Why Newcastle University chose Sakai

Thanks to Andrew Martin for this post.

Newcastle University’s adoption of Sakai came about after the central computing service (ISS) won a bid to provide a “web-based communication and collaboration tool” solution for TREAT-NMD (a European-wide research network, researching neuro-muscular diseases)

After a comparison/evaluation with the best open source systems at the time (namely: Moodle, Mindquarry, Dokeos, ATutor and ILIAS) it was decided Sakai had the best fit due to (amongst other reasons) its ability to integrate with Shibboleth and the best possibility of extending use beyond the initial project and providing it as a service to the rest of the University’s research community.

Sakai has now been promoted into a fully fledged service available to our whole research community with 50+ research sites and nearly 600+ registered users. We are now in the process of looking toward offering the best tools and integrations to our researchers.

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