Sakai Courseware Management: The Official Guide
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- Covers working with Sakai tools, the administration workspace, and more
- Includes lots of ideas and best practices for teachers and trainers on using Sakai effectively
- Create instructional materials and design students' activities
- A step-by-step approach with practical examples, ample screenshots, and comprehensive content for a wide target audience
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What Is Sakai?
Chapter 2: Feet First: Running the Demo
Chapter 3: Sakai Anatomy
Chapter 4: My First Project Site
Chapter 5: Your First Course Site
Chapter 6: Enterprise Bundle Tools & Quality Assurance
Chapter 7: Worksite Tools
Chapter 8: Contributed Tools
Chapter 9: Putting Sakai to Work
Chapter 10: The Administration Workspace
Chapter 11: Web Services: Connecting to the Enterprise
Chapter 12: Tips from the Trenches
Chapter 13: Common Error Messages
Chapter 14: Show Cases
Chapter 15: Innovating Teaching and Learning with Sakai
Chapter 16: A Crib Sheet for Selling Sakai to Traditional Management
Chapter 17: Participating in the Sakai Community
Chapter 18: Rogues Gallery
Chapter 19: Looking Ahead: Sakai 3
If you are looking to get a sense of what Sakai is, how it works, what its like to adopt the platform and participate in the community and how to get started on installing, running and using the software, then this book will do the job.
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What you will learn from this book
- Set up, maintain and run Sakai in your learning institution
- Explore the underlying technologies involved and use them to their best effect.
- Discover what tools exist and how to employ them effectively
- Design a great online learning experience
- Use web services to connect to other systems
- Understand how Sakai can scale to support hundreds of thousands of students
- Learn best practices to avoid common pitfalls
This book is the officially endorsed Sakai guide. From setting up and running Sakai for the first time to creatively using its tools, this book delivers everything you need to know.
Written by Alan Berg, Senior developer at the IC (http://www.ic.uva.nl) and a Sakai fellow and Michael Korcuska, the executive director of the Sakai Foundation, and with significant contributions from the Sakai community, this book is a comprehensive study of how Sakai should be used, managed and maintained.
Sakai represents a Collaboration and Learning environment that provides the means of managing users, courses, instructors, and facilities, as well as a spectrum of tools including assessment, grading, and messaging.
Sakai is loaded with many handy software tools, which help you in online collaboration. You can improve your coursework using features that supplement and enhance teaching and learning. You can use tools that will help you organize your communication and collaborative work.
The book opens with an overview that explains Sakai, its history and how to set up a demonstration version. The underlying structures within Sakai are described and you can then start working on Sakai and create your first course or project site using the concepts explained in this book. You will then structure online courses for teaching and collaboration between groups of students. Soon after mastering the Administration Workspace section you will realize that there is a vast difference between the knowledge that is required for running a demonstration version of Sakai and that needed for maintaining production systems. You will then strengthen your concepts by going through the ten real-world situations given in this book.
The book also discusses courses that have won awards, displays a rogue's gallery of 30 active members of the community, and describes what motivates management at the University of Amsterdam to buy into Sakai. Finally, the executive director of the Sakai Foundation looks towards the future.
A step-by-step, practical guide to using, managing, and maintaining Sakai.
As part of our Open Source Project Royalty scheme, Packt is paying a percentage of every book sold directly to the Sakai Foundation. On top of this, Alan Mark Berg and Michael Korcuska, the authors, are donating all royalties that they receive for this book direct to the Sakai Foundation.
The book takes a step-by-step, practical approach and is filled with examples and illustrations.
Who this book is for
This book is written for a wide audience that includes teachers, system administrators, and first time developers. It will also appeal to the Sakai open source community, potential community members, and education’s decision makers.