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Hua Zhong Sakai

  1. 1. Sakai in China Michael Korcuska HuaZhong Normal University Executive Director Sakai Foundation March 1, 2008 Friday, February 29, 2008 1
  2. 2. About Sakai Friday, February 29, 2008 2
  3. 3. Sakai History Courseware Management System Started in 2004 Michigan, Indiana, Stanford, MIT and Berkeley Mellon Foundation Grant Release 2.5 this month Friday, February 29, 2008 3
  4. 4. Why Start Sakai? 5 Schools with Homegrown LMS Inefficient to build 5 systems Wanted to maintain control Experts in teaching and learning Desire to work together and share knowledge MIT Friday, February 29, 2008 4
  5. 5. Vision Shared Custom 20% 80% By working together we can get more for less Friday, February 29, 2008 5
  6. 6. Defining Sakai: Product COURSE MANAGEMENT — all the tools of a modern course management system. Course Management RESEARCH & COLLABORATION — project sites for research and work group Research & collaboration. Collaboration Sakaibrary SAKAIBRARY — Library-led component to add citations directly into Sakai. Portfolios PORTFOLIOS — Open Source Portfolio (OSP) is a core part of Sakai. Friday, February 29, 2008 6
  7. 7. Defining Sakai: Community COMPOSITION — educational institutions & commercial enterprises working in Educational partnership with standards bodies & other Institutions open-source initiatives. GOALS — work collaboratively to develop Standards Bodies Open Source innovative software applications designed to enhance teaching, learning, research & collaboration in education. Portfolios VALUES — knowledge sharing, information transparency, meritocracy. Friday, February 29, 2008 7
  8. 8. Sakai on the ground 200+ PRODUCTION/PILOT DEPLOYMENTS: From 200 to 200,000 Friday, February 29, 2008 8
  9. 9. Defining Sakai: Code Sakai 2.x FOSS — open-source software free to Apache JSF/JSP/RSF acquire, use, modify & distribute; no fees or HTTP Server royalties; Apache-style license encourages Java Spring SSL wide range of use including commercial 1.5 mod_jk Hibernate applications. WEBISO Virtual Tomcat 5.5.x hosting SOA — an extensible, service-oriented architecture & set of tools & services with clear abstraction boundaries. Sakai's CLE Oracle 9i/10g of fers interoperability, reliability, MySQL 4.1/5.x DB2 extensibility & scalability. Sakai consists of technologies common to Java enterprise environments Friday, February 29, 2008 9
  10. 10. Why Free of Charge? No manufacturing or distribution costs Universities don’t want to be vendors Their business is teaching & research, not customer service Keep pressure on commercial providers It’s the right thing to do in education More on this later Friday, February 29, 2008 10
  11. 11. Sakai Community Source June 2007 US UK ZA NL 33.62% increase CA ES PT Nov 2006 Friday, February 29, 2008 11
  12. 12. Defining Sakai: Foundation MISSION — manage & protect intellectual property; provide basic infrastructure & small staff; help coordinate design, development, testing & distribution of software; champion open source & open standards. GOVERNANCE — ten board members elected by member reps to serve three-year terms; Executive Director manages day-to-day operations. PARTNERS — over 100 member organizations contribute $10K per year ($5K for smaller institutions). BUDGET — funds 4-6 staffers, admin services, computing infrastructure, project coordination, conferences, Sakai Fellows Program, advocacy & outreach activities. Friday, February 29, 2008 12
  13. 13. Sakai Foundation Membership is optional. You can use and contribute to the software without being a member Members benefits: Vote for board members Attend conferences for free Priority on Sakai staff visits Promotion of organization by Sakai Foundation Foundation can continue its work Friday, February 29, 2008 13
  14. 14. Sakai & Moodle Sakai Moodle Java PHP More than teaching Teaching focused Community development Centralized development Apache license GPL license Enterprise application Ease of installation Friday, February 29, 2008 14
  15. 15. Why is Education Special? Friday, February 29, 2008 15
  16. 16. Cape Town Declaration We are on the cusp of a global revolution in teaching and learning. Educators worldwide are developing a vast pool of educational resources on the Internet, open and free for all to use. These educators are creating a world where each and every person on earth can access and contribute to the sum of all human knowledge. They are also planting the seeds of a new pedagogy where educators and learners create, shape and evolve knowledge together, deepening their skills and understanding as they go. This emerging open education movement combines the established tradition of sharing good ideas with fellow educators and the collaborative, interactive culture of the Internet. It is built on the belief that everyone should have the freedom to use, customize, improve and redistribute educational resources without constraint. Educators, learners and others who share this belief are gathering together as part of a worldwide effort to make education both more accessible and more effective. Friday, February 29, 2008 16
  17. 17. Values in Education Open and free access Knowledge sharing Quality, regardless of wealth Meritocracy. The best students advance. These are the values of open source Friday, February 29, 2008 17
  18. 18. Proprietary Vendors Who doesn’t get the “Unlimited Edition” Learning Technology? Friday, February 29, 2008 18
  19. 19. Teaching & Learning are Special Financial software is not the same Teaching & Learning are the core mission Open source should be the default for Teaching & Learning It has to do the job well, of course (and it does!) What path do you want to take? Friday, February 29, 2008 19
  20. 20. Sakai in China: Goals Semi-independent Chinese Sakai Community Language, geography make this essential Single code base No Forks Connected to other Sakai Communities We need several universities to make this a reality Friday, February 29, 2008 20
  21. 21. Thank You! Friday, February 29, 2008 21