[Portfolio] INVITATION > Sakai Learning Capabilities Virtual Meeting

Josh Baron Josh.Baron at marist.edu
Thu Dec 17 17:27:08 PST 2009

Greetings Sakai community members,

As some of you may know, the Sakai Teaching and Learning Group (which now 
has strong representation from the UX and Portfolio groups as well), has 
been engaged in an "instructional visioning" exercise focused on Sakai 3 
for the past several months.  Much of our recent work has involved the 
generation of a Learning Capabilities Google spreadsheet which now consist 
of over 150 rows of user-centric goals expressed in simple terms.  Some of 
this work has already begun to be used by Clay Fenlason, Sakai Product 
Manager, in the current design work taking place for Sakai 3 (more on this 
at Clay's blog at http://sakaipm.wordpress.com/).

We have reach a point in this process where we feel we need have a 
sustained and focused effort in order to organize and refine this document 
and "take it to the next level".  This work will involve determining 
"themes" under which we can group Learning Capabilities as well as 
"activity workflows" that will describe how users might progress through 
the learning capabilities.  We will also be looking to identify gaps in 
the already documented learning capabilities and will work to fill in 
those gaps.

Our plan is to convene a "virtual working session" sometime towards the 
end of January or early February in which we hope to get as many community 
members as we can to work over a two-day period on this effort.  We also 
plan to have some "pre-event" activities to provide background for those 
who have not been engaged to date to help prepare for the work.  We are 
also hoping to make this a global effort so we are actively encouraging 
groups outside the USA to participate and will work to accommodate time 
zones, etc. in our planning.

If you are interested (or just think you might be), please visit the 
Teaching and Learning Confluence page at 
http://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/PED and follow the link from 
the notice at the top of the page to our Virtual Working Session Planning 
page.  There you will find additional information and a place to sign up.



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