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How healthy is the Sakai community? Highlights of the Sakai Virtual Conference

Last November, Sakai, the most popular open source LMS in the United States, held its annual conference where attendees exchanged knowledge on pedagogy and best practices. The Sakai conference, held online this time, highlights the ability to connect with other people from different places and collaborate with them intensively.

This year’s program included participatory workshops, online group activities, photo contests and raffles. He showcased the friendliness that characterizes the community by addressing aspects of learning and teaching with Sakai. Proceeds from the conference will be used to further develop Sakai.

From this wise day, we have summarized the main conferences.

It was a challenge for the educational community to keep pace in this virtual world. And according to teachers, traditional participation methodologies, such as forums, have not proven up to the task unless participation is mandatory. The students do the work but without interest and reluctantly. As a solution, Sakai has the Commons tool, which functions as a kind of social network that allows students to post messages with a URL extension to reply wirelessly.

A teacher can use this tool to encourage authentic participation and interaction focused on student learning. Commons does not completely solve the problems of student participation, but it is a valuable tool for introducing the topic of peer interaction.

That is why Paul Dagnall, from the University of Dayton, shared examples of successful use cases that have had an impact on improving the Commons tool.

Comfortable PandaA is a extension for Chromium-based browsers looking to improve student learning experiences. This lightning session demonstrated the extension and how it is used with the Sakai assignment tool at Kyoto University. It was developed by a student using Sakai REST APIs and is currently used by over 3,000 users in Kyoto to efficiently manage assignment status on course sites. Comfortable PandaA is certified according to the “Code for Panda” regulation which allows users to use a tool developed by the user in complete safety.

If you want to use this extension, you can add it to your Navigator, and for more detailed information, see his official site. (In Japanese.)

The powerful pedagogy of discussion protocols

Hosted by Wilma Hodges, this workshop covered protocols teachers can use to initiate engaging and engaging asynchronous discussions in online classes. Wilma also talked about tools that can be used in practical ways to create enriching discussion and debate activities that take thought and practice as a bonus. Finally, practical examples of using different protocol scenarios were shared.

Take Sakai to the next level with Tsugi

Tsugi is open-source software that enables educators to create learning sites, tools, and content that integrate with LMSs using interoperability standards.

One of the benefits of open source software is that it makes it easy for users to adapt new technologies, which keeps learning fun and up-to-date. The University of Dayton has spent years developing Sakai, and the Tsugi platform has allowed them to extend functionality to create new learning pathways, inside and outside of Sakai, in a cost-effective and efficient way. As a result, the session focused on the learning and process improvements the University of Dayton has made with Tsugi and how this has allowed it to be a model for other institutions to follow.

Sakai and Longsight sponsor a project called Open Source Health Factors. The project attempts to answer the question: What makes a healthy open source community? His early rounds of research identified health factors and developed an assessment to determine if they were present for Sakai. This workshop shared data and key points generated during the first assessment, and engaged the community that attended the event by asking questions about project expectations, creating actionable steps that the Sakai community can implement. implemented in future evaluations.

The attendance tool allows the teacher to quickly assign attendance status to students in a course, and in-progress grades from the tool can be added to the site’s gradebook in a single attendance item. Currently, the tool has weaknesses that prevent it from becoming a “focus” tool for Sakai and make it difficult to use on larger Sakai sites. This short session discussed the history, gave an overview of the current state of development, and discussed the future and what the community expects from the tool.

Make Exceptions Exceptional: A New UI for Test and Quiz Date/Time Exceptions

Managing virtual education experiences and platform tools has been a challenge for teachers and students. This is why sometimes when they want to organize their schedule, they need accommodations to have more time or more available dates to submit assessments.

There is a feature called “Delivery Time and Date Exceptions” in Test & Quiz, which was mentioned in the session as a must. However, for teachers, adding this feature is complicated and confusing, and it works differently than elsewhere in Sakai, where dates are fixed.

However, in the recent Sakai 20.2 update at the University of Virginia, the user interface was redesigned to make it more intuitive and teacher-friendly. In this session, we discussed the enhancements to this feature and the important details that went into its redesign.

Reorganize with Resources

The amount of information and content teachers need to manage and organize is significant, so this session focused on optimizing what teachers can use to organize their lessons. Megan Griffin and Stephanie Laurent of Marist College, also discussed the benefits teachers have of linking their resource folder on a course page. This feature certainly helps and improves the experiences of students and teachers who use different types of Sakai sites. And finally, a lesson design model for teachers was discussed.