Open Apereo 2015 Conference schedule

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Sunday 31st May 2015

  • Registration

    At 8:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday 31st May

    In Maryland Foyer, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Building Applications using IMS Learning Tools Interoperability

    by Charles Severance

    This workshop will cover IMS Learning Tools Interoperability 1.1 and 2.0. We will look at how a tool can be developed to support both specifications simultaneously. We will look at the needed data model elements to support the new capabilities in LTI 2.0. We will also look at using the Tsugi learning tool develop framework to quickly develop LTI 1.0 and LTI 2.0 tools.

    At 9:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 31st May

    In Fells Point, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Getting Started with uPortal 4.2

    by Drew Wills and Andrew Petro

    In this workshop, we will take a hands-on look at the latest uPortal release at the time of the conference (version 4.2 or later). A lot has changed with uPortal in recent history - especially Respondr, the new responsive 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 (uPortal 4.0 or earlier) version of uPortal. We will explore 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.

    At 9:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 31st May

    In Federal Hill, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage slide deck

  • Hands-On: Designing and Using Sakai Portfolios

    by Janice Smith, Olivier Gerbe, Eric Giraudin, Shoji Kajita and Jacques Raynauld

    Move ahead with Karuta, the new open source portfolio that can be LTI-integrated with Sakai. Learn how portfolios enhance learning, assessment, and career development. Compare the benefits of Karuta to those of the Open Source Portfolio (OSP) tools in Sakai. See a demonstration of data migration from OSP to Karuta. Consider example use cases of successful ePortfolio implementations using Karuta. Leave the workshop confident in your knowledge of portfolio processes and your ability to use Karuta to implement a portfolio process for your course, program, or university. In the morning participants will review portfolio basics and collaborate with peers to design a portfolio process with Karuta. In the afternoon participants will receive hands-on instruction in using Karuta to implement their portfolio design.

    At 9:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday 31st May

    In Maryland D, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Opencast: the flexible video management solution for lecture capture

    by Stephen Marquard

    Find out how to plan, implement and support a scalable and affordable lecture capture solution with Opencast.

    Opencast (http://opencast.org) is a flexible, open source video management system for lecture capture and other video applications in higher education or beyond.

    Session Google Doc:

    https://docs.google.com/document...

    At 9:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 31st May

    In Maryland F, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

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  • Sakai Boot Camp 2015

    by Earle Nietzel, Matthew Jones, Robert Long and Matthew Buckett

    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 and 11
    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 31st May

    In Homeland, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage slide deck

  • Xerte Online Toolkits

    by Julian Tenney and Ron Mitchell

    Xerte Online Toolkits is a free, open source and award winning suite of browser-based tools that allow absolutely anyone with a web browser to create mobile friendly, highly accessible and interactive learning materials quickly and easily with no need for specialist skills. The Xerte Project and The Apereo Foundation are delighted to offer this free workshop on Xerte Online Toolkits at Open Apereo 2015.

    Xerte Online Toolkits is widely used in institutions and organisations all over the world, receiving outstanding praise for its ease of use and high levels of native accessibility. The tools are suitable for specialists and non-specialists alike and the Xerte Project fosters an enthusiastic and friendly community of users and developers worldwide. We invite you to join us for the day in Baltimore on 31st May. Places are limited, so book now to reserve your place and discover how Xerte Online Toolkits is putting technology into the hands of teachers, technologists and learners as well as more specialist developers all over the world.

    In this workshop the developer team will provide hands on tuition in all aspects of content development using Xerte Online Toolkits. We'll take you step by step through the software's features, and show you how teachers, technologists, learners and developers are using the tools to deliver innovative and highly accessible learning experiences.

    At 9:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 31st May

    In Maryland A, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • AngularJS client of uPortal web services : hands on with MyUW Beta

    by Andrew Petro, Tim Levett and Tim Vertein

    Long-time uPortal adopter UW-Madison is innovating with an alternative portal front-page using AngularJS, leveraging uPortal-provided web services and continuing to support JSR-286 portlets.

    We'd like to show it to you hands-on right on your computer.

    In this hands-on seminar, the MyUW team will:

    1. Demo the MyUW Beta.
    2. Introduce technologies involved, primarily AngularJS and Spring Framework Java implementations of JSON web services.
    3. Walk participants through hands-on live demos of developing experiences in this platform.

    Leave the session with real working open source code. (This is a hands-on seminar. BYO laptop. Preparation steps will be distributed to registrants in advance.)

    AngularJS is a JavaScript development framework. You will be more comfortable if you are familiar with JavaScript. However, this seminar is engineered such that you can simply step through the canned examples regardless.

    Current uPortal adopters are especially intended attendees.

    At 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday 31st May

    In Homeland, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Course Timetabling in UniTime

    by Tomas Muller, Zuzana Mullerova and Stephanie Schluttenhofer

    Course timetabling is a tedious process of assigning classes to a limited number of time periods and classrooms. This is a difficult problem with many competing objectives like student conflicts, faculty requirements, and space constraints.

    UniTime is a comprehensive educational scheduling system that supports developing course and exam timetables, managing changes to these timetables, sharing rooms with other events, and scheduling students to individual classes.

    The workshop will be organized in a form of an interactive demonstration. During the workshop, we will go through the process of creating a course timetable in UniTime from start to finish. We will focus on some of the most interesting parts: modelling course structure, entering faculty requirements, running the timetabling solver, making interactive changes to an existing timetable, etc.

    At 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday 31st May

    In Maryland F, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Getting Started With Apereo LAI: Sakai, OpenLRS and OpenDashboard

    by Gary Gilbert

    In this workshop, we provide an introduction to Apereo LAI. The target audience is the technologist looking to get started with LAI but anyone with an interest in learning analytics is welcome. Special emphasis will be placed on Apereo LAI projects OpenLRS and OpenDashboard.

    Workshop objectives:

    (1) Gain a working understanding of the technical architecture of LAI components OpenLRS and OpenDashboard;
    (2) Learn how to set up an OpenLRS and OpenDashboard development environment;
    (3) Learn how to set up and configure xAPI support in Sakai;
    (4) Learn how to integrate Sakai, OpenLRS, and OpenDashboard;
    (5) Learn how to develop a new OpenDashboard card.

    At 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday 31st May

    In Federal Hill, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • uMobile Native Solutions -- Get Your App Up And Running

    by Dave Derderian

    Interested in uMobile? Come learn about the project, where it is and where it's heading. Learn how to leverage uPortal and bring an unique experience to your institutions app, configure the app to authenticate using CAS, customize the look and feel, and enhance the app with creating extra modules. We'll also cover basics into mobile development, what to look for and what tools to be utilized to make mobile development even easier.

    At 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday 31st May

    In Fells Point, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Xerte Online Toolkits

    by Julian Tenney and Ron Mitchell

    Xerte Online Toolkits is a free, open source and award winning suite of browser-based tools that allow absolutely anyone with a web browser to create mobile friendly, highly accessible and interactive learning materials quickly and easily with no need for specialist skills. The Xerte Project and The Apereo Foundation are delighted to offer this free workshop on Xerte Online Toolkits at Open Apereo 2015.

    Xerte Online Toolkits is widely used in institutions and organisations all over the world, receiving outstanding praise for its ease of use and high levels of native accessibility. The tools are suitable for specialists and non-specialists alike and the Xerte Project fosters an enthusiastic and friendly community of users and developers worldwide. We invite you to join us for the day in Baltimore on 31st May. Places are limited, so book now to reserve your place and discover how Xerte Online Toolkits is putting technology into the hands of teachers, technologists and learners as well as more specialist developers all over the world.

    In this workshop the developer team will provide hands on tuition in all aspects of content development using Xerte Online Toolkits. We'll take you step by step through the software's features, and show you how teachers, technologists, learners and developers are using the tools to deliver innovative and highly accessible learning experiences.

    At 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday 31st May

    In Maryland A, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Welcome Reception

    Moved to Baltimore Foyer on 5th floor, rather than prior venue of 7th floor courtyard.

    At 5:00pm to 6:30pm, Sunday 31st May

    In Baltimore, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

Monday 1st June 2015

  • Registration

    At 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland Foyer, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Breakfast

    At 7:30am to 8:30am, Monday 1st June

    In Baltimore, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Welcome & General Session: The Open Education Infrastructure

    by David Wiley

    The term infrastructure often invokes thoughts of technologies and standards. However, the infrastructure of education more broadly - the core underlying components that make it function successfully - include additional pedagogical components, like learning outcomes, assessments, content, and credentials. This presentation will discuss the Open Education Infrastructure, an open, scalable approach to aligning the technical and pedagogical components of education in a manner designed to increase faculty and student agency, improve student outcomes, and decrease costs to institutions and students.

    At 8:30am to 9:45am, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Refreshment Break

    At 9:45am to 10:15am, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland Foyer, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • "Esup CAS Packaging" : Deploy and customize easily a CAS4 server

    by Ludovic Auxepaules

    Since 2003, the Esup-portail consortium has developed and has provided tools to facilitate CAS server implementation at french universities and establishments.

    This presentation will focus on the newest Esup CAS-toolbox v4 based on the Apereo CAS4 server distribution.
    CAS-toolbox is a tool for
    - Deploying a CAS server into an existing Tomcat installation,
    - Simplifying and centralizing CAS configuration,
    - Customizing the CAS server.

    The "new Esup cas-toolbox" is designed to handle different configuration and/or customization levels with Maven WAR overlays :
    - the 'cas-toolbox-core' folder contains the first level of Esup addons and preconfigurations to the original Apereo CAS server distribution.
    - the 'cas-toolbox-custom' folder only contains the specific configurations and customizations files of the institution.
    - the 'config.properties' file allows to centralize all properties.

    At 10:15am to 11:00am, Monday 1st June

    In Watertable B, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Designing an online faculty development course

    by Gregory Doyle

    Faculty development in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town is challenging due to the time constraints of busy clinicians. In 2013 it was decided to pilot a replacement online Teaching, Learning and Assessment course to replace the traditional face-to-face course in an effort to reach more faculty members.

    This presentation looks at the process, planning and success of implementing an online course in Sakai. The online course was not meant to attract large numbers or be MOOC-like, though the design and instructional methodologies can be very similar. The course had to facilitate the learning process of faculty, allow for flexible learning, include social and collaborative elements. Without being 'boring'.

    Tools as in Sakai 10.0 were used to accomplish social and collaborative learning. Faculty members were provided with content using Resources and Lessons, and had to do a task per week. We also look at feedback provided by faculty at the end of the course.

    At 10:15am to 11:00am, Monday 1st June

    In Homeland, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage slide deck

  • Digital Drop-Off: Taking the First Step Towards an Online Writing Center in Sakai

    by David Bauer

    Digital Drop-Off (DDO) is a new Sakai tool in development at the University of Dayton (UD). This tool provides students a means of soliciting online feedback from UD peer writing consultants independent of a Sakai course site.

    The Write Place (UD's writing support center) was in need of a system capable of facilitating writing support for distance learning students and those unable to stop by the on-campus writing support center for a consultation. DDO, piloted during the Spring 2015 term, offers a simple way for students to drop off documents, and receive writing feedback about organization, content, and mechanics from within the Sakai framework.

    This presentation will discuss and demo the new DDO tool as well as provide a forum to discuss next steps on how Sakai can be used as a platform for a robust online writing support center. Attendees will be encouraged to share feedback on the tool and discuss their institution's needs in regards to student writing support.

    At 10:15am to 11:00am, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland D, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage slide deck

  • Harnessing the Full Power of LTI

    by Chris Schauer

    At Texas State University, we've spent the last couple years developing and maintaining an open source LTI tool for tracking attendance. In doing so, we've learned a lot about the LTI specification, how to share data with the LMS, and how to use LTI to address problems common to many tools. After a brief demo of the tool, we'll discuss the following points related to LTI tool development:

    • Reasons to use LTI
    • Synchronizing rosters between Sakai and an external tool
    • Sending grades back to Sakai
    • Extending the LTI with your own services
    • Using custom LTI launch parameters
    • Making sure your tool can function in the absence of a specific LTI service
    • Limitations of LTI

    At 10:15am to 11:00am, Monday 1st June

    In Watertable A, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage link link

  • Incubation Session

    by Ian Dolphin

    The Apereo incubation process has been in operation for one and a half years, successfully recruiting new communities and new software to the Apereo mission. This session will be led by the volunteer Apereo incubation mentors, who will lead a discussion on progress and activity so far, lessons learned and pointers for the future.

    At 10:15am to 11:00am, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland E, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Meeting State Mandated Guidelines for Student Degree Progress at Purdue

    by Stephanie Schluttenhofer and Tomas Muller

    The state of Indiana has recently passed a law requiring that state educational institutions ensure their students are able to get their degrees in a timely fashion. In short, if a student is unable to make progress toward their degree because a course was not available to them in the prescribed term, the institution must offer the course to the student in the following term at no additional cost. Other states have adopted or are considering adopting similar laws.

    Such laws provide an interesting challenge for institutions. How to determine what courses a student needs? How to create a timetable that makes it possible for all students to get the courses they need? Once there is a good timetable, how to ensure that the students take the courses they need without blocking other students?

    This presentation is a case study on how Purdue University is working to integrate its existing degree planning data into course planning and scheduling processes to meet the state regulations.

    At 10:15am to 11:00am, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland A, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage slide deck

  • SSP Project Update

    by Patricia Wolfe and Craig Harry

    With over 14 active Student Success Plan implementations, SSP is growing and gaining market share. Come learn the latest enhancements and features in the newly released SSP version 2.6 and how SSP fits into the Learning Analytics ecosystem.

    We will discuss the current project state and product roadmap and will review key success criteria for implementations.

    At 10:15am to 11:00am, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage video

  • Updates from the Apereo Learning Analytics (LAI) Community

    by sandeep jayaprakash, Josh Baron and Alan Berg

    The aims of the Apereo Learning analytics initiative (LAI) are to accelerate the operationalization of Learning Analytics software and frameworks, support the validation of analytics pilots across institutions, and working together to avoid duplication of efforts.The initiative was started in 2014 and supported by Marist College, University of Amsterdam, Unicon, and University of Hull. This session provides the larger Apereo community with an update on learning analytics today and where we are heading in the future.

    Today, the community has developed an unified vision to build an open and scalable reference architecture for the Learning Analytics. The session briefly covers the current status of the development of the architectural components which include Learning Record Store, Academic ealry alert systems, Intervention, Student advising systems and Open Dashboard systems. Time will be set aside to discuss other community priorities in this domain and how others can get involved.

    At 10:15am to 11:00am, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland F, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage slide deck

  • UX Testing

    Open Apereo will be conducting live usability testing during the conference. Each usability test will be conducted as a 15 to 20 minute one-on-one session. Sessions will be conducted on a first come first serve basis during the UX testing time block, from 10:15-11:45. This is a great opportunity to experience usability testing first hand and share your impressions and opinions about Sakai interface design. We will be looking at the Morpheus interface during this testing, so you will get to provide feedback on the new responsive design that is in the works for Sakai 11. You will be asked to complete several tasks and give honest, open feedback. Participants should be Sakai end-users, such as faculty or students. No programming or usability testing experience required! Just be you!

    At 10:15am to 11:45am, Monday 1st June

    In St George, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • What third party tools have you integrated with Sakai, and how's that working out for ya?

    by Jeff Pasch, Andy Sears and Gary Shawver

    To meet the rapidly changing needs (and wants) of users, many institutions choose to integrate third-party tools into their LMS. The LTI standard has been a principal means of doing so. The release of LTI 2.0 offers the potential for more robust and seamless integrations.

    Individuals who attend this session will learn which third-party tools other schools have integrated with Sakai, via LTI or otherwise. We will discuss how these tools been received by faculty and students, how they are supported by the institution, and what some of the challenges have been. Also, we'll explore what new integrations schools have on the drawing board and if there are opportunities for collaboration.

    At 10:15am to 11:00am, Monday 1st June

    In Fells Point, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage note

  • Can't We All Just Get Along? Using Media Principles to Find Common Ground Among Team Members

    by Brandon Henry, Eric Hanson, Dina Kurzweil and Beth Marcellas

    Remember when the faculty member wanted to put 15 weeks worth of Powerpoint lectures into Sakai, the instructional designer (ID) wanted to condense it all into five three-hour online lessons and the developers wanted to animate ALL of it? Multiple people need to come together to bring a course to life in the online environment. How do you bring them all together to create content that will enable the students to learn?
    This session will introduce media principles that IDs, faculty, and developers can use to create online learning materials in and outside of Sakai and will give them a common language to use when discussing media. It will also provide a forum for participants to discuss how to apply those principles to plan and create media that enable students to meet specific learning objectives.

    By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
    * Discuss practical applications of multimedia design principles and suggest ways to enhance online content with educational media

    At 11:15am to 12:00pm, Monday 1st June

    In Fells Point, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Examination Timetabling in UniTime

    by Tomas Muller

    Examination timetabling is a well researched and important educational timetabling problem. It consists of individual meetings (examinations) that are to be assigned in time and space in a way that allows all the participants (students and instructors) to attend all the meetings that they require.

    In this presentation we will present the examination timetabling capabilities of UniTime, the comprehensive university timetabling system. A practical application of UniTime at Purdue University examination timetabling will also be presented.

    The examination problem at Purdue University is quite large. It consists of about 2,000 examinations, attended by up to 34,000 students with 120,000 student enrollments, placed in 29 distinct examination periods and using about 350 rooms. It is also quite hard to solve, as it is often impossible to find a complete timetable that has no direct conflicts.

    At 11:15am to 12:00pm, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Federated learning experiences: toward the invisible LMS

    by Brad Smith

    This talk starts with a central premise: "the more an LMS tries to do (e.g. creating content, hosting content, recording grades, etc), the more limiting it ultimately is, resulting in lock-in, inflexibility, and lost options for innovation and experimentation."

    From there, it proposes taking a page from the anti-monolithic philosophy of Unix, where each component of a system does one thing very well, and cooperates with other components for more complex tasks. In other words, authoring and hosting content, storing student records and providing a user interface that ties it all together should be handled by independent, modular components of an organization's e-learning ecosystem.

    This is illustrated with a demonstration of Swag, a non-profit project that aims to implement this approach to create a learning ecosystem that, in its most radical form, enables gameified, self-directed, self-motivated learning that is compatible with, but does not depend on, traditional LMSes.

    At 11:15am to 12:00pm, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland A, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

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