If you are faculty, if you’re ever surveyed about your institution’s LMS, participate! If you are faculty, if you’re invited to a focus group, speak up. If a member of administration renders a strong opinion, ask why, ask for sources. So tell us – what do you like about Canvas and why? What don’t you like? What do you like about Brightspace? Don’t like? Why? What about Blackboard, or the open source kids like Sakai and Moodle? Have you ever used them? Tell us, what do you like, don’t like? Be specific. Does it matter? Does open source matter to … Continue reading LMS Evaluation Viewpoint 2020
Rumor of Sakai’s demise is grossly exaggerated. Au contraire, it’s alive and on the move. Continue reading Sakai is alive and well and on the move
We’re planning an upgrade of our LMS. Consider these “dots” and their connections: The old gradebook is out. No further development. When do we take it away from our instructors? How many times do we notify them first? We’re in the middle of changing video on demand (VOD) providers. The old one was to have been available ’til Jan. 2019, but the old one does not provide a standard LTI integration and therefore isn’t ready for the upgraded LMS version. Also, there is no straight migration of content between the old VOD and the new one. Our instructors want to … Continue reading All the Connecting Dots
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?
Enterprise architecture, the endeavor of building technical reference architecture for the business, or, in this case, for higher ed, is a deliberative iterative and s l o w process. Here I am in Madison, Wisconsin joining phenomenally gifted and wise senior enterprise architects such as Rich Stevens (University of Maryland), Jim Phelps (U of Wisconsin and current chair of ITANA*), Leo Fernig (U of British Columbia) and Scott Fullerton (U of Wisconsin) in creating a Learning Reference architecture for presentation at Educause in the fall. Knock on wood. Wood, you say? Or trees? Not only the things architects see through … Continue reading Working with the Ents
I’m new to the open source model. To supporting it. To participating in the community. To seeing how it’s built and how features are added. But I’ve been watching for nigh unto 15 years. And I’m here to tell you: higher ed is generally bullish on software derived from this open source model. It’s almost as if open source were the answer to all the budgetary , visionary, and advocacy issues we all face. From Community Jr. College to State School to Private – we’ve summoned open source to give us more freedom, more features, more revenue, more integration points, … Continue reading Stalking Sakai
Just to recap for those of us sitting at home while colleagues text, tweet, mail, and blog Monday’s happenings from Las Vegas … It’s not at all odd if you think about it that most of those announcements come from a SunGard partner, oops, a Datatel+SGHE, oops again! – I mean an Ellucian partner , the LMS provider, Blackboard. SunGard –drats! I did it again, I mean, Ellucian , after all, has partnerships with LMS providers around the IMS Global Consortium standard, LIS 2.0 , which is behind the Banner Event Publisher or BEP (affectionally pronounced beep ) and it’s … Continue reading Summit Timed Announcements–Monday’s News