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About OAK

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The OAK (Online Access to Knowledge) environment refers to a set of tools that enhance the students' academic experience, including learning management systems and other technology-related tools that mediate learning. A memorandum from the Provost, dated April 7, 2003, a task force was formed to begin the process of shaping Vanderbilt's electronic academy environment. The demise of Prometheus was the catalyst for this memorandum, and the reason the search for a new learning management system (LMS) quickly ensued, with the adoption of Blackboard as the first component of OAK.

The TMA (Technology-Mediated Academy) provides a framework for thinking about how technology can enhance students' learning experience at Vanderbilt. The framework is divided into three groups: Student Services, Course Management, and Learning Technologies. These three groups, when joined together by enterprise-level software, will allow a student to have virtual access to all of his/her academic information.

OAK encompasses the Course Management and Learning Technologies groups. These two areas are specific to technology-mediated learning. In time, additional components will be added to OAK, each chosen by the guiding framework of the TMA. Groups of faculty across the university have been using different technologies in their classrooms to enhance learning for several semesters. OAK is a way to begin talking about how these different technologies can come together to enhance the students' academic experience.

The Jean and Alexander Heard Library is now the steward of OAK.

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Note about Regularly Scheduled Maintenance:

Though we like to have our servers up 24/7, there are times when we need to take them down to perform regular maintenance. Please note that we will reserve the third Sunday morning of each month to perform these tasks. OAK may be down between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM the THIRD Sunday of each month. If we need to be down longer (or not at all), we will provide 2-3 week notice that will be posted on the main OAK website.

Please know that there may be times that we need to take the server down immediately in emergency situations. Information about such downtime can always be found on the main OAK website.

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