European Sakai Days 2006

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European Sakai Days 2006

  1. 1. We have just started! On forming a Sakai Special Interest Group NL September 7, 2006 1st European Sakai Day including results of feedback of participants Wytze Koopal http://elearning.surf.nl/sakai http://sakai-nl.blogspot.com
  2. 2. Agenda • Some facts and figures from NL • Some (personal) viewpoints • Some context • Sakai SIG NL • (Some) Discussion • What’s next?
  3. 3. Dutch facts and figures • VLE in primary and secondary education: very fragmented market • Higher Ed: large market share of Blackboard (~ 50 %), plus local players • HE: Total of ~60 institutions, 500 k students • Within HE: some 3-5 institutions that are evaluating Sakai • Some commercial interests in Sakai…
  4. 4. Sakai at our institutions • Amsterdam (University of Amsterdam and VU) • University of Twente • Utrecht • Rotterdam • Saxion • Stoas & Hotelschool The Hague • Leidse OnderwijsInstellingen (LOI) • 3TU: TU Delft & TU Eindhoven
  5. 5. Some viewpoints - 1 • There is a lot of discussion in NL about VLE’s recently etc • But: there is lack of information regarding – open source / open standards, and – how to move forward – how to collaborate (really!) • Although: 80% of our (administrative) processes are the same….[mainly based on thorough legislation] • But: we are ‘direct’ competitors in certain ways
  6. 6. Some viewpoints - 2 • ICT in Education: NL HE sector is very well organized; thanks to SURF (http://www.surf.nl/en) • SURF is really active on the forefront of innovation, for example: – NL standards community (http://elearning.surf.nl/six) – E-framework – Studielink (http://www.studielink.nl) – Elearning research programme (http://www.surf.nl/elr) – NL portfolio community (http://elearning.surf.nl/portfolio) – Sakai community (http://elearning.surf.nl/sakai)
  7. 7. Some context • More and more interaction (quite recent) between SIS and VLE ‘specialists’ • SURF has formed Sakai SIG NL (more on this in a minute) • SURF is more and more involved in e- framework (close collaboration with JISC) • Almost no fuzz (or ‘spin’) regarding Blackboard patent in NL
  8. 8. What is Sakai SIG NL? • Informal, virtual community, started in July 2006 • Coordinator (1 day/week, this is me) • Work plan: communication, communication, exchange of experiences • Website / weblog: just to inform those that do not know (yet) • Just getting started: focus of different member institutions of different subjects
  9. 9. 1st results Sakai SIG NL • There is more to Sakai than programming! There is – QA (UvA) – General requirements for tools (Resources, – Requirements for OSP – European (Dutch) requirements: Bologna, Lisbon (see Portier, Koch & Oldsjö) – Localization & Internationalization (I18N & L10N) –…
  10. 10. Challenges Sakai SIG NL • Lurking… ?! • Them (US) and we: there is no they! • Lack of knowledge of Open Source/Access/Standards • Not invented here • Is there a longterm leadership commitment on institutional level?: relationship with strategic plans of our institution
  11. 11. Discussion • Take a look at (also on handouts) • Divide in 4 or 5 groups http://www.sakai-pilot.utwente.nl/sakaiwiki/european_dutch_enhancements • Ask yourself (and take 5 minutes): – What’s missing on this list? I need at least one item from every group  – What should have high priority? Only 3 please  – Are you willing and able to work on it? – Who will (wants to) be ‘owner’ of this list (or a subset) ?
  12. 12. Result: What is missing on the list? • Regarding the Dutch community: we need a sort of roadmap (what are reasons that will result in management buyin) • Migration support (how to migrate from current VLE to Sakai): technical stuff, but also user support materials • Regarding issue of surnames: first collate use cases (might not be the same all over Europe) and then write down requirements.
  13. 13. Result: What should have priority? • Item #6 (international date and time formats): 7 votes.
  14. 14. Result: What is not an issue (any more)? • There is a patch for #6 (date and time format) • # 9: (sort of) you can use webservices to overcome problem; this is a hack • #12: seems to be solved in Version 2.2 • # 5: is actually a localization issue
  15. 15. What’s next • Check out: – http://sakai-nl.blogspot.com – http://elearning.surf.nl/sakai – Wiki: http://bugs.sakaiproject.org/confluence/display/EUROSAKAI/Home – Collab: DG: Euro Sakai • Let’s talk: leave your business card / email address
  16. 16. Thanking you for your attention and collaboration!

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