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Open Apereo 2014 Conference schedule

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Sunday 1st June 2014

  • REGISTRATION

    At 7:30am to 5:00pm, Sunday 1st June

  • Apereo OAE Development Bootcamp - Part 1 *

    by Branden Visser, Simon Gaeremynck, Nicolaas Matthijs and Bert Pareyn

    How do you write back-end APIs for the Apereo Open Academic Environment (OAE)? This workshop will focus on learning the different extension points behind the scenes in the service layer of OAE. Attendees of this workshop will build from scratch a back-end component for OAE that exposes a REST API that is ready to be consumed from the web.

    Topics covered will include:

    • Node.js NPM module system
    • OAE back-end application life-cycle
    • Data-modelling with Apache Cassandra and writing CQL queries from Node.js
    • Using the OAE APIs to expose back-end functionality for the web VIA RESTful APIs
    • Writing back-end unit tests using Grunt and Mocha. If time permits, the following will also be covered:
    • Integrating with OAE's ElasticSearch query and index functionality
    • Integrating with OAE's Activity and Notifications functionality
    • Integration with OAE's Admin Configuration functionality
    • This workshop requires pre-registration and an additional fee. Please see the registration desk for more information.

    At 9:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 1st June

    In Picasso, Hilton Miami Downtown

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  • CAS & Shibboleth for Enterprise WebSSO & Federation *

    by Misagh Moayyed and John Gasper

    Together CAS and Shibboleth provide an excellent platform for implementing Enterprise WebSSO and Federation. This full day session will start with a high level introduction to Enterprise WebSSO and Federation, and then proceed to implementation, integration, and technical details regarding deploying and operating CAS and Shibboleth. Session is suitable for both novice and experienced deployers looking to update their knowledge on the current state of practice. Session will also cover future directions and on-going development in the CAS and Shibboleth communities.

    • This workshop requires pre-registration and an additional fee. Please see the registration desk for more information.

    At 9:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday 1st June

    In 224 Board Room, Hilton Miami Downtown

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  • Dia Hispano de Sakai en Open Apereo 2014

    by Diego del Blanco, José Mariano Luján, Raúl Mengod López, Juan Jos? Merono and Daniel Merino

    En este dia, diferentes organizaciones venidas de Espana, Colombia, Argentina Mexico, Estados Unidos realizaron presentaciones en Espanol sobre su experiencia con Sakai y comprobaremos como Sakai este creciendo constantemente dentro el mundo Hispano siendo este cada vez mas importante dentro de la comunidad Global.
    http://conference.apereo.org/dia...

    At 9:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday 1st June

    In Concerto D, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Getting Started with uPortal 4.1 *

    by Drew Wills

    In this workshop, we will take a hands-on look at the latest uPortal release: version 4.1. There are several new & exciting things to learn about, especially Respondr ? the new resposive theme for uPortal based on Bootstrap 3. This workshop is perfect for anyone who may be looking to adopt uPortal for the first time, or anyone planning to migrate from an earlier version of uPortal. We will review the most important concepts, patterns, practices, and suggestions relevant to these tasks.

    You will learn about:

    • Building, configuration, & installation
    • Skinning & branding with Respondr
    • Authentication
    • User attributes
    • Groups & permissions
    • Layout management
    • Portal administration
    • Data migration tools
    • Deploying & configuring additional portlets

    Special emphasis will be given to newer, less well-known (and less well-documented) topics.

    • This workshop requires pre-registration and an additional fee. Please see the registration desk for more information.

    At 9:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 1st June

    In Tenor, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Sakai Bootcamp

    by Aaron Zeckoski, Matthew Jones, Robert Long, Earle Nietzel and Steve Swinsburg

    This half-day seminar will focus on installing, configuring, and integrating with Sakai for system administrators, developers, and technical support staff. This will be an introduction to Sakai from a technical perspective and will cover the following topics:

    • What is Sakai
    • Brief history of Sakai
    • New tech in Sakai 10
    • Installation gotchas and tips
    • Basics of branding
    • System configuration
    • Sakai admin tools and basics of site setup and management
    • Authentication and User providers
    • Installing contributed tools and plugins
    • Integrating with other systems (LTI, SOAP Webservices, REST)
    • Managing local code changes and customizations
    • Basics of Sakai development (code structure and conventions)

    Participants will be exposed to everything they will need to basically install, customize, and support a Sakai installation at their institution.

    At 9:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 1st June

    In Concerto B, Hilton Miami Downtown

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  • Teaching with Sakai *

    by Reba-Anna Lee and Varun Khanna

    Sakai has been around for more than eight years and there are thousands of Instructors and students who use it. So what now? What are people doing with Sakai at their institution?
    We will be visiting several uses for Sakai that are designed by instructors to use existing tools in new ways.
    We will look at the use of established tools for exciting projects, advising, and course design.

    • This workshop requires pre-registration and an additional fee. Please see the registration desk for more information.

    At 9:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 1st June

    In Concerto C, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Apereo OAE Development Bootcamp - Part II *

    by Bert Pareyn, Simon Gaeremynck, Nicolaas Matthijs and Branden Visser

    How do you write widgets for the Apereo Open Academic Environment
    (OAE)? The second part of this 2-part workshop will write a front-end
    widget for functionality that was developed in Part I of the workshop.

    Topics covered will include:

    • Integrating with the OAE Widget loading system
    • Writing internationalizable templates with TrimPath and the widget i18n and l10n functionality
    • Interacting with the core OAE UI APIs
    • Using bootstrap 3 to design responsive UI layouts for your widgets
    • Writing front-end unit tests using Grunt and CasperJS
    • This workshop requires pre-registration and an additional fee. Please see the registration desk for more information.

    At 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday 1st June

    In Picasso, Hilton Miami Downtown

    Coverage slide deck

  • Comprehensive Online Student Services: Transforming the Student Experience

    by Russ Little and Christi Amato

    Higher education administrators face a difficult charge: find ways to engage students more than ever before, with diminishing resources. Sinclair Community College faced this dilemma in 2009. In five years, the college's online student population tripled, during a period of economic decline and decreased state revenue. Antiquated, labor-intensive processes favored face-to-face interaction, while large numbers of online students were left to fall through the cracks. The session will explore SinclairOnline?s response to ?do more with less.? Centering on a technology-driven approach to holistic student engagement, explore the process for identifying and prioritizing service goals, the fundamentals of academic coaching, and how to develop engagement strategies for online students with limited staff and resources. Participants will also work through a hands-on demonstration of Student Success Plan, a holistic case management and degree-planning tools.

    At 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday 1st June

    In Concerto B, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Getting Started with the ANI Sakai

    by Jim Mezzanotte and Christian Bond

    In this half-day workshop, attendees will get hands-on experience creating a course site in a live hosted instance of the ANI Sakai. Participants will learn how to build sequenced content that includes images and video; add assignments and assessments; set up forums for discussion; organize a gradebook; and encourage student interaction and collaboration with Sakai tools. By the end of the session, participants will have a fully functioning course site that will remain accessible for instruction, training or demonstration purposes.

    At 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday 1st June

    In Tenor, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Karuta: Hands-On Experience with a New ePortfolio Integrated with Sakai

    by Janice Smith, Olivier Gerbe, Naoshi Hiraoka, Shoji Kajita and Jacques Raynauld

    Receive hands-on experience working with Karuta, a new open source portfolio created by HEC Montreal (in association with the University of Montreal) for use in assessing and showcasing learning. Karuta was developed in the spirit of the Open Source Portfolio (OSP) tools in Sakai. It offers many of the same benefits of OSP while providing more flexibility for designing and customizing portfolio workflows and reporting on results of their use. We aim to make learning more visible and reflective so that portfolio users become more aware of and in control of their own learning. Karuta is LTI-enabled for integration with the Sakai CLE and adapted for mobile devices. It is currently in use at the University of Montreal, HEC Montreal, IUT-2 Grenoble, and Kyoto University. Support for Karuta is available through Three Canoes LLC. Join our team for this hands-on session and learn how Karuta can be implemented to provide a unique portfolio solution for your institution.

    At 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday 1st June

    In Concerto C, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Sakai Project Management Committee

    At 1:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday 1st June

    In Chamber, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Video Streaming/Archiving Orientation

    by John A. Lewis and Laura McCord

    Are you interested in lending a hand in order to make the conference run smoothly?

    Volunteers are needed to start/stop the recordings for the presentation sessions at the conference. Training will be provided at a short meeting on +Sunday, June 1 at 4:30PM in the Soprano room and the process will be EASY!

    If there are presentations you plan on attending and you are willing to arrive a few minutes early to start the computer to record the session, then stop the recording at the end -- your help would be very much appreciated!

    Here is the sign up spreadsheet:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsh...

    The slots in light green need a volunteer. Simply enter your full name in the slot -- and the color will disappear automatically! (The magic of conditional formatting.)

    We hope you’ll consider signing up for 1-2 sessions!

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Sunday 1st June

    In Soprano, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Welcome Reception

    At 5:30pm to 7:00pm, Sunday 1st June

    In Concerto A, Hilton Miami Downtown

Monday 2nd June 2014

  • Breakfast

    At 7:30am to 8:30am, Monday 2nd June

    In Symphony III & IV, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • REGISTRATION

    At 7:30am to 5:00pm, Monday 2nd June

    In Symphony Registration, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Welcome and State of the Foundation

    At 8:30am to 9:00am, Monday 2nd June

    In Symphony I, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Open for all? Technology serving the higher education mission

    by Laura Czerniewicz

    This presentation will review current trends in ICTs in higher education, considering research as well as teaching and learning and bearing in mind how these trends are playing out in different contexts and serving different interests.

    At 9:00am to 9:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Symphony I, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Apereo OAE - State of the project

    by Josh Baron, William Cullerne Bown, Nicolaas Matthijs and John Norman

    The Apereo Open Academic Environment is a multi-tenant and highly scalable platform that aims to support academic collaboration and academic networking. OAE is an informal collaborative online space that sits alongside the highly structured Learning Management Systems such as Sakai CLE designed to deliver courses to students.

    This session will provide an overview of the developments that have taken place in the past 12 months and further developments that are being planned. Next to that, some stories of real world OAE usage will be shared, as well as a full demonstration of OAE's current capabilities.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Concerto B, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • CANCELLED - Skinning uPortal with Respondr

    by Jeff Sittler

    The goal of this seminar is to provide an overview of uPortals responsive theme Respondr and how to refine your uPortal Respondr skinning technique. We want to get right to the content so this seminar won't cover the installation of the portal, but we'll touch upon development environments before digging into skinning and theming best practices and debugging common skin issues.
    Seminar highlights:

    • What is Responsive design and what do I get out of it?
    • How responsive is Respondr?
    • What does Respondr do for you?
    • How do you change or create new skins?
    • What are some common skin issues?

    note: this may be revised if needed.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Alto, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Meet Sakai's MORPHEUS (Mobile Optimized Responsive Portal for Higher Education Using Sass)!

    by Mark A Reilly

    MORPHEUS is the new optional responsive portal for Sakai 10 that's under active development. It's been rewritten from the ground up to take advantage of the new web technologies. Its goal is to create a better user experience no matter what device you use.

    Morpheus is a new user interface born from extensive usability testing at NYU. It builds off the success and stability of Sakai as a platform with a new interface that's modern and future friendly. It's not just a face lift or a redesign but a foundational web system on which new tools, interactions, and designs can be built.

    • Responsive design that works on a wide range of devices
    • Uses Sass to create a system that's more organized, maintainable, and easy to contribute to
    • Easier to customize for your institution
    • New templates take advantage of HTML5 for cleaner markup with increased semantic meaning
    • A new style guide and design pattern library ? a mini 'bootstrap' for Sakai

    Find out what the future of Sakai looks like!

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Concerto C, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Sakai scaling and failover via cluster caching

    by Aaron Zeckoski and Robert Long

    Running Sakai at large scale (100000+ users) requires a cluster of application servers and a very powerful database server in most cases. Unicon will present the results of modifications to allow running Sakai with a distributed cluster cache for events processing and replacement of some existing caches which are cluster and replication compatible. These modifications reduce the load on the database and allow for greater scaling.
    Sakai also requires sticky sessions which connect a user to a server. This means a server failover causes the user to be logged out and any in progress work to be lost. Unicon will present a technique for replicating sessions data across a cluster and so that failed sessions do not cause users to be logged out or lose their location in the system.
    We will have an open discussion at the end of the session to answer questions and discuss other techniques and technologies for scaling and clustering Sakai.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Concerto A, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • The Future of Portfolios in Sakai

    by Janice Smith

    The Open Source Portfolio (OSP) is reaching the end of its life in Sakai. Plans are to include OSP in Sakai 10 but not in Sakai 11. This session provides an opportunity for existing OSP institutions to discuss moving to new portfolio platforms, including the possibility of using Karuta, the HEC Montreal portfolio software that is LTI-1 enabled for Sakai. Discussion topics will include LTI integration, possible migration of portfolio content, and other portfolio solutions currently being used or under consideration by institutions using Sakai.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Picasso, Hilton Miami Downtown

    Coverage slide deck

  • The latest about the Central Authentication Service

    by Misagh Moayyed

    This session will summarize the achievements in the latest available Central Authentication Service server product and available plugins and enhancements in the community around CAS. Specifically the discussion will provide an overview of the latest features, changes in the protocol and updates on documentation efforts. Quick overview of CAS integration methodologies with other applications, in particular the Shibboleth Identity Provider, may also be touched.

    Attendees will take away an appreciation for the latest progress and how they might locally realize it and benefit by it.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Chamber, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • uMobile, I'm Mobile, We're all Mobile

    by Dave Derderian, Steve Wiggins and Andrew Clissold

    Over the last year Oakland University has been building upon the uMobile Phonegap platform. Oakland developers will discuss what has been added over the course of the year and strides made. Oakland has gone live with this version of uMobile in January 2014.

    Also covered will be enhancements made to uPortal and Portlets to optimize the mobile web and mobile app experience for Oakland's students. Also Oakland will discuss their native Android app and where to obtain source code for this application.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Tenor, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Project Talks

    by Jaeques Koeman, Ian Dolphin, Neal Caidin, Drew Wills, Arlen Johnson, Russ Little, sandeep jayaprakash, Nicolaas Matthijs, Misagh Moayyed, Janice Smith and Andrew Clissold

    10:30 – Incubation
    10:38 – Sakai
    10:45 – uPortal
    10:52 – Bedework
    11:00 – SSP
    11:07 – Analytics
    11:15 – OAE
    11:22 – CAS
    11:29 – Mobile
    11:36 – OSP / Karuta

    *Please note – times are estimates. Each talk is about 7 minutes long.

    At 10:30am to 11:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Symphony I, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Community Identity Framework for Education and Research (CIFER) Community Update

    by Bill Thompson

    Community Identity Framework for Education and Research (CIFER) is an ambitious cross community initiative to create and promote a comprehensive, community-based approach to identity and access management (IAM) in higher education. This session provides an overview of CIFER to date. Work has been proceeding in parallel tracks with teams made up of technical and functional experts drawn from Kuali, Internet2, Apereo and various higher education institutions. The presentation will highlight the ways in which CIFER is focused on solutions to real-world campus problems of IAM integration including the challenging tasks of authentication, authorization, provisioning and de-provisioning for cloud services.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Chamber, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Course Link Tool for Loosely Engaging Sakai CLE with Student Information System

    by Shoji Kajita and Koichiro Tonomura

    The current Site Setup Tool of Sakai CLE provides a way to create course sites for faculty based on the course/section information from Student Information System (SIS). However, it requires several steps to complete and it does not provide a way to let faculty know how many students are willing to use their course site. Also we think that course sites should be created by faculty's willingness to use, and course sites nobody uses should not be created. To assist this strategy, we have developed a new course site setup tool named "Course Link" tool to provide a lightweight linkage tool between Student Information System and Sakai CLE. The Course Link tool is implemented by using Entity Broker and assists faculty to create their course site easily. In our presentation, we will describe our experiences of this tool in 2014 first semester.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Concerto D, Hilton Miami Downtown

    Coverage slide deck

  • Creating and Managing Diverse Teams

    by Nicola Monat-Jacobs

    At Apereo 2013, Theresa Rowe gave a keynote entitled 'Challenges, Encouragement, and Women in IT - Does it Matter?' This presentation aims to build on that basic foundation to articulate a broader mandate to build diverse teams in higher education IT. By sharing the latest research, we hope to articulate concrete recommendations, explore the complex (and some times conflicting) ways that organizational culture can effect organizational success and provide a platform for ongoing discussion in the Apereo community.

    If time allows, we may also delve into recommendations and best practices for managing diverse teams.

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Tenor, Hilton Miami Downtown

  • How to Build an "Unsinkable" Instance of Sakai

    by Jeff Davidson

    As the trend toward online learning continues to escalate, a university's dependency on its learning management system increases significantly. It is a critical part of academic continuity in fair weather or foul. In this session, we will review many of the practices, procedures and proactive measures which can be implemented to build a secure, redundant and robust LMS. Topics include:

    -Configuration "guardrails"
    -Timely rollout of upgrades
    -Monitoring of the system
    -Rapid response/resolution to system issues
    -Smooth integration of third party tools
    -LIS integration
    -Backup, restore & archiving
    -Disaster recovery
    -LDAP failover
    -Emergency course plan
    -Documentation & training
    -24/7 helpdesk
    -Security

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Monday 2nd June

    In Concerto B, Hilton Miami Downtown

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