Dutch MOOC experience with Sakai 2.9

A session at Open Apereo 2013 Conference (Jasig & Sakai)

Monday 3rd June, 2013

1:00pm to 1:45pm (PST)

In February 2012, the University of Amsterdam in Collaboration with Edia launched the first Dutch MOOC - Introduction to Communication Science. The MOOC platform used to offer the course is a customized Sakai 2.9.0 instance. The MOOC had over 5000 students in a single Sakai site and continued for eight weeks.

In this session, we will first share our experience with the use of Sakai as a MOOC-platform, from the technical perspective (e.g. scalability, modifications), the functional perspective (tooling used) and the pedagogical perspective (course overview).

The second objective of the session is to introduce the Sakai MOOC working group, that was created after EuroSakai 2013 in Paris, France. The working group aims to bring together those who have experience with Sakai in MOOC undertaking, as well as those who are planning to use Sakai for MOOCs. The session will outline the objectives of the working group and give an overview of the current activities.

About the speakers

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Frank Benneker

Senior Consultant

Frank Benneker works at the University of Amsterdam, center of information
technology, education & research services development group and is a
member of the ?Innovation working group on the use of ICT in Education &
Research. For the University of Amsterdam he is one of the architects of
the e-learning infrastructure. He is the Sakai representative of the
University of Amsterdam. In 2007 & 2011 he was the local host of the 7th
Sakai conference & 4th European Sakai conference in Amsterdam. Innovation,
ideas and visions for e-learning at the University of Amsterdam is at the
core of Frank's work.
He was a member (NEN) the Dutch standards organization on e-learning
standards and involved in several projects in the Netherlands in which
e-learning specifications are being developed and implemented.

His of field expertise is the introduction and use of open source
e-learning solutions. Trend analysis and spotting innovative and practical
ICT solutions for education and research. At present he is the technical
lead for the University of Amsterdam on realising a dedicated MOOC
platform. Other recent activities are implementing a campus wide
infrastructure for digital assessments and UvAconext, a platform for
federated identity and group management based on openConext (SURF

Frank speaks regularly on his projects at nation wide (SURF Foundation) and at the various Sakai conferences

Frank studied Philosophy and Industrial Robotics at Utrecht University
(the Netherlands)

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Jaeques Koeman


Jaeques Koeman studied Social Science Informatics and graduated from the
University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science. His professional career has
always been focused on the application of information technology in
(higher) education. After obtaining his degree, he continued to work at
the University of Amsterdam as a project manager for educational
innovation for 5 years. In this function he managed a large university
program for prospective students, offering free online courses to avoid
wrong study choices.

In 2004 he co-founded the company Edia along with three fellow students.
Edia was to focus on technical development and implementation of software in the field of education. Edia is nowadays widely known for its work in, and contributions to the Apereo open source community and its own adaptive language technology product suite (Knowble).

Jaeques Koeman currently works as a managing partner at Edia- Education
Technology. Over the past years, he devoted substantial time and energy in
creating a dedicated business unit focused on the professional development and implementation of open source education technology including Sakai, uPortal, Fedora and OpenConext. He also contributes to this unit as a consultant and business developer.

Koeman regularly gives presentations and keynote sessions at international
conferences and debates. He is a returning speaker at the (international)
Sakai conferences.

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  • Adam Hauerwas
  • Angela Rabuck
  • Christian Bond
  • Emily Corse
  • Dan Kiskis
  • Luisa Li
  • frankbenneker
  • Greg
  • Jaeques Koeman
  • Matthew Jones
  • Juan Carlos Morales
  • Keli Amann
  • Jan K.
  • Nicola Monat-Jacobs
  • Rob van Leeuwen
  • Ryan Allen
  • Teggin Summers
  • Will Fox

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  • Elizabeth Hodas
  • José Mariano Luján
  • Karen McPhaul
  • Peng Zhang

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Time 1:00pm1:45pm PST

Date Mon 3rd June 2013


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