I’ve read quite a bit about Sakai Project, a Managed Learning Environment with course management, assessment tools, portal functionality, etc.:
- A framework that builds on the recently ratified JSR 168 portlet standard and the OKI open service interface definitions to create a services-based, enterprise portal for tool delivery
- A re-factored set of educational software tools that blends the best of features from the participants’ disparate software (e.g., course management systems, assessment tools, workflow, etc.)
- A synchronization of the institutional clocks of these schools in developing, adopting and using a common set of open source software.
The technical barriers can now be overcome [thanks to:]
- Service Interface Definitions
- Standard Portal
- Tool Interaction Framework
- Localized User Interface
Let me suggest some further reading I’ve found of value:
- The Sakai Project
- The Sakai Project FAQs
- More Sakai details revealed and partner programme presented, an article by Wilbert Kraan at CETIS, info on Sakai.
- Same area, different goals; Sakai and the JISC Framework Programme, also by Wilbert Kraan, comparing Sakai and the JISC TFP. Very worth reading it.
- US universities consortium starts OKI and Portlet implementation project, by Wilbert Kraan too, when Sakai was presented as a project (old post but worth reading too).
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2004) “Sakai Project” In ICTlogy,
#10, July 2004. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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