The Collaboration & Learning Environment for Higher

Scott Siddall
June10, 2013
Sakai CLE
The Collaboration &
Learning Environment
for and by higher education
What is Sakai CLE?
Open source software that’s not ‘owned’ by anyone
Community software used by millions of students
Sakai is not Longsight’s product
Sakai is created and sustained by leaders in higher ed
– Stanford, Michigan, Indiana
– Duke, NYU, Columbia, UNC….many more
• You’re free to use it, improve it, share it
• Make the best of your peers’ contributions
What is Sakai CLE?
• Sakai CLE is what you make of it.
• Do a little
– Templated courses, prescribed instructor choices
– Make it easy to use
• Do a lot
– Develop new tools, integrations
– Contribute to the Sakai community
• It’s always your choice
– You and your peers “own” Sakai CLE
– You control your future with Sakai CLE
What is Sakai CLE?
Content Management
Sakai is a flexible
Not just a box to fill
with content
(but it could be)
Learning Workflow
What is Sakai CLE?
Pedagogically rich
Content Management
Your faculty can realize
almost any
pedagogical vision
Web Content
News Feed
Learning Workflow
Tests & Quizzes
Example: hybrid or fully
online course
Lecture capture
What is Sakai CLE?
Content Management
…or a site for small group
Chat Room
What is Sakai CLE?
Even richer as a scaffold for
Content Management
best of breed services
Google Drive
as well as
Sakai native tools
Learning Workflow
Tegrity lecture
Sakai ePortfolios
Commercial vs. Open
Commercial LMS
Open source LMS
Excellent products
Excellent products
Proprietary development and code;
slower to change
Open development and code; rapidly
Costs can be high; include substantial
licensing & marketing costs
Lower total costs of access and
Meets the needs of the market defined by
Meets the needs of the market defined by
stakeholders (IHE)
Support and code development are
exclusive to one vendor
Support and code development are
unbundled – competitive support
“…the LMS decision is now more
about choosing a path than
-Brad Wheeler, Indiana University
Ownership and open source
• Each campus has dedicated instances.
– High cost of modification.
– Closed development.
– One vendor.
• One shared instance, constantly updated.
– “Open source” but closed development (no community).
– One vendor who reaps all benefits of “open source.”
• Truly open, community source.
Low cost to modify, extend, customize, evolve.
Many vendors for support.
Campus completely owns and controls their LMS destiny.
Benefits to campuses, not vendors.
With your student information system
Automated course site creation
Enrollment management
With campus authentication services
No change in account management
With third-party applications
Web conferencing
Plagiarism detection
Equation editors
Media archives
Respondus Lockdown Browser
Google Drive
Many more…..
IMS Global standards (LTI, LIS)
Case Study
Faculty-driven enhancements to Sakai CLE
Case Study
Programming effort
Enhancements to the Sakai CLE Gradebook:
Drop highest and/or lowest score
Extra credit option
Extra credit category for weighted grade books
50 hours
25 hours
13 hours
Enhancements to the Sakai CLE Forums tool:
Sort Discussion Forum threads
Start and end dates on Forum topics
Word count in Forums tool
Interface for grading forums
Post before read requirement
6 hours
12 hours
8 hours
35 hours
14 hours
Other enhancements:
Add BCC to Messages tool
List scheduled assessments in Calendar automatically
Create User Activity tool for financial aid reporting
5 hours
6 hours
14 hours
Case Study
- Less than $18,000 one-time cost, funded by the campus CIO
- Six months from faculty request to completion
- Faculty response was immediate and positive
- All enhancements contributed to the community release of Sakai 2.9
- The Sakai community maintains these enhancements through
subsequent upgrades
Case Study
- Less than $18,000 one-time cost, funded by the campus CIO
- Six months from faculty request to completion
- Faculty response was immediate and positive
- All enhancements contributed to the community release of Sakai 2.9
- The Sakai community maintains these enhancements through
subsequent upgrades
Continuous advancement of Sakai CLE
is driven by stakeholders in education
Case study of operating costs
• State university with 11,000 users
• Cloud offerings (multi-tenant, shared):
$ 91,000/yr
• Dedicated commercial hosting and support:
– Sakai
$ 62,000/yr
• Self-hosted with commercial support:
– Blackboard
– Desire2Learn
– Sakai
$ 89,000/yr
What distinguishes
Longsight from
About Longsight
Hosting and supporting Sakai CLE and precursors since 2002
Agile, higher-ed-experienced team
Support for large and small institutions:
Columbia University
Duke University
Loyola University Chicago
Miami University
New York University
Pepperdine University
Washington & Lee University
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Western University (Ontario)
University of Baltimore
Ithaca College
St. Lawrence University
Wellesley College
Seminole State College of Florida
Longsight’s Role
• Ensure that our clients get the most out of
community source software
• Comprehensive support 24 x 7
• Direct access to Sakai experts
• World-class hosting; 100% uptime SLA
• Customizations, integrations, development
• Training, design consultation
• Fully open exit strategy; no lock-in
Sakai CLE and OSU goals
Sakai CLE is a flexible and extensible framework
• faculty innovation
• best practices
• building out any pedagogical vision
Frequent feedback
• Notifications and messaging
• Detailed control over assessment feedback
• Model answers
Frequent interactions
• Full support for flipped classroom (resources and
recorded lectures, discussion forums).
• Profile for connections within institution; manifested in
tools such as Forums, rosters
• Fine-grained control over messaging such as coursebased lists
• Wide range of grouping options: ad hoc groups and
sections with course tools that recognize groups
• Group assignment submissions and grading
• Guest access
• Project sites
Flexible and adaptive
• Leverage Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences
through Sakai’s highly flexible framework
– research data: one full grade improvement from
placement testing then appropriate
• Adaptive sequencing through Lessons
(formative assessment, conditional release)
• Integration of Knewton or Smart Sparrow
Active learning
• Instructors’ design option that is fully
supported by Sakai
• Content authoring is distributed to all roles
(can be limited)
• Individual and group problem solving
(assignment tied to discussions) collaborative
writing (wiki), group-based eportfolios (peer
• Peer assessments by NYU
Clear expectations
Model answers
Eportfolio rubrics
Rubrics as integrated service
Flexible syllabus tool
Checklist tool for tracking progress
Teaching for transfer, integration
• Eportfolio artifacts derive from any experience
in Sakai; promotes reflection and evaluation
beyond the course
Fosters reflection, metacognition
• Faculty can sequence content and activities
through Lessons
• User activity reports; notifications to
• Learning analytics and outcomes/progress
communicated to learners (in development)
Reliable and consistent
• UX community for consistency
• Enterprise, scalable application - Longsight’s
100% uptime SLA
• Not a multi-tenant cloud-based application
that can fail globally
• System-wide outages are extremely rare;
failure in a tool is contained
• Content and application are separated;
patching takes minutes; upgrades take < 2 hrs
Fill in gaps
• Course sites for placement testing
• Just-in-time resources for both technology
and subject materials
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Thank you.

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