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Monday 3rd June 2013

  • Welcome to Open Apereo 2013!

    by Ian Dolphin

    At 8:30am to 9:00am, Monday 3rd June

    In Crystal Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

  • Dynamic Online Help for Sakai CLE

    by Roland Groen, Alan Berg and Neal Caidin

    The current online help for Sakai is tied to one higher ed institution's internal knowledge base, the content integration into Sakai CLE is challenging and lacks features such as embedding pictures and video.
    Come learn about an exciting possible replacement for the Online Help tool with The Knowledge Base Tool, already in production at the University of Amsterdam. The tool has a set of contemporary features such as online authoring, media support, linking, smart filtering, comments, favorites, voting, and many more. We want to make the KN tool a tool that is capable of leveraging the knowledge of the crowd, the CLE user community, for getting the best and most up to date information possible.
    Let's envision together what the potential for this could be, and explore how we can get institutional commitment of money or time, to make this a reality.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 3rd June

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

  • Real-world learning environment governance for the small, the new and the brave.

    by Laura Gekeler, Ed Gomes, Janet Hill and Alan Regan

    Meet our Panelists: Duke, Tufts, Pepperdine and Notre Dame, relative newbies to the world of Sakai. Find out how their respective institutions deal with colleges and schools pursuing their own teaching and learning technologies. Is there an assumption that everything plugs in to Sakai? Who prioritizes? Who runs Sakai? Do they have a team or department with a mandate from the Provost or something less official? Does open source create different user expectations that affect governance?

    Join panelists in fruitful conversation about our experiences. How are our relationships holding up with stakeholders at our institutions? With third party service providers? Between our internal service providers? We'll share resourcing and governance models for our Sakai services, and hope to hear those from audience participants as well.

    Panelists will first introduce themselves and outline their resourcing and governance structures and then facilitate broader discussion.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

  • Apereo Incubation Process

    by Ian Dolphin

    The Jasig incubation process represents the distillation of significant experience in the development of open source software, and the communities that support it in higher education. Reviewing this process and developing it further was an early priority for Apereo. This session will present the proposals of the Apereo Incubation Review Working Group, and allow community members to discuss and further refine the future direction of the Apereo incubation process.

    Led by Ian Dolphin and members of the Incubation Review Working Group.

    At 3:45pm to 4:30pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

  • Success Times 2

    by Patty Wolfe

    An Overview of the current SSP open source implementations. We will review each institution's implementation and roll-out strategy and provide tips and guidelines on how to ensure a successful implementation at your institution. This is a must-see presentation if you are considering adopting Student Success Plan.

    At 3:45pm to 4:30pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

  • Sakai - The First Ten Years and the Next Ten Years

    by Charles Severance

    The Sakai project is nearly ten years old, having started informally in June 2003 and then formally funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in January 2004. There is no question that Sakai has brought tremendous value to the LMS market - even for schools that have never used or installed the product. Sakai has been a force for good and shown other LMS systems the right path to meet the real needs of their users. Sakai is the only Apache-style open source / open community LMS project in the marketplace. Going forward, we need to think carefully about the kinds of activities that we will undertake beyond Sakai 2.9 to maintain and strengthen our place in the marketplace in an increasingly standards-oriented, component-based learning systems, trends toward multi-tenancy, software as service, MOOCs and extreme scalability. In this presentation, we will take a look at the past, present, and future of the Sakai Collaborative Learning Environment.

    At 4:45pm to 5:30pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Crystal Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

  • uMobile Moving Forward

    by Dave Derderian, Skye Schneider and Brandon Powell

    Discuss changing technology in the mobile environment. uMobile was originally developed to use Titanium Studio by Appcelerator, although there is discussion of uMobile using PhoneGap and being purely native for both Android and iOS. Discuss new mobile environments such as Windows 8, Ubuntu, Firefox OS, and Blackberry 10.

    Also discussion on future portlet development using DAOs and JSON feeds that could be used for both uMobile apps (having native portlet views) and uPortal portlets.

    At 4:45pm to 5:30pm, Monday 3rd June

    In Gaslamp, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

Tuesday 4th June 2013

  • CLE needs you!

    by Alan Berg, Neal Caidin, Gonzalo Silverio and Jean-Francois Leveque

    Community Source needs you! The Apereo Foundation fosters community source projects. To support this role the foundation has a dedicated member of staff as the CLE Community Coordinator, Neal Caidin. Neal promotes the needs of the Sakai CLE community. In this presentation Neal Caidin and Alan Berg, a member of the Technical Coordination Council2 (TCC), explore how to participate fully in the community. This presentation will act as a gentle introduction to the well trodden paths to community involvement. Please come prepared with your questions!

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Tuesday 4th June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

  • From Black Hole to Gold Mine, Putting Analytics in the Portal

    by Martin Morrey

    The layout of many University web portals is not conducive to the application of standard web analytics, because they use a channel metaphor instead of a page metaphor. There portals can effectively be black holes into which all the potential intelligence about user activity disappears.

    If you were to add your dream analytics solution to their University portal, what data would it record, how would you want to segment this, what KPIs would it use, and what reports and visualisations would it generate? What is the best approach to implementing such a solution in a portal framework like uPortal?

    An example implementation at the University of Edinburgh, demonstrates how your portal can easily be turned into a goldmine of usage information, including tracking interactions with all portal content, whatever its origin, and segmentation of reports by a range of user attributes. Sample results demonstrate the business insight that can be gained by adding a powerful analytics solution to your portal.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Tuesday 4th June

    In Opal, The Westin San Diego

  • Apereo: The Mobile View

    by Robert Sherratt and Douglas Johnson

    This presentation will highlight both the strategic and tactical dimensions of Apereo mobile projects. First, Project Keitai ? the Mobile Sakai Project ? will be highlighted with identification of key players in the project, an overview of the project and it?s goals, identification of completed components, a presentation of key deliverables targeted by this project, and a discussion of the projected development timeline.

    In the second part of this presentation, the uMobile project will be presented looking at the development of the project so far, the growing community and some different examples of how uMobile is being used by different schools.

    Anyone interested in mobile applications and services will be interested in this presentation.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Tuesday 4th June

    In Diamond I, The Westin San Diego

    Coverage video

  • OAAI: An Open Ecosystem for Learning Analytics

    by Josh Baron, Sandeep Jayaprakash and JoAnna Schilling

    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. The system includes a predictive model which has been released under an open-source license using a standard markup Language to facilitate use and enhancement by others. The system has been deployed to over 2200 students across four different institutions. Based on these pilots, research on critical scaling factors such as the ?portability? of such predictive models and success of intervention strategies has been conducted. Our presentation will update the community on this initiative and our latest research findings as well as discuss future work. A related BOF for those interested in working to expand this initiative will also be scheduled.

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

  • Apereo Annual General Meeting and "Meet the Board"

    by Ian Dolphin, John A. Lewis, Jim Helwig, David Ackerman, Douglas Johnson, Alain Mayeur, Robert Sherratt, Josh Baron, Shoji Kajita, Theresa Rowe, Charlie Leonhardt and Timothy Carroll

    Mandatory annual membership meeting per Foundation bylaws

    At 3:00pm to 4:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Crystal Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

  • State of the uPortal Address

    by Eric Dalquist and Drew Wills

    Come and hear about the state of the uPortal and uMobile projects. Learn about the new features and functionality from the past year. Hear about the project's plans for the future including an overview of the project roadmap. We'll also delve into the details of the more interesting new and planned features in a brief technology review.

    At 4:00pm to 4:45pm, Tuesday 4th June

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

Wednesday 5th June 2013

  • Sakai and Google Integrations

    by John Johnston

    In 2012 the University of Michigan signed a 10-year contract with Google to provide Google Apps for Education to the academy. As a result, there has been significant interest among faculty, students, and campus leadership for integrations between the CLE and various Google tools. This sessions will discuss what we have been doing to meet those expectations. Specifically we will cover the following developments:

    • Setting the Groundwork: Provisioning Google course groups with our student information system
    • Baby Steps: Our initial (somewhat superficial) integrations
    • Google Calendar: Full integration of the Google Calendar interface into Sakai, leveraging the FullCalendar javascript library
    • Dynamic Links: Integrated links with dynamic "badges" which provide a visual representation of new notifications in Google Mail, Drive, Calendar, and Google+
    • Future Integrations: Provisioning Google Drive folders for course sites. Automating assignment postings in Google Calendar. Google Hangouts in Sakai.

    Presentation Slides: https://docs.google.com/a/umich....

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

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

  • 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

  • Implementing Sakai at Your Institution

    by Reba-Anna Lee

    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.

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

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

  • ESUP-Portail: News from the French Community

    by Alain Mayeur and Mathilde Guerin

    This presentation is a great opportunity to understand how things work in France and get a glimpse of the projects we are currently working on, like:

    • the French packaging of uPortal4 to include French-specific needs and requests (internationalization, UI customizations, etc).
    • the new services that have been developed and released by ESUP members: ESUP-Twitter, ESUP-filemanager, esup-portlet-bigbluebutton, etc.
    • the activities related to mobility (mobile-friendly services, uMobile)
    • the contributions on the Nuxeo platform to meet the community needs and find ways to integrate it into the portal, etc.
    • Sakai OAE: the interest in this product has been growing within the community since it has been presented during a ESUP-Day Conference back in June 2012. The internationalization work provided by some ESUP members has also been warmly welcomed and recognized by the Sakai OAE developer team.
    • the reflections and discussions on authentication, communication tools, Grouper, etc.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Wednesday 5th June

    In Pearl, The Westin San Diego

  • CLE Team Update

    by Sam Ottenhoff and Aaron Zeckoski

    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.)

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

    In Topaz, The Westin San Diego

  • Integration at Enterprise Scale - Student, Library, Learning and Research Systems

    by Robert McDonald and Michael Winkler

    Partners from the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) will talk about the ongoing development process for their enterprise level library management system and the potential that they see for an aligned integration framework that would offer concierge level services to their enterprise institutional system partners (Student Information Systems, Learning Management Systems, Research Administration Systems). Features of Kuali OLE that make it unique include a "format-agnostic" document store (Apache Jackrabbit) that can include structured descriptive content (e.g. XML, Dublin Core) and unstructured content (e.g. PDF files, PPT, Word docs); workflow tools based on the latest version of Kuali RICE (2.1.2) and featuring the Kuali Rapid Application Development (KRAD) Toolkit (e.g. action lists, batch-processing tools); and integration tools.
    As more enterprise level systems become aligned for use in cloud-based SaaS and IaaS deployment, we will see the abstraction capability necessary to align these systems using a services oriented framework. Kuali OLE is working towards this capability now and can envision a time when many of our currently siloed systems should and could work together for better information management of the enterprise. Kuali OLE can envision many opportunities for integration across the enterprise but what will it take in terms of middleware integration and standards adoption to make this happen? What are the appropriate roles for data management across the enterprise once this does occur to best capitalize on the rich data store and functional expertise of our various application support personnel. Can libraries best manage the docstore repositories that support much of our current business workflow and then apply archival specific management plans to that content for long-term born-digital document management? Can research administration systems supply the best researcher profile information that can then be used to enhance library-based institutional repositories for capturing the open access content of the researcher? Can student systems interact with library management systems at a level to best supply the library-financed econtent to support their current courses?

    At 3:45pm to 4:30pm, 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

  • Discussion of Future Learning Analytics Projects within Apereo

    by Josh Baron

    Over the past two years Marist College has lead the NGLC-funded Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI) which 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.

    With this project coming to its conclusion, there is interest in expanding the OAAI work and possibly creating a "learning analytics" project within Apereo. Although open to all related topics, this BOF will focus on discussions related to expanding learning analytics work within the Apereo community which could include Sakai as well as many other Apereo projects (Student Success Plan, uPortal, Bedeworks, etc.) which provide useful data for predictive analytics.

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

    In Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

Thursday 6th June 2013

  • 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

  • General Session and Closing Remarks

    by Ian Dolphin

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

    In Crystal Ballroom, The Westin San Diego