Live! Integration Coming to Sakai Open-Source LMS

##AUTHORSPLIT##<--->Education technology developer Elluminate is bringing its Live!collaboration suite to the Sakai Collaboration and LearningEnvironment, an open-source learning management system. The move ispart of a new alliance with Unicon, a company that specializes inproviding support and services for open-source software to education.

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

The plansfor the new Sakai integration include adding synchronous content fordistance learning; creating Live! sessions for delivery to liveclassroom environments; adding recordings of live sessions for review;recorded tutorials for assignments; the creation of virtual rooms inwhich students can collaborate; the ability to invite guest speakers toattend and moderate sessions; and the ability for instructors to createvirtual offices.

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

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