Creating. Supporting. Hosting.
Longsight's mission is to improve teaching and learning online and in-person with the most effective learning management technology.
Innovative Online Learning for Educators.
Longsight was founded in 2004 to bring a fresh perspective to
learning management software. Our decades of experience in Higher Ed technology leadership gives us the expertise to help make Sakai the most effective online and in-person learning management
software in the market. We are Sakai's leading commercial affiliate, and we are proud to drive the vision and development of Sakai as a vital part of the Sakai Open Source Community.
We continue to innovate learning solutions for educators to help their students learn better,
whether the teaching is fully online or mostly in-person. We have been a distributed organization
since our founding; our staff lives all over the United States and has been
successfully working remotely for two decades.
FOCUSING ON EDUCATORS
Longsight is committed to creating, hosting, and supporting technology to improve online
and in-person teaching and learning in higher education and beyond. We continually look for ways to use our expertise to make learning more effective, especially in times of social distance.
We're dedicated to the concept of Open Source software, so that every institution of
higher education and learning organization has the opportunity to provide the best
learning technology to its students, whether they're on campus or online. We are guided
by our commitment to Sakai's Open Source community.
LONGSIGHT develops innovative new capabilities for our clients. We are an active member of the Sakai open source community and contribute all new development to the Sakai community. Our Co-founder, President, and CTO, Sam Ottenhoff was one of Sakai's original developers.
LONGSIGHT hosts Sakai in the Amazon cloud for universities in the United States and abroad. Our clients rely on us for technical expertise to ensure that Sakai performs optimally. They save money by eliminating the need for on-campus infrastructure and the expertise to maintain it. They can focus on serving faculty, students, and staff. We can increase capacity at a moment's notice, as we did when many institutions moved all learning online because of the coronavirus pandemic.
LONGSIGHT provides advanced support for our clients as part of our hosting agreements. LONGSIGHT staff has a collective 84 years of Sakai development and support experience. This allows us to help our clients solve LMS issues rapidly and even, in many cases, avoid them entirely.
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.