Project Overview

Trunk Project History

In the spring of 2009, UIT, in collaboration with colleagues from across the University launched a broadly participatory process to develop a comprehensive strategy for implementing a next generation platform for teaching, learning and collaboration university-wide at Tufts. This process culminated in April 2010 with the release of Next-Generation Tufts LMS Strategy Recommendations. This document recommended implementing and leveraging a common learning management system (LMS) platform for Tufts University which is based on Sakai, an open source collaboration and learning environment (CLE) that has been developed by the academic community.

In September 2011 a cross-university team implemented a customized version of Sakai on Tufts Medford campus.  Tufts’ version of Sakai is called Trunk. Trunk was the winner of a university-wide naming competition that was held in December 2010. The competition received 284 entries from across the university.

Trunk Project Implementation Plan

Trunk is now being implemented at Tufts. The implementation of Trunk will occur university-wide in a 3-phased approach. Each phase of the implementation project is outlined below:

Phase 1

In the first phase of the project, Trunk was implemented on the Medford campus so that all faculty currently using Blackboard Basic could start teaching with Trunk in September 2011. The schools that began using Trunk were the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the Fletcher School.

Phase 2

The second phase of the Trunk project began in fall 2011.  In this phase, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy was moved over to Trunk. This program previously used the Angel Learning System.

Phase 3

The final phase of the project will focus on integrating important TUSK functionality with Trunk. TUSK is the platform used by the School of Dental Medicine, School of Medicine, and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts. A TUSK-Trunk planning task force has been created that is now studying the two systems and determining options and effort required for integration. Strategic planning for phase 3 began in summer of 2011, and this phase of the implementation project will take place over a period of two to three years.

Project Updates

Gina Siesing of the Trunk Steering Committee will be keeping the community informed of phase 3 of the project. If have any other questions about Trunk or would like to receive Trunk Tips, an enewsletter, contact us.