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Oracle AEI at Sakai Atlanta Conference, December 2006

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Oracle AEI at Sakai Atlanta Conference, December 2006

  1. 1. Academic Enterprise Initiative Cary Brown, Oracle Linda Feng, Oracle Dan McCallum, Unicon Jim Layne, Unicon December 7, 2006
  2. 2. The following is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remain at the sole discretion of Oracle.
  3. 3. Program Agenda <ul><li>What is the Academic Enterprise Initiative? </li></ul><ul><li>The AEI and Sakai </li></ul><ul><li>The AEI Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>The AEI Going Forward </li></ul><Insert Picture Here>
  4. 4. <Insert Picture Here> What Is The Academic Enterprise Initiative (AEI)?
  5. 5. What is the AEI? <ul><li>A platform for providing robust integration of Higher Education applications and technologies </li></ul><ul><li>An out of the box integrated solution for the entire academic enterprise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Batch and Real Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Oriented Architecture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business process driven (BPEL) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What is the AEI? (cont.) <ul><li>Built around two pillars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Information System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Management System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other apps then span the gaps as needed by institutions </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. A Multi-Phase Project <ul><li>Phase I will provide services and administration for Enterprise data needed by LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Phase II provides Enterprise services beyond that needed by LMS, servicing other applications needed by Higher Ed institutions </li></ul>CMS Sakai SIS Campus Solutions
  8. 8. <Insert Picture Here> The AEI and Sakai
  9. 9. The AEI and Sakai <ul><li>Partnership with Unicon announced on August 1 st of this year to deliver the next generation of academic enterprise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unicon is a well-established, long-time Sakai community member currently providing implementation and training for Sakai </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Partnership provides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OOTB integration between Campus Solutions and Sakai </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A distribution of Sakai optimized for OOTB integration with the Oracle AEI </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A fully vendor supported version of Sakai </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Why Sakai? <ul><li>Built by higher education for higher education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need for stronger pedagogical tools likely to be better driven by this model </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strong framework orientation provides flexibility and long term vision for evolution </li></ul>
  11. 11. Sakai for Oracle <ul><li>What we think it will be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sakai packaged with adaptors/connectors, possibly some branding, configured for optimal use in the AEI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We will be working within the community source model to create enhancements and modifications as part of the Sakai community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What it will NOT be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A branch or deviation from core Sakai </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Support for the AEI <ul><li>Oracle will support all Oracle-delivered elements of the AEI </li></ul><ul><li>Unicon will provide support for Sakai for Oracle through their Sakai Cooperative Support program </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership provides coordinated end-to-end support </li></ul>
  13. 13. <Insert Picture Here> The Architecture of The AEI
  14. 14. AEI Architecture Using Sakai Sakai Framework Native Sakai Tools Campus Solutions Students, Courses Enrollment Gradebook Grades Oracle Collab Suite Tools Collab Suite Portfolio “Plug in” Oracle Personal Portfolio BPEL Notifications Portal
  15. 15. Integration Challenges <ul><li>Problem #1: Data in common </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to define and replicate data to ensure “single source of truth” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Problem #2: Lack of Common Structures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to define and standardize Enterprise-wide objects for different vendors within the Academic Enterprise to support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IMS Enterprise model is a start, but needs semantic definitions </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Phase I - SIS to LMS integration: Objectives <ul><li>Define generic information and service model to enable SIS to LMS integration (moving towards IMS adoption) </li></ul><ul><li>Enable Campus Solutions(CS) to support generic service based model </li></ul><ul><li>Create adapter to connect generic integration to Sakai, if needed </li></ul><ul><li>Test integration with Sakai as reference implementation </li></ul>
  17. 17. Architectural Goals <ul><li>Phase I: Enable standards-based data exchange between CS and Sakai for Person, Courses, Enrollment and Grades </li></ul><ul><li>Allow for Independent Operation (Loosely Coupled) </li></ul><ul><li>Maximize Uptime  </li></ul>
  18. 18. Sakai-CS Integration: Logical Architecture Campus Solutions Person Sakai framework Section Info tool Faculty Course Page Course Enrollment Invoke web service to “provide” data Grades/ Outcomes
  19. 19. Integration Models <ul><li>Asynch “Pull” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sakai quartz job to “pull” snapshots of data on a regular interval </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Synch “Pull” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of Sakai apis such as CourseManagementService </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>However this implies reliance on remote data access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Push” (Event Driven) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When data changes at source, communicate with target to make corresponding change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of Sakai apis such as CourseManagementAdministration </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. AEI Approach <ul><li>Provide initialization capability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools can run snapshots as often as they want (nightly) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensures no missed updates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide incremental event driven capability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows near real time data synchronization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Occurs independent of running transactions on both source and target systems </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. <Insert Picture Here> The AEI Going Forward
  22. 22. Beyond Phase I <ul><li>Student Data Hub </li></ul><ul><li>Gradebook and Portfolio integration </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration Suite integration </li></ul><ul><li>Analytics </li></ul>
  23. 23. The Vision Campus Solutions Sakai
  24. 24. Q & A