[Portfolio] Today's Sakai Teaching and Learning Call

Josh Baron Josh.Baron at marist.edu
Wed Jan 8 09:21:23 PST 2014


Happy New Year!  My apologies for not getting this out sooner, lots of 
catching up to do here after our holiday break.

I would like to suggest that we hold our weekly call today at our regular 
time (2 - 3 PM Eastern).  Dial-in information and link to our Etherpad 
sites where we are taking note can be found at: 

In term of an agenda, I'd like to suggest that we consider spending this 
call, and possibly the next couple of meetings, brainstorming and sharing 
ideas around what we think Sakai needs to become over the next 5-10 years 
to remain a platform that supports innovative teaching and learning.  My 
thought here is to focus on the larger strategic goals and vision rather 
than specific feature/requirements (these would flow from a 
strategy/vision in the future).   On our last call in December I mentioned 
that there were informal plans to discuss this topic at the upcoming 
ApereoCamp which I will be attending.  I would value being able to bring 
to thoughts and ideas from this group to these discussions. 

I want to stress here that my suggesting this agenda topic I'm by no means 
trying to imply that I don't want to continue the work that we've engaged 
in around T&L Capability Reviews as I continue to see this as a vital 
initiative.  My sense from our December call though is that we may need to 
engage designers more in our work which is something I think is viable but 
which will take some time to follow up on.  Given that ApereoCamp is three 
weeks away my thought is that we could spend some time on this other topic 
and then return to the capability review work in February when we might 
have more clarify around designer resources.

I'm totally open to a complete different agenda for the call so please 
feel free to share your thoughts.  We can start off the call seeing what 
people think.

Finally, as some may have seen from my posting yesterday, I will be 
running a webinar, hosted by Asahi Net from 1 - 2 PM Eastern on our 
learning analytics work (see my other posting for details) so I may be 5 
minutes late to our call.


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