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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Shopping for Classes in Sakai CLE: a new tool to facilitate student registration

    by Bryan Holladay, Lavern Bloomfield and Hui Jin

    Columbia University is pleased to announce the release of the Shopping Period tool for the Sakai CLE. This tool is an extension of the Delegated Access tool and allows schools, departments and instructors to open course content to the public and/or authenticated users during a specific time period for the purpose of registration. Individuals, courses and tools within each course can be made available. Like in the Delegated Access tool, institutions can choose what role (permissions) students shopping for course content will inherit.

    The Shopping Period tool was conceived of and designed by Columbia University and was developed by The Longsight Group under contract. Bryan Holladay of Longsight is the lead developer.

    The tool was first launched in Jan 2011 as a pilot and production launched in September 2011. During the fall-2011 term, course content of over 2300 courses was made available to students during the registration period.

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

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • uMobile Moving Forward

    by Dave Derderian, Skye Schneider and Brandon Powell

    Discuss changing technology in the mobile environment. uMobile was originally developed to use Titanium Studio by Appcelerator, although there is discussion of uMobile using PhoneGap and being purely native for both Android and iOS. Discuss new mobile environments such as Windows 8, Ubuntu, Firefox OS, and Blackberry 10.

    Also discussion on future portlet development using DAOs and JSON feeds that could be used for both uMobile apps (having native portlet views) and uPortal portlets.

    At 4:45pm to 5:30pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video