Sakai 3 changes its name

The open source collaborative learning environment (CLE) or whatever we call it to compare it to other systems like it (maybe the point is that there ARE no others like it?), is no longer to be known as Sakai 3, but as Sakai OAE.

The new three letter acronym stands for Open Academic Environment.

We just hope a stable release is available soon. Does a reorganization of the project team mean that release is further out or that the team’s streamlining makes such a release due out sooner?

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5 thoughts on “Sakai 3 changes its name

  1. Laura:

    Wondering what you mean by “a reorganization of the project team”? As far as I know, no reorganization of the Sakai OAE team was related to the adoption of its new name. There was a reorganization of some of the documentation in order to reflect the changes brought about by the new OAE name.

    As you suggest, the struggle to accurately name our CLE and OAE projects in Sakai comes from the idea that they are something different than an “LMS”, where learning can by managed by a system.

    – Nate

  2. I prefer Virtual Learning Environment as a standard term. I argued this in my blog post earlier this year. See this post.

    Though really all this work to stridently define ourselves is a bit silly. I mean open academic environment or virtual learning environment; what do those terms mean? It is like we have some jargon bot spewing out a new nonsense phrase every couple years. Take a tech buzzword add something related to teaching or learning and tack on some synonym for system or application. What’s next? Social Scholastic Cloud, SOA Driven Instructional Portal, On-Demand MetaConitive Mashup….

    I hope you will pardon my levity. I’m sure this name was a deliberative choice creating a sublime nomenclature that will be transformative until I announce the Quantum Pedagodical Engine which has the advantage of being steam powered, mechanical and Turring complete as well as able to solve NP teaching problems like per learner optimal learning path analysis in polynomial time by leveraging superposition.

  3. Hi John, I remember that post. I read it to prepare for a panel discussion I facilitated at BBworld. We started the discussion by attempting to tie together what we name it with the institutions’ strategic goals in using it, how the name reflects its mission in the organizations’ IT portfolio. Half the audience understood where we were going. The other half was mad because we were making such a big deal about what you call it. Still it was a good segue into a discussion of what’s important in an evaluation of your …ah, your Quantum Pedagogical Engine.

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