Strijker, A. (2005 12 06). Piloting Sakai In A Master Course Does It Really Work

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  • Strijker, A. (2005 12 06). Piloting Sakai In A Master Course Does It Really Work

    1. 1. PILOTING SAKAI IN A MASTER COURSE: DOES IT REALLY WORK? Dr. Allard Strijker University of Twente, The Netherlands SAKAI CONFERENCE, ATLANTA 5-8 DECEMBER 2006
    2. 2. Overview of the presentation <ul><li>Personal Background </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Master program </li></ul><ul><li>Course setup </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>
    3. 3. Personal Background <ul><li>Educational designer / Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Started in 1997 developer Teletop Course Management System </li></ul><ul><li>From 2000 focus on research: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards for educational technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reuse of learning material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interoperability </li></ul></ul>
    4. 5. University of Twente Campus
    5. 6. Profile of the university <ul><li>Founded in 1961 </li></ul><ul><li>Research University </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial Research University </li></ul><ul><li>First (and only) Dutch campus university </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on technological developments and their management in the knowledge society </li></ul>
    6. 7. Education <ul><li>5 Faculties </li></ul><ul><li>23 Bachelor programmes </li></ul><ul><li>31 Master programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor & Master students: 7357 </li></ul><ul><li>PhD’s: 703 </li></ul><ul><li>International students: 344 </li></ul><ul><li>International PhD’s: 285 </li></ul>
    7. 8. Personnel in numbers
    8. 9. Campus Facilities <ul><li>High speed network (UT) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wifi on whole campus (largest hotspot in Europe; > 650 AP’s on site + 14 AP’s in Enschede City) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Labs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High pressure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Reality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cleanroom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multifunctional Education facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul>
    9. 10. History – Choice for a CMS <ul><li>Blackboard, eCollege, Moodle, N@tschool </li></ul>aTutor, ANGEL, .LRN, LAMS Sakai, Croquet, WebCT
    10. 11. Teletop Course Environment
    11. 12. What was going on? (1) <ul><li>1997: Initial development of TeleTOP in Department of Educational Technology </li></ul><ul><li>2000-now: large-scale use of TeleTOP in all departments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incl. new, richer releases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2003: commercial spin-off: TeleTOP BV </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2003: first student portal (developed by students!) </li></ul>
    12. 13. A little bit of history (2) <ul><li>2004: lots of activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>open standards (IMS) are emerging, as well as the SCORM; we deliver a discussion paper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>we move more and more to J2EE for webapps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students complaints grow and grow (lack of integration, information is out-of-date, inreliable and sometimes not findable) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UT Policy = Campus Blend: all programmes will have f2f and online components (in different mixes) </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Pilot - Reasons <ul><li>With start of Teletop a evaluation period of 4 years was set. </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion of evaluation report made clear a desire for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a services oriented approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the use of portals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the use of open standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tailored environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New educational approaches </li></ul></ul>
    14. 15. Pilot in Master program <ul><li>Master track Telematics Applications Education and Training (TAET). </li></ul><ul><li>Twelve students </li></ul><ul><li>Ten weeks runtime </li></ul><ul><li>Study load of 140 Hours / 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) </li></ul>
    15. 16. Expectations <ul><li>The best of 10 year CMS experience </li></ul><ul><li>High standard of ease of use, web 20 </li></ul><ul><li>Educational support </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile access </li></ul><ul><li>Complete integration of educational standards </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Import </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Export </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Efficient </li></ul><ul><li>Effective </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse possibilities </li></ul>
    16. 17. Initial Course Setup <ul><li>Collaborative work on Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Based on TAET Competences and course topics </li></ul><ul><li>Problem – Not experienced enough in use of Wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>I was unable to track all individual contributions to grade </li></ul>
    17. 18. Final Course Setup <ul><li>Scientific report as result </li></ul><ul><li>4 assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher feedback after first two assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Peer review after third assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation in last lecture </li></ul>
    18. 19. SAKAI Environment <ul><li>Project site </li></ul><ul><li>Blend of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>publishing course materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assignments and managing the meetings and doing the assignments </li></ul></ul>
    19. 20. Sakai Course environment
    20. 21. Problems <ul><li>Inconsistency in buttons, views, functions </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of clicking </li></ul><ul><li>Relation Assignments, Announcements, Schedule was not clear </li></ul><ul><li>Menu behavior was problematic </li></ul><ul><li>Students could not always use drop box </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative use of email, feedback problems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students could not find resources </li></ul>
    21. 22. Schedule overview
    22. 23. Schedule event edit
    23. 24. Schedule II
    24. 25. Sakai - Resources
    25. 26. Assignments overview
    26. 27. Sakai - Assignments
    27. 28. Sakai - Assignments
    28. 29. Sakai - Dropbox
    29. 30. Unaddressed Expectations <ul><li>No real collaboration possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>No educational support </li></ul><ul><li>No mobile support </li></ul><ul><li>No interoperability possibilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Import </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Export </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No export possibilities based </li></ul><ul><li>Yet  </li></ul>
    30. 31. Conclusion <ul><li>The basic functionalities work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But in my opinion not for a large audiences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disappointed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inconsistency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interface problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Menu behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unclear relations between functions such as schedule, announcements, assignments, resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical issues, access students drop box </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inefficient, A lot of clicking </li></ul></ul>
    31. 32. Solutions <ul><li>Handbook for interface use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Functions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Views </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Button names </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mac OS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows </li></ul></ul>
    32. 33. Thank you! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Allard Strijker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://users.gw.utwente.nl/strijker </li></ul></ul>

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