Development of a Eurpean Sakai community


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Presentation from the 1st European Sakai Day in Lübeck 2006. By Jon Lanestedt and Susanne Koch.

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  • Development of a Eurpean Sakai community

    1. 1. A European Sakai Community Three tasks to address Jon Lanestedt and Susanne Koch Lübeck, September 7 2006
    2. 2. The University of Oslo Some key figures <ul><li>Founded 1811 and the largest University in Norway </li></ul><ul><li>30 000+ students </li></ul><ul><li>4 570 faculty and staff </li></ul><ul><li>8 Faculties </li></ul><ul><li>44 Departments </li></ul><ul><li>25 Interdiciplinary Research Centers </li></ul><ul><li>2 Museums </li></ul><ul><li>University Library </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Educational Technology Group <ul><li>Permanent unit within the central university IT-center. </li></ul><ul><li>Mission: To actively contribute to processes of pedagogical innovation by providing technological solutions integrated in teaching and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination of central IT efforts in the area of ICT-supported teaching and learning . </li></ul>
    4. 4. Sakai at the University of Oslo <ul><li>We have just started </li></ul><ul><li>Sakai members since April 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Attended the Sakai conference in Vancouver </li></ul><ul><li>Planning a pilot for next semester </li></ul><ul><li>Interested in European perspective on LMS and Sakai </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why a European Sakai Community? <ul><li>Exactly why do we need a European sub-community of this US initiative? </li></ul>
    6. 6. First, why not <ul><li>The winning point of the Sakai initiative is not that it is open source. Open source is a means, not a goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, we don’t want to be cheerleaders for yet another LMS. We need to relate to educational realities, to solve real problems , deal with real challenges. </li></ul>
    7. 7. European factors <ul><li>We have some European perspectives and positions which American academia doesn’t automatically share, due to history, culture, politics and more. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Particular European educational challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>European worldview and mind set </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These are related to the very activities which we may potentially support with Sakai (learning, teaching, collaboration, higher education as a common good, etc.). </li></ul>
    8. 8. A European network <ul><li>We can promote our unique European perspectives and address the European challenges by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinating European Sakai endeavours within a regional network. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinating the development and exchange of Sakai tools relevant to European concerns . </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Task 1 <ul><li>A cornerstone of a European Sakai community should be a common set of European challenges and ideas about pedagogy and education , as opposed to (or with a different focus than) an American one. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to identify what these challenges are. </li></ul>
    10. 10. European Challenges <ul><li>The Bologna Process and EU’s Lisbon Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These processes have serious pedagogical implications. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They both involve educational practices and technology at the local, institutional level (where LMS such as Sakai live). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They also affect the regional level, where inter-institutional collaboration and resource sharing take place (like a European Sakai Community). </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Task 2 <ul><li>We must ask ourselves: </li></ul><ul><li>Does the Sakai framework currently or potentially help us better than, say, Blackboard , and why? </li></ul>
    12. 12. How well does Sakai… <ul><li>support life-long learning … </li></ul><ul><li>support our students in collaborative activities in accordance with constructivist views … </li></ul><ul><li>support the development and management of knowledge bases and collective memories for work groups… </li></ul><ul><li>orchestrate various forms of formative evaluation (and thereby develop reflective citizens)… </li></ul><ul><li>provide powerful collections of interoperative leaning tools and services to our students on and off campus… </li></ul>
    13. 13. Task 3 <ul><li>If we have convincingly dealt with tasks one and two, how do we format, maintain and cultivate the network? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Do we need any formal apparatus or agreements? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Do we need any secretariat or coordinating body? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do we need any events, journals, etc., to develop community values? (Like this excellent conference!) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Should we collectively apply for EU funding to do some major project? </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Thank you for your attention! <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>