• Share experiences &
• Provide resources
• Seek your collective
wisdom & advice
3. The premise of this presentation is that conducting a pilot
(“change effort”) gives you a green light to do things differently!
4. Let’s face it, no one loves the LMS like you do. They have other
things on their minds...
5. This is our story. We are one institution among many but our
lessons learned can apply to change efforts generally.
6. Our story is full of excitement and drama!
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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?
8. 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!
9. Fall 2008 Spring 2009
These are our 3 core values and lessons learned.
11. 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!
12. Our blog is living documentation of our pilot. www.unc.edu/sakaipilot
13. Being transparent allowed us to be authentic (e.g. why the pilot)
and approachable (e.g. how to get involved and track progress).
14. 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.
15. 2. get help
16. We were three. We knew we’d have to rely on others if the pilot
was to have any chance at success.
We have distributed IT support on our campus. We layered our Sakai
support process on an existing support process for Bb.
Unexpected beneﬁt? We all gained Sakai support expertise:
our team, Sakai Action Group, Tier 1 support, and even faculty!
19. Current stats
F ‘08 S ’09 F ’09 S ’10
20. LESSON LEARNED: Plan for success and consider
ways to scale support processes gracefully.
21. 3. be purple
This is a direct reference to Seth Godin’s book, Purple Cow. To be noticed,
you have to do something worth talking about -- something “remarkable.”
22. Target the change lovers.
23. Give them a shared way to communicate.
24. Use social media.
26. LESSON LEARNED: Change happens one person at a time.
27. Give things away.
28. Google: “bfree UNC”
29. Be active in the Sakai community!
30. What purple things have you done?
What should we do next?