Sakai replaces Blackboard at Virginia Tech

scholar_logo_instWhile Virginia Tech has been using Sakai for quite awhile and even hosted a (fantastic!) regional Sakai event last year, they recently made an official announcement that Scholar (their local name for Sakai) will fully replace Blackboard on Campus by Fall 2010.

You can download the announcement here: Scholar to replace Blackboard.

There are some great quotes from faculty members and staff in the announcement.  Here’s a sample:

Klaus Elgert, professor of Biological Sciences, remarked, “The launching of Scholar as the primary course management, collaboration, and learning system for the university community heralds a new era of e-scholarship.

and

Susan Clark, associate professor and director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, recognized that “Scholar’s capabilities to create wikis, post blog entries, online chatting between students and faculty, and much more multimedia capabilities including uploading video podcasts is more seemingly compatible with how students prefer to communicate.”

Congratulations to the entire Virginia Tech Sakai team!

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