In 2012 the University of Michigan signed a 10-year contract with Google to provide Google Apps for Education to the academy. As a result, there has been significant interest among faculty, students, and campus leadership for integrations between the CLE and various Google tools. This sessions will discuss what we have been doing to meet those expectations. Specifically we will cover the following developments:
Presentation Slides: https://docs.google.com/a/umich....
It's been a decade since the founding of the Sakai Project and nine years since the release of version 1.0 of the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE). During this time the governance structure that supports the CLE product has evolved. Come learn how the Sakai CLE TCC (Technical Coordination Committee) group oversees, evolves and provides strategy for the Sakai CLE product. Additionally, this session will provide a year in review and an in-depth look at how the 2.9 release came to be, what it is and where Sakai is going in the future.
Come prepare to engage in discussion, give feedback and ask questions.
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 Alain Mayeur and Mathilde Guerin
This presentation is a great opportunity to understand how things work in France and get a glimpse of the projects we are currently working on, like:
Find out what the Sakai CLE team has been up to over the past year. We will cover changes to the release process (especially around the 2.9 release), technical improvements, areas of focus for the team, and some fun JIRA stats. We especially welcome anyone interested in joining and contributing to the CLE team (including QA, Documentors, Developers, SVN admins, JIRA review, etc.)
Partners from the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) will talk about the ongoing development process for their enterprise level library management system and the potential that they see for an aligned integration framework that would offer concierge level services to their enterprise institutional system partners (Student Information Systems, Learning Management Systems, Research Administration Systems). Features of Kuali OLE that make it unique include a "format-agnostic" document store (Apache Jackrabbit) that can include structured descriptive content (e.g. XML, Dublin Core) and unstructured content (e.g. PDF files, PPT, Word docs); workflow tools based on the latest version of Kuali RICE (2.1.2) and featuring the Kuali Rapid Application Development (KRAD) Toolkit (e.g. action lists, batch-processing tools); and integration tools.
As more enterprise level systems become aligned for use in cloud-based SaaS and IaaS deployment, we will see the abstraction capability necessary to align these systems using a services oriented framework. Kuali OLE is working towards this capability now and can envision a time when many of our currently siloed systems should and could work together for better information management of the enterprise. Kuali OLE can envision many opportunities for integration across the enterprise but what will it take in terms of middleware integration and standards adoption to make this happen? What are the appropriate roles for data management across the enterprise once this does occur to best capitalize on the rich data store and functional expertise of our various application support personnel. Can libraries best manage the docstore repositories that support much of our current business workflow and then apply archival specific management plans to that content for long-term born-digital document management? Can research administration systems supply the best researcher profile information that can then be used to enhance library-based institutional repositories for capturing the open access content of the researcher? Can student systems interact with library management systems at a level to best supply the library-financed econtent to support their current courses?
by Neal Caidin and Andrea Schmidt
QA (Quality Assurance) testing is important and should be a priority, if it isn't already, for every institution using Sakai CLE, Sakai OAE, and any other Apereo project wishing to have a sustainable future and happy users in the present. By helping to test projects before your institution deploys them in production you get to have confidence that your local needs will be met by the product and create visibility on bugs and issues that are important to your institution and therefore more likely to get attention from the developer community. QA testing is one of those rare activities that throwing more people at it makes it better. It means less work per person to insure a quality product, and a greater number of eyeballs and approaches to testing. Plus, breaking things is fun! Come join in a discussion to share what works, what we can do better and how to attract more institutions and people to be committed to make QA a success.
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.
2nd–7th June 2013