Sessions at Open Apereo 2015 Conference in Maryland BC

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Monday 1st June 2015

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Karuta State of the Project

    by Janice Smith

    The Karuta Open Source Portfolio, currently under incubation by the Apereo Foundation, is LTI-enabled for integration with an LMS and offers dramatic flexibility for designing ePortfolios for learning, assessment, showcasing, and reporting. This session will provide an update on milestones to becoming a fully functioning open source project and challenges experienced along the way. Highlights include project organization, Apereo mentoring, inbound and outbound licensing, trademarking, moving to GitHub for release management and bug tracking, (re)organizing the portfolio community, and identifying use cases for continuing software development.

    At 1:30pm to 2:15pm, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Sakai Project Report

    by Charles Severance

    This presentation will be a summary of the Sakai Project activities for the previous year as well as a look forward as to what we expect to accomplish for the next year for Sakai. The presentation will include various members of the Sakai developer and leadership community.

    At 2:30pm to 3:15pm, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Lightning Talks

    by multiple presenters

    A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes (5 minutes). Several will usually be delivered in a single period by different speakers.

    Lightning talks will be held on Monday and Tuesday at 3:45 - 4:30pm

    Sign-up for a lightning talk here!

    A sign-up sheet will also be available in front of the conference room.

    Current Topics:

    • Got Product Owner? (Andrew Petro) focuses upon the oft-misunderstood Scrum role of Product Owner and what we've learned about that role in the MyUW Scrum team in the past year.
    • Citations (Reading List) Tool (Adam Marshall)
    • Sakai FARM (Funding and Resource Management) (Wilma Hodges)
    • Lecture Capture : Enhancing the Teaching and Learning Experience (Edmore Moyo)
    • New Samigo feature called Question Progress (David Bauer)
    • Merge your own pull requests (Andrew Petro)
    • Technological management: Education using Open Source online tools (Pagndai v. Pannsva)

    At 3:45pm to 4:30pm, Monday 1st June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage video

Tuesday 2nd June 2015

  • TWSIA Award Winners Presentation

    The Apereo Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) for 2015.

    From the University of Oxford to the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Sakai is being used to provide innovative learning opportunities for diverse groups of learners. That's the lesson to learn from this years ‘Teaching With Sakai Innovation Awards’. The annual awards showcase the efforts of a vibrant and diverse international community dedicated to improving the quality of technology enhanced learning with open source software.

    This year’s winners are -

    Higher Ed Face to Face category
    Entry: Survey of Psychology
    Alexander Nagurney (Instructor), University of Hawaii at Hilo and Patrick Smith (Instructional Designer) Texas State University

    Higher Ed Online/Hybrid category
    Entry: Population Health for Graduate Nursing Students
    Catherine Ling (Assistant Professor) Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Daniel K Inouye Graduate School of Nursing

    Entry: Conservation Statistics
    Lucy Tallents (Post-doctoral Research Officer) University of Oxford

    K-12 category
    Entry: Sakai Small World Project
    Juan Felipe Gómez Nicholls, (LATAM Regional Representative), Colegio Mas Camarena, Spain and Colegio Arrayanes, Colombia and Asahi Net International
    ______________________________________________________________________
    The intent of the award is to highlight examples of educational applications of Sakai which fall into an innovative or transformative category.

    Each of the winners will be recognized for their use of the Sakai CLE, or Apereo OAE, for teaching and learning, at the Apereo Conference in Baltimore, MD, May 31-June 4, 2015. Details of their winning projects will be shared at the conference.

    At 8:30am to 8:40am, Tuesday 2nd June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage video

  • General Session: A Gradual Revolution: the Future of Digital Humanities

    by Robert Squillace and Lucy Appert

    A discussion from the perspectives of campus IT, a Director of Instructional Design, and the Academic Dean of a Liberal Arts program on the potential for the Digital Humanities to redefine the boundaries between teaching, learning, and scholarship and on the obstacles that will need to be surmounted for that potential to be realized

    At 8:40am to 9:45am, Tuesday 2nd June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • 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 10:15am to 11:00am, Tuesday 2nd June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • EdExchange: A proposed PESC Standard secure data exchange network for the education community

    by Lou Delzompo and Wes Owen

    Today the state of the state with respect to the exchange of educational documents such as transcripts and financial aid applications is dependent upon a patchwork quilt of vendors providing ordering and sending services to customer educational institutions without a reliable way to deliver to customers of other vendors. Many institutions, such as the University of Phoenix (Apollo Group) feel compelled to maintain relationships with multiple vendors in order to maximize their ability to serve their students and applicants. The PESC Common Data Services task force (CDS) was given the mandate to develop EdExchange as an open data exchange network. EdExchange was accepted for incubation as an open source development effort by Apereo. Development has reached a point where the PESC CDS task force is seeking partners for a pilot deployment of the services later this year. The session will present the current state of the project as well as demonstrate the reference implementation.

    At 11:15am to 12:00pm, Tuesday 2nd June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage video

  • Apereo OAE - State of the Product

    by Nicolaas Matthijs, Josh Baron, William Cullerne Bown and Clay Fenlason

    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 supports research, group and other types of collaboration and offers a next generation solution for the "Project" sites found in the traditional LMS.

    This session will provide an overview of the developments that have taken place in the past year and further developments that are being planned. Topics will include user and group profiles, inviting guests, accessibility and many others, as well as an extensive demo showcasing the platform.

    At 1:30pm to 2:15pm, Tuesday 2nd June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Opencast State of the Project

    by Stephen Marquard

    At 2:30pm to 3:15pm, Tuesday 2nd June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Lightning Talks

    by multiple presenters

    A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes (5 minutes). Several will usually be delivered in a single period by different speakers.

    Lightning talks will be held on Monday and Tuesday at 3:45 - 4:30pm

    Sign up for a lightning talk here!

    A sign-up sheet will also be available in front of the conference room.

    Current Topics:

    • Swagger (Nicolaas Matthijs) a REST API documentation framework used by the Apereo OAE project.
    • Are micro services the new portlet? (Tim Levett)
    • Data visualization improvements to the Roster tool (Leonardo Canessa)
    • Using docker to deploy Sakai and to manage development setups (Matthew Buckett)
    • Using direnv to load and unload environment variables based on your current directory. (Christopher Schauer)
    • Calling for Community Vote on Lessons Features. (Luisa Li) ~ Please vote for the top priorities (less than 5) of the features we should work on in Lessons. Link: http://www.tricider.com/brainsto... I hope the community could use the feedback to guide us through coordinated efforts to enhance Lessons and Sakai as a whole.
    • Using the Certification tool in Sakai for Faculty Professional Development (Reba-Anna Lee)
    • The Xerte Project:The Story So Far (Julian Tenney)
    • How can a tool for automated course timetabling help an institution? (Zuzana Mullerova)
    • Alerts System (Jeff Pasch & Kyle Blythe)

    At 3:45pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 2nd June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

Wednesday 3rd June 2015

  • General Session: The Real Meaning of Open...

    by Patrick Masson

    What the heck does "open" even mean any more? OK, we all value open source software, open source hardware, open source textbooks, open courses, open access, ah... open source cola, hmm... open source beer, oh and open source washing machines--ah, OK...maybe?!?! But with the success of open source software, we--especially in higher ed--now find ourselves in an "economy of open-ish" where projects and communities hoping to benefit from the same development and distribution model that made open source software so successful, compete with "fauxpen source," are muddled by "open-washing" and are even dismissed by the "post open source software" movement.

    In my presentation I will explore these issues facing open source development and communities today, then offer some ideas on how to address each in order to foster continued growth and authenticity in the open source movement.

    At 8:30am to 9:30am, Wednesday 3rd June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • Introducing Bedework 3.10

    by Arlen Johnson

    Bedework is an open-source, standards-compliant enterprise calendar system that supports public, personal, and group calendaring. Since its first release in 2006, Bedework has been adopted by public and private organizations both large and small. The latest version, Bedework 3.10, features a largely revamped public client incorporating responsive design and the capacity to construct complex filters for finding events and producing data feeds. In personal calendaring, Bedework 3.10 introduces vpoll, a standard mechanism for handling consensus scheduling. This presentation will demonstrate Bedework 3.10 highlighting the newest features in both public and personal calendaring.

    At 9:45am to 10:30am, Wednesday 3rd June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • uPortal - State of the Project: Responsive and Native

    by Drew Wills, Andrew Petro and Dave Derderian

    This presentation is the 2015 installment of the annual State of the uPortal (and uMobile) update. In this session we will showcase new developments in the uPortal platform that have come about in the previous twelve months (since the last conference). This period has been one of significant activity and innovation in the uPortal platform.

    Some of these exciting developments include:
    - "Chromeless" portlets & hover chrome
    - 6-column layouts
    - Lightbox CONFIG & EDIT modes
    - Portlet Manager enhancements
    - Administrative UX improvements
    - Transient layout nodes for guest users
    - Tincan API support

    At 10:45am to 11:30am, Wednesday 3rd June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

  • State of the Project - Xerte

    by Julian Tenney and Ron Mitchell

    Interactive and accessible learning materials with Xerte

    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.

    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 morning or
    afternoon 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 session, the developers will provide a comprehensive overview
    of the project and introduce you to Xerte Online Toolkits.

    "As an open source tool Xerte is in a league of its own. I love that
    it is easy to use without extensive technological knowledge; the way
    it embraces the integration of other tools; the possibility to make
    it available to students; and the quick responses from the community
    email list."

    "My students love using Xerte, and I love the simplicity of preparing
    resources. We most particularly make use of the Categories question
    and the Transcript Reading feature. Thank you for providing this
    wonderful resource."

    "I have used Xerte with students and graduate interns to develop
    resources for the public and for college students who are
    transitioning into university. I think it is fantastic"

    "Xerte is easy to use, output in HTML5. It got standardized templates
    with possibilities of embedding HTML. A lot interactive templates,
    more than a lot of expensive competitors"

    At 11:45am to 12:30pm, Wednesday 3rd June

    In Maryland BC, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    Coverage video

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