TrustRadius and its Competitors - Evolution, Online Learning and New PossibilitiesI have used Sakai now at two organizations, American Public University (APUS), an online for profit university and Texas State University, a large campus state university. At American Public University Sakai was the main online Learning Management system. It was utilized across the organization as the main tool and engine for students and faculty as the online learning system for the university. At Texas State, Sakai is used on a more selective and limited scale. Here, it is used for a smaller cohort of online classes but it is also used as a support (resource) system for hybrid courses. Sakai addresses the business problem of 'online classroom' management. Essentially, the system can build an infrastructure for faculty and students for learning. For faculty, it provides an infrastructure system for say a semester 'course' arcs and online learning infrastructures. For students, it is the main online system for receiving assignments, taking tests, dialoguing through forums with other students etc.,Easy to Use Basic Online Learning System: Sakai does the basics for learning online well. Outlining course lecture material uploading, linking for faculty, forums for students Pragmatic Text Based System: Sakai is solid for text based assignments, both student entry and faculty presentation and overview. Familiar Interface: The Interface for Sakai will be more immediately familiar to both faculty teachers and students as the model is well established in interface design.,Lack of Multimedia Features: Sakai is not great for video integration, either uploading or chat based video or integrating new video features into the interface and shell. It is not particularly good for say recording audio or more sophisticated multimedia integration. Lack of Web 2.0 features. Sakai is not great as a Web 2.0 social media learning application. It is definitely from an early but still present model of learning management systems and has remnants of its first generation architecture. Lack of User Experience Design: Sakai is basic in its user interface design. In this way it is approximately a generation back with regards to web 2.0 interface design or higher attention to 'learning' design aesthetics and integrating with online 'learning methodologies.,5,For American Public University System, Sakai seemed an effective tool. As with any technology though, times change and with changing times comes new technological possibilities. At its implementation stage, Sakai had a positive effect in adding to the ROI and is built as a desktop online learning system. Currently, there are many competitors in the market probably worth looking at further if one wishes to push the leading edge with regards to mobile possibilities, multimedia etc. Sakai was useful as a resource system in tying online library resources to the university online curriculum. It allowed for library/university curriculum connections that otherwise would not be possible. We actually won several awards with our Sakai/Online Library/Libguides online curriculum integration. For an online for-profit university in the early days of online learning Sakai was a great tool. For land based universities transitioning to online learning modalities, Sakai is still a fair option in terms of hybrid learning possibilities and enabling an online resource folder for every physical class. Sakai is definitely not leading edge but more proven system stability undergoing versioning processes.,,1800,,Online Learning: Teaching Classes (Main Framework) Archiving Classes: Main Framework Courses and Larger Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs,Sakai was used as a framework for a larger faculty MOOC (APUS) Sakai was used as a shell for resources for hybrid physical/online classes (Texas State) Sakai was used for large section introductory university classes (introduction to Research, Freshman experience etc),Expansion of physical classes into online modalities Non traditional workshops Frameworks for learning symposia,5,Adding Forum Comments Setting up Textual Assignments Submitting assignments,Multimedia is challenging in Sakai Web 2.0 collaborative functions are challenging in Sakai Mobile Learning possibilities are challenging in the Sakai interface,6SakaiSakai was used as a the sole learning management system at our university for the purposes of managing learning and research projects. Currently, our university is transitioning away from Sakai toward Canvas.,Organization of content Customization of course navigation and content Small learning curve compared to other systems,Ease of use and customization of ePortfolio Tests and Quizzes ePortfolio,1,Ability to customize the system to meet the needs of faculty and learners Greater cost to the university as a whole than a hosted platform Ability to easily design courses based on pedagogy,Blackboard, D2L and Moodle,Desire2Learn, Weebly, Moodle,30000,50,building community facilitating learning experiences collaborating on research,to create an ongoing community of learners within a subject area,N/A,1,Yes,Price Product Usability,I was not part of this process.,Implemented in-house,Yes,hold outs transitioning material from blackboard,10,10,Yes,I don't know what Apereo is.,Tests/quizzes posting material discussion boards,ePortfolio,No,8A Few Thoughts from a Faculty MemberSakai is being used as a customized learning platform for Marist College. When I was an instructor there, I utilized Sakai in teaching several courses on race, class, and gender in literature and basic composition. At the time of implementation, I found it to be an improvement over the previous LMS.,Transparency and ease of access for content - the modules were clearly labeled and easy to implement. Grading features on assignments - the gradebook was very easy to access and in-assignment-grading was a time-saving and efficient feature. Media-rich environment - compared to other LMS options at the time, Sakai was ahead of its competitors in terms of permitting media-rich assets.,The linear, scroll-of-death aspects of the early forums made it difficult to engage learners in peer-to-peer commentary. The updates to the lessons tool provided no easy way to import material from old lessons, except through cut and paste. The test and quizzes interface can be cumbersome.,6,Easier student assignment submission Better performance tracking Better options for predictive analysis via the at-a-glance view of the gradebook,MOODLE, NovoEd and BlackBoard,Yes,Product Usability Existing Relationship with the Vendor,If any LMS is being examined as a choice for instructional delivery in higher education right now, there needs to be a joint effort of exploration that is led (speaking strictly as a faculty member) by the faculty - but also incorporates non-faculty perspectives in areas including assessment, student success, disability / student support services, and the accreditation liaisons within the college.,Adding media-rich content Using the gradebook Sending messages / email blasts to students,Importing content from lessons on earlier versions of Sakai Managing forums in a way that encourages peer-to-peer critique / collaboration,6
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September 17, 2015

Review: "Sakai and its Competitors - Evolution, Online Learning and New Possibilities"

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February 05, 2016

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September 21, 2015

Sakai Review: "A Few Thoughts from a Faculty Member"

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Sakai is an open source learning management system provided by the Apero Foundation. The LMS provides what it calls Core and Expanded Features. The Core Features encompass an integrated tool set that is tested by the Sakai community members and is then included with each new release. The tool set can be configured by: instructors, students, research investigators and project leaders. The other set of tools, known as “Contrib Tools” are specific to Sakai tools and innovations that are developed and tested by community members and are then made available for others to use outside of the packaged Sakai product releases.  

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