Serensoft at Educause

This is the last in a series of posts about Sakai activities at Educause….I’m on my way there now, stuck for a few hours in Dulles.  With a bandage on my left little finger (cut from a kitchen knife…stupid) that makes me hit the CAPS LOCK key instead of ‘a’ and the CTRL key instead of Shift. Sigh. This post will be a bit shorter as a result. In any case…

Serensoft is a Sakai Commercial Affiliate that works exclusively with higher education, helping institutions deploy and support e-portfolios and learning management systems using Sakai and OSPortfolio. With e-portfolios in particular, they have a highly customized approach—called “Providence Methodology”— that helps determine the most effective way to use and deploy e-portfolios, whether it’s within a single department or institution-wide. You can find Serensoft at booth 842…stop by and say hello.

IBM & Sakai at Educause

If you’ve followed Sakai for any length of time you’ll know that IBM’s Education division has been a great supporter of the community. They’ve sponsored numerous Sakai conference activities (including the first Sakai Teaching and Learning Innovation award), they’ve worked with Marist College on a version Sakai for WebSphere and they have a partnership with rSmart.

So I was especially excited when IBM told me what they had planned for Educause this year.  IBM has created a cloud-based, virtualized learning environment built on Sakai that you can see in their exhibit booth (#1101). They will be demonstrating an infrastructure showing the power of IBM’s Open Education vision for Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device Learning.  The infrastructure includes Sakai (built on rSmart’s CLE) delivering education content to eight different user devices – including laptops, thin clients, web tablets and gaming devices, along with their Virtual Client Solution and System x Blade Server.  Visitors to the booth will be able to explore learning modules highlighting IBM’s solutions for Higher Ed.

I haven’t seen it yet but it sounds very cool. I hope you’ll stop by their booth and check it out. It will likely be the first place I head when the show floor opens.

rSmart at Educause

rSmart Logo

As you may have guessed if you read this blog regularly, I’m doing a series of posts about Sakai Commercial Affiliate activity at Educause. Today I’m featuring rSmart.

As usual, rSmart has a booth on the trade show floor (#942) and I was pleased to see that they have developed a special Sakai Adoption Package. As you may know, rSmart has packaged up and branded a set of Sakai tools that their customers most commonly want. They call is the rSmart Sakai CLE. By having a standard set of tools across customers, rSmart can more easily install and support Sakai. The Sakai Adoption package allows you to have a complete enterprise Sakai CLE running for your campus in 2 to 6 weeks. If you’re thinking about Sakai I encourage you to stop by the rSmart booth and learn more about this option.

rSmart has also produced a series of Sakai Case Studies.  These feature schools that have successfully deployed Sakai. Some are rSmart customers, some are not, so they aren’t just an advertisement for rSmart services. I think they are very well done and worth checking out. You can download them here.

Unicon at Educause

Unicon Logo

Sakai commercial affiliate Unicon will be hosting a series of presentations at its booth on the Educause show floor. These will be 20 minute briefings followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. There are several briefings that feature Sakai, including my own on Thursday. But you’ve seen enough of me and I’d encourage you to check out Duran Goodyear from the University of the Arts, Anthony Whyte from the Sakai Foundation and University of Michigan or Carroll Brown from Oracle.

You can read the full press release or take a look at the current schedule below. Be sure to check Unicon’s website for updates on the presentation schedule. Or just stop by their booth at the conference.

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Nice Sakai blog post

Marist College faculty member and blogger Kevin Gaugler just added a nice post about Sakai to his blog (called The World A.T. Ways). Kevin is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at Marist and attended the Sakai Conference in Newport Beach last December.

Thanks for the kind words, Kevin. Check out the blog and the Sakai post. You should skip the video of the nerdy executive director though…

Educause: Open Source Innovation Showcase

Earlier this year the JA-Sig conference in St. Paul Minnesota brought together members from a variety of different Higher Education Open Source communities, including Sakai, D Space, Fedora Commons and Kuali. The Executive Directors of these project have stayed in touch and have been talking about different ways to work together.

Well, I’m happy to say that we’ll all be at Educause and will be participating in what is shaping up to be a very nice event on Wednesday, October 29th from 10:30-12:30: The Open/Community Source Innovation Showcase. From the session description:

Over the past few years, we have been hearing more from open source and community source projects and partner institutions about how this approach to software development will affect our institutions. This session will focus on addressing key issues and challenges facing campus decision makers about the role of open source and community source applications at academic institutions. Executive directors from five higher education open source and community source communities will respond to questions posed by the moderator and members of the audience.

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CampusEAI Symposium at Educause

On behalf of CampusEAI Consortium and Sakai, I would like to invite you to attend the “Future of IT in Higher Education Symposium” at EDUCAUSE 2008 on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 in Orlando, Florida where I will be presenting the value of open source solutions for higher education initiatives, specifically in the area of course management solutions. This session will feature a briefing for higher education executives on major IT trends that need to be considered for their 2008-2009 strategic plans.

The symposium is free of charge but you do need to register for this event. Please find further details and registration information below.

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