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

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  • TWSIA Winner: Introduction to Communication Science: MOOC on the Sakai Platform

    by Arie den Boon

    The MOOC Introduction to Communication Science of the University of Amsterdam was built on the Sakai platform because we had quite a lot of experience with WebKlassen, a small scale version of online education. The Sakai platform was a good choice; it provided almost all we wanted in our first MOOC. The costs of the extra development were negligible compared to building a dedicated new platform. The students were very happy with the MOOC: 95% agreed the course fulfilled its promise, 92% enjoyed the course, 95% thought the course was interesting and 70% found the exam challenging, certainly not too easy. And 97% replied that the UvA should provide more MOOC?s (n=717). The experiment with our MOOC has fired up the internal and external discussions about online education. The results challenge the traditional wisdom of the quality of education in workgroups and in hall lectures. The didactical model behind a MOOC should be very different from traditional forms to be effective and efficient. But MOOC?s have some challenges too. But we are only at the beginning. MOOC?s are here to stay and MOOC?s are here to change.

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

    In Crystal II, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Directions for Standards in Teaching and Learning

    by Charles Severance

    This presentation will cover a wide range of topics around evolving standards for teaching and learning. First we will look at the well-established standard of IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) and Common Cartridge (CC) and look at the market penetration of each of the standards. Then we will look at upcoming standards form IMS like LTI 2.0 and give a sense of where they fit into the marketplace. And then looking beyond IMS, we will look at how EPUB3 may have a very significant impact in the LMS market and examine the overlap between the IMS standards and ODPF (EPUB3) standards. We will also talk about open source projects around EPUB3 and other content authoring efforts.

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

    In Crystal II, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage slide deck

  • Cross Cutting Concerns - Can we work together on Security

    by Alan Berg and Mike Osterman

    BOF to answer an obvious question raised by the merger.

    Is there a wish for the sharing of Security resources across projects. Interested parties should have an opportunity to meet and discuss this face to face at the conference. Lets see if there is enough commitment to move forward.

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

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Sakai CLE at the Crossroads: Proposals for Change

    by Anthony Whyte and Seth Theriault

    As the Sakai CLE prepares to enter a second decade of service, the emergence of highly scalable, cloud-based SAAS alternatives coupled with increasing demand for analytics-based learning platforms raise questions about the CLE's development roadmap. Can Sakai's community source model deliver new and innovative capabilities at a pace fast enough to keep up with competitors? Is the CLE governance model adequate for the ongoing logistical, technical and functional challenges the community faces? Can longstanding barriers to participation and investment be overcome and sufficient energy harnessed to reinvigorate project fundamentals? Seth Theriault and Anthony Whyte consider these and other questions confronting the Sakai CLE and offer in response a set of actionable proposals for change.

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

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Self-paced learning and certificates with Sakai and Drupal

    by Nicola Monat-Jacobs

    Sakai was originally developed as a tool for traditional higher education institutions where the students are guided through the course by a professor or instructor (often an accompaniment to an in-person course). However, Sakai use is expanding into other learning organizations and often folks want to use it for other kinds of learning needs. These types of courses include totally online and/or self-paced courses, professional development and recertification, and personal enrichment. This presentation will cover some of the challenges of accommodating these uses in Sakai and a high-level overview of one approach Longsight has taken to integrate Sakai with Drupal to accommodate next-gen learning challenges like self-registration, payment, badges and certificates.

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

    In Pearl, 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 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

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