Notre Dame wants to get to know a Sakai developer – is that you?

Shameless plug for a Learning Management Developer (One Year Limited Term) … You should come work for the Office of Information Technologies. And here’s why – The University of Notre Dame ranks 9th among “Best Places to Work in IT” for the third year running.  We were cool before that, but lately it’s official. We have a one year contract position open for a senior developer for Sakai. Are you scared to apply? If you’re experienced, you could be married, you could have children. You’re probably comfortable where you are. A one year contract? Are you kidding? No. I’m not kidding. Come to … Continue reading Notre Dame wants to get to know a Sakai developer – is that you?

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Disruptive Education – Or Encouraging Education?

It is disruptive. But it shouldn’t be. Putting myself in faculty shoes, the hardest part is mastery of this new online stuff, which, really, if I’m being honest, I don’t want to do myself and I probably don’t have time … Continue reading Disruptive Education – Or Encouraging Education?

Observations on Entrepreneurialism, Startups and Education

Normally I write about higher ed and educational technology of some sort. This post is about the startup weekend I attended at Innovation Park, Notre Dame’s entrepreneurial incubator. Bear with me there *is* a connection. The competition’s finalists all presented evidence of their proposition’s value addition to the marketplace. This included the ideas which, as solutions, were “solutions” to pretty trivial problems in the grand scheme of things. One of the finalists, for example, will be launching a smartphone app which creates a connection between you and the clubs you attend – effectively moving you to the head of long … Continue reading Observations on Entrepreneurialism, Startups and Education

Why the Startup Weekend at Notre Dame’s Innovation Park Excites Me

54 hours. Friday April 13th at 6pm until Sunday April 15th at 3pm. Go home to sleep when/if they kick us out or you just can’t think another thought. What we hope to accomplish: Lay the groundwork to start one or more new businesses in South Bend. Period. What participants get paid: Nada. In fact, tickets to the event are $99. Who will be the participants? People like me. Really. People who care about our community and want to give back of our talents and creativity. People who can envision their satisfaction when driving by that new area business and being … Continue reading Why the Startup Weekend at Notre Dame’s Innovation Park Excites Me

Pros and Cons of hosting Sakai outside of your institution

The University of Notre Dame is moving from a proprietary LMS we host in our own Data Center to an open source system, Sakai, hosted with rSmart. Two big changes we’re lumping together. Ask yourself … What advantages do you expect to gain when switching from a proprietary system to an open source system? Does outsourcing the system’s management mitigate against those advantages? What we’ve found so far (6 months): Trade-offs   Some Fixes/enhancements: can still be deployed faster than with a proprietary system, but not as fast as we expected … rSmart, or other provider, will still have tested … Continue reading Pros and Cons of hosting Sakai outside of your institution

Bringing Blackboard Vista 8 into the Oracle 11g world..

Just a few notes, probably only of significance to myself, of the work involved when the technology around a software changes even as that software is being brought to an end of life… Blackboard’s CE and Vista product is scheduled to be de-supported in January of 2013. Notre Dame will continue to run it as we come along side it with another system and move our Faculty and Students to it. Meanwhile Oracle has de-supported (as of June 2010) its database software version Oracle 10g, on which many institutions have been running their Bb Vista databases. Meanwhile Oracle has acquired … Continue reading Bringing Blackboard Vista 8 into the Oracle 11g world..

Notre Dame’s current FTEs and skill set supporting our CMS/LMS

  The University of Notre Dame has some unique characteristics, but these are not necessarily advantageous towards fully utilizing the best of teaching and learning technologies, including the LMS. The major factors your institution must consider when benchmarking your course management staffing: Does your institution have a School of Education? If you do, they will tend to keep the educational use of technology ‘fresh’ on your campus. Or perhaps I should say, they could do that, if you’re intentional about allowing them to. Does your institution have a distance education program? Are you thinking of starting or expanding one? Instructional … Continue reading Notre Dame’s current FTEs and skill set supporting our CMS/LMS