[Fwd: [jasig-winter-07-unconference] lightweight LMS portalintegration as unconf, post-unconf activity]

Moore, Kathleen E kemoore at bu.edu
Fri Sep 21 22:11:13 UTC 2007

It sounds great, but what do gfolks think about how this relates to

(See http://wiki.fluidproject.org/x/nQca) Is there a danger of
duplicating effort?




Kathleen Moore

Web Manager, Information Technology Services

BU School of Management

kemoore at bu.edu




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portalintegration as unconf, post-unconf activity]


Sounds like a great idea!  Count me in.




On Sep 21, 2007, at 12:52 PM, Colin Clark wrote:


Hi all,


Andrew Petro raised the suggestion of a small portlet design/development

project for the end of the JA-SIG unconference in November.


His idea is to get Fluid involved in helping to design a small LMS 

integration portlet that would provide a summary view of various 

information in Sakai or other learning management systems.


I think this would be a great bit of work we could collaborate with the 

uPortal community on, and might feed back into some of the recent 

discussion we've been having about newsfeed and synoptic-style views of 

data in Sakai.






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Subject: [jasig-winter-07-unconference] lightweight LMS portal 

integration as unconf, post-unconf activity

Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 06:41:17 -0700

From: Andrew Petro <apetro at unicon.net>

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To: winter-07-unconference at lists.ja-sig.org


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Anyone have a particular ability to convince Pete Boysen and/or Pete's

management to send him to the UnConference and post-activities with his

shiny new CAR-ified WebCT channel in tow?


I suspect there's room in the world for a quality "Pluggable Lightweight

LMS Integration Portlet".  "PLLIP", maybe.  With plugins to query WebCT,

Blackboard, Sakai.  Displays your courses/sites/whatevers, gives you

links to them, away you go.  Shared UI excellence, maybe get the FLUID

folks to make it sing.  Different connection details for different

versions of WebCT?  That's fine, we can have twelve versions of the

plugin if need be, all ready to be spring-wired in.


What prevents me from just doing this some weekend is lack of access to

test instances of the proprietary LMSs.  Is the Post-Un-Conference a

chance to get together devs interested in the various LMSs to get this


Probably time to take this to uportal-user@ , but I wanted to flesh out

the pitch here first and see if this is the kind of activity suggestion

we'd want to use to draw people and like to see them do once drawn.

Supposing this group thinks this is a good idea, I can take it over to

-user@ as more of that infectious enthusiasm stuff.


I'm torn.  I don't want to discourage people from working on uPortal

itself post-conference, but realistically I think a project more this

size with more of this immediate selfish return-on-investment

proposition (tada! instead of your own hacked LMS integration, you're

now on shared open source code with a UI plausibly on the roadmap for

FLUID enhancement!) is easier to draw institutional devs into and more

likely to align with existing local code they could bring and share.

(Here's my custom channel to talk to my custom LMS, now, how would I

make this into a PLLIP plugin?)




		Rutgers has a Sakai project.  Do those devs want to be

		connect up?  More generally Rutgers has an interesting

		involving a federated campus and several LMSs.  In our
world of 

		Blackboard channels and WebCT channels and versions all
over the 

		place and now Sakai, spending some hands-on time looking
at what 

		we're all doing for even the lightest "integration" (Can
you get it 

		to list their courses in the portal?  With SSO links?)
could be neat.


	I'm game and can probably sell the extra days. To be honest, 

	portal-sakai integration is on our roadmap -- something like

	could be the catalyst to push it more in the near term. Though
most of 

	my fall is going to be spent riding the Sakai 2.5 QA cycle &
trying to 

	eek out 10% performance gains left and right to keep up with our

	expanding usage.





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