[Portfolio] Wednesday's (12/18) Teaching and Learning Group Call

Josh Baron Josh.Baron at marist.edu
Tue Dec 17 10:46:24 PST 2013


I want to start by thanking Yitna and Neal for jumping in over the past 
few weeks to help organize and facilitate our calls and also apologize for 
my absence.  As some know, I've had some unexpected business trips pop up 
which caused some chaos with my schedule and I had to miss a number of 
recent calls as a result.

Although I recognize that this week is one of the last of the New Year for 
many of us as we head into a the holiday break period, I want to suggest 
that we hold our call tomorrow (December 18, 2013) with the plan that we 
use the time to do a bit of self-reflection on what we've accomplished 
since the Apereo conference in June, the feedback that we've gotten from 
developers on the Preliminary Capability Enhancement spreadsheet and 
discuss how we want to proceed with this work in the New Year.  For now, 
I'll note that I'm encouraged by the fairly positive feedback we received 
on the spreadsheet work (see comments at the bottom of 
https://confluence.sakaiproject.org/x/ngIsBQ) but I think it is important 
that we pause to consider how we factor in their suggestions.  At the same 
time, we may also want to map out some of our next steps so that we have a 
rough plan going into the spring semester.

Finally, if we have time I'd be interested in hearing from the group about 
thoughts related to the longer-term (5+ year) strategy for Sakai as I 
think there will be opportunities over the coming months to engage in a 
larger dialog about this and getting a conversation started in this group 
now would be useful.

I realize that with semesters ending, etc. that this week may not be ideal 
for everyone and thus I'd like to suggest that we plan to continue the 
discussion we start this week into the New Year.  I'd also like to suggest 
that we cancel the calls scheduled for next week and the week after as I'm 
assuming most of us will be off.

I'm looking forward to chatting tomorrow.


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