Transition in a higher education institutes is never easy. But transitioning from a vendor model to an open-source or community-source solution, particularly at small and mid-size institution, presents unique challenges. With institutions currently facing the decisions on upgrading to a new version of a vendor product, there is a growing interest in understanding what is involved in implementing Sakai at your institution. In addition, many smaller institutions that have gone without course management systems are beginning to realize the central role this technology is and will increasingly play in the teaching and learning process online and on-campus. These questions and related issues will be answered and addressed during this session. This session will focus on Marist College and its smooth transition to Sakai.
Find out what the Sakai CLE team has been up to over the past year. We will cover changes to the release process (especially around the 2.9 release), technical improvements, areas of focus for the team, and some fun JIRA stats. We especially welcome anyone interested in joining and contributing to the CLE team (including QA, Documentors, Developers, SVN admins, JIRA review, etc.)
As of uPortal 4.0, mobile has been a big focus and now gives end users a nice mobile view when accessing uPortal on their mobile phones and tablets.
This session will cover:
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.
2nd–7th June 2013