Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Sakai and OpenSocial: A Different Approach to Distributed Learning Applications

Stephen Downes

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This is a guest post over at Michael Feldstein's e-Literate by Dr. Ian Boston for the On the Horizon series. "Web development is simple, there are 100s of 1000s of web developers out there developing applications using whatever works for them. If we, in delivering applications for education create barriers to entry that prevent that army of developers from engaging we will lose the benefit of the powerhouse that is represented by the open source development community." Accordingly, they have transformed the Sakai interface based on the OpenSocial API and adopted a different development strategy. "Underneath, it is Sakai, operating as a data server, but ontop it is Gadgets, Widgets and Ajax applications delivered in HTML. We call this SData, where many of the concepts are borrowed from GData and other Google API's." -BD

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