Sakai Conference: Multi-Institution VRE

Using Sakai in multiple institutional research settings – AERS

Case Study: Adult Literacy – used resources for file storage and as a documentation store, and diary entries stored as discussion entries. Teams liked the ability to contribute entries/discussions asynchronously, and despite being in many separate locations. Site Stats showed that most visits were content reads (~75%) followed by other tasks.

“Communities of Enquiry” – teams used Sakai as a collaborative environment, after a review of literature to assess models and others. Sites focused on encouraging:

* dialogue
* participation
* perspectives
* structure
* climate
* purpose
* control

An interesting characteristic that was noted was that groups tended towards relatively flat permission hierarchies, and high usage of communication tools (discussions, chat, etc – as opposed to other).