<< Chapter < Page Chapter >> Page >

One other resource that puts a lot of context around why we were so focused on a SOA can be found in a posting titled The Long Tail of Learning Applications on e-Literate by Michael Feldstein. As usual, Michael was spot-on.

The following evaluation criteria for our technology selection process were teased out of the work from our task force:

  • Strong support for integration of new teaching and learning tools via open standards.
  • Student-centric rather than course-centric application design.
  • Support for the IMS Learning Design Specification.
  • Native interoperability with SUNY’s portal environment.
  • Strong integration capabilities with campus IT systems.

which were based on the task force’s recommendations to:

  • Prioritize and emphasize teaching and learning
  • Harness the strength and diversity of the SUNY federation
  • Plan for tomorrow’s campuses

Obviously there is a lot packed into these recommendations and each are explained a bit in the Technology Strategy report. Internally, we debated the relative advantages of Moodle, Sakai, and after a lot of spirited discussion, developed a recommendation based on an SOA using some major components including a portal framework, an authoring and packaging tool, and a suite of teaching, learning, and administration tools, most of which were open source. In the end, this solution was not accepted, nor was Moodle or Sakai.

6. pmasson - march 16th, 2007 at 6:54 pm

Ruth, Great information!

I suppose I should confess that my interest in this topic extends beyond professional curiosity…

  • I spent over ten years at UCLA developing software for medical/dental education, research and patient care,
  • While at UCLA, I was involved in numerous evaluations and implementations including, Angle, Moodle, Sakai, WebCT, and even a home grown tool,
  • I was involved in a similar process at the SUNY Learning Network (SLN), to identify “the next generation” of teaching and learning for “all of SUNY,” where we too narrowed our selection down to Moodle and Sakai.

While at SLN our technical evaluations focused on Service Oriented Architecture for really two reason 1) As a centrally managed service to 40 campuses, we needed to provide for a variety of online teaching styles and institutional objectives, and 2) We wanted to provide a components-based framework that allowed the teaching and learning folks to deploy new tools independently of the “system” based on pedagogical needs. I wonder if these are similar to any of UCLA’s requirements?

Considering the above, we felt Sakai offered a better architecture. To be accurate, we felt Sakai could provide a better architecture: we had serious concerns about the actual state of development (In fact, while at UCLA, many of the discussions I was in with Sakai focused on the use of uPortal. Unfortunately, in my opinion, SOA and uPortal were abandoned by the time I was working for SUNY).

Of particular interest for us assessing the technology, was not only integration, where tools would present together (an identity management issue), but also interoperability, where information could be exchanged at run time between tools. That is, not only does the Sakai grade book tool and RPI’s Bedework calendar (two independently developed tools) present together in the presentation layer (the portal), but when I post a new assignment to the grade book, with a due date, it appears in the calendar. This would allow the teaching and learning professionals to provide “best-in-class” tools without significant development or even re-deployment of another LMS.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Got questions? Join the online conversation and get instant answers!
Jobilize.com Reply

Get the best Algebra and trigonometry course in your pocket!

Source:  OpenStax, The impact of open source software on education. OpenStax CNX. Mar 30, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10431/1.7
Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.

Notification Switch

Would you like to follow the 'The impact of open source software on education' conversation and receive update notifications?