Alain Mayeur University of Valenciennes                        Mathilde Guérin University of La Rochelle June 10-15, 2012G...
Goals & Strategy                   2012 Jasig Sakai Conference   2
   Overview     Since 2002: Project “Digital working space”      portal of digital services (ENT in France)       80% o...
   2012 : 17 UNR covering national territory    More than 90% of students have a digital     working space (ENT)        ...
   Objectives     Facilitate learning and campus life for      students... but also the daily work of the      staff mem...
   Some of the main services that have already    been deployed so far:       access to LMS       staff members persona...
   Strategy     Solutions are open-source to enable a      constant evolution of tools and services       Each establis...
   Give access to the Information System    depending on the users profile   Integration of e-learning platform, access ...
Organization               2012 Jasig Sakai Conference   9
   Organization     Strategic board composed of 9 people       Director of the consortium: Alain Mayeur       Technica...
   Support of the French Ministry of Higher    Education and Research:       evolution of digital plans and services for...
   Working Groups       Work regarding uPortal: package, tutorial, etc.       Group management: Grouper internet 2    ...
   Framework for development: ESUP-Commons2       Portlet, web mobile   Contribution of universities and engineering   ...
   Trainings to help members acquire or    improve their technical skills       Offered by ESUP Portail members:        ...
   Relationship with Jasig and Sakai       Increasing our collaboration JASIG/ESUP for        the last 6 years       Fo...
esup-uportal               2012 Jasig Sakai Conference   16
   Packaging & configuration         Create French package         Centralize configuration properties into one        ...
   Internationalization       Improve French messages       Translate default and quickstart entities       Add/Edit d...
   HCI & UI       Create new skins       Tutorial on how to custom the design       Find French companies to identify ...
   Shibboleth       Facilitate Shibboleth integration           Documentation           Configuration       Proxy CAS...
   Support    • Continuous support (french mailing-lists)    • Recommendations / Best practices        Infrastructure, W...
   esup-indicateurs    • Statistics on portal and services usage        Who? What? How much?                            ...
   Web Services    • “Export” of groups and user attributes…    • … usable from portlets   Monitoring Servlet    • Real-...
   esup-uportal4 v1.0    • Beta release: late June 2012    • First production deployment: Sept. 2012    • Widespread adop...
uMobile          2012 Jasig Sakai Conference   25
   French packaging?    • Nothing planned for now   Internationalization    • French Messages   Development    • Patche...
   Examples of new modules                              2012 Jasig Sakai Conference   27
   New features       RC release: late 2012   Deployment in France       First production deployment: Sept. 2012     ...
Portlets           2012 Jasig Sakai Conference   29
   esup-filemanager    • v2.2.0 (May 2012)    • Lets the user access (and manage) their      homedirs      (up/download, ...
   esup-lecture    • v2.0-RC8 (GA: late 2012)    • Aggregates XML feeds (RSS, RDF, …) and      handles the users preferen...
   esup-annuaire2    • v0.2.2 (June 2012)    • Searches through a LDAP directory for      students, staff members or stru...
   esup-messages    • v2.0.0-SNAPSHOT (RC1: late June 2012)    • Lists mails in the users inbox and displays the      mai...
   esup-twitter    • v0.6 (March 2012)    • To follow someone’s tweets                                   2012 Jasig Sakai...
   esup-portlet-sympa    • v4.0 (November 2011)    • Displays the mailing-lists the user has      subscribed to or is the...
The How and the Why                 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference   36
   The How    • The new GIYF: “Google Git(Hub) Is Your Friend”jasig                                      EsupPortail     ...
   The Why    •…    • Really?!    •…    • Do you even have to ask?!                                  2012 Jasig Sakai Con...
Feedback on OAE                  2012 Jasig Sakai Conference   39
   Sakai CLE    • Sakai CLE in two French universities        UPMC: used as an e-learning platform        ULCO: used as...
   Sakai OAE    • Deployment of test instances in 3 universities    • Powerful ergonomic environment:        Simultaneou...
   Mainly focus on collaborative activities    • Staff collaboration    • Teacher/student or student/student collaboratio...
   Main limitations (early 2012)    • “Poor” online documentation    • Customizing styles seems laborious    • No quota l...
   Conclusion (early 2012)    • Quite different from the LMS solutions used in      French establishments        Is such...
ESUP SakaiOAE Working Group                 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference   45
   Creation of the ESUP SakaiOAE Working Group   Objectives    • Maintaining the French version    • Organizing thematic...
   Roadmap    • First meeting: Sept. 2012        What? Who? When? => to define the roadmap!   Concretely speaking...   ...
2012 and beyond...                     2012 Jasig Sakai Conference   48
   Objectives    • New French esup-uportal package    • Customized skins (uPortal, OAE, etc.)    • Grouper: user profile ...
Questions?             2012 Jasig Sakai Conference   50
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ESUP-Portail is a French Consortium of education and research institutions to promote and develop open-source solutions for higher education in the field of portal of digital services for students and staff. The main goals are to:
- facilitate learning and campus life for students... but also the daily work of the staff
- pool service development between universities to share costs
- share technological developments and new services amongst the members
- plan and design future advances of digital workspaces (portal of services)

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ESUP-Portail: A Global Approach of Digital Services for Higher Education in France

  1. 1. Alain Mayeur University of Valenciennes Mathilde Guérin University of La Rochelle June 10-15, 2012Growing Community;Growing Possibilities
  2. 2. Goals & Strategy 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 2
  3. 3.  Overview  Since 2002: Project “Digital working space” portal of digital services (ENT in France)  80% of French students and establishments staff use the platform to access to services and information  4 years (since July 2008) for the new structure (non profit structure with its own budget)  70 members in France 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 3
  4. 4.  2012 : 17 UNR covering national territory  More than 90% of students have a digital working space (ENT) UNRNPdC UNR UNR Picardie Normandie UNPIdF UNERA UNRB UNR PdL UNIRA UNR C UNR PCL UNRA UNR RA ACORUNR Réunion UNR Midi UNR LR UNR PACA Pyrénées 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 4
  5. 5.  Objectives  Facilitate learning and campus life for students... but also the daily work of the staff members  Pool the development of digital services to divide costs between universities  Share technological evolutions and new services amongst the members  Imagine and plan the evolutions of the French students personal portal (Espace Numérique de Travail - ENT) 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 5
  6. 6.  Some of the main services that have already been deployed so far:  access to LMS  staff members personal file  selective admission management for staff members and internship candidates  student electronic office  digital community management  mobile services for smartphones  integration of Content Management System (CMS) in the students personal portal 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 6
  7. 7.  Strategy  Solutions are open-source to enable a constant evolution of tools and services  Each establishment can adapt the technological groundwork to fit its own strategy and needs  Collaborate with other consortiums such as Jasig and Sakai, whose solutions are the basis of the French projects  Assure the perpetuity, the adaptability, the technological developments 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 7
  8. 8.  Give access to the Information System depending on the users profile Integration of e-learning platform, access to pedagogical services, integration of documentation components… Encourage team brainwork and sharing of experience/feedback Support on the standards 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 8
  9. 9. Organization 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 9
  10. 10.  Organization  Strategic board composed of 9 people  Director of the consortium: Alain Mayeur  Technical Coordination Team: That’s me!  14 collaborators  Gatherings:  4 meetings a year  annual seminar for global coordination 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 10
  11. 11.  Support of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research:  evolution of digital plans and services for training, employability and academic life Financial contributions from the Ministry and other French local self-governments 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 11
  12. 12.  Working Groups  Work regarding uPortal: package, tutorial, etc.  Group management: Grouper internet 2  Portal/CMS  Communication (mail, calendar, digital desktop)  ESUP-Mobile  ECM-Nuxeo  IHM (ergonomics, look-n-feel, etc.)  OAE Sakai Group (created in April 2012) 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 12
  13. 13.  Framework for development: ESUP-Commons2  Portlet, web mobile Contribution of universities and engineering schools (development) Lively community, encouraging debate Mailing lists and Wiki ESUP-Days: 2 conferences a year in Paris  more than 100 participants each time  #14 on June 27th 2012 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 13
  14. 14.  Trainings to help members acquire or improve their technical skills  Offered by ESUP Portail members:  esup-commons-v2 (followed by 90 developers)  esup-uportal  Provided by external companies:  HTML5 / CSS3  jQuery (UI, mobile, etc.) 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 14
  15. 15.  Relationship with Jasig and Sakai  Increasing our collaboration JASIG/ESUP for the last 6 years  Following the reflection and discussion about the Jasig-Sakai mergence  Work regarding Jasig solutions  Work regarding Sakai solutions 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 15
  16. 16. esup-uportal 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 16
  17. 17.  Packaging & configuration  Create French package  Centralize configuration properties into one file and/or encourage the use of runtime environment properties esup.propertiesenvironment.build.ldap.url=ldaps://ldap1.univ.fr:636environment.build.ldap.pooled=false LdapContext.xml<bean id="defaultLdapContext" class="org[...]LdapContextSource"> <property name="url" value="${environment.build.ldap.url}"/> <property name="pooled" value="${environment.build.ldap.pooled}"/><!-- ... --></bean> 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 17
  18. 18.  Internationalization  Improve French messages  Translate default and quickstart entities  Add/Edit design for French portals 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 18
  19. 19.  HCI & UI  Create new skins  Tutorial on how to custom the design  Find French companies to identify as “privileged partners” for design customization  Reflection on usability, ergonomics and accessibility  Identify most used customization and integrate them 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 19
  20. 20.  Shibboleth  Facilitate Shibboleth integration  Documentation  Configuration  Proxy CAS Authentication Grouper  Documentation / Best Practices  Suggestion of “generic group structure” 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 20
  21. 21.  Support • Continuous support (french mailing-lists) • Recommendations / Best practices  Infrastructure, What (not) to do?, … • General documentation / FAQ  Data migration, layout management,… • Find French companies to identify as “privileged partners” for portal deployment 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 21
  22. 22.  esup-indicateurs • Statistics on portal and services usage  Who? What? How much? 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 22
  23. 23.  Web Services • “Export” of groups and user attributes… • … usable from portlets Monitoring Servlet • Real-time data on portal status  Memory, Threads,… 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 23
  24. 24.  esup-uportal4 v1.0 • Beta release: late June 2012 • First production deployment: Sept. 2012 • Widespread adoption: Jan. 2013 and beyond 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 24
  25. 25. uMobile 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 25
  26. 26.  French packaging? • Nothing planned for now Internationalization • French Messages Development • Patches • New features 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 26
  27. 27.  Examples of new modules 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 27
  28. 28.  New features  RC release: late 2012 Deployment in France  First production deployment: Sept. 2012  Widespread adoption: Jan. 2013 and beyond 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 28
  29. 29. Portlets 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 29
  30. 30.  esup-filemanager • v2.2.0 (May 2012) • Lets the user access (and manage) their homedirs (up/download, rename, delete, move, ...) 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 30
  31. 31.  esup-lecture • v2.0-RC8 (GA: late 2012) • Aggregates XML feeds (RSS, RDF, …) and handles the users preferences (subscription, (un)read items,...) 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 31
  32. 32.  esup-annuaire2 • v0.2.2 (June 2012) • Searches through a LDAP directory for students, staff members or structures 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 32
  33. 33.  esup-messages • v2.0.0-SNAPSHOT (RC1: late June 2012) • Lists mails in the users inbox and displays the mail content 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 33
  34. 34.  esup-twitter • v0.6 (March 2012) • To follow someone’s tweets 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 34
  35. 35.  esup-portlet-sympa • v4.0 (November 2011) • Displays the mailing-lists the user has subscribed to or is the owner (or moderator) of 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 35
  36. 36. The How and the Why 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 36
  37. 37.  The How • The new GIYF: “Google Git(Hub) Is Your Friend”jasig EsupPortail esup-uportal uPortal Fork uPortal Pull request uMobile-app uMobile-app Fork Pull request • Contributing in mailing-lists and joining specific WGs 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 37
  38. 38.  The Why •… • Really?! •… • Do you even have to ask?! 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 38
  39. 39. Feedback on OAE 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 39
  40. 40.  Sakai CLE • Sakai CLE in two French universities  UPMC: used as an e-learning platform  ULCO: used as a teaching and collaborative tool • Mainly used in two French universities for collaborative needs (Poitiers, Valenciennes) • Presentations in 2 of our ESUP-Days  July 5th 2007: Sakai functionalities and usage at UPMC  July 2nd 2010: evolution of Sakai deployment and method of integration in ESUP Portail 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 40
  41. 41.  Sakai OAE • Deployment of test instances in 3 universities • Powerful ergonomic environment:  Simultaneous collaborative writing and document sharing  Different levels of workspaces  Various settings available 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 41
  42. 42.  Mainly focus on collaborative activities • Staff collaboration • Teacher/student or student/student collaboration An asset as a collaborative tool • Student projects and internship • Collaborative assignments May respond to future portfolio needs • External users • Document sharing 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 42
  43. 43.  Main limitations (early 2012) • “Poor” online documentation • Customizing styles seems laborious • No quota limit • * No French translation • * Needs to be compatible with the French digital workspaces (ENT) and CAS * : now available 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 43
  44. 44.  Conclusion (early 2012) • Quite different from the LMS solutions used in French establishments  Is such a migration worth it? • Some tools, praised by teachers in our LMS solutions, seem to be missing  Tests, tracking, … To be used in addition to regular LMS as a social network and collaborative tool 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 44
  45. 45. ESUP SakaiOAE Working Group 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 45
  46. 46.  Creation of the ESUP SakaiOAE Working Group Objectives • Maintaining the French version • Organizing thematic days with feedbacks of partners • Thinking about implantation strategy in the information system of establishments • Widget development 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 46
  47. 47.  Roadmap • First meeting: Sept. 2012  What? Who? When? => to define the roadmap! Concretely speaking... • JIRA tickets • The return of GIYF Git(Hub) Is Your Friend 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 47
  48. 48. 2012 and beyond... 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 48
  49. 49.  Objectives • New French esup-uportal package • Customized skins (uPortal, OAE, etc.) • Grouper: user profile management • New features/services •… • And increase collaboration with Jasig and Sakai! 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 49
  50. 50. Questions? 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 50

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