Showcase Night Reception

A session at Open Apereo 2013 Conference (Jasig & Sakai)

Wednesday 5th June, 2013

6:00pm to 7:30pm (PST)

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.

About the speakers

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Fred Dixon


Fred Dixon is the CEO of Blindside Networks, the company that started the BigBlueButton project.

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Jesus Federico

Senior Developer

Jesus is a senior developer at Blindside Networks and is the lead maintainer of the Sakai Meeting Tool.

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Owen Hall Jr


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Janice Smith


Janice A. Smith, Ph.D. has worked with the Open Source Portfolio since its inception at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the mid 1990s. After three decades in faculty and TA development at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she served as a Senior Education Consultant for rSmart, providing OSP services for a broad array of K-12 and higher education institutions. As a co-owner and consultant for Three Canoes LLC (http://threecanoes.com), she consults on the assessment of learning, gathers portfolio requirements, customizes OSP data structures, provides training and documentation, and offers ongoing functional and technical support.

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Shoji Kajita


Shoji Kajita is currently a Professor of Kyoto University in Japan with two appointments, one in the IT Planning Office, a part of the Institute of Information Management and Communication, and the other in the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies. Professor Kajita received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Information Engineering from Nagoya University in Japan in 1990, 1992, and 1998 respectively. At Nagoya University, he served as a Research Associate in the Graduate School of Engineering from 1995 to 1997 and an Assistant Professor in the Center for Information Media Studies (CIMS) from 1998 to 2001. During his work at CIMS, he localized WebCT into Japanese and took the role of WebCT evangelist in Japan as a means of promoting the use of ICT for teaching and learning. From 2002 to 2008, he was an Associate Professor at the Nagoya University Information Technology Center, where he developed the Nagoya University Portal and a next-generation Course Management System for Japanese universities. Before joining Kyoto University in 2011, his most recent position at Nagoya University was that of an Associate Professor in the Information Strategy Office, a part of the university's Information and Communications Headquarters.

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Jacques Raynauld


Jacques Raynauld is a faculty member at HEC Montreal and is the director of MATI Montreal (http://www.matimtl.ca/), a University of Montreal campus research lab on technology, teaching and learning. He is currently leading a strategic research/development project on portfolios.

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Teggin Summers

Associate Director, ePortfolio Initiatives

Dr. Summers has a breadth of experience with learning technologies and electronic portfolios, including the wide-scale adoption of ePortfolios across the University of Georgia's First-Year Composition program. She currently serves as the Associate Director for ePortfolio Initiatives at Virginia Tech. In this role, Dr. Summers contributes to the development of ePortfolio-related curriculum for learning, assessment, and professional development, as well as faculty development and training. Her current research interests include the use the ePortfolios to facilitate learning and assessment in the 21st century and use of ePortfolios in touchstone, keystone, and capstone courses. Dr. Summers has led workshops and presented at such conferences as EDUCAUSE and the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning, and her publications include "ePortfolios for Learning, Assessment, and Professional Development" in Critical Design and Effective Tools for eLearning in Higher Education.

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Lynn Ward

Principal Systems Analyst

Lynn Ward has been actively involved with Sakai and Open Source Portfolio Communities since 2006, first as an instructional design and technology consultant with the IUPUI Center for Teaching and learning and more recently as a business analyst with the teaching and learning division of University Information Technology Services at Indiana University. In her current position she provides functional leadership for Oncourse CL, IU's local instance of Sakai, including IU's ePortfolio environment, and has contributed to the development of the following Sakai tools: Matrices, Evaluations, Wizards, Reports, Portfolios, Assignments 2, and Forums. She also offers training and support on the ePortfolio environment to teaching center consultants across the IU system and coordinates functional quality assurance testing for Oncourse patches and major releases.

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Marc Zaldivar


Marc Zaldivar is the Director of the ePortfolio Initiatives at Virginia Tech, where he loves the challenge of blending quality pedagogy with emerging technologies. He has a Ph.D. in Instructional Design, an M.A. in English, and a B.A. in English, all from Virginia Tech. Recent research interests have been on reflective practice, digital identities, narrative structures of identity, and the use of ePortfolios for assessment, learning, and professional development.

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Yuji Tokiwa


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Yuki Yamada


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Robert Long

Software Developer

Robert Long is a Java Engineer at Unicon, Inc. the leading independent provider of open source training, consulting, and support in higher education. He focuses mainly on the Sakai CLE platform, along with other open source projects. Prior to his work at Unicon, Inc., he was the Lead Java Developer at Saginaw Valley State University, where he was project manager, system administrator, database designer, UX/UI developer, and Java developer for all of the open source projects implemented at the university, mainly Sakai.

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Mike Grady

Senior IAM Consultant

Mike Grady has expertise in a broad range of higher education IT, with a particularly deep knowledge of both identity management and research cyberinfrastructure. In the fall of 2012, he joined Unicon as a member of its Identity and Access Management (IAM) team, assisting clients with any and all IAM needs, from strategic planning, consulting, implementation and support. A primary focus is on federated identity management; he is actively engaged in the Shibboleth, InCommon, Internet2, and increasingly, the CAS communities.

Prior to joining Unicon, Mike worked for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 36 years, serving in multiple roles for Illinois over the years. Mike's last position at Illinois was as the Executive Program Officer for Cyberinfrastructure (CI) in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, where his focus was on understanding how CI could help Illinois researchers advance their research, and then acting on that understanding to help campus IT determine how to effectively deliver the CI required.

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Josh Baron

Senior Academic Technology Officer

As the Senior Academic Technology Officer for Marist College, Mr. Baron directs the office of Academic Technology and eLearning which is responsible for overseeing a wide range of instructional technology initiatives, including distance learning, faculty professional development, and learner support. He also plays a leadership role in strategic planning for the College in areas of academic and information technology. Over the past two years he has served as the Principle Investigator (PI) for the Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI) which was funded through an EDUCAUSE Next Generation Learning Challenges grant.

Mr. Baron was first elected to the Sakai Foundation Board of Directors in 2008 and re-elected for a second three year term in 2011. He has served as Foundation Board Chair for three years between 2009 and 2012. He is also a member of the Education Dynamics Advisory Board, one of the leading distance education marketing companies in the United States. Before coming to Marist, Mr. Baron was the Associate Director of Instructional Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology. In this capacity, he helped lead a $10 million U.S. Department of Education technology initiative working both at the K-12 and college level. During this time he was also a member of the Stevens WebCampus initiative and developed one of the first Stevens online graduate courses.

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Sandeep Jayaprakash

Learning Analytics Specialist

See OAAI presentation proposal.

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Cris Holdorph

Software Architect

Cris Holdorph has been a Unicon employee for fifteen years. Cris holds a degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University and is currently a Software Architect at Unicon, Inc. Unicon, Inc. is a leading supplier of Professional Services and Support for the uPortal, Sakai and CAS platforms.

Cris has participated in training several university's on uPortal and Portlet development.

Cris has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

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Jim Helwig

Project Manager, Division of Information Technology

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Daniel McCallum

Software Architect

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Russ Little

Manager Web Systems

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Patty Wolfe

Director, Higher Education

Patty Wolfe is a Director of Project Management for Unicon Inc, the leading independent provider of open source training, consulting, and support in higher education. Ms. Wolfe has over 18 years of project management experience spanning a variety of industries including education, information technology, call center, and semiconductor manufacturing. She currently works with Unicon's clients to deliver open source implementation and project management services. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the client relationship which includes revenue generation, client satisfaction, account management and planning, and new business development. Patty is results oriented and focuses on analyzing performance against goals and adjusting business plans accordingly to improve efficiency and standardization. Patty has experience managing projects through all phases of the project management and software development lifecycles. Patty is passionate about service and enjoys engaging with clients to understand and implement solutions that enhance the academic experience for both faculty and students.

Ms. Wolfe holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing from Texas State University where she graduated Cum Laude and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Global Management from The University of Phoenix. Patty is a certified Project Management Professional and Scrum Master.

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Yitna Firdyiwek

Instructional Technology Advisor

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Tim Sigmon

Director, UVaCollab & VP for Scholarly Technologies

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Drew Wills

Software Architect

Drew is a Software Architect and the Lead Engineer for uPortal Cooperative Support at Unicon: a leading provider of IT services for Education, specializing in open source. He is a passionate advocate for open source, and a long-standing contributor on several Apereo (formerly Jasig) projects including uPortal, SSP, PersonDirectory, ResourceServer, and most Jasig portlets. Within Apereo, Drew currently serves on the uPortal Steering Committee, the 2013 Conference Planning Committee, and as the Lead Engineer for the Email Preview and Notifications portlets. Drew is an experienced workshop leader and a frequent presenter at conferences.

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Beth Kirschner

Application Development Manager

Beth Kirschner has over twenty five years of experience in software development of online collaboration systems, grid computing, digital libraries, and industrial automation. She's been involved in the Sakai project since 2005 as both a developer and manager at the University of Michigan, with special interest in generalized solutions to local problems, using technology to augment but not impede academic teaching and learning, and internationalization. She has served as the chair of the Sakai CLE Technical Coordination Committee and been honored as a Sakai Fellow.

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John Johnston

Lead Business Systems Analyst

John Johnston lurks the boundaries of academic technology seeking ways
to make the technological and pedagogical building blocks of the
teaching and learning domain stick together. John is the Product
Manager and Lead Analyst for the Teaching & Learning Team in the
University of Michigan Information Technology Services. Technologist,
author, digital artist, and musician, he has worked in the academic
technology field for over 20 years managing the intersections between
teaching, technology, and innovation.

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Gonzalo Silverio

Lead Application Developer

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Patrick Haggood

Application Developer

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Chris Kretler

Business Systems Analyst

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Misagh Moayyed

Software Engineer

Software Engineer at Unicon, uPortal/uMobile/CAS committer

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Adam Hauerwas

Faculty Support & Int. Spec.

From the TI 99/4A to the latest iPhone, Adam Hauerwas has worked with many computer systems. For more than ten years he has worked at Providence College managing their public Windows lab computers and Learning Management Systems (ANGEL and Sakai), and thinks that most problems can be solved with a batch script. When he's not playing with computers he plays Words With Friends, he's a big fan of "Iron Chef" and "Chopped," and he enjoys cooking with his wife and two sons.

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David Hirsch

Director of Academic IT Strategy at Yale University bio from LinkedIn

60 attendees

  • Adam Hauerwas
  • Andrew Wills
  • Becky Roehrs
  • Beth Kirschner
  • Robert Brill
  • Bryant Serres
  • Chris Clark
  • Chris Kretler
  • Christopher Gross
  • Emily Corse
  • Dan McCallum
  • David Hirsch
  • David Scoville
  • Dave Gunn
  • Dan Kiskis
  • Eric Dalquist
  • Fred Dixon
  • Greg
  • Cris Holdorph
  • Janice Smith
  • Jesus Federico
  • Jim Helwig
  • John Johnston
  • Josh Baron
  • Jacques Raynauld
  • Juan Carlos Morales
  • Konstantin Makarov
  • Lynn Ward
  • Martin Smith
  • Matt Clare
  • Karen McPhaul
  • Mike Grady
  • Joni Miller
  • Misagh Moayyed
  • Mitch
  • Loretta Howard
  • Nagai Takayuki
  • Patty Wolfe
  • Patty Gertz
  • Patrick B. Haggood
  • Omer Piperdi
  • John A. Lewis
  • Bob Walters
  • Ray Walker
  • Rayne Vieger
  • Robert Long
  • Jimmy Rico
  • Rob van Leeuwen
  • Ravi
  • Russ Little
  • Sandeep M. Jayaprakash
  • Shoji Kajita
  • Teggin Summers
  • Tim Sigmon
  • Marc Zaldivar
  • Will Fox
  • Yitna Firdyiwek
  • Yuji Tokiwa
  • Yuki Yamada
  • Martina Salm

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Time 6:00pm7:30pm PST

Date Wed 5th June 2013


Emerald Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

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