Sakai Paris Speakers Announced

paris metro signI’m extremely pleased to announce that Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at the London Knowledge Lab, will be the keynote speaker for the 9th Sakai Conference in Paris. Diane is a recognized authority in technology-based teaching and learning and author of the excellent book Rethinking University Teaching: A conversational framework for the effective use of learning technology.  She will be speaking on Wednesday morning, July 2nd. You won’t want to miss it.

I’m also pleased to note that we have confirmed two excellent featured speakers. James Dalziel, Director of the Macquarie E-Learning Centre Of Excellence at University of Macquarie and the creator of LAMS, will be speaking on Learning Design and pedagogy. Wendy Mackay, Research Director with INRIA, Futurs, in France, will be speaking about some of her lab’s work on interaction design. The lab is called In|Situ| and has a cool blog (check out the pico projector video…I want one of those).

And now is a great time to register for the conference and reserve your hotel room. For those who have submitted proposals we hope to get acceptances out by the end of next week.

See you in Paris!

Photo by Pedro Simões

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Sakai UX Improvement Project gets rolling!

I’m extremely pleased to announce, after a extensive selection process, that Nathan Pearson has been selected as the lead for the Sakai UX improvement project. Nathan is an experienced UX designer with previous Course Management System and Sakai experience. Nathan is based in the Phoenix, Arizona region and has previously worked with both rSmart and Unicon. You can find out more about Nathan’s background at the UX Improvement Project wiki page.

Please join me in congratulating Nathan and welcoming him to the community…

Fluid and Sakai

I’m sure this will be the first of many entries about Sakai and Fluid. At least it should be if we’re both doing our jobs.

As you probably know, the Fluid Project is, in their own words:

a worldwide collaborative project to help improve the usability and accessibility of community open source projects with a focus on academic software for universities. We are developing and will freely distribute a library of sharable customizable user interfaces designed to improve the user experience of web applications.

Last week was the Fluid Summit, where a number of folks from the community gather to work, plan, share information, debate and even socialize. I was there only two days (Thursday and Friday) but that was enough for me to understand Fluid a lot better and even to dispel some misconceptions I have. Here’s a quick summary of my observations:

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