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by Marilyn McMillan
Join us as Marilyn McMillan of New York University talks about 'Openness in the 21st Century University.
Stanford is interested in discussing the design and technical requirements for adapting Samigo so that it can support high stakes. Indiana, Michigan and rSmart are interested in participating in this discussion as I expect are others.
Community Source needs you! The Apereo Foundation fosters community source projects. To support this role the foundation has a dedicated member of staff as the CLE Community Coordinator, Neal Caidin. Neal promotes the needs of the Sakai CLE community. In this presentation Neal Caidin and Alan Berg, a member of the Technical Coordination Council2 (TCC), explore how to participate fully in the community. This presentation will act as a gentle introduction to the well trodden paths to community involvement. Please come prepared with your questions!
The layout of many University web portals is not conducive to the application of standard web analytics, because they use a channel metaphor instead of a page metaphor. There portals can effectively be black holes into which all the potential intelligence about user activity disappears.
If you were to add your dream analytics solution to their University portal, what data would it record, how would you want to segment this, what KPIs would it use, and what reports and visualisations would it generate? What is the best approach to implementing such a solution in a portal framework like uPortal?
An example implementation at the University of Edinburgh, demonstrates how your portal can easily be turned into a goldmine of usage information, including tracking interactions with all portal content, whatever its origin, and segmentation of reports by a range of user attributes. Sample results demonstrate the business insight that can be gained by adding a powerful analytics solution to your portal.
ULCO, with about 10,000 students, is shared between several cities in the north of France and covers the four broad fields excluding Health Sciences.
Due to a small team, which manage Sakai CLE, some choices had to be made: support for users, decentralization of workspaces administration, etc.
We will show the various developments: interfacing with LDAP, integration of PmWiki, adding social networking profile, LaTeX generator, editing and creating roles, etc.
We present a return on our uses, showing the positive points of CLE: matrix navigation, roles modulation, communication tools, etc. However, we will also discuss some obstacles such as francization, the impossibility to automate some tasks, or the inflation of the database.
Although CLE is used as a majority in blended mode, we also have a full remote training and several uses in project mode. It allowed us to evaluate the platform, from the point of view of users. We present our vision of the use and expected evolutions.
Most universities deal with multiple systems of record for identities - HR, student systems, alumni systems, etc. Many campuses have developed home-grown identity match tools to reconcile the same identity from more than one system of record. Higher Education has yet to produce a generic, community source identity match engine that can be used at multiple institutions. Such a generic ID match engine is one goal of the CIFER project, and UC Berkeley has made considerable investment in this goal. This presentation will describe the ID Match engine, the CIFER ID Match API, integration between the ID Match Engine and Open Registry, and administrative interfaces for resolving fuzzy matches. The goal is to submit this project as an Apereo incubation project during calendar year 2013, and hopefully recruit additional campuses to support the migration of this ID Match engine to a community project.
by Benjamin Royas
This presentation will take an in-depth look at the workshops and support services offered to faculty using Sakai at Claremont McKenna College (CMC). During each summer and winter break, CMC offers a series of workshops designed to promote Sakai and educate faculty on how to use Sakai's various tools for better teaching and learning. To complement these workshops, the office of Instructional Technology and Client Services offers faculty Sakai support and digitization services on a daily basis throughout the academic year. We've found that our workshop and support model has been highly successful for our liberal arts college. Please join us in this presentation to learn more about our model and walk away with best practices for offering Sakai workshops and effectively supporting faculty once the workshops are over.
This presentation will highlight both the strategic and tactical dimensions of Apereo mobile projects. First, Project Keitai ? the Mobile Sakai Project ? will be highlighted with identification of key players in the project, an overview of the project and it?s goals, identification of completed components, a presentation of key deliverables targeted by this project, and a discussion of the projected development timeline.
In the second part of this presentation, the uMobile project will be presented looking at the development of the project so far, the growing community and some different examples of how uMobile is being used by different schools.
Anyone interested in mobile applications and services will be interested in this presentation.
Many schools adopt Sakai because, as an open-source platform, each campus can meet local needs by making changes to the source code. Yet when is it sensible and sustainable to make local customizations? How do you weigh and prioritize the feedback and requests of a diverse population of faculty and students? And once you've committed to making changes, how do you establish an effective and repeatable process for implementing, testing, and evaluating efficacy?
With such a vibrant development community, we don't always have to reinvent the wheel. How can we discover and leverage customizations made by other schools in a sometimes chaotic, open-source community? And how best to manage campus expectations regarding new development, when just because we can make local changes doesn't always mean we should?
Interest in Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) has been growing for a number of reasons, including increasing attack vectors for compromising passwords, use cases for higher levels of identity assurance, and expanded technologies to provide MFA (e.g. phone-based approaches). Combining MFA with one's Single Sign-on (SSO) system (CAS, Shibboleth) allows one to leverage MFA for many on-campus and federated services. Both the NSTIC-funded Internet Scalable Privacy Project ( https://spaces.internet2.edu/x/Y... ), and the InCommon Assurance Program ( http://www.incommon.org/assurance/ ) are helping to fund efforts to define and implement standard patterns for effective integration of MFA with Shib and CAS. This presentation will describe how MFA is being integrated into both the Shib Identity Provider and CAS Server, and provide some demonstrations of current MFA integrations with both.
by Ian Dolphin
This BOF will be led by two institutions which have used the Sakai CLE as the delivery platform for a MOOC; HEC Montreal, and the University of Amsterdam. They will be joined by those involved in the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research MOOC, which also uses the Sakai CLE. This is a significant opportunity to share your personal and institutional perspectives, and to learn from those engaged in early practice in this area.
by Russ Little
High Level overview of the Student Success Plan (SSP), a status update on the project, and a chance to see the new 2.x features including the new Academic Advising tools (MAP). SSP is a thriving project, and moving ahead with new features, implementations and actively building community. We invite you to come learn more about how technology can support student success, retention and completion.
Integrating third party site information into your Sakai CLE course should be seamless and free from pain. This session will highlight some best practices as well as potential trouble spots with highlights from our experiences integrating with Kaltura, ScormCloud and other third party sites or services.
In January, 60 second and third year computer science students from the Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica (FNWI) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) created Educational tools. They worked full time for a month on a graded exercise building learning tools which appear inside Sakai CLE and other Learning Management Systems (LMS). The tool built was social, applied to teaching in local Lectures halls.
Aspiration: The exercise lays the foundation for researchers and practitioners that will later innovate.
The two overriding innovations were:
1) Cut the middleman out. Students designing tools that students need, giving room to unexpected ideas.
2) Students are immersed in the vibrant and purposeful Apereo community, focusing on software engineering and learning, opening doors to student projects at different international locations.
According to some individuals, portals are dead. However, students and faculty continue to struggle with the shear volume of university applications and web sites. They seek a way to abstract and personalize their individual views of the university. This session seeks to motivate the case for a portal and why uPortal is a great long-term solution. Furthermore, we want to examine how portals fit into enterprise strategies such as mobile, web services, etc. At BYU, we have been running uPortal for our enterprise portal for several years. Recently, we have undergone a re-evaluation of our portal strategy. We will share the lessons BYU has learned and our experience on why uPortal is an attractive solution to build the foundation for the future.
by Zhen Qian
Recently, there are many momentum involved with Search implementation inside Sakai Community. The legacy Lucene-based Sakai search was replaced with Elastic search in Sakai trunk, while Oxford implemented Solr-based search and has it running on their prod system for over a year.
The search tool has been included in the UMich CTools build for at least 5 years. It is currently stealthed due to performance concerns. Given the emergence of search as a primary mode of user/software interaction, UMich need to determine the current scalability of the Search tool and invest time into test/fixing performance issues.
We will conduct the performance test on the current Search tool, mainly with new Elastic Search implementation, and determine the scalability of the new embedded search (instead of dedicated search server) approach. The goal should be to make a Search tool widely available and out of stealthed status.
by Mike Grady
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) initiative has a goal of advancing the "vision that individuals and organizations adopt secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity credentials to access online services in a way that promotes confidence, privacy, choice and innovation." The Internet2 Scalable Privacy Project (ScalePriv) has received funding from NSTIC to pursue several major thrusts around identity and privacy, including a focus on:
This session will provide an update on all of the activities happening within those project areas, and on the NSTIC effort in general. The presenter is helping to coordinate many of the project activities within the ScalePriv project.
The Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI) has developed an open-source academic early alert system using Sakai and Pentaho, an open-source Business Intelligence tool, designed to identify students who are at risk to not complete their courses? successfully and then deploy an intervention intended to help the student succeed. The system includes a predictive model which has been released under an open-source license using a standard markup Language to facilitate use and enhancement by others. The system has been deployed to over 2200 students across four different institutions. Based on these pilots, research on critical scaling factors such as the ?portability? of such predictive models and success of intervention strategies has been conducted. Our presentation will update the community on this initiative and our latest research findings as well as discuss future work. A related BOF for those interested in working to expand this initiative will also be scheduled.
This presentation highlights a unique approach for teaching how to create Tests and Quizzes with Sakai. This complex tool is difficult to explain, especially to people who are used to another system or have not done online assessment. As part of its recent transition to Sakai, our university developed a 90-minute training session that emphasizes the central steps for using the tool and promotes effective teaching.
The presentation will show how trainees start by developing a question pool and a custom assessment type. They then create a simple assessment using direct entry and markup. Finally they take a quiz and grade it. Our workshop concentrates on the big picture and encourages long-term planning, giving minimal coverage to confusing variations and exceptions.
The presenter will invite attendees to share tips and strategies for approaching the Tests and Quizzes tool. Participants will leave with a copy of our workshop materials and fresh ideas for developing their own training.
by Neal Caidin
The Sakai CLE 2.9 builds on previous releases by refining and stabilizing the 2.x feature set. It offers dozens of new features and improvements to key areas like accessibility, internationalization, performance, and security. Sakai CLE 2.9 sports a new updated interface with a beautiful new skin and improved efficiency for users. Significant enhancements have been made for IMS Common Cartridge support as well as for a number of core tools including Lessons, Samigo Tests and Quizzes, Forums and Messages, Profile, Gradebook and Resources tools. Come learn about all the improvements and an outline of forecasted plans for the future.
In this presentation, three universities -- University of Florida (UFL), University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), and University Littoral Cote d'Opale (ULCO) -- will discuss their use of surveys and production server data to better understand how faculty and students are using their respective learning management systems. Each institution is unique, with different populations and programs. Learn how these universities conducted their research, what trends were discovered, and what actions the findings have motivated.
by Jeff Davidson and Jason Smith
In this session, we will review and articulate the benefits of integrating third party tools into our instance of Sakai. These include single methodology for course evaluation delivery, enhanced communication tools, improved integrity of testing procedures, resolution of limited quotas for storage media, and supplemental tutoring. We will also look at some of the challenges such as technical glitches, accessibility issues, support, authentication (single sign on versus separate authentication), instructional design, training, and system upgrades. Our review will focus on the following tools:
by Neal Caidin
Sakai CLE's online help feature needs help itself. It is technically complex to administer, is tied to one higher ed institution's knowledge base, is difficult for documentation specialists to keep up with, and does not leverage the knowledge of the crowd.
If we, the community, do not take active steps to save it, Sakai's help tool's sustainability is in jeopardy. As it is, it is less than ideal for updating with changes, and managing translations.
Please lend your voice to the conversation.
Is Sakai CLE's online help tool still needed?
What are the needs at your institution?
What are technical solutions for this problem and where do we find resources, people, to make the solution work?
This presentation describes the top ten security issues associated with coding. Examples are included. Discussion centers around the application of this knowledge to coding practices. There will be a section on integration best practices and avoiding common pitfalls. Subjects like TLS certificates, backup regimes and monitoring will be explored. Further, the security processes around Sakai CLE are explained. How to write a security bug report and how it ends up as a security alert.
The presentation will be centered around advice from OWASP. Coding examples will be based on Java and will be applicable to Java based projects such as CAS/uPortal and Sakai.
This is a great opportunity for further reach out to those interested in this field and across projects. The target audience are developers and integrators. This is a good place for people to start meeting and discussing cross cutting concerns, especially between projects.
by Shoji Kajita and Benjamin Oshrin
This panel session will envision the future of internationalization (I18n) of the Apereo Projects, in the context of the work accomplished over the last decade as Jasig and Sakai. To date, I18n activities have not been well coordinated across the Jasig and Sakai projects, and as a result it is harder for each project to leverage the best practices developed by the others.
The merger of the Jasig and Sakai communities provides an opportunity to consolidate I18n resources and best practices into a common community of practice for cost-effective activities that promote the international adoption of Apereo software. This panel will invite representatives from various Jasig and Sakai projects to discuss the current state of I18n, and what needs to be done to construct a common I18n foundation for the Apereo Community.
2nd–7th June 2013