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  • Keys to Success: How a small French university manages and supports Sakai CLE

    by Eric Duquenoy and Frederic Dooremont

    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.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Tuesday 4th June

    In Pearl, The Westin San Diego

  • Stand and Deliver: Training and Supporting Faculty Using Sakai at Claremont McKenna College

    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.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Tuesday 4th June

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Factoring the Authentication Equation: Integrating Multi-factor Authentication into CAS/Shibboleth

    by Mike Grady and Andrew Petro

    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.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Tuesday 4th June

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

  • Sharing Experience of the Sakai CLE as a MOOC Platform

    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.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Tuesday 4th June

    In Pearl, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Student Success Plan (SSP), What is it? Why should I care?

    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.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Tuesday 4th June

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Are portals really dead? "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated" (Mark Twain)

    by Tom Freestone and Peter Sentz

    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.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

  • BOF: Sakai Search Tool Performance Test

    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.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video note

  • Opening Our Training: An Approach to Sakai Tests and Quizzes

    by Chris Clark and Maureen Hogue

    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.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

  • Sakai CLE 2.9 - What's New?

    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.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Crystal II, The Westin San Diego

  • Using Surveys and Server Data to Understand Users in France and Florida

    by Jose Silva-Lugo, John Boekenoogen, Frederic Dooremont, Eric Duquenoy, Yves Epelboin, Douglas Johnson, Jean-Francois Leveque and Caroline Pers

    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.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

  • Benefits and Challenges of Integrating Third Party Tools with Sakai CLE

    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:

    • BigBlueButton
    • Foliotek ePortfolio
    • iClicker
    • Media Gallery
    • MyMathLabs
    • ProctorU
    • Respondus
    • Scantron Class Climate
    • Smarthinking
    • Turnitin

    At 2:00pm to 2:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video video

  • Let's Look at the Basics of Security

    by Alan Berg, Mike Osterman and Matthew Jones

    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.

    At 2:00pm to 2:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

  • Shhhhh - Don't tell the Faculty. We're Upgrading to 2.9

    by Ryan Allen and Jerry Timbrook

    Upgrading Sakai might seem hard. Upgrading while ensuring your custom changes are intact might seem even harder. Doing all of this without faculty noticing a major upgrade is taking place? It's not as impossible as you might think.

    The purpose of this session is to provide a roadmap for institutions that want to upgrade Sakai while minimizing risk. We will describe how the University of Dayton made the jump from Sakai 2.6 directly to 2.9 in one academic year, and brought five years of custom code changes along with us. Although we have a small staff, our goal was to make this large upgrade "quiet"; we wanted to avoid the hiccups that normally accompany an upgrade, and make the transition as invisible and seamless as possible.

    We will also cover how we cultivated a pilot group of faculty and students that used a beta server for a semester, and the benefits of soliciting feedback from this group. We will also explain how we plan to stay current with the community's code moving forward.

    At 2:00pm to 2:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

  • The Portfolio Cycle: How We Use ePortfolios at Virginia Tech

    by Marc Zaldivar, Teggin Summers and Will Fox

    This session is geared toward people new to portfolios within the Sakai community, and it offers a general overview of how we use the Sakai Portfolio tools (often referred to as the Open Source Portfolio, or OSP, tools). At Virginia Tech we utilize the Matrices and Portfolio Templates tools to facilitate learning, assessment, and professional development, and it is through the use of the Sakai portfolio tools that we have been able to find the, often elusive, balance between those three areas. In this session, presenters will share a bit of our pedagogical philosophy, as well as examples of how faculty at our institution are using the Sakai portfolio tools for learning, assessment, and professional development.

    At 2:00pm to 2:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Crystal II, The Westin San Diego

  • User Voices: Building a Chorus from Cacophony

    by Robert Squillace, Jeff Pasch and Francesca Socolick

    Users do not speak with a single voice, nor are the loudest and most insistent necessarily the most representative. How does an institution effectively harness the myriad responses users have to a complex system like NYU Classes (the name for our local instance of Sakai 2.8), especially when it is being rolled out across multiple divisions in a very compressed timeframe? We will describe the ways NYU is addressing the challenge of integrating meaningful user input into the LMS decision-making processes of a large, multi-faceted university with a great variety of needs and teaching practices. It has developed a tiered feedback system through which a large User Advisory Group (UAG) is guided by a smaller UAG Executive Committee on which IT professionals and active educators and scholars collaborate to identify issues and focus feedback before passing it on to the implementation team and the University?s higher-level educational technology decision makers. Attendees will take away ideas both for structuring the collection of user input and for finding the most appropriate tools to facilitate the conversation.

    At 3:00pm to 3:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage slide deck

  • Electronic Course Layout and Presentation System (eCLPS): A Course Site Organization Model at UVa

    by Yitna Firdyiwek, Trisha Gordon and Gail Hunger

    Building upon UVa?s interactive syllabus functionality, we have developed pre-configured site templates to streamline instructor options for structuring and delivering course content. Site templates utilize the Lessons tool as the primary locus for delivery of site content and activities to students. Tools in which actual activities are created are hidden from students in order to direct their access to content and activities from a central source in the site. We refer to this model of site organization as the Electronic Course Layout and Presentation System (eCLPS).

    This session will acquaint attendees with site template designs & configurations, enhancements to CKeditor, and improvements that ensure embedded links are updated when content is re-used in new sites, all in support of the instructional design goals that inspired this model of content delivery. We?ll showcase real course sites based on this model and a site template designed specifically for one of UVa?s schools.

    At 4:00pm to 4:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

  • Lightning Presentations: Developing

    Join us for fast, fun presentations about developing for Apereo and open-source projects. Each presentation is 5-7 minutes. Learn from your peers about new tools, new developments, and other strategies and techniques.

    WANT TO PRESENT? Sign up at the conference registration desk or at http://bitly.com/apereo-talks -- spaces are limited so sign up quickly!

    At 4:00pm to 4:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Lightning Presentations: Teaching

    Join us for fast, fun presentations about teaching with Sakai. Each presentation is 5-7 minutes. Learn how your peers are using open source software to promote learning and research across the globe.

    WANT TO PRESENT? Sign up at the conference registration desk or at http://bitly.com/apereo-talks -- spaces are limited so sign up quickly!

    At 4:00pm to 4:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Crystal II, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video link