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MySakai Widgets

Lead(s):

Nicolaas Matthijs, Nick Desmet

Description:

"My Sakai" makes it possible to get your files and announcements, and keep track of what's going on in your Sakai sites, straight from your desktop. For example, a student engrossed in writing an essay, who suddenly realises they need to check something in a document in their course site, can open it straight from their desktop widget, without having to break off and navigate through Sakai to find it.

"My Sakai" widgets show you recent activity on all of the worksites you're a member of. This means that the widget will tell you when a new announcement or a new resource has been added. The widgets also provide synoptic views of Resources and Announcements.

We have created widgets for Mac DashBoard, Vista Sidebar, Facebook, iGoogle, Google Desktop, and RSS.

Status and Plans:

2007-Oct-Nov Initial Development
2007-Dec Deployment on University of Cambridge Sakai instance

Information or Help files

Attachments

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Microsoft Word 97 Document MyCamTools_userguide.doc MyCamTools userguide (*.doc) Jan 07, 2008 by Nick Desmet
PDF File MyCamTools_userguide.pdf MyCamTools userguide (*.pdf) Jan 07, 2008 by Nick Desmet
PNG File iGoogle_resources.png iGoogle: Resources Jan 07, 2008 by Nick Desmet
PNG File facebook_recentChanges.png FaceBook: Recent Changes Jan 07, 2008 by Nick Desmet
PNG File macwidget_screen01.png Mac Widget: Announcements Jan 07, 2008 by Nick Desmet
JPEG File googleDesktop.JPG GoogleDesktop: Feed Jan 08, 2008 by Nick Desmet
JPEG File VistaDesktop.jpg Vista Widget: Feed Jan 08, 2008 by Nick Desmet
PDF File MyCamTools_userguide_iGoogle.pdf MyCamTools iGoogle user guide Jan 08, 2008 by Nick Desmet
PDF File MyCamTools_userguide_GoogleDesktop.pdf MyCamTools GoogleDesktop user guide Jan 08, 2008 by Nick Desmet
PDF File MyCamTools_userguide_RSS.pdf MyCamTools RSS user guide Jan 08, 2008 by Nick Desmet
PDF File MyCamTools_userguide_Mac_Widget.pdf MyCamTools Mac Widget user guide Jan 08, 2008 by Nick Desmet
PDF File MyCamTools_userguide_facebook.pdf MyCamTools FaceBook user guide Jan 08, 2008 by Nick Desmet
PDF File MyCamTools_userguide_vistaSideBar.pdf MyCamTools Vista Sidebar user guide Jan 08, 2008 by Nick Desmet
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4 Comments

  1. Hi Nick,

    This looks like a real good opportunity to make sakai easier to be adopted by people that already participate in existing (social) communities.

    Would it be a good extention to add "Worksite info" to this list. Which would show new/updated sites that are open for membership or sites that the person is already member of. This would prompt people of potential new courses/projects that have become available and take a look.

    Freek Tanis (ftanis@hotmail.com)

    1. Hi,

      All of our widgets already have a page that displays recent activity on the worksites the user is already a member of (for now it displays new announcements and new resources). If you become a member of a site, your recent activity will also contain the recent activity of that site.

      We feel that prompting users every time a worksite is being created might be a little to much information (this of course depends on the number of sites on your Sakai implementation).

      Nicolaas Matthijs

  2. Does there exist a installation guide for the Sakai server side?

    1. The MySakai server side is just a Sakai tool. The things you need to do are: