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Collab is a Sakai Community project. Sakai develops and distributes the open-source Sakai CLE, an enterprise-ready collaboration and courseware management platform that provides users with a suite of learning, portfolio, library and project tools. 

The Sakai CLE is a flexible, enterprise application that supports teaching, learning and scholarly collaboration in either fully or partially online environments environments. Sakai also has a robust and full-featured online portfolio system built-in. The Sakai CLE is distributed as free, open-source software, which offers the ultimate in flexibility and avoids the risks of vendor lock-in and escalating license costs.

Highly Customizable

Instructors teach in a variety of different styles using a wide array of methods. Sakai meets the needs of the institution, the individual instructor and students though its highly customizable nature. Sakai’s architecture is modular and individual instructors can select the tools they want available for their class. Or you can configure sites that are specifically designed for research collaboration or administrative work groups. And because the source code is freely available, you always have the option of changing or adding a feature that would make Sakai work event better on your campus.

Sakai 2.5 Tools and Features

Faculty, students and staff benefit from the rich array of tools and features that are available with the Sakai CLE. Because leading universities around the world developed these tools, you know that they meet real needs on campus. 

General Associations
LMS (1), VLE (1), course management (2), distance education (2), learning management system (2), online (2), online learning (3), virtual learning (1), virtual learning environment. (1)

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General Collaboration Tools:

  • Announcements: Post current, time-critical information to a site.
  • Resources: Post, store and organize material related to the site.
  • Site Roster: View a list of site participants and their pictures
  • Email Archive: Access an archive of email sent to participants
  • Wiki:Create and edit web content collaboratively
  • Blog: Provides blogging capability for your class
  • Calendar: Maintain deadlines, activities and site related events
  • Chat: Engage in real-time conversations with site participants
  • Discussion Forum: Create, moderate and manage discussion topics and groups within a course and send private messages to site participants
  • Glossary: Provide contextual definitions for terms used on a site
  • Web Page: Display external web pages
  • News: Display custom news content from dynamic, online sources via rss

Teaching and learning Tools:

  • Syllabus: Post a summaryoutline of course requirements
  • Lesson Builder: Create and publish online learning sequences
  • Assignments: Create and grade online or offline assignments
  • Drop Box: Share files privately with site participants
  • Gradebook: Calculate, store and distribute grade information to students
  • Tests & Quizzes: Create and manage online assessments

Portfolio Tools:

  • Design, publish, share and view portfolios of work
  • Wizards & Matrices: Create structures to help site participants document and reflect upon their learning and development
  • Evaluations: Provide site participants with summative feedback on submissions to wizards and matrices
  • Reports: Build, view and export reports on portfolio-related site activity
  • Layouts & Styles: Manage pre-defined Styles used to control the visual style (fonts, colors, etc.) of Wizards and Matrices, and Portfolios
  • Portfolio Templates: Manage templates site participants use to create standardized portfolios

Administrative Tools:

  • Accounts: Manage basic account information and passwords
  • Membership: View and modify site memberships
  • Site Setup: Create new sites, modify sites you own
  • Site Editor:Change the structure, content or membership of a site
  • Section Info: Manage sections within a course site
  • Super User (SU): Assume the identity of another user in the system for troubleshooting and support
  • Users: View and edit user data in the system
  • Realms: Manage roles and permissions
  • On-Line: Track server and system usage
  • Job Selector: Create scheduled data integration and data warehouse tasks

Usage Scenarios

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A Teaching Usage Scenario

  • Acc to source, nobody is teaching it at present, no low level training course, 
  • Collab-support: provides training for teachers, how to use it (Some of this is online, some is lectures at UVa). 
  • Course site: complete or partial, Roster is essential component of course site, provided by the SIS (see below)
  • See Feature bullet list for specific Teaching applications.

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Version and Plans

As of 6-26-09, currently at 2.5, UVa will probably not upgrade until 3.0 (v2.6 will be released this summer, v2.7 next summer, v3.0 will constitute dramatic shift after 2.7)

Interface Languages
English (416)

Technical Details

java (v3.0 is slated to support a great variety of scripting languages)

Technologies of Interest
JIRA (1), Java (3), Wiki (1), apache (1), confluence (1), linux (2), online (1), subversion (1), tomcat (1), windows (1)

UVa Support

Collab-support: email, face to face training, telephone q and a, (shifting to helpdesk, a 3rd party company) phone: (434) 924-HELP (4357)

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Discussion Forums / User Groups




For teachers who are new to Collab: As Collab is open-source, there are definitely bugs. So be careful what tools one selects.. There are so many tools available, of varying quality, and integration. So select what you know you can use.

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