspace tools by clicking on the user icon () displayed in the upper right corner of the CLE screen.
From the displayed menu, users can navigate to:
Profile (by clicking on their name/ID)
Preferences (by clicking Preferences)
Site Setup (by clicking +Add New Site to access the site creation page)
Users can also select Tutorial from this menu. A popup window then displays, with a sequence of pages explaining site/tool navigation, as well as how to use the Help and Profile tools.
(Note: The CLE can be configured so that the users menu, or specific selections in the menu, do not display. In addition, users who do not have permission to create sites will not have access to the “add new site” option in the menu.)
Sites drawer In neoportal, the My Sites tab is replaced by More Sites, which follows the displayed site links at the top of the screen:
When users click on this link, they’ll see the sites drawer popup window:
In this window, users can:
Access all active sites
Search active sites
Navigate to the Site Setup tool, by clicking View All Sites (tool home page) or +Add New Site (site creation page)
Navigate to the Preferences tool, by clicking the Preferences button
(Note: users without permission to create sites will have access to the Site Editor tool via the +Add New Site button, but they will not be able to create sites.)
Quick publish access If a site is unpublished, a Publish Now button displays above the tools menu. A site owner can publish a site immediately by clicking this button, without navigating to the Manage Access page of the Site Editor tool.