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Sessions at Open Apereo 2013 Conference (Jasig & Sakai) on Thursday 6th June Main Sessions, Community Meetups

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  • Ad-Hoc Meeting Room available 8am - 6pm (Balboa)

    If you'd like to reserve this room for an ad-hoc meeting, please create a "session" and include:

    • Your name
    • Is this open to anyone, or have you invited certain folks? (Open / Private)
    • Topic of discussion (if open)

    NOTE: Balboa accommodates 6 people, and has no AV

    You can add a session here:
    http://lanyrd.com/2013/apereo/ed...

    At 7:30am to 8:00am, Thursday 6th June

    In Balboa, The Westin San Diego

  • Ad-Hoc Meeting Room available 8am - 6pm (Lindbergh)

    If you'd like to reserve this room for an ad-hoc meeting, please create a "session" and include:

    • Your name
    • Is this open to anyone, or have you invited certain folks? (Open / Private)
    • Topic of discussion (if open)

    NOTE: Lindbergh accommodates 8 people, and has no AV

    You can add a session here:
    http://lanyrd.com/2013/apereo/ed...

    At 7:30am to 8:00am, Thursday 6th June

    In Lindbergh, The Westin San Diego

  • Breakfast

    At 7:30am to 8:45am, Thursday 6th June

    In Emerald Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

  • Load balancing CAS, uPortal and Sakai CLE

    by Benito Gonzalez and Jorge Ovando

    Creating a production environment that can support the volume of users your service will experience can be challenging on a single host. But how do you set this up on a shoe-string budget? Or how do you configure an appliance like Big IP's F5 solution? This session will cover how UC Merced started with Apache for load-balancing then switched over to F5 for both uPortal and Sakai CLE. We will cover nuts and bolts of how we configured each. As a bonus, we will share our current efforts to load balance CAS.

    At 8:45am to 9:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

  • Order up! Cooking new dishes with Sakai

    by Adam Hauerwas

    At Providence College we "slice and dice data" from our Banner Student Information System to prepare "dishes" like you've never seen! We built a middleware server between Banner and Sakai -- kind of a "sous chef" -- to make not only course sites, but also sites for student advising, class elections, academic majors, and placement/orientation of incoming students. The operation of the middleware server will be discussed, as well as the sites it creates. The technical-minded can rethink how SIS data should flow, while academics and administrators may find new uses for Sakai beyond course sites (using SIS data). Learn our "recipe for success" and hopefully try something new with Sakai!

    At 8:45am to 9:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Pearl, The Westin San Diego

  • Portfolios for the Future of Sakai

    by Janice Smith, Shoji Kajita and Jacques Raynauld

    The Open Source Portfolio (OSP) tools in Sakai are well known for their assessment matrices and sharable portfolios. Although these tools have served the community well, more flexibility and expanded reporting capabilities are needed to address the needs of current and future portfolio workflows. Kyoto University, MATI Montr?al, Virginia Tech, and Three Canoes LLC have teamed up to launch Portfolios for the Future of Sakai. We aim to provide a flexible solution in the spirit of OSP that is LTI-enabled for integration with the Sakai CLE and eventually Sakai OAE. We will demonstrate how this new functionality enables Kyoto University to capture the many nuances of their assessment portfolio workflow for a new doctoral program in global leadership. Our demonstration will illustrate how to create rubrics to assess evidence of learning, insert instructor comments, generate a student dashboard, and produce assessment reports.

    At 8:45am to 9:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

  • Think Different: An exploration of UX technologies

    by Matthew Polizzotti

    In recent year's there has been an explosion of UX technology. It is now possible to build and organize the front-end using a myriad of JavaScript frameworks and CSS toolkits that responsively adapt a user interface to the size of a user's screen (i.e., smartphone, tablet, desktop, etc.). This presentation seeks to demo the latest UX technology. Everything from responsive design, to automated JavaScript unit tests to auto-generated documentation for JavaScript applications. This session seeks to explore these new technologies and asks the question of how we might incorporate these technologies and development processes into our respective projects?

    At 8:45am to 9:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

  • Using Analytics to Support the Retention of Students

    by Robert Sherratt

    This presentation will describe a six month project at Hull to support the retention and progression of students through the use of analytics. A framework has been developed for institutional adoption of analytics based on JISC CETIS in their paper on Analytics for Learning and Teaching. Building on the framework a Hull model for retention will be described. The model takes recent research from the US and UK applied to the Hull context. The focus is on understanding what interventions work in supporting students to achieve their potential and what factors contribute to them leaving.
    In phase 2 of the project (Aug '13 onwards) advisors will be employed to support and deliver interventions with students. The presentation will outline the analytics tools the advisors will work with to identify students who may be at risk and what interventions they may consider using in the circumstances.

    At 8:45am to 9:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • A Report by Any Other Name

    by Daniel McCallum

    Student Success Plan (SSP) is exploring alternatives to its current reporting subsystem (Hibernate+Jasper). Along the way, developers have found themselves asking "What is a 'report' anyway"? What makes a "report" different from any other UI-rendered application feature? This presentation will discuss distinctions and tradeoffs between several different approaches to thinking about and implementing report-ish features, including operational dashboards, evented and timeseries-based metrics, and traditional, tabular "slice-and-dice" business intelligence (BI) reporting, all based on the SSP development teams efforts to make its reports more useful and usable for both developers and end users.

    At 9:45am to 10:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

  • Creating a virtual classroom environment where students feel at home without taking on a mortgage

    by Simmerok, Ph.D., Bruce D. and Bledsoe, PsyD, Scott

    This session will show how to create a virtual classroom environment that makes the student feel at home but does not require a mortgage to finance it. This presentation will describe a virtual classroom environment (VCE) using photos, graphics and rich media content that mimics an environment similar to a class in a face to face campus and much, much more. Different aspects of the course are represented by rooms in the VCE; group projects are in the Group Room. Assistance throughout the course comes from video testimonials from previous students. There are numerous paths of navigation including an interactive map of the environment. Multimedia presentations by the faculty provide a dynamic presence of the faculty in the course. Data collection from several past years and the current version will be shared the show good promise for this format of course offerings in the future.

    At 9:45am to 10:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Moving a Large University from Blackboard to Sakai CLE with no Increase in Support Tickets. Really?

    by Jeff Pasch

    What are key factors for a successful transition from Blackboard (or another LMS) to Sakai CLE? This presentation will examine NYU’s transition to Sakai CLE and the factors that have proven most important to us in ensuring a smooth rollout.

    University IT teams planning a migration to Sakai may be asking questions such as:
    - How much time should we invest in online vs in-person training?
    - How do we most effectively communicate with our users?
    - How can we ensure buy-in from stakeholders?
    - What are the challenges associated with migrating content from Blackboard to Sakai?

    We will examine the different components of our transition, including a data-driven analysis of the effectiveness of our efforts.This session is ideal for institutions planning to make the move to Sakai. We will also have an extended question/discussion period, which will provide the opportunity for other schools and organizations who have gone through this transition to share what has (or has not) worked well for them.

    At 9:45am to 10:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Pearl, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage slide deck

  • Open Registry Development - UCB and Friends

    by Dedra Chamberlin and Benn Oshrin

    UC Berkeley currently has no central person registry as part of our Identity Management architecture. After an evaluation of higher ed open/community source options, UCB has chosen Apereo's Open Registry project as the target solution for our campus. Over the course of the next calendar year, our hope is to work with Apereo, other interested campuses, and vendors to bring up Open Registry on our campus. At the June Apereo conference, we would like to report on our development deployment of Open Registry, including information about this Registry as a community solution and how other campuses can take advantage of the work we have done and become active in the Open Registry community.

    At 9:45am to 10:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Sakai DevOps Nerdvana: Doing More with Less

    by Lance Speelmon

    DevOps is a response to the optimizations that Agile development, web-based applications and Cloud computing have created. Organizations must now consider how DevOps strategies support the entire application change cycle. DevOps enables rapid, open collaboration between all application stakeholders including Dev, QA, Operations, application owners - even end users. The DevOps Cycle enables enterprises to become truly agile across all the functions supporting web-based applications.

    Learning Outcomes

    • How Agile relates to DevOps and the larger DevOps Cycle
    • How Development and Operations can collaborate to become more agile
    • Integrating Dev change management with IT change management
    • How automation supports but does not drive DevOps strategies

    At 9:45am to 10:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

  • You Can't Do That With Sakai!

    by Harold Hale

    This slightly irreverent presentation will look at uses of the Sakai CLE at Antioch University that don't necessarily conform to the conventional view of what a learning management system is all about. Along the way, we will discuss Antioch's experiences with Google Apps integration into Sakai, and some of the ways we have discovered to make simple modifications to sites so that they are as individual as the people who manage them.

    Attendees will develop a better understanding of the ways that the Sakai CLE can be used to promote collaboration within their institution, how Sakai can be used as a platform to provide access to a variety of learning tools, and how Sakai can be customized in a way that makes instructors and project site coordinators feel more empowered.

    At 9:45am to 10:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage slide deck

  • "Flipping" the Conference

    by Nicola Monat-Jacobs, Francesca Socolick and Gary Shawver

    In education, a course in which an instructor delivers lectures asynchronously and online and uses the class for student work and interaction is called a "flipped classroom." This allows for greater active and participatory engagement from students, and contribution to the learning process. What would a "flipped conference" look like in the context of Apereo? If you are interested in an informal conversation, meet us at 10:45AM this Thursday in the Topaz room.

    At 10:45am to 11:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

  • CANCELLED: Think Mobile: The Experience of a University towards more Complex Services

    by Christian Cousquer

    PRESENTER UNABLE TO TRAVEL TO CONFERENCE.

    In today's incredibly exciting yet overwhelming world of connected digital devices and computers, the diversity of these devices -- many of which we haven't imagined yet -- is exploding, as will the quantity and diversity of the practices.

    Between adaptation of existing services, progressive enhancements, (perceived) performances, Mobile First or MultiTouch First and Responsive Design conceptions, without any dogmatism, here is an unpretentious attempt to "think Mobile and Desktop" at University Pierre & Marie Curie-Sorbonne Universites, viewed from the Front-End side through three examples of deployment: a new version of an existing Portal solution (uPortal/uMobile 4), the UPMC on iTunesU site and a homemade Video Library and their Video Capture Workflow.

    I will focus on the Web Context and on Web (app) development and some Front-End web development techniques (html5, css3, JavaScript), concepts and issues we've encountered at the University Pierre & Marie Curie.

    At 10:45am to 11:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

  • Federation Across Multiple CAS Domains for Browsers and REST Clients

    by David Ohsie, Vijayanand Bharadwaj and John Field

    Enterprises have multiple domains and different identity stores. Each domain could have it's own CAS server and backend. SSO across multiple CAS servers is often a requirement. More specifically users wish to access services across domains but authenticate with a particular domain. We present a solution to enable SSO and attribute release across multiple CAS domains while providing the user the capability to specify their "home" domain. Using CAS's trusted authentication capability combined with appropriate redirection from CAS clients we have created a simple framework for federation. Highlights include supporting a users need to authenticate to a specific domain or the default if none is specified, attribute release across multiple CAS servers to the end service and support for both browsers and non-browsers (REST clients). As part of the redirection CAS clients validate redirection requests to ensure that CAS domains are trusted. We present how CAS servers can be configured in different modes to enable federation.

    At 10:45am to 11:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

  • Teaching and Learning Gathering

    by Josh Baron and Salwa Khan

    The Sakai Teaching and Learning group held its first "gathering" in 2006 as means to organize itself and bring a new voice, at the time, to the Sakai community. Since then, the group has launched the Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) program as well as led the Learning Design Lens initiative which produced a design framework for future learning technologies. This year the group will be holding another gathering with the goals of encouraging participation by both new and seasoned community members. This session will present a brief overview of the groups prior work followed by a larger group discussion around new priorities. All, regardless of backgrounds or expertise are welcome!

    At 10:45am to 11:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • Tests and Quizzes (Samigo) BoF

    by Keli Amann and Lydia Li

    This is an informal session open to all who are interested in Tests and Quizzes (aka. Samigo). It could also be a chance to have a face to face Samigo Working Group meeting. We will showcase new features in trunk for 2.10, discuss Samigo issues, concerns, feature requests...etc.

    At 10:45am to 11:30am, Thursday 6th June

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

  • General Session and Closing Remarks

    by Ian Dolphin

    At 11:45am to 12:30pm, Thursday 6th June

    In Crystal Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

  • Developer Collaboration

    Come collaborate with other project developers to work on all the great ideas and tasks that have come out of the last four days.

    At 1:00pm to 5:30pm, Thursday 6th June

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

  • Open Community Meetups

    At 1:00pm to 6:00pm, Thursday 6th June

    In Balboa, The Westin San Diego

  • Open Community Meetups

    Skyline is near Gaslamp in the Conference Center behind the lobby of the Westin.

    At 1:00pm to 6:00pm, Thursday 6th June

    In Skyline, The Westin San Diego