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But, ﬁrst, how did we get here? If we’ve had Blackboard on our
campus since 1999, what brought us to a pilot of Sakai?
The answer is a conﬂuence of events. (1) Institutional reports
recommended open source evaluations. (2) Blackboard data mining
showed a 33% course adoption rate with the most-used tools being
Content and E-mail. (3) And, last, our obligation and desire to
provide the best possible services to our campus. This necessarily
required we research options. Therefore, the Sakai Action Group
was formed and a pilot was initiated!
These are our 3 core values and lessons learned.
1. be “radically transparent”
Let others see, evaluate and improve what you’re doing.
Develop a plan. Be open to critical feedback and create
formal mechanisms for capturing it. Implement it!
Our blog is living documentation of our pilot. www.unc.edu/sakaipilot
Being transparent allowed us to be authentic (e.g. why the pilot)
and approachable (e.g. how to get involved and track progress).
LESSON LEARNED: Separate pilot success from a ﬁnal
adoption decision. (See our report for pilot success criteria.)
Thus, even if people didn’t like Sakai, the pilot could still be
successful if it met the speciﬁed criteria.