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SAKAI

Note: This information is taken from the TALL Desk Study

Vendor

The Sakai Project, a collaboration between The University of Michigan, Indiana University, MIT, Stanford, and the uPortal consortium

Context

Sakai uses the OKI OSIDs, which are covered separately. The mapping of SAKIA only addresses actual software.

Relevance

Sakai is a large project, closely tied into global e-learning standards and systems (notably OKI). The University of Michigan, Indiana University, MIT, Stanford and the uPortal consortium are the main partners, giving the project weight and momentum. UK HEIs and FEIs can use Sakai as a useful model and would benefit from reviewing its software before embarking on building large sections of an ELF. However, the emphasis is on a US-style education system and it is highly prescriptive; it will not map over to the UK without adjustment. The underlining technology in Sakai is subtly different to that proposed by the ELF, although there is much work underway by Sun Microsystems to bring these together.

Features not directly related to ELF

  • Localisation: supports use of the system in the user’s own language
  • Help: a standard method of providing user help for services
  • Presentations: a user controls the display of a multi-step presentation to other users


http://www.sakaiproject.org

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