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In this co-joint presentation session, Marist College and Virginia Tech highlight their experiences of successes and lessons learned during their transition to Sakai, including:
* Why the change was needed,
* How change is good,
* Which Actions support the transition,
* How Training sustains the transition,
* How to Maintain transition momentum, and
* Lessons learned.
Virginia Tech and Marist College have both successfully transitioned to Sakai. Reba-Anna Lee (Marist College) will talk about their three-step process to success: Planning, Acting, and Maintaining progress. As Marist College found, a successful transition includes planning communication, meeting the needs for data transfer, providing training and support, and when completed, maintaining user interest in Sakai. Amber D. Evans (Virginia Tech), will talk in detail about how part of VT's successful transition was through effectively addressing Faculty, Staff, and Student concerns using aspects of the Concerns-Based Approach Model to assess the audience and resources; at VT this information was used to map optimal lines of communication and to define support structures to successfully implement Sakai. (This is a reprisal and follow-up to Virginia Tech's 2009 Boston Conference session: "Concerning Their Concerns: Using CBAM to Map Support for a Transition.") Overall, this session highlights what both colleges anticipated, what they did not, and ultimately what both Marist and VT successfully did regarding planning (communication), action (training and support), and maintenance (momentum and interest). Recommendations, suggestions, and some "best practices" regarding the above will be provided.