By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangaluru : Time is ripe .Educators need to adopt the technologies to impart education. Online education clubbed with outsourced Lab are the future of education .You agree or agree not to agree. This is a reality written on the walls on universities .Entire teaching and learning revolve around minds Getting and sustaining their attention and interest holds the key to success in this tricky process.Teaching and learning can be tech enabled. Smartphone's tablets desktops laptops computers have become class rooms laboratories and research centers and playgrounds and virtually become everything..Sakai is a vibrant, international community that collaborates to create technology that enhances teaching, learning and research. Member organizations include large universities and small colleges, K-12 systems, hospitals, government organizations, research societies and political parties. In 2004, four leading U.S. universities, together with Jasig, the parent organization of the uPortal portal framework, began a collaboration to combine and synchronize their assorted learning software into a collection of integrated, open source tools.
The Apereo Foundation, a non-profit organization which sponsors a range of open source projects and software communities serving higher education, today announced the availability of Sakai 10. Sakai is an open source learning management system that provides a flexible and feature-rich environment for teaching, learning, research, and other collaboration. Sakai 10 features two new tool contributions to Sakai core, better support for audio and video using HTML 5, infrastructure improvements, about 50 security fixes, performance improvements, and a number of new features. Extensive documentation is maintained and continuously updated. The community went to great lengths to guarantee the quality of the software through rigorous testing and the application of close to 2,000 fixes."Sakai 10 is the most innovative Sakai release to date, with dozens of contributing institutions and organizations to thank for that,” . Over 40 institutions and organizations contributed to the development of Sakai 10, including Columbia University, Duke University, Universities van Amsterdam, Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, University of Oxford, and Yale University. Apereo Commercial Affiliate contributors include AsahiNet International, Longsight, and Unicon. As an open source software suite developed by its adopter community, Sakai continually evolves in step with the needs of the students, faculty members, and organizations it serves. Planning for Sakai 11 is currently underway. Colleges, universities, governments, and other organizations deploy Sakai's rich toolset to expand the possibilities for technology-enabled learning across many facets of the educational experience. Sakai is mature technology, the product of many thousands of person-hours of development over the last ten years.