Live! Integration Coming to Sakai Open-Source LMS

Education technology developer Elluminate is bringing its Live! collaboration suite to the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment, an open-source learning management system. The move is part of a new alliance with Unicon, a company that specializes in providing support and services for open-source software to education.

Elluminate Live! is an e-learning, conferencing, and online collaboration tool designed for use in education, providing support for a variety of learning management systems, including Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, WebCT, and eCollege. It includes features like note taking, two-way interactive video (up to 640 x 480), archiving and automatic indexing of e-learning sessions, various tools for teachers (timers, pop-up announcements, sorting of participants by hand raising, etc.), whiteboarding, and various other collaboration tools.

The plans for the new Sakai integration include adding synchronous content for distance learning; creating Live! sessions for delivery to live classroom environments; adding recordings of live sessions for review; recorded tutorials for assignments; the creation of virtual rooms in which students can collaborate; the ability to invite guest speakers to attend and moderate sessions; and the ability for instructors to create virtual offices.

The integration is expected to be completed and available for the public in spring 2008. Sakai supports Mac OS X, Windows, and various flavors of Unix.

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