The technological aspects of the course involve providing infrastructure, server space and software so that this large group of experts from very dissimilar professional backgrounds can track and manage their project. Given that the files they need to store, ranging from text to still image to digital video to plans and “as-built” CAD models can be large and the software varied and specialized, providing this infrastructure can be quite challenging at times. The project is therefore exploiting and pushing our university’s deployment of Sakai, an open source tool for collaboration and course management in higher education. (2006) EcoMOD is simultaneously an entrepreneurial and scalable project.
– IDUMEA247B, “Toward an Understanding of Scalability, Innovation and Academic Culture,” John Alexander, November 27, 2006;