Ready, Set, Go! From Blackboard 9.1 to Sakai CLE 2.9 in less than 6 Months

A session at Open Apereo 2014 Conference

Tuesday 3rd June, 2014

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

When faced with the task of migrating 3,800 courses, Loyola University Chicago used many resources to rapidly move to Sakai. Working closely with a diligent pilot group and Longsight, we provided a mixed model migration. We will discuss challenges and crafted solutions that made this a success.

The commitment of university administrators to the LMS change promoted an efficient transition. Training, documentation, and frequent help sessions prepared users for the Sakai CLE and proactively addressed questions and concerns. Our presentation identifies and reviews key elements to faculty outreach and support that we found beneficial.

While course migration and faculty outreach activities were taking place on the front line, intensive system administration activities hastily proceeded in the background. We will address some of the behind the scenes steps required by system administration in order to put Sakai into production and close down Blackboard in less than six months.

About the speakers

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Jennifer Tyler

Online Educational Technologist

Jennifer Tyler is an Online Educational Technologist at Loyola University Chicago where she supports faculty in the use of e-learning technologies to enhance teaching and online learning. Jennifer provides support for Sakai 2.9 at Loyola where she assisted with the transition of their learning management systems. Jennifer completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has a Bachelor?s degree in Education also from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to working at Loyola University Chicago, Jennifer taught for six years, including three years of teaching online. She regularly leads online and in-person trainings on educational technologies throughout the university where she specializes in synchronous teaching sessions utilizing the Adobe Connect platform.

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Jack Corliss

Senior Analyst

Jack Corliss is a Senior Analyst and has been working in academic and research support at Loyola for the past 35+ years. For the past ten years, Jack has worked with Loyola?s enterprise learning management systems, and is currently a primary system administrator of Loyola?s hosted Sakai CLE 2.9 and was the lead system administrator of the hosted Blackboard 9.1 system. His expertise with LMS includes system metrics to monitor resource usage and system capacity, and develop basic learning analytics, data integration with student administration system and LMS, such as course creation, student enrollments and instructor assignments.

Jack has worked with faculty, graduate students, and staff in their use of research tools, including statistical programs (e.g., SAS) and online survey generation tools to conduct academic research and program evaluation. Jack just completed his assignment with developing and managing university teacher-evaluation initiatives for the past 30 years.

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Lauree Garvin

Senior Educational Technologist

Lauree Garvin is a Senior Educational Technologist at Loyola University Chicago. She is responsible for system administration and user support for Sakai as well as support for statistical applications, QDAs, and online survey applications.

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Sean Ohlinger

Technology Coordinator

Sean Ohlinger is a Technology Coordinator at Loyola University Chicago with a focus on technology in the classrooms including Sakai, lecture capture, and control systems. He has been supporting faculty in the classrooms as a "jack of all trades" at Loyola since 1997. Prior to Loyola, Sean studied at Wright College and University of Illinois in the computer/electrical engineering field. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Loyola University Chicago and is currently pursuing his master's degree. Sean is also pursuing Crestron Programming Certification.

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  • Jack Corliss
  • Jennifer (Tyler) Narula, M.Ed.
  • Lauree Garvin
  • Sean Ohlinger

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  • Andrew Martin

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Time 1:00pm1:45pm EST

Date Tue 3rd June 2014


Tenor, Hilton Miami Downtown

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