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Sakai CLE Courseware Management: The Official Guide

Alan Mark Berg, Ian Dolphin

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Book Details

ISBN 139781849515429
Paperback456 pages

About This Book

  • A practical, step-by-step approach with examples, screenshots, and helpful advice
  • Explore how Sakai CLE is used by many millions of students in the real world through case studies
  • Create instructional materials and design students' activities

Who This Book Is For

This book is written for a wide audience that includes teachers, system administrators, and first time developers. It also appeals to the Sakai open source community, potential community members, and decision makers working in education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is Sakai?
Sakai tools
The Sakai Foundation
Sakai worksite
The community
Sakai's academic background
A brief history
What's Next? — The Sakai open academic environment
Advantages for organizations
Chapter 2: Feet First: Running the Demo
Installing the demo
Help is your friend
Live demos
Building from the source
Chapter 3: Sakai 2.x Anatomy
The Sakai framework
Core technologies
How Sakai is deployed at scale
Enterprise data integration
Sakai OAE anatomy
Chapter 4: My First Site
Tool-specific help
Managing project sites
Tools of immediate value
Starter tips
Chapter 5: Enterprise Bundle Tools and Quality Assurance
Using Core tools in Sakai 2.6
Core tools since Sakai 2.6
From Contrib to Provisional
Stealthily to Core
Enterprise-level quality
Automatic code analysis
Chapter 6: Worksite Tools
Creating flashcards
Commonalities between tools
The Resources tool
Using course tools together
Introducing Portfolios
Towards OSP integration in Sakai OAE
Chapter 7: Contributed Tools
An apology of sorts
The range of contributed tools
A list of tools
Example deployments
Creating tools
Chapter 8: Putting Sakai to Work
The tools and structure of a Sakai site
Sakai's site structure
Types of Sakai sites
Building your Home page
Chapter 9: The Administration Workspace
What is a Sakai administrator?
The Administration tool set
Basic concepts
Chapter 10: Web Services: Connecting to the Enterprise
Existing web services
Sakai and SOAP
Entity Broker
Chapter 11: Tips from the Trenches
The benefits of knowing that frameworks exist
Using the third-party frameworks
An expanded tour of Java
The Apache web server
Interviews at the deep end
Chapter 12: Understanding Common Error Messages
A policy of containment of errors
Configuring logging
Common error messages
Information sources
Chapter 13: Show Cases
CamTools: Using Sakai to support teaching and learning in a research-intensive university
Sakai @ the University of Amsterdam
University of Michigan
UFP-UV: UFP in the Sakai project
Marist College and Sakai
Crossing the border into research: A case study of students' engagement with a virtual research environment
SOLO — Taking e-learning offline
The LAMP Consortium — like a bundle of sticks
Criminology — a distance course in Sakai
Chapter 14: Innovating Teaching and Learning with Sakai
The Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award
Case studies from the winner's circle
Chapter 15: A Crib Sheet for Selling Sakai to Traditional Management
Open source at the IC
Sakai at UvA
An interview with the director
Chapter 16: Participating in the Sakai Community
The Sakai Foundation
The community
Transparent communication
Chapter 17: Looking Ahead: Sakai OAE
Early experiments and functional principles
Sakai OAE
Managing the project to build the new environment
Educators' input

What You Will Learn

  • Set up, maintain, and run Sakai CLE in your learning institution
  • Explore the underlying technologies involved and use them to their best effect
  • Discover which tools exist and how to employ them effectively
  • Design a great online learning experience
  • Understand how Sakai can scale to support hundreds of thousands of students
  • Learn best practices to avoid common pitfalls
  • Use web services to connect to other systems
  • Discover how many organizations use Sakai

In Detail

Sakai is a Collaboration and Learning environment that provides the means to manage users, courses, instructors, and facilities, as well as a spectrum of tools including assessment, grading, and messaging. Sakai is loaded with many handy features and tools, which make it uniquely the Learning system of the present as well as the future.

This book is the officially endorsed Sakai guide and is an update to the previous book, Sakai Courseware Management: The Official Guide. From setting up and running Sakai for the first time to creatively using its tools and features, this book delivers everything you need to know.

Written by Alan Berg, a Sakai fellow and former Quality Assurance Director of the Sakai Foundation and Ian Dolphin the Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation with significant contributions from the Sakai community, Sakai CLE Courseware Management: The Official Guide is a comprehensive study of how Sakai CLE should be used, managed, and maintained, with real world examples and practical explanations.

The book opens with an overview of Sakai, its history and how to set up a demonstration version. Next, the underlying structures and tools are described. In using Sakai for Teaching and Collaboration, there is a detailed discussion of how to structure online courses for teaching and collaboration between groups of students, from creating course sites to understanding their use in different organizations around the world.


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