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September 21, 2004

Merging Authoring Tools into Sakai

We've been participating in the Sakai group for about 12 months now as a partner institution. This all comes up because I'm at a meeting with a dozen schools who are hammering on the content authoring pieces, and looking at how the dozens (maybe even hundreds?) of authoring tools could or should integrate into Sakai services.

If you're not familiar, Sakai is a collaboration effort between University of Michigan, Indiana University, MIT and the uPortal Consortium to build the ultimate Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE). The Sakai Educational Partners Program (SEPP) allows other schools to join the effort, to observe and be a part of planning movement of other applications to interoperability with Sakai. The SEPP has a number of subgroups (content authoring, user support, cross language, ui etc) which focus on more specific efforts in utilizing Sakai core technologies.

What does this all mean? I don't know. Some schools are chomping at the bit to get Sakai up and running to replace their existing online learning environment. Other schools are just watching, waiting to see where it goes and are a partner to ensure that Sakai is aware of their needs.

I don't know that Tufts knows how it will use Sakai, but is for sure interested in keeping abreast and perhaps at some point will decide Sakai is the replacement for existing applications.

Posted by mike at September 21, 2004 6:48 AM