“The OAE is the most exciting development in higher education software since Learning Management Systems,” said William Cullerne Bown, Research Research Limited’s executive chairman, today. “It provides a free-flowing space for collaborating and networking both within and between institutions. Students and researchers love its intuitive feel and how easy it is to get things done.”
The University of Cambridge, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Marist College are among the initial innovators who have been leading the OAE project. Early adopters include ESUP-Portail, a consortium of leading universities in France.
“Until now, universities have had to choose,” said John Norman, director of the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technology at the University of Cambridge. “They could have open source software they control – but only if they consigned themselves to a silo. Or they could stay out of the silo – but only by ceding control of critical information to commercial vendors.”
“Now the Open Academic Environment gives universities the best of both worlds. All the data on the OAE is owned and controlled by your own university. Everyone can share, so there are no silos. And it’s built to scale up to millions of users.”
The Open Academic Environment was recently rated ‘one to watch’ in Edutechnica’
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The Open Academic Environment project is supported by the Apereo Foundation, formed by the merger of Jasig and the Sakai Foundation in 2012. Apereo is the higher education world’s hub for the development and adoption of open source software with high-profile communities in the US, Japan, China, Africa and Europe.
 Edutechnica assessment at www.edutechnica.com/
Apereo Foundation at http://www.apereo.org
Research Research Limited at http://www.researchresearch.com
OAE Project at http://www.oaeproject.org