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Welcome to the Teaching and Learning (T&L) Group!

Hello and welcome! The confluence site is the gathering place for folks interested in teaching and learning within the Sakai community. We are a "young" group and thus much of what you find here will be a work in progress. We are actively looking for more folks to contribute and add to this community effort so please wonder around and join in in any way you want.

If you are new to confluence or this community and are looking to get some general questions answered pleased e-mail Josh Baron at

Teaching and Learning Community Mission

NOTE: The following is a working draft of a mission statement that was developed during a "community gathering" at the Sakai Conference in Newport Beach, CA in December 2007.

To drive innovation on teaching and learning within the Sakai community. To share best practices, understandings and experiences among faculty members themselves and between faculty and other Sakai community members. To communicate the goals and issues of the teaching and learning community to contributors in Sakai including developers, UI, system administrators, documentation, support, QA.

Teaching with Sakai Innovative Award

We have received some funding from a company to award to a deserving faculty member. Visit the following link to learn more and participate. Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award

EXPERIMENTAL ACTIVITY: Gathering and sharing Teaching and Learning Practices

OVERVIEW: The T&L community is attempting to determine the best way to gather and share "teaching and learning practices" amoung users of Sakai. As an experiment and information gathering activity, we are starting to post example practices as a means to understanding our needs. We will be conducting this experiment until mid-January 2008 and then work to identify a longer-term solution.

Post Your T&L Practices

The Audience Dilemma

Minutes and Notes from T&L Conference Calls and Meetings

NOTE: Calls are currently taking place on Fridays at 1 PM EST (New York, USA) each week.

PLEASE SHARE other times below that would work best for those outside the U.S. if you cannot participate at this time.





Suggested Time






Call-In Information:

  1. Call 1-888-447-7153 (International Dial in number is 847-619-4470)
  2. Enter in the Passcode: 5057885 (then hit the "#" key)
  3. Listen to the nice music until the Leader joins.

2-1-2008 Conference Call(Our Next One - EXCEPTIONALLY AT 1:30 PM)

1-25-2008 Conference Call 

1-18-2008 Conference Call

1-11-2008 Conference Call

1-4-2008 Conference Call

12-14-2007 Conference Call

A Community Gathering, December  4, 2007


Breakout sessions: 

Mission and Roadmap

Sharing Exemplars and Best Practices

Faculty Engagement

Requirements Coordination

Faculty Support

BOF (Dec. 6)

From 2006 

In order for Sakai to mature as a set of tools and a framework to support teaching and learning, there are a number of things that need to be explored:

  • Interoperability
  • Ease of Authoring
  • Providing a Quality Learning Experience
  • Tracking Performance
  • Lowering the Barrier to Use
  • Add your concern/question here...
  • Well, what about questions like "How does the Sakai toolset relate to problem-based learning?" or "Why is the Sakai toolset so much better for constructivist learning than (e.g.) Blackboard?" (Wytze Koopal)

If we actually compare Blackboard with Sakai (not on the level of functionality) it might be summarized as Blackboard having a metaphor of traditional instruction (the page turning model of e-learning), whereas Sakai is about collaboration. Students can work together on meaningful, real-life assignments. It comes to experiential learning from rich learning tasks. The learning model is based on cooperative en collaborative construction of knowledge. Components such as Wiki and Blogs fit very well within a learning concept in which everyone is engaged and encouraged to participate (Stanley Portier).

This worksite will be used to explore issues related to providing support for good pedagogy in Sakai. The following projects and areas of exploration are part of this discussion:

Some older materials currently found in Sakaipedia:

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