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Sakai: The First Ten Years and the Next Ten Years


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This is a talk I gave to the Sakai South Africa User's Group via the web March 5, 2013 because I could not go due to a conflict with SXSW.

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Sakai: The First Ten Years and the Next Ten Years

  1. 1. The First Ten YearsandThe Next* Ten YearsTen YearsTen YearsDr. Charles SeveranceUniversity of Michigan School of InformationBlackboard Chief Sakai StrategistX* Some ideas about the next ten years
  2. 2. DArcy Normans Law ofeLearning Tool ConverganceAny eLearning tool, no matter howopenly designed, will eventuallybecome indistinguishable from aLearning Management System oncea threshold of supported use-caseshas been reached.
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  5. 5. 1.0
  6. 6. Sakai 2.9• Out first release where the overall UI ismarket leading out of the box• Our first release with structured content(LessonBuilder)• Our first release with support for IMSinteroperability standards
  7. 7. Sakai 2.9 - Our first "LMS"
  8. 8. Sakai is Not a Clone• Still far and away the best at combiningresearch, collaboration, and learning• Most powerful / flexible role system• Highly customizable for local needs• Real Apache-Style open source
  9. 9. Open-Open-OpenRutgers University and StanfordUniversity do not have TCCrepresentatives but have mademajor contributions to Sakaiover the years.
  10. 10. What might*we see NeXT?* This is just one persons ramblings...X
  11. 11. A New Strategy• With Sakai 2.9, we could actually relax for awhile - it is a solid and beautiful product• When you have a solid product in hand,your thinking and planning changes fromfilling gaping holes to polishing andreinforcement• You can take more risks...X
  12. 12. Some Rumblings...• Amsterdam, Montreal, UPMC are all doingMOOC experiments with Sakai....• Two new search technologies: SOLR fromOxford and ElasticSearch from rSmart• Complete sakai.web tool replacement• KNL-1011 - SiteService CachingPerformance ImprovementX
  13. 13. Sakai.X• We can attack larger and larger areas thatneed improvement in Sakai if we worktogether in larger teams• Get a collective focus on fewer, larger, moreimpactful improvements.• Fix things we never thought could be fixed- sticky sessions as an example...X
  14. 14. What might be in Sakai.X?• Big, fast, powerful, scalable Sakai CLE.• Scalable to millions of users• Spin up spin down instances easily• Easy upgrades - continuous migration....• Software as Service ModelX
  15. 15. When is Sakai.X?• I dont know when - we will knowcollectively• Once we start, it might be 2 years betweenmajor Sakai releases• We will make bold changes and thencollectively test and validate those changestogether...X
  16. 16. This is just an idea...• I have no resources other than my ownspare time...• I cannot make this happen - I can onlypresent an idea and see if people resonatewith that idea...
  17. 17. Thank you for yourtime..