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

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  • Beyond Putting Lipstick on the Pig

    by Francesca Socolick

    At its core, usability practices are implemented to gain a better understanding of a user's behaviors, rather than preferences, within an application. This presentation will focus on what user experience is, some easy low-cost methods to gather and analyze data, and how solid UX practices make for good design. Participants will see a glimpse of data gathered during research, wireframes, and the reasoning behind NYU's decisions behind skin and user interface updates/changes within Sakai CLE 2.8. After this session, attendees will have a better understanding of how engaging their users may lead to better and more meaningful design choices for their institutions.

    This presentation is for anyone who supports an open source platform within his or her institution and would like to have a better understanding of how an application is used in terms of providing 1) better documentation 2) better training 3) better redesigns.

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

    In Diamond I, 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

  • 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

  • Oakland University Portlet Showcase

    by Dave Derderian and Skye Schneider

    Showcase featuring Jasig and Oakland University developed applications and their functionality in Oakland's uPortal environment.

    Portlets:

    • Financial Aid Portlet
    • Courses Portlet
    • Progress to Degree
    • Sail Mail (Email Preview)
    • My Details Portlet
    • CMS Portlet Implementation

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

    In Pearl, The Westin San Diego

  • The Thrill of The Hunt - Tracking and Terminating Single Sign-On Sessions in CAS and Shibboleth

    by Mike Grady and Andrew Petro

    Fully understanding session management, and effective logout strategies, when using SSO services (e.g. CAS, Shibboleth) can be difficult, particularly when increasing the complexity by layering one SSO service over another (e.g. Shibboleth relying on CAS for authentication). The behavior of various browsers regarding session cookies also must be considered. Questions frequently arise on the support lists for both CAS and Shibboleth around session management and logout. This session will explore the concepts around, existing functionality for, and good practices in tracking and terminating single sign-on sessions, including timeouts and logout, in CAS and Shibboleth. Logout approaches to be discussed include single logout, browser closing, operating system session ending, hard drive reformatting, and high atmosphere electromagnetic pulses! (The latter aren't best practices, but current out-of-the-box browser behaviors around secure session management may drive you to consider it.)

    At 2:45pm to 3:30pm, Wednesday 5th June

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • 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

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

    In Crystal II, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video note