Oxford Goes Live with Sakai


I’m very pleased to note University of Oxford’s recent announcement of thier successful transition to Sakai as their primary, campus-wide virtual learning environment (LMS, CMS, CLE).  Here’s an excerpt from Adam Marshall’s post to the Sakai lists:

We’re using most of the core tools plus Mneme, Evaluations, Tutorial Sign-up, Search and Site Stats. We’ve also integrated tightly with our LDAP, developed a hierarchy service to allow us to arrange sites in a tree structure and using this, introduced devolved administration via the concept of Administrations Sites (admin site members are able to create new sites within any site where they are a maintainer), we’ve also made it easy to assign the .anon and .auth roles to any site to encourage Open Content. We’ve also developed a hierarchy of Guidance sites with lots of documentation and exemplars, visit weblearn.ox.ac.uk/info.

We ran a very successful pilot last year and attracted a large number of early adopters from over 60 separate departments. These early adopters have created over 700 separate sites which have been accessed by over 4500 users. The pilot has generated very positive feedback and we’re looking forward to all our users (30,000) moving their focus from the old Bodington-based service into nice shiny new Sakai!

A big congratulations to the team at Oxford!

On a side note, this also means that 4 of the top 10 universities in the world are using Sakai as their primary learning management system (Oxford, Stanford, Berkeley and Cambridge). Yale (#11 in the rankings) also uses Sakai and Columbia (#7) has been running a  Sakai pilot and we have, of course, high hopes that they will adopt Sakai as their primary system as well.

Not that Sakai is only for major research universities–a wide variety of educational institutions, including community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, large distance learning institutions, K-12 school districts and even small continuing education programs are using Sakai very successfully. You can see a list of many known installations on the Sakai website (not everyone tells us they’re running Sakai).


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