Keynote Panel Session

Sakai Commercial Affiliates: Partners in Innovation

Our panelists will discuss their unique perspectives on the future of Sakai, as well as how they collaborate with, guide, and enable the Sakai community to meet its goals and envision new ones.

Panelists: John Blakley (Unicon), Charles Severance (Learning Experiences), Josh Wilson (Longsight)

John C. Blakley is Co-Founder and CEO on Unicon.

Mr. Blakley has been instrumental in establishing Unicon as a major supporter of open source initiatives. Unicon is an Apereo Commercial Affiliate; an InCommon Affiliate; an industry member of Internet2; and a contributing member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

Mr. Blakley has led a variety of learning technology projects, from curriculum and assessment platforms to evolving a number of learning interoperability standards. Additionally, Mr. Blakley has worked directly with a variety of higher education institutions, both large and small.

When not in the office, Mr. Blakley enjoys time with his dog and horses, and hiking/exploring the southwest.

Dr. Charles R. Severance is a Clinical Professor and teaches in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He is the Chair of the Sakai Project Magament Committee (PMC). Previously he was the Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation and the Chief Architect of the Sakai Project and worked with the IMS Global Learning Consortium promoting and developing standards for teaching and learning technology. He is also the founder of the Apereo Commercial Affiliate, Learning Experiences - an App store for Education.

Charles teaches ten popular MOOCs and two specializations to students worldwide on the Coursera platform: Internet History, Technology, and Security, Web Applications for Everybody, and Python for Everybody and is a long-time advocate of open educational resources to empower teachers.

Chuck's hobbies include off-road motorcycle riding, karaoke and playing hockey.

Charles has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University.

Joshua Wilson is Longsight’s Chief Operating Officer. He leads client relations, business operations, project management, and strategic planning. In addition, Josh chairs the Sakai Community’s Marketing Team. He has been a leader in academic technology for more than a decade. Until 2017, he served as Associate CIO for Academic Technology at Brandeis University, where he directed the strategic and client-centered renewal of the University’s academic technology environment, including its open source LMS. Josh has been an innovator in emerging technologies for teaching and learning and he established the Brandeis MakerLab, a winner of multiple awards at World MakerFaire. Josh has served for a decade on the management team for the nationwide MISO Survey, which measures the effectiveness of IT and libraries at more than 150 higher education institutions. Over the past two decades, he has worked in Higher Ed IT at Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Bowdoin College. He holds a BA in History, with distinction, from Yale University.