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Sessions at Open Apereo 2013 Conference (Jasig & Sakai) about Awareness and Advocacy on Wednesday 5th June Main Sessions, Showcase Demos

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  • Sakai CLE Governance & Future Direction

    by Megan May and Anthony Whyte

    It's been a decade since the founding of the Sakai Project and nine years since the release of version 1.0 of the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE). During this time the governance structure that supports the CLE product has evolved. Come learn how the Sakai CLE TCC (Technical Coordination Committee) group oversees, evolves and provides strategy for the Sakai CLE product. Additionally, this session will provide a year in review and an in-depth look at how the 2.9 release came to be, what it is and where Sakai is going in the future.

    Come prepare to engage in discussion, give feedback and ask questions.

    At 9:00am to 9:45am, Wednesday 5th June

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

  • BOF: Accessibility in Apereo. Where are we at and where do we want to be?

    by Gonzalo Silverio and Neal Caidin

    This is a Birds of a Feather (BOF). The purpose is to gather together across the Apereo panoply of activities all that are interested in accessibility for a frank exchange on the subject as it affects our "products". Hope to discuss what challenges we face now, where do we want to see our offerings in terms of a11y in the future and what strategies can we pursue together towards those goals.

    Some other more specific possibilities to discuss are:

    1. pooling of resources (a11y education, development, testing, user assistance) across Apereo
    2. pursuing a11y certification from some organization

    But this is a BOF - so all subjects are open to discussion.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Wednesday 5th June

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Project Collaboration Time

    At 1:00pm to 2:30pm, Wednesday 5th June

    In Emerald Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

  • QA testers gathering

    by Neal Caidin and Andrea Schmidt

    QA (Quality Assurance) testing is important and should be a priority, if it isn't already, for every institution using Sakai CLE, Sakai OAE, and any other Apereo project wishing to have a sustainable future and happy users in the present. By helping to test projects before your institution deploys them in production you get to have confidence that your local needs will be met by the product and create visibility on bugs and issues that are important to your institution and therefore more likely to get attention from the developer community. QA testing is one of those rare activities that throwing more people at it makes it better. It means less work per person to insure a quality product, and a greater number of eyeballs and approaches to testing. Plus, breaking things is fun! Come join in a discussion to share what works, what we can do better and how to attract more institutions and people to be committed to make QA a success.

    At 3:45pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 5th June

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video video

  • EDUlib: a MOOC Platform Using SAKAI

    by Jean Talbot

    In November 2012, HEC Montreal successfully launched a MOOC using Sakai CLE 2.8. The platform called EDUlib can be accessed at edulib.hec.ca. The course, Introduction to marketing, was taught in French and attracted over 4000 participants of whom 458 completed the 6-week course successfully. The material was made available through web pages stored in Resources and the following tools were used extensively during the course: Announcements, Tests & Quizzes, Forums, Profile 2, Gradebook 2. Overall, the Sakai platform performed quite well. As a result, we will be continuing our MOOC experience. A second course, Understanding financial statements, is scheduled to start in March with over 5 000 participants and two more courses are plannned for the near future.

    After reviewing briefly the results and the main features of the first two EDUlib courses, the presentation will focus on the pros and cons of Sakai as a MOOC platform and conclude with a list of features that should be incorporated in Sakai in order to deliver MOOCs sucessfully.

    At 4:45pm to 5:30pm, Wednesday 5th June

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • 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 4:45pm to 5:30pm, Wednesday 5th June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

  • Showcase Night Reception

    by Fred Dixon, Jesus Federico, Owen Hall Jr, Janice Smith, Shoji Kajita, Jacques Raynauld, Teggin Summers, Lynn Ward, Marc Zaldivar, Yuji Tokiwa, Yuki Yamada, Robert Long, Mike Grady, Josh Baron, Sandeep Jayaprakash, Cris Holdorph, Jim Helwig, Daniel McCallum, Russ Little, Patty Wolfe, Yitna Firdyiwek, Tim Sigmon, Drew Wills, Beth Kirschner, John Johnston, Gonzalo Silverio, Patrick Haggood, Chris Kretler, Misagh Moayyed, Adam Hauerwas and David Hirsch

    BigBlueButton
    BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for on-line learning. The goal of the project is to enable remote students to have a high-quality learning experience.
    We'll be demonstrating updates to the latest version of BigBlueButton (especially the advancements in record and playback) and its integration with Sakai CLE through the Sakai Meeting Tool.

    Creating a Self-Paced Statistics Course using Sakai CLE and eBooks
    Management education has come a long way since Sir Isaac Pitman initiated the first correspondence course in the early 1840's. Today, management education is under growing pressure to rethink its methods for sharing knowledge, encouraging engagement with content, and creating learning opportunities. In this demo, I'll share our progress creating new online course modules to teach the fundamentals of statistics for graduate business students in a completely self-paced online environment. Come to learn how we've combined learning modules, eBooks, Tests & Quizzes, and conditional release mechanisms to guide students on their learning path. I also invite developers within the Sakai CLE community to see how professors are using these tools and the challenges we still face creating fluid learning paths for our students in a fully self-paced model - where we as instructor provide the knowledge and learning activities, and students can engage at the time, place, and on whatever device is most convenient for them.

    Demonstration of ePortfolios Using Sakai
    Members of the Open Source Portfolio (OSP) Community will demonstrate the Open Source Portfolio tools in Sakai and be available to answer functional and technical questions about using portfolios in Sakai. OSP Community members from a variety of institutions and open source portfolio vendors will participate in this technical demonstration. In addition, participants from the Portfolios for the Future of Sakai project will be available to demonstrate new portfolio functionality that has been LTI-enabled for integration into the Sakai CLE and eventually Sakai OAE. This demo is suitable for all levels of interest and expertise in portfolios. Individual members of the community will work one-on-one with anyone who stops by the tech demo to answer questions or suggest solutions related to the use of portfolios.

    Japan Sakai ( Ja Sakai ): An education practice by handwritten answer sheets with a Saka CLE
    A paper-based instructional method was reconsidered to integrate with a Sakai CLE. Entering the 2000s, Information Technology (IT) was introduced to many universities to support an effective instruction. One of IT solutions to support a class was realized as classroom management systems, not by CMSs like Sakai CLE. It seems to be the reason that HTML editors on Web based CMSs might not allow both instructors and students easily to draw freehand stuffs like equations, charts and illustrations. But classroom management systems require special devices like Tablet PCs and force instructors to perform complex system operations. To support handwriting in a class, this system was developed with a key concept as "No special devices in a class". That is using papers in a class and digitizing the papers after a class to be stored in a Sakai CLE.

    Kaltura Sakai Integration Demo
    Managing media (video, audio, images, etc.) for a campus is a complex task. Kaltura provides a solution for encoding and storage of media content which integrates with many popular platforms like Sakai. Come see a demo of the Sakai Kaltura integration for CLE.

    New functionality and features in the Shibboleth Identity Provider
    Unicon will have added some new functionality to the Shibboleth Identity Provider (IdP) 2.4 version, due to be out this spring. New options for the NotBefore condition, an example responsive login page, and easy way to hook into Google Analytics to track the use of your SSO/Identity Provider service. Plus the Shib dev team is adding some logout functionality, and perhaps a few other things. May also include a demo of using web flow to add to the Shibboleth login flow, and/or using/integrating a Social-to-SAML gateway into the IdP.

    Open Learning Analytics for Sakai
    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. This Showcase will demonstrate the different components of the OAAI system, including the predictive model that has been built and is available under an open license.

    Pearson International MyLabs
    Pearson International has built a new online learning platform for their non-English markets using Sakai. This technical demonstration will focus on showing a highly customized version of Sakai 2.9.x intended for use by multiple international regions. Some of the interesting features include a custom gradebook, brand new locale friendly date / time pickers, extensive use of lesson builder and basic LTI tools.

    Portal Integration with Enterprise Applications at UW-Madison
    The My UW-Madison campus portal provides applicants, students and staff with a an easy personalized gateway to many enterprise applications. Students can view their class schedule, grades and links to course resources including LMS pages, text book lists, library e-reserves, instructor office hours, etc. Faculty can access their course list and rosters and manage their course resources. Advisors can see the list of their assigned advisees, access student records and view advising reports. Staff can view their list of enrolled benefits, access their earnings and tax statements and update their personal information. These portlets are implemented in uPortal and integrate with multiple PeopleSoft installations and other enterprise applications.

    Student Success Plan (SSP) Functional Demo
    Click through the Student Success Plan (SSP) application. Institutions seek ways to help their students meet their goals and graduate on time. Students may face obstacles in their academic and personal lives which prevent them from meeting their goals. The Student Success Plan (SSP) helps students remove these obstacles, positively impacting student success. Through SSP, coaches, counselors, and advisors identify student challenges and match students with the resources they need to excel.

    Electronic Course Layout and Presentation System (eCLPS)
    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 demo will showcase the site templates and CKeditor enhancements that support this model of course content presentation and delivery.

    uPortal & Apereo Portlets Demo
    Come see a recent uPortal adoption or upgrade and learn about how to use Apereo portlets effectively to provide a compelling campus portal experience on a tight deadline.

    User Experience Improvements at the University of Michigan
    The University of Michigan has developed or deployed several user interface changes that provide the Sakai user with a more informed or more intuitive experience:
    1. Replaced the default Sakai gateway site with an HTML page leveraging rotating announcements, surveys, system announcements and links to additional help.
    2. Improved the Site Template creation process to reduce the number if decisions & clicks in site creation from 10-40 clicks to only 5-8 clicks, as well as help academic departments to standardize the tools and content within course, project and other site types.
    3. Improve the layout of the site tools page in the site creation workflow to provide categories and a complete revamped user interface that's more intuitive and easy to navigate.
    All changes have been checked into the Sakai codebase and will be available in a future release of Sakai.

    Using CAS and Grouper Web Services in a .NET Application
    Demonstration of a CASified .NET application making use of Grouper web services to determine access privileges rightly against the .NET authorization framework. Incidentally, a demonstration of CAS server, with some delving into the services registry, changing the relevant registration, and realizing different attributes/behaviors resultingly.

    Using Evaluations for Elections
    The Evaluations Tool is a Swiss Army knife of functions, and can be intimidating at first. But it is also very powerful in its approach to collecting data. With rSmart's help, we used the Evaluations Tool at Providence College for an innovative purpose: Student Congress Elections. Students were enrolled by class year into sites, and then the Evaluations Dashboard provided "one person, one vote" in elections. This allowed for the election to span two days, giving students the convenience to vote on-line and an easy way to report results.

    Yale Contributions & Customizations (Sign-up, Messages, Placement Exams, Current Courses)
    Yale programmers will demo four tools that we have built or customized for use on our campus and beyond. The Sign-up tool has been offered as a contrib tool since 2008, and is widely used to manage signing up for office hours, study sessions, or other events. Oxford and Michigan have recently added functionality for attendance tracking and iCal export. Yale's version of the Messages tool adds a re-designed addressing interface, autosave to drafts folder, and the email list functionality currently available in Email Archive. We've completed initial work on a Placement Exam extension of Tests & Quizzes, allowing departments to create algorithms that place students in appropriate courses based on test performance. Finally, we will demo our customized version of Columbia's "My Courses" tool, which has substantially decreased the user support load at the start of each term.

    At 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Wednesday 5th June

    In Emerald Ballroom, The Westin San Diego