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Sessions at Open Apereo 2013 Conference (Jasig & Sakai) on Monday 3rd June Main Sessions, Opening Reception

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  • Ad-Hoc Meeting Room available 8am - 6pm (Balboa)

    If you'd like to reserve this room for an ad-hoc meeting, please create a "session" and include:

    • Your name
    • Is this open to anyone, or have you invited certain folks? (Open / Private)
    • Topic of discussion (if open)

    NOTE: Balboa accommodates 6 people, and has no AV

    You can add a session here:
    http://lanyrd.com/2013/apereo/ed...

    At 7:30am to 8:00am, Monday 3rd June

    In Balboa, The Westin San Diego

  • Ad-Hoc Meeting Room available 8am - 6pm (Lindbergh)

    If you'd like to reserve this room for an ad-hoc meeting, please create a "session" and include:

    • Your name
    • Is this open to anyone, or have you invited certain folks? (Open / Private)
    • Topic of discussion (if open)

    NOTE: Lindbergh accommodates 8 people, and has no AV

    You can add a session here:
    http://lanyrd.com/2013/apereo/ed...

    At 7:30am to 8:00am, Monday 3rd June

    In Lindbergh, The Westin San Diego

  • Breakfast

    At 7:30am to 8:30am, Monday 3rd June

    In Emerald Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

  • Welcome to Open Apereo 2013!

    by Ian Dolphin

    At 8:30am to 9:00am, Monday 3rd June

    In Crystal Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

  • Challenges, Encouragement, and Women in IT - Does it Matter?

    by Theresa Rowe

    There's much in the news about women seeking successful careers in IT. We read about the lack of young women choosing computer science as a major, at a time when we need more graduates in technical fields. The news tells us about the challenges women face in technology careers, such as the Adria Richards incident at PyCon. Finally, Sheryl Sandberg has started a national conversation with her book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. What are the challenges facing women seeking careers in information technology? What can we do about it, together? And does it matter? Let's explore our roles in attracting and retaining the best talent to our profession - male or female.

    At 9:00am to 9:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Crystal Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

  • Project Collaboration Space

    Drop by Room 401 anytime for a place to sit down and get some work done, or just visit with your fellow attendees.

    At 9:00am to 6:00pm, Monday 3rd June

  • Apereo Project Talks - Part One

    by Jim Helwig, Megan May, Nicolaas Matthijs, Dave Derderian and Arlen Johnson

    New to Apereo? Join us for our lightning project talks! In this session we will introduce you to the following Apereo projects:

    • Sakai OAE
    • uPortal
    • uMobile
    • Sakai CLE
    • and Bedework

    Learn about these robust, enterprise-ready projects and how they can make a difference for your institution.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Crystal Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

  • Dynamic Online Help for Sakai CLE

    by Roland Groen, Alan Berg and Neal Caidin

    The current online help for Sakai is tied to one higher ed institution's internal knowledge base, the content integration into Sakai CLE is challenging and lacks features such as embedding pictures and video.
    Come learn about an exciting possible replacement for the Online Help tool with The Knowledge Base Tool, already in production at the University of Amsterdam. The tool has a set of contemporary features such as online authoring, media support, linking, smart filtering, comments, favorites, voting, and many more. We want to make the KN tool a tool that is capable of leveraging the knowledge of the crowd, the CLE user community, for getting the best and most up to date information possible.
    Let's envision together what the potential for this could be, and explore how we can get institutional commitment of money or time, to make this a reality.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

  • Multi-Environment Build & Deploy of uPortal using Maven & Jenkins

    by Tim Levett and Eric Dalquist

    University of Wisconsin - Madison is using Maven and Jenkins to manage build and deployment of uPortal and portlets across five different environments from one central UI. The WAR Overlay feature of the Maven WAR Plugin is used to inject environment specific configuration into uPortal and each portlet. Jenkins automatically builds and deploys portlets in the development and test environments when changes or new releases are detected reducing developer overhead and turnaround time. A key-pair based token encryption tool is used to securely store credentials a version control system allowing them only to be decrypted at build time on the target server.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

  • Student Success Plan (SSP) Application Architecture

    by Daniel McCallum

    Overview of Student Success Plan (SSP) technical application architecture - code layers, libraries/frameworks, APIs and other integration points. Intended for developers who might be interested in either working on SSP code directly or integrating SSP with institutional data feeds and applications.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

  • Technology Enhanced Learning Program: A Collaborative Initiative at UVa between Faculty & Designers

    by Gail Hunger, Yitna Firdyiwek and Trisha Gordon

    The Technology Enhanced Learning Program at UVa offers a collaborative venue for faculty to work with instructional designers, support staff and each other to incorporate technology enhanced learning into their courses. This program offers a curriculum for faculty to leverage local resources in the process of learning about technology enhanced teaching.

    The presentation will outline how this program was designed and implemented, emphasizing the partnership between UVa?s Sakai support team and designers in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies to work collaboratively with instructors.

    Best practice strategies and learning assessments will be discussed, and Sakai?s rich tool set will be explored.

    The following strategies were used to integrate meaningful instruction:

    • Course Organization
    • Guest Speakers from a National and International Perspective
    • Online Team Meetings
    • Interactive Assessment
    • Social Media Course Integration

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

  • The Latest about the Central Authentication Service

    by Andrew Petro

    This session will summarize the achievements in the latest available Central Authentication Service server product and client library releases and available plugins and enhancements in the community around CAS, reviewing good practices for upgrading or adopting CAS for the first time. The purpose of this session is to inform conference participants about the latest news and software in CAS. Attendees will take away an appreciation for the latest progress and how they might locally realize it and benefit by it.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Pearl, The Westin San Diego

  • Zero to Sakaiger: A CLE Getting Started Guide for Developers & Implementors

    by Nicola Monat-Jacobs

    Stuck getting started with Sakai CLE? Not sure where to look for help, tools, patches & recommendations? Learn the approaches that experienced developers and implementors use for building, configuring and deploying Sakai, managing customizations, registering bugs, finding patches and making recommendations to the community. Learn how to be a JIRA ninja and all about "indie" tools. Hidden tips and tricks to help you get the most of what's out there. Learn the things that experienced Sakaigers "just know" all in one session!

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

  • Apereo OAE - State of the project

    by Nicolaas Matthijs, Josh Baron, Clay Fenlason and John Norman

    The Apereo Open Academic Environment is a platform that focusses on group collaboration between researchers, students and lecturers, and strongly embraces openness, creation, re-use, re-mixing and discovery of content, people and groups. A core principle is enabling actual end-users to drive innovation from the inside and contribute in a number of different ways.

    During the summer of 2012, the number of stakeholders in the project shrank, and changes were made to the project?s anticipated usage and deployment model, as well as the initial project scope. In September 2012, the OAE team embarked on a re-architecture of the code base, targeting a much higher scale and a multi-tenant cloud-compatible deployment model, where a single installation can host multiple institutions at the same time.

    This session will provide a summary of the revised goals and their motivation, as well as a brief architectural overview of the new system. A full demo of the new re-implemented functionalities will be done, and we will conclude with a discussion of timelines and priorities.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

  • Apereo Project Talks - Part Two

    by Janice Smith, Ian Dolphin, Misagh Moayyed, Russ Little and Jaeques Koeman

    New to Apereo? Join us for our lightning project talks! In this session we will introduce you to the following Apereo projects:

    • Sakai OSP
    • 2-3-98
    • CAS
    • Student Success Plan
    • and Incubation

    Learn about these robust, enterprise-ready projects and how they can make a difference for your institution. And learn about Incubation, the process to turn ideas into production-ready open-source solutions.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Crystal Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Client Side Scripting Standards with uPortal and uMobile

    by Dave Derderian, Skye Schneider and Brandon Powell

    With emerging technologies such as jQuery, jQuery mobile, jQuery UI, SASS, Fluid, JSON and others. We would like to discuss best practices to incorporate all technologies throughout the uPortal framework and portlets without conflicts.

    Discuss standards, proper aliasing, and development techniques that would help the uPortal community. The deliverable of this session should be updated documentation in the Jasig wiki.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

  • Designing a more elegant Portal

    by Arlo White

    An overview of design principals and processes that will help you achieve a better Portal user experience. Bring information to the user and guide them with notifications. Encourage searching over browsing. Make evidence based decisions using surveys, usability studies and monitoring. An overview of our portlet style-guide that identifies common user interface elements and standardizes HTML/CSS.

    This presentation covers lessons-learned and design choices from CalPoly's uPortal4 upgrade project. The talk will touch on web technologies such as HTML/CSS and AJAX briefly but the focus is on high-level design not technical details.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

  • OpenRegistry: Overview and Update

    by Benjamin Oshrin and Bill Thompson

    OpenRegistry is an identity registry developed for the higher education community. In an identity management system, the identity registry is designed to create a single, canonical record for each individual associated with the institution.

    This session will provide an overview of the OpenRegistry architecture and design, as well as an update on the development roadmap. OpenRegistry is currently in production at Rutgers, and is a joint project with other schools (such as Simon Fraser, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco) contributing to its development.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Supporting Sakai: The Model for User Support at the University of Florida

    by Rayne Vieger and Narasi Ramachandran

    Supporting an open source course management system presents interesting challenges, from providing sufficient documentation and training to managing and resolving individual user issues. One has to look at adopting various support models and channels to make this both meaningful and sustainable. How do you support the diverse needs of the users of Sakai? How do you support, report and manage the technical issues within Sakai?

    UF Sakai administrators will present the model of support that will include issue reporting, management, documentation, communication and resolution for both faculty and students at the University of Florida. This model can be extended to the broader Sakai community. Attendees of this session may also take away best practices to incorporate into their own support mechanisms.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Pearl, The Westin San Diego

  • What's the Real Market Share of Sakai?

    by David Ackerman

    A recent report showed Sakai CLE and Canvas by Instructure each with a 5% market share for learning management systems. How was this ascertained? Was a 10 person Canvas pilot and a 300,000 person Sakai CLE production service each given the same weight? In this presentation, we will analyze the leanring management system space market share.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage slide deck

  • Lunch

    At 11:45am to 1:00pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Emerald Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

  • Apereo Portlets Showcase 2013

    by Anthony Colebourne and Drew Wills

    In addition to and separate from uPortal itself, Jasig also sponsors a comprehensive range of compelling, off-the-shelf portlet projects you can use to assemble an effective campus portal quickly. The twelve months since the last conference have brought us several major, exciting new developments int his space.

    This session is a "Year in Review" for Apereo portlet projects, highlighting the most important updates in features, user experience, technology, and best practices. We will also discuss exciting new work under development now.

    If you're thinking of implementing uPortal or uMobile, or if you already have uPortal and need to catch up with new developments in portlets, this session is for you. This is a high-level, highly-visual overview: uPortal and Java platform knowledge is not required.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Dutch MOOC experience with Sakai 2.9

    by Frank Benneker and Jaeques Koeman

    In February 2012, the University of Amsterdam in Collaboration with Edia launched the first Dutch MOOC - Introduction to Communication Science. The MOOC platform used to offer the course is a customized Sakai 2.9.0 instance. The MOOC had over 5000 students in a single Sakai site and continued for eight weeks.

    In this session, we will first share our experience with the use of Sakai as a MOOC-platform, from the technical perspective (e.g. scalability, modifications), the functional perspective (tooling used) and the pedagogical perspective (course overview).

    The second objective of the session is to introduce the Sakai MOOC working group, that was created after EuroSakai 2013 in Paris, France. The working group aims to bring together those who have experience with Sakai in MOOC undertaking, as well as those who are planning to use Sakai for MOOCs. The session will outline the objectives of the working group and give an overview of the current activities.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Crystal II, The Westin San Diego

  • Gradebook2 in Plain English

    by Jim Mezzanotte and Amber Marcu

    If you're using the Sakai Gradebook2 tool, you may sometimes wonder how grades get calculated. Thankfully, pocket calculators are not required, and the mathematically challenged are welcome! We'll spell it out in plain English so that everyone can understand what's under the hood of Gradebook2.

    In this session, we'll explore the essentials of grade calculation, and what to consider when using Gradebook2:

    • how item scores and course grades are calculated, depending on gradebook setup;
    • what it means to have weighted items in the gradebook;
    • factors that impact course grade to date when items are weighted;
    • different approaches for adding extra credit points to course grades;
    • strategies for setting up the gradebook and releasing grades to students.

    By the end of the session, you should have a better understanding of the number-crunching behind course grades, and how to best use this tool to provide accurate assessments to students.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • IAM by and for the Community: The CIFER Initiative

    by Dedra Chamberlin, Bill Thompson and Bill Yock

    CIFER (Community Identity Framework for Education and Research) is an ambitious initiative sponsored by Kuali and Internet2 to create and promote a comprehensive, community-based approach to identity and access management (IAM) in higher education. This session provides an overview of CIFER to date. Work has been proceeding in parallel tracks with teams made up of technical and functional experts drawn from Kuali, Internet2 and higher education institutions across North America. Work in progress will be featured from the Identity Registries Team, the Provisioning and Integration Team and the Authentication and Credential Management Team. The presentation will highlight the ways in which CIFER is focused on solutions to real-world campus problems of IAM integration including the challenging tasks of authentication, authorization, provisioning and de-provisioning for cloud services.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Internationalization and localisation in Sakai CLE and Apereo OAE

    by Nicolaas Matthijs, Frederic Dooremont and Jean-Francois Leveque

    This BoF will allow the internationalization community to get together and discuss common needs and problems in i18n and l10n, as well as talk about some of the work they have been doing. This session will also provide an opportunity for people to kick off concrete internationalization and localisation projects.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Real-world learning environment governance for the small, the new and the brave.

    by Laura Gekeler, Ed Gomes, Janet Hill and Alan Regan

    Meet our Panelists: Duke, Tufts, Pepperdine and Notre Dame, relative newbies to the world of Sakai. Find out how their respective institutions deal with colleges and schools pursuing their own teaching and learning technologies. Is there an assumption that everything plugs in to Sakai? Who prioritizes? Who runs Sakai? Do they have a team or department with a mandate from the Provost or something less official? Does open source create different user expectations that affect governance?

    Join panelists in fruitful conversation about our experiences. How are our relationships holding up with stakeholders at our institutions? With third party service providers? Between our internal service providers? We'll share resourcing and governance models for our Sakai services, and hope to hear those from audience participants as well.

    Panelists will first introduce themselves and outline their resourcing and governance structures and then facilitate broader discussion.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

  • Synchronous Learning in Sakai with BigBlueButton

    by Fred Dixon, Jesus Federico and Scott Siddall

    The need for synchronous learning tools is increasing as faculty and students look for more ways to teach and collaboration on-line.

    For three years, the BigBlueButton project has been building an open source web conferencing system for on-line learning that is tightly integrated into Sakai.

    This session will be hosted by the Product Manager for BigBlueButton (Fred Dixon), the maintainer of the Sakai Meeting Tool (Jesus Federico), and Scott Siddall (Managing Partner of Longsight).

    We will provide you a detailed update on the latest developments of BigBlueButton (including improvements to record and playback), the efforts of the developers to support HTML5 clients and non-flash environments, and the road map for future versions of BigBlueButton.

    During the presentation, we will share with you best practices for integrating real-time collaboration into your teaching (one-on-one tutoring, virtual office hours, and live classes).

    In return, we welcome your feedback on BigBlueButton and on the plans for improving BigBlueButton for the Sakai community.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Pearl, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Apereo Networking Cafe

    Three mini-networking events wrapped into one, complete with delicious snacks, coffee and other drinks. How sweet it is! Don't miss this opportunity on the first day of the conference to meet new friends and connect with old friends around topics of mutual interest and curiosity.

    Just Added: Be in the Emerald Ballroom at the start of the event (2:00PM) for a very special tribute to one of Jasig's first and longest standing advocates, Adam Rybicki. You won't want to miss this!

    At 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Emerald Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage photo video

  • A services approach to delivering content to variety of consumers

    by Darren Kraker and Tom Cubanski

    With an expanding landscape of devices and technologies that access university data, Cal Poly has adopted a service based approach to deliver personalized content. In migrating from uPortal 3 to 4 many custom channels were re-written and DAOs were replaced with service layers. This enabled our native mobile application through OAuth2 authenticated REST services to deliver a range of public and personal data to students, faculty and staff.

    With service layers in place mobile applications have a secure methods to acquire data. By leveraging student developers, Cal Poly has built native applications on Android and iOS to optimize performance for a better user experience. Mobile devices that use OAuth2 eliminate the need for storing passwords on the device. OAuth2 also puts the user in control of which devices have access and have the ability to revoke access as needed.

    At 3:45pm to 4:30pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Pearl, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video