rSmart and SunGard Re-evaluate their Partnership

The partnership announced a little over a year ago [SunGard Press Release, Sept. 28, 2010]  has certainly not deteriorated, just undergone a metamorphosis in the light of work with several clients. While initially envisioned to include sales support and subscriptions utilizing SunGard resources, the past year has indicated clients find that structure, not easier, but more difficult.  Chris Coppola of rSmart, in a recent email, put it this way, “We just didn’t see the benefits we thought we would from a sales perspective.”  The two service providers continue to pool their resources when assisting clients in integrating their rSmart-hosted Sakai … Continue reading rSmart and SunGard Re-evaluate their Partnership

Towards Instructor requirements for Course Managment / SIS Integration

… Begin with the end in mind. So far, in exploring the options, our choices are these three. (I may be editing this post as comments come in and/or my own understanding changes). 1.  As an Instructor, I login to Sakai with the intent of using it to teach my course or courses in the upcoming term. I create a course site. At that time, or some time in the future, I select from an integration-provided list of rosters for which I am the designated Instructor, and add them to the course site I just created. Then, when ready, I … Continue reading Towards Instructor requirements for Course Managment / SIS Integration

Cool Ideas from Exemplary Courses – Sakai Conference

I love layered learning. We are listening to an exemplary course winner, Kelly Pickering, who created a course for North Sydney, an Australian University. This is a faculty online course on how to plan teaching online which also means faculty are gaining experience using the online tools as a student. – it’s sustainable – can be delivered repeatedly by various facilitators – is scalable as the institution grows – contributes to maturity in online course development for each professor but actually also improves the way teaching is delivered at the institution. – delivered over 18 weeks with a face to … Continue reading Cool Ideas from Exemplary Courses – Sakai Conference

Boot Camp at Sakai Conference

I’m listening to introductions now… every story includes an institution that just recently found their recent LMS pulled out from under them. They have great hopes for Sakai. Also an odd thing as compared to Blackboard conferences where something similar is offered as a pre-conference workshop, this room is full of mixed types – not just sys admins. There are Academic Directors, software developers, Faculty of online courses, new rSmart employees using it as professional development. And rSmart and Unicon aren’t the only commercial vendors here. Blackboard has sent Jan Poston-Day, whom I’ll have to hook up with later. Jan … Continue reading Boot Camp at Sakai Conference

*More on adequately resourcing your LMS …

Current Profile: University of Notre Dame Undergrads: 13,500 Grads: 3000 LMS: Blackboard Vista 8.0.5 Adoption: 28-30% of Faculty // affecting 80% of all students (1 or more courses using LMS). Most used in order: 1) File sharing; 2) Grade Posting; 3) Quiz & exam taking; 4) Assigned writing; 5) Discussions – observation, reading, reflection; 6) Posting discipline relative website links. Equipment: 3 virtual app servers; 1 virtual admin node; database instance on shared physical db server (with SAN). Database size: 398 gigabytes. Concurrent logins at peak times: 800. Last measurement Fall 2010 mid-term week. Four years of courses maintained live … Continue reading *More on adequately resourcing your LMS …

If you pay for an LMS, then you should use your LMS …

I quite agree with this well written article by George Washington U senior, Matt Ingoglia, in the student publication, The Hatchet. Reasons he’s heard for instructors choosing not to use their LMS, Blackboard, are ubiquitous among faculty. It’s time for faculty to embrace technologies that help organizing learning (if not learning itself) easier for their students. http://media.www.gwhatchet.com/media/storage/paper332/news/2011/01/20/Opinions/Matt-Ingoglia.The.Fight.For.Using.Blackboard-3969427.shtml Continue reading If you pay for an LMS, then you should use your LMS …