Navigating the Future of eLearning with Expertise and Openness
Founded in 2004, Longsight specializes in providing open-source software solutions tailored for higher education institutions. Our team, leveraging years of experience in educational technology, excels in developing versatile learning platforms suitable for both online and in-person educational settings. As a small but dedicated company, we pride ourselves on our ability to address unique challenges in the higher-ed sector, continually innovating to enhance learning experiences.
Recently, Longsight helped Duke University deal with the coronavirus in China. When the coronavirus outbreak locked down Duke Kunshan University's campus in China, Duke and Duke Kunshan acted quickly to move all Duke Kunshan courses online into Sakai. With 579 undergraduate students and more than 100 faculty scattered across China and well beyond, and with varying levels of internet access and other technology, Sakai’s capabilities enabled Duke Kunshan students to continue their education unimpeded despite the effects of a large and growing global health crisis.
Duke, like all universities in the United States, also closed its domestic campus in Spring 2020 and needed to move all of its online. Longsight rapidly expanded Sakai's cloud capacity to accomplish this.
To read more about Duke’s rapid deployment of online courses in response to the coronavirus, please visit this site.
In 2018, Pepperdine University (working with the University of Virginia) identified a way in which Sakai could better support large lecture courses by automatically creating groups of students for collaborative work and course projects. Longsight partnered closely with Pepperdine staff to define, envision, and implement this meaningful improvement to Sakai -- and contribute it to the Sakai community so that many other institutions worldwide could also benefit.
Watch the video above to see how Pepperdine faculty use Sakai in teaching and learning.
The University of Limerick in Ireland started working with Longsight in 2016. When the EU instituted the GDPR information security protocol, Longsight worked with Limerick to meet their specific regulatory requirements and documented the aspects of Longsight's services that were affected by the GDPR regulations. Longsight worked with Limerick's Cloud Governance Team to make sure that Sakai met the exact GDPR requirements and that the solution was sustainable.
When the University of Limerick closed its campus in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, Longsight provided all the additional capacity needed for Limerick to transition to fully online teaching. Find more about Limerick's response to the global pandemic here.