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Sakai Courseware Management: The Official Guide

Alan Mark Berg, Michael Korcuska

A comprehensive and pragmatic guide to using, managing, and maintaining Sakai in the real world
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847199409
Paperback504 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Is Sakai?
Sakai tools
The Sakai Foundation
Sakai worksite
The community
A brief history
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 Anatomy
The Sakai framework
Core technologies
How Sakai is deployed at scale
Enterprise data integration
Chapter 4: My First Project Site
Tool-specific help
Managing project sites
Tools of immediate value
Chapter 5: Your First Course Site
Creating a course site using the Sakai demo
Starter tips
Chapter 6: Enterprise Bundle Tools & Quality Assurance
Core tools in Sakai 2.6
Contrib to Provisional
Stealthily to Core
Enterprise-level quality
Automatic code analysis
Chapter 7: Worksite Tools
A flashcard activity
Commonalities between tools
The Resources tool
Course tools
Introducing Portfolios
Portfolio expert interviewed
Chapter 8: Contributed Tools
An apology of sorts
The range of contributed tools
A list of tools
Example deployments
Creating tools
Sousa—Content authoring and delivery for Sakai
Open Syllabus
Chapter 9: 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 10: The Administration Workspace
What is a Sakai administrator?
The Administration tool set
Basic concepts
Adding a Portfolio template
Chapter 11: Web Services: Connecting to the Enterprise
Existing web services
Sakai and SOAP
Entity Broker
Chapter 12: Tips from the Trenches
The benefits of knowing that frameworks exist
Third-party frameworks
Expanded tour of Java
The Apache web server
Interviews at the deep end
Functional administration
Chapter 13: Common Error Messages
A policy of containment of errors
Configuring logging
Common error messages
Information sources
Chapter 14: 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: Students' engagement with a Virtual Research Environment, a case study
SOLO—Taking e-learning offline
The LAMP Consortium—Like a bundle of sticks
Criminology—A distance course in Sakai
Chapter 15: Innovating Teaching and Learning with Sakai
The Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award
Case studies from the winner's circle
Conclusions and lessons learned
Chapter 16: A Crib Sheet for Selling Sakai to Traditional Management
Open source at the IC
Sakai at UvA
An interview with the Director
Chapter 17: Participating in the Sakai Community
The Sakai Foundation
The community
Transparent communication
An interview with a member of the community
Chapter 18: Rogues Gallery
If the Sakai community were a person
Sakai fellows
Foundation members
Quality assurers
The rest
Chapter 19: Looking Ahead: Sakai 3
Sakai 3 goals
Sakai 3 for users
Sakai 3 for technologists
Interview with Sakai 3 chief architect
Chapter 20: Endwords

What You Will Learn

  • 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

In Detail

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 ( 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.


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