Sharing lecture handouts with students, sharing data with research collaborators, or sharing ideas with colleagues. That’s why CARET created CamTools: to help the University’s staff and students collaborate, communicate and interact online.
Now, every day over 3,000 University members and their collaborators turn to Camtools to help them in their teaching and research. It’s available to everyone in the University.
CamTools is built at CARET on top of a powerful platform called Sakai. We work with other universities around the world (including Yale, Berkeley, Australia National University and many, many others) to design and develop Sakai, and then customise it for use at Cambridge. Sakai is a community source software project, which means that as well as sharing all the source code (as for any open source project), Sakai has a community structure to support and nurture the project, ensuring that it thrives and grows.
As well as supporting people in all kinds of subjects at one university, Sakai and CamTools can be used to connect people in the same discipline across many institutions, around the country or the world. An example of this is the Sakai Virtual Research Environment CARET has built for the UK’s Teaching and Learning Research Programme, where educational researchers can come together regardless of where they work.
We’re developing some great new features for next generation CamTools to let you connect with other CamTools users, as well as designing intuitive tools to help you create and share content online. We’ll have more news about these dynamic developments in 2010.