The MOOC Introduction to Communication Science of the University of Amsterdam was built on the Sakai platform because we had quite a lot of experience with WebKlassen, a small scale version of online education. The Sakai platform was a good choice; it provided almost all we wanted in our first MOOC. The costs of the extra development were negligible compared to building a dedicated new platform. The students were very happy with the MOOC: 95% agreed the course fulfilled its promise, 92% enjoyed the course, 95% thought the course was interesting and 70% found the exam challenging, certainly not too easy. And 97% replied that the UvA should provide more MOOC?s (n=717). The experiment with our MOOC has fired up the internal and external discussions about online education. The results challenge the traditional wisdom of the quality of education in workgroups and in hall lectures. The didactical model behind a MOOC should be very different from traditional forms to be effective and efficient. But MOOC?s have some challenges too. But we are only at the beginning. MOOC?s are here to stay and MOOC?s are here to change.
Transition in a higher education institutes is never easy. But transitioning from a vendor model to an open-source or community-source solution, particularly at small and mid-size institution, presents unique challenges. With institutions currently facing the decisions on upgrading to a new version of a vendor product, there is a growing interest in understanding what is involved in implementing Sakai at your institution. In addition, many smaller institutions that have gone without course management systems are beginning to realize the central role this technology is and will increasingly play in the teaching and learning process online and on-campus. These questions and related issues will be answered and addressed during this session. This session will focus on Marist College and its smooth transition to Sakai.
by Charles Hedrick
This presentation will cover the Lessons tool. This is a tool for presenting structured content in Sakai CLE. The session will cover the current status and future plans for the tool.
Our course reflects both innovative pedagogical and technological strategies. Pedagogically we endeavored to "decipher" the process of research design and engage students' interest by creating the metaphor of "telling a story about a puzzle that you intend to solve." The storyline enabled students to develop a concise, jargon-free way to describe the components of their proposed research.
Technologically we used the Lesson Builder in Sakai to structure an electronic course organizer that followed the same 11 pieces of the puzzle and linked these internally to presentations by experts who came to tell their "research stories"; Opencast recordings; online readings; summaries of class activities and key questions as well as artifacts (e.g. photos of group activities, diagrams on the Panaboard). External links included those to Google Docs which contained our typed lecture notes on which students were invited to comment; and specific research design websites, amongst other things.
Each element was developed as the course progressed to avoid overwhelming students with a complex site and many readings and so we literally "pieced together the puzzle" as we went along.
by Josh Baron
Over the past two years Marist College has lead the NGLC-funded Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI) which has developed an open-source academic early alert system using Sakai and Pentaho, an open-source Business Intelligence tool, designed to identify students who are at risk to not complete their courses? successfully and then deploy an intervention intended to help the student succeed.
With this project coming to its conclusion, there is interest in expanding the OAAI work and possibly creating a "learning analytics" project within Apereo. Although open to all related topics, this BOF will focus on discussions related to expanding learning analytics work within the Apereo community which could include Sakai as well as many other Apereo projects (Student Success Plan, uPortal, Bedeworks, etc.) which provide useful data for predictive analytics.
by Jean Talbot
In November 2012, HEC Montreal successfully launched a MOOC using Sakai CLE 2.8. The platform called EDUlib can be accessed at edulib.hec.ca. The course, Introduction to marketing, was taught in French and attracted over 4000 participants of whom 458 completed the 6-week course successfully. The material was made available through web pages stored in Resources and the following tools were used extensively during the course: Announcements, Tests & Quizzes, Forums, Profile 2, Gradebook 2. Overall, the Sakai platform performed quite well. As a result, we will be continuing our MOOC experience. A second course, Understanding financial statements, is scheduled to start in March with over 5 000 participants and two more courses are plannned for the near future.
After reviewing briefly the results and the main features of the first two EDUlib courses, the presentation will focus on the pros and cons of Sakai as a MOOC platform and conclude with a list of features that should be incorporated in Sakai in order to deliver MOOCs sucessfully.
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Sakai was originally developed as a tool for traditional higher education institutions where the students are guided through the course by a professor or instructor (often an accompaniment to an in-person course). However, Sakai use is expanding into other learning organizations and often folks want to use it for other kinds of learning needs. These types of courses include totally online and/or self-paced courses, professional development and recertification, and personal enrichment. This presentation will cover some of the challenges of accommodating these uses in Sakai and a high-level overview of one approach Longsight has taken to integrate Sakai with Drupal to accommodate next-gen learning challenges like self-registration, payment, badges and certificates.
2nd–7th June 2013