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Pre-Conference Workshop


Mathieu Plourde, University of Delaware
Kate Ellis, Indiana University
Brain Dashew, Marist College
Jon Hays, UC Berkeley
Lynn E. Ward, Indiana University
Kim Eke, UNC-Chapel Hill
(other presenters add your name here)


Monday, June 13


1:00-4:30 p.m.


Santa Anita C



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  • Name, Institution, email 

Interests from the Room

Jargon Watch

  • OEAOAE: Open Academic Environment (Sakai 3.x)
  • CLE: Collaboration and Learning Environment (Sakai 2.x)
  • TWSIA: Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award
  • OSP: Open-Source Portfolio

Follow-Up Notes

Migration / Change Management / Piloting Sakai Group

Moving content:

  • Student assistants manually moving @ Tufts: 700 faculty, 10,000 students, 500 fall courses -- 6 students 20 hrs/week
  • Scripting development to extend Longsight's migration script; shadow courses displayed in a new system
  • Tailor-build courses in Sakai based on their Bb courses -- hired a team ("White glove" strategy)

Migration service offerings:

  • Start fresh - blank Sakai course site
  • Shadow course - content moved from prior system to Sakai Resources folder
  • White glove - manually replicate the prior course layout in Sakai

How to get people to start thinking beyond courses/migration including the long-term vision of the LMS & pedagogical concerns:

  • Peer support and identification of things people are doing successfully (share innovations)
  • Administrative buy-in/confirmation of move
  • Need to highlight new markets & educational audiences like global/international ed


  • Intro to Sakai Training: 4 tools: Announcements, Resources, Forums & 1 other "elective" depending upon the audience needs
  • Course Creation - How to create your sites and populate them
  • Video/tutorials - on-demand, always available snippets of "how to" do something or larger contextualized chunks of info -- "How to Set Up Your Course Site"
  • Scheduled drop-in sessions at peak stressful times of year (like August in the US)
  • Create a site that demonstrates different teaching & learning scenarios or use cases to serve as a model for others to replicate and/or modify.

Strategies for getting the word out:

  • How to handle inertia? It's easier to do nothing!
  • Segment the population and target specific messages that will resonate with them to take action
  • Make things fun - if you can, have food, tee shirts, gift cards, raffles
  • Drag-net strategy: create "special events" for people to drop in and get help with a "live consultant" during a specified window; hype it up!

Other comments & suggestions:

  • Beware: Many of us are focusing so much on faculty that we forget to communicate with students.
  • Many want to see real examples of course and project sites and from real people (colleagues at their own or at other institutions).
  • Many of us need project sites. These can serve as another way to teach people about Sakai in a low-risk environment. The skills, to some degree, will transfer when using Sakai for instruction. It becomes more "known" and less intimidating to use Sakai.

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