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

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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 …

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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  • 1. Alain Mayeur University of Valenciennes Mathilde Guérin University of La Rochelle June 10-15, 2012Growing Community;Growing Possibilities
  • 2. Goals & Strategy 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 2
  • 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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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. Organization 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 9
  • 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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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. esup-uportal 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 16
  • 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.  Internationalization  Improve French messages  Translate default and quickstart entities  Add/Edit design for French portals 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 18
  • 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.  Shibboleth  Facilitate Shibboleth integration  Documentation  Configuration  Proxy CAS Authentication Grouper  Documentation / Best Practices  Suggestion of “generic group structure” 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 20
  • 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.  esup-indicateurs • Statistics on portal and services usage  Who? What? How much? 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 22
  • 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.  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. uMobile 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 25
  • 26.  French packaging? • Nothing planned for now Internationalization • French Messages Development • Patches • New features 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 26
  • 27.  Examples of new modules 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 27
  • 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. Portlets 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 29
  • 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.  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.  esup-annuaire2 • v0.2.2 (June 2012) • Searches through a LDAP directory for students, staff members or structures 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 32
  • 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.  esup-twitter • v0.6 (March 2012) • To follow someone’s tweets 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 34
  • 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. The How and the Why 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 36
  • 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.  The Why •… • Really?! •… • Do you even have to ask?! 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 38
  • 39. Feedback on OAE 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 39
  • 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.  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.  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.  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.  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. ESUP SakaiOAE Working Group 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 45
  • 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.  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. 2012 and beyond... 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 48
  • 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. Questions? 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference 50