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.

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One Response

  1. Michael, Howdy! I just saw an email from you which lead me here. Love that. Just saw a presentation of Marist College professors using Sakai who love it. I wish IBM came over our way ..and shared the love and tech fun across the Hudson River with us at SUNY Ulster… I am presently running the arena of Instructional Design at a community college in the Hudson Valley. We, being part of the SUNY consortium recently switched from WEbCT to ANGEL but are also working with two international collaborations in Moodle with Bellaruse and Mexico. Seems like going the route of an open source CMS makes lots of sense…perhaps we will shift yet again..

    I will be attending Educause and it would be a treat to cross paths!! Will you be speaking? I hope so!
    Take care.
    Hope Windle, (formerly Creative Strategist at Digital Think)

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