Like Sakai, this tiger is alive, staring directly at you, and ready to spring

Sakai is alive and well and on the move

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

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

Tufts University, University of South Alabama, Notre Dame and Sakai–a middle way?

Representatives of our three schools, along with Nate Angell of rSmart, began conferencing a few weeks ago in order to discuss their mutual desire to provide multiple methods integrating SunGard Banner and Sakai. As many of you know, to date there are two methods to provision ones LMS or CLE. A. Administratively create course site shells each semester for all, or a majority, of your course offerings. When Instructors login, their course and its enrollments are already in place and managed by the SIS integration. B. Allow (change the verb here depending on your perspective…) Instructors to create their own … Continue reading Tufts University, University of South Alabama, Notre Dame and Sakai–a middle way?

Deliverables to include in your LMS transition project

I just sent these tweets in succession then I realized I will lose these, and so will those who may be following with an LMS transition in 6 months or a year. (You’re welcome Janel!). Here they are consolidated into a true posting: 1. 2. 3. 4.   Let me elaborate a bit. #1 Without the ability to copy a production environment, its configuration and all its courses (database) to a non-production environment, you will never be able to thoroughly test configuration changes, new tools you might add, or system performance under peak loads without impacting your faculty and students. … Continue reading Deliverables to include in your LMS transition project

Notes on Penn State Learning Design Podcast #4: Throw out the LMS?

They title it “Baby and the Bathwater,” Jeff Swain and Brian Young. Full podcast available from ITunes :EdTech episode #4_ Baby & the bath water These snippets of their conversation stuck out to me. “If we implement it as we did in the past, if we support it as we did in the past, we will end up with what we had in the past.”  (Brian’s voice I think) The LMS’s of today pretty much all have the same functionality. In what way are they flawed? What is it about an LMS as a tool that still needs to change… … Continue reading Notes on Penn State Learning Design Podcast #4: Throw out the LMS?