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Techniques used to integrate and automate Sakai in a large University. 9 th Sakai Conference Paris, France 1-3 July 2008. Charles Sturt University:. CSU supports over 32000 students 65% of these via distance education Both within Australia and across the world

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Techniques used to integrate and automate

Sakai in a large University

9th Sakai Conference Paris, France1-3 July 2008

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Charles Sturt University:

  • CSU supports over 32000 students
  • 65% of these via distance education
  • Both within Australia and across the world
  • CSU Interact went live in December 2007
  • Interact is CSU’s branded version of Sakai 2.4.x
      • 7083 Sakai subject sites were created this year
      • 50522 Sakai users registered

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Core Business Requirements:

Automatically provision sites, tools, users and existing applications according to a predefined timeline

Customise Edit tools to support business rules

Link to existing applications via a custom Sakai tool

Add functionality to merge sites

Allow real-time user authentication and role updates

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Automated site lifecycle:

Supported via Enterprise Data feeds into a configuration database

Overnight ‘Provisioner’ runs to sync configuration database with Sakai via API’s

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Configuration Database:

Supported by enterprise data feeds

Contains Sakai Subject sites with associated:

Create/Open/Close/Archive dates

Head of School and Subject Coordinator user data

Tools both Fixed, Optional (and pilot)

Used by primarily by provisioner and edit tools

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Provisioner:

Uses CSU enterprise data to construct subject sites in Sakai for use by students and academics.

Create/updates roles and services in the roles system so that students and staff can gain access to their Sakai subject sites.

Runs nightly via cron job.

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Edit Tools:

Fully customised Edit tools interface

Allows Enforcement of Business rules

Date driven availability (by category)

Set to be available to subject coordinator only

Once available to all cannot be removed

When tool available to all, auto publish site early

CSU Services tool - EASTS/Evals/Forum/OASIS/Outline

Screenshot to follow

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Edit Tools:

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CSU Services Tool:

Provides dynamic linking to existing applications Queries the application via webservice

Displays either a link or message (if no access)

Link may be different for users/managers

Attempts to open application in popup window

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Merge Cohort Functionality:

  • Sites created for every cohort (subject offering)
  • Allows management of a single site for multiple cohorts
  • Example: Accounting 100 Distance students share the same Sakai site as Internal students
  • Merges Cohorts only (not content)
      • Old site unpublished (and flagged for archival)
      • Confirmation email sent
      • Merge will flow through to Forums and Oasis
  • Screenshots to follow

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Merge Cohort Functionality:

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Real-time Authentication and Role Updates:

IMS Provider (access to Sakai) + overnight process

Group Provider (access to subjects) live link to enterprise roles system

Authz - feed changes back through Group Provider to update enterprise roles system real-time.

Modification to participant list to show provided users

Screenshot to follow

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Real-time Authentication and Role Updates:

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Architecture Overview:

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In to the future…

MSI – Mandatory Subject Information

OSAM – Online Assignments and Marking

Tools and Sites

Deleting sites

Archiving

Subsites

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Introducing…

Australia’s first Sakai Community QA Server (QA1-AU)

Built using Continuum for automated, repeatable builds

Running in a Solaris / Oracle environment

http://qa1-au.sakaiproject.org/

AUSakai 08

Hosted by Monash and CSU in November For more details contact:

Nathan Bailey ( Nathan.Bailey@its.monash.edu )

Matt Morton-Allen ( MMorton-allen@csu.edu.au )

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Techniques used to integrate and automate

Sakai in a large University

David Roma

Charles Sturt University

droma@csu.edu.au

Paul Bristow (Technical)

pbristow@csu.edu.au

9th Sakai Conference Paris, France1-3 July 2008