APUS Selects Sakai’s Learning Management System
Charles Town, W.Va., April 22, 2010 – American Public University System (APUS) has chosen Sakai as the foundation for its new Learning Management System (LMS).
In selecting Sakai, APUS has committed to assisting the open source community in the shared goal of creating a robust learning environment that combines technology, content, and services to meet the evolving needs of higher education. Close collaboration with the other institutions using Sakai will influence the future development and direction of next-generation higher education technology.
“Our students deserve and expect high quality learning outcomes at a very reasonable cost,” says Wallace E. Boston, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The new APUS Learning Management System will allow us to continually improve and enrich the already high-quality educational experience our students and faculty enjoy by providing the open source alternatives and resources offered by Sakai’s collaborative community.”
Designed by educators for educators, Sakai has become the platform of choice by over 200 leading educational institutions worldwide, due in large part to its flexibility. Sakai provides features to supplement and enhance teaching and learning, while helping to organize communication and collaboration.
Beyond that, Sakai’s open approach allows colleges and universities to deploy, host, and modify the software in whatever manner best supports institutional skills, needs, and goals. Sakai’s open development process allows local enhancements to be incorporated into future versions of the software to benefit the entire Sakai community.
Sakai is an online Collaboration and Learning Environment. Many users of Sakai deploy it to support teaching and learning, ad hoc group collaboration, support for portfolios and research collaboration. Sakai is a free and open source product that is built and maintained by the Sakai community. Sakai's development model is called "Community Source" because many of the developers creating Sakai are drawn from the "community" of organizations that have adopted and are using Sakai. The Sakai community is actively developing new Sakai tools: IMS Common Cartridge, SCORM, blog tool, shared whiteboard, shared display, multipoint audio, multipoint audio, pod-casting, IMS Tool Interoperability, and others. The non-profit Sakai Foundation provides infrastructure and coordination support for the Sakai community and is the point of contact for information about Sakai.