[Portfolio] Report Out > Sakai Teaching and Learning Group Update

Josh Baron Josh.Baron at marist.edu
Tue Dec 8 10:33:24 PST 2009


I wanted to take a moment to report out to the lists from the Teaching and 
Learning group call from last week (sorry for the delay).

Last week Clay Fenlason, Sakai Product Manager, joined the Teaching and 
Learning call to discuss the work that has been going on in the Learning 
Capabilities Google spreadsheet and how this work has already started to 
be used in Sakai 3 design efforts.  A good recap of this initial design 
work as well as some reference materials can be found on Clay's blog at: 
http://sakaipm.wordpress.com/ (see the Leading Design posting as well as 
his most recent that followed the call).

Based on this discussion, the T&L group (which includes good 
representation from the UX and OSP groups!) felt that the next step in 
this process needs to be an effort to categorize the existing Learning 
Capabilities (which number over 110 now) and look for gaps that we want to 
fill in.  The exact process for how to best do this is unclear but will be 
the topic of the next couple of calls.  List discussions on this are also 
encouraged.  Tentatively, the group is contemplating holding a "virtual 
meeting" of 1-2 days sometime in early January during which the 
"categorization" would be worked on.

Finally, we would like to encourage the community to spend time over the 
next 2-3 weeks looking at and contributing to the Learning Capabilities 
spreadsheet (a link can be found at 
http://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/PED).  Although if a capability 
does not get documented at this point it DOES NOT mean that it won't be in 
Sakai 3, by documenting them now we will have greater influence over the 
initial design efforts.

Again, apologies for the delay in getting this reported out to the 


Joshua Baron
Director, Academic Technology and eLearning
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, New York  12601
(845) 575-3623 (work)
Twitter: JoshBaron
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