Since its inception in 2003, the Open-Sankoré, known at the time as Uniboard, was conceived of for and with teachers/users. With the help of a team made up of professors from the University of Lausanne, specialists in communications, neuropsychologists, and IT developers, Uniboard came to being in the form of a computer tool with the main goal of being as easy to use as a traditional blackboard.
Above: The very first prototype of the program (former Uniboard) in 2003 at the University of Lausanne.
The Open-Sankoré program is a program that combines the simplicity of traditional teaching tools with the advantages that teaching ICTs bring. It works as well on an interactive screen (graphic tablet, PC tablet) as on any other digital interactive table or simply on your personal computer for preparing your presentations.
An integration tool, this combination of a video projector and PowerPoint lets you benefit from the essential contribution of handwriting, while adding the possibility of displaying visuals, images, graphics, videos, or even browsing the internet. These supports can then be commented on or added to at any time, with passages highlighted or commented on in your handwriting using the pen. In the end, class tables are auto-saved and archived in your document library.
In March 2008, Mnemis SA, a spinoff of UNIL set off to conquer international markets by continuing development of the product and selling it.
On November 25, 2010, during the International Education Show in Paris, Uniboard became Open-Sankoré, then Open-Sankoré. In the context of its program of digital education for everyone, the French government acquired the rights to Uniboard and made it Open source and free. The program is thus renewing the spirit of openness from its early years of development with the University of Lausanne.
The Open-Sankoré is in line with the legacy of Uniboard and provides a few new features.