Monthly Archives: July 2006

Unicon Presents Open Source Online Campus Solutions at Summer Conferences

Company Products & Technologies Meet Growth & Revenue Challenges for Higher Ed

Phoenix, AZ – July 25, 2006 – Unicon, Inc., the leading independent provider of enterprise portal, collaboration, learning, and integration technology for higher education institutions, will be demonstrating and presenting its latest products and technologies to create, enhance, and expand online campuses at three industry conferences in late July and early August 2006. Featured products and technologies include its Academus Web Portal and Web Content Management system, the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment, uPortal Web Portal technology, and more.

http://www.unicon.net/press_room_1020.html

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I’ve been browsing: Sakai 2.2 released and new distros to try

Released Thursday was Sakai 2.2. With a growing community of Educational establishments using this product as their online presence or a significant part thereof; it is only a matter of time before Sakai breaks into the mainstream conscious. If you have a spare five minutes and a reasonably fast connection then I would say it is a fun product to try. The quick demo gives you an idea of the products potential. And it’s just a simple matter of unpacking and running a startup script.

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/node/1690

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IBM Donates E-Learning Software Code and Expertise to Sakai

IBM yesterday announced it has donated e-learning software code to the Sakai Project, a group of learning institutions creating and deploying open-source course management, collaboration and online research support tools for higher education. The donation is part of IBM’s overall support of open computing in education. Last year, the company announced that it will allow royalty-free access to its patent portfolio for the development and implementation of selected open software standards for Web services, electronic forms and open document formats in education.

IBM developed the donated code exclusively for Sakai to enable the tracking of learning content and help Sakai better support universities that adopt its collaboration and learning environment (CLE). IBM will also contribute the expertise of a senior architect to help speed the development and growth of Sakai software and of open-computing communities in higher education.

IBM’s code donation will enable teachers using the Sakai environment to track consistently the progress of their students using Sakai-based courseware. For students, the IBM code will allow more freedom in how they access distance and self-directed learning applications. Since the Sakai environment is on the Web, students can learn and track their progress while in class, at home or anywhere else where they have a device connected to the Internet.

http://www.learningbusiness.fi/portal/31/?id=11934

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Unicon Hosts Sakai Pilot Projects for CLTNet Member Colleges

National Science Foundation-Funded Organization Set to Evaluate Sakai Collaborative and Learning Environment

Phoenix, AZ – July 12, 2006 – Unicon, Inc., the leading independent provider of open source-based enterprise portal, collaboration, learning, and integration technology for higher education institutions, today announced that the Centers for Learning and Teaching Network (CLTNet www.cltnet.org), an NSF-funded organization supporting the Centers for Learning and Teaching (CLTs) will be starting Pilot Sakai projects through Unicon for 10-20 professors of its member colleges this summer. The pilot projects are designed to provide CLTNet instructors with easy, low-cost training and hands-on experience to evaluate the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment course management tools.

http://www.unicon.net/press_room_1017.html

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IBM Accelerates Open-Source Movement In Higher Education

Donates E-Learning Software Code And Expertise To Sakai

IBM announced it has donated e-learning software code to the Sakai Project, a group of learning institutions creating and deploying open-source course management, collaboration and online research support tools for higher education. The donation is part of IBM’s overall support of open computing in education. Last year, the company announced that it will allow royalty-free access to its patent portfolio for the development and implementation of selected open software standards for Web services, electronic forms and open document formats in education.

IBM developed the donated code exclusively for Sakai to enable the tracking of learning content and help Sakai better support universities that adopt its collaboration and learning environment (CLE). IBM will also contribute the expertise of a senior architect to help speed the development and growth of Sakai software and of open-computing communities in higher education.

http://in.sys-con.com/read/246131.htm

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IBM Donates E-Learning Software Code and Expertise to Sakai

SCORM-Compliant Code to Accelerate Open-Source Movement in Higher Education

/noticias.info/ ARMONK, NY – 11 Jul 2006: IBM today announced it has donated e-learning software code to the Sakai Project, a group of learning institutions creating and deploying open-source course management, collaboration and online research support tools for higher education. The donation is part of IBM’s overall support of open computing in education. Last year, the company announced that it will allow royalty-free access to its patent portfolio for the development and implementation of selected open software standards for Web services, electronic forms and open document formats in education.

“Sakai was created on the premises that open standards and open source solutions lower costs, increase interoperability and enhance flexibility,” said Chuck Severance, PhD, Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation and Chief Architect of the Sakai Project at the University of Michigan. “This generous donation will help Sakai offer the most comprehensive and accessible open learning CLE framework in higher education. IBM has been one of the early and most aggressive leaders in supporting open source in the education industry and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them.”

At the recent Sakai Conference in Vancouver, more than 70 percent of surveyed attendees reported that they were planning on deploying Sakai in pilot, expanding their existing implementation or putting Sakai into production at an enterprise level.

http://www.noticias.info/asp/aspComunicados.asp?nid=200636&src=0

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IBM Donates E-Learning Software Code and Expertise to Sakai

SCORM-Compliant Code to Accelerate Open-Source Movement in Higher Education

ARMONK, NY — (MARKET WIRE) — July 11, 2006 — IBM today announced it has donated e-learning software code to the Sakai Project, a group of learning institutions creating and deploying open-source course management, collaboration and online research support tools for higher education. The donation is part of IBM’s overall support of open computing in education. Last year, the company announced that it will allow royalty-free access to its patent portfolio for the development and implementation of selected open software standards for Web services, electronic forms and open document formats in education.

IBM developed the donated code exclusively for Sakai to enable the tracking of learning content and help Sakai better support universities that adopt its collaboration and learning environment (CLE). IBM will also contribute the expertise of a senior architect to help speed the development and growth of Sakai software and of open-computing communities in higher education.

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The rSmart Group Teams with IBM on Open Source Financial System – Kuali

http://www-03.ibm.com/industries/education/doc/content/news/pressrelease/1617716110.html

The rSmart Group, the leading open source application software company serving education, today announced it is teaming with IBM in support of the Kuali Financial System. The Kuali Foundation creates software that provides a comprehensive suite of functionality to serve the financial systems needs of all levels of colleges and universities.

“IBM’s commitment to open source solutions and a services oriented architecture creates a synergy that benefits both companies,” said Ray Barker, CEO of The rSmart Group. “The rSmart group is a leader in providing subscription based application support for education institutions that run Kuali and Sakai, an open source collaboration and learning environment. Our combined products and services allow these institutions to control and customize product design, lower costs, and more efficiently deliver mission critical enterprise IT systems. We intend to fully leverage this unique combination of capabilities to bring valuable open source solutions to the market.”

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