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December 8, 2004

Sakai Educational Partners Conference gets Started

Got into New Orleans late last night and am sitting in the first session of the Sakai Educational Partners conference.

If you haven't heard of Sakai, it's a joint effort by a few core schools to create a Collaboration and Learning Environemt. What does that mean? Most people are using something like Blackboard, WebCT or homegrown software to provide a service to faculty, students and staff for creating and viewing content. Sakai is attempting to create open source software which does CMS, LMS, CLE (or whatever you like to call it) better than it's ever been done, considering requirements.

The Sakai Educational Partners Program allows non-core schools to be a part of the conversation, and shape the direction of Sakai.

One question I like to ask of fellow attendees is what their Sakai roadmap is. Most often people are involved to be sure their needs are voiced, and to keep an eye on the software to determine at what point they might migrate from their existing system to Sakai.

From my experience, Sakai is very thourough. Everything is done in slow-motion with lots of conversation about use cases, requirements, standards etc. Probably the way every project should be done, but sometimes taking the time to fully flush out all the issues isn't realistic.

The conference roster contains ~200 folks from ~70 institutions, mostly universities in the US and Canada.

Posted by mike at December 8, 2004 10:50 AM