With the end of the fiscal year here and a new one starting in July (after a vacation trip to Oahu), it's time to take quick note of the current projects and directions for next year. Here's what I sent to sun.com to post for my e-Learning page.
Sun's Vision for e-Learning
Bridge the digital divide by delivering next-generation networked learning
on-line environments to support all forms of knowledge discovery and sharing
Sun Strategy for e-Learning
Participate in community forums and contribute architectural and technology
solutions to enable open, federated and immersive learning systems.
Sun investments in three main areas of interest
Free and Open Content enables greater access to knowledge. Sun is
currently supporting the following organizations in that goal:
Free and Open Source Software promotes access, innovation and adoption of the
critical tools for teaching and learning on-line. Sun participates in the following
open source initiatives for Education:
Inter-operability is the most critical area of next-generation learning environments. Sun
participates and promotes the basic concepts and initiatives around open APIs and
Protocols in order to reduce costs:
Sun Solution Offerings for Next-Generation Learning Environments
Sun views e-Learning as a system composed of critical components in the creation of an effective on-line digital learning environment. Sun supports both open and closed licensing models in the creation and delivery of applications to support teaching and learning tuned to scale on Solaris.
Course/Learning Management Systems
Gaming, VR and Simulation:
A new special interest group and community effort to develop use cases, scenarios and implementations for serious gaming. A standard configuration Darkstar server will be available in July. Stay Tuned!
Sun's open source community for Educational Applications