Open Apereo 2017

Open Apereo 2017 Philadelphia 4-8 June

Open Apereo 2017: The open source conference for education

ABOUT APEREO

Apereo is a network of institutions like yours, where you can share experiences, learn from the experiences of others, and discover new collaborators.  Apereo supports software used in thousands of educational institutions worldwide.  Software developed and maintained by the Apereo Community include: Sakai, CAS, uPortal and uMobile, Open Academic Environment, Bedework, Student Success Plan, Opencast, UniTime, and Xerte.  In addition, Apereo's incubation process supports new projects as they find the path from innovation to sustainability.  Learn more about Apereo here.


OPEN APEREO 2017 will be held at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, PA

This conference is designed to be an international, inclusive event, providing opportunities for community members to:
  • Present perspectives based on institutional experience, access the experience of others, exchange ideas, develop dialogue and form new partnerships.
  • Develop an understanding of other areas of the academic enterprise by looking outside of immediate interest areas and contributing to the understanding of commonalities as well as contrasts.
  • Organize community-wide, project-based, or institutional discussion, dialogue and practical collaborative work.

Mark your calendars and join us this year to share your success stories at our Open Apereo 2017 conference in Philadelphia


KEYNOTE: The Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment: A Keystone for Student Success presented by Malcolm Brown

These days, higher education seems to be constantly buffeted by inflection points. Out of this swirl, one important thread that has emerged is that of student success. Student success consists of a diverse set of components or dimensions, such as course/degree completion, relevant and affordable academic pathways, high impact experiences, and improved ability to learn. Digital learning environments are the key strategic enablers of all of those dimensions and so are foundational to student success. Student success is further diverse in that no two student pathways to success are identical. This means that our digital learning environments must be agile, flexible, and robust. This session will present a vision for the next-generation digital learning environment and offer the opportunity to engage in discussions on how best to move forwards towards a new digital architecture.

Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown has been Director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative since 2009 and has initiated major ELI undertakings such as its Seeking Evidence of Impact program and the Learning Space Rating System. Prior to assuming the ELI directorship, he was the Director of Academic Computing at Dartmouth College, overseeing a team active in instructional technology, research computing, classroom technology, and pedagogical innovation. During his tenure at Dartmouth, he worked actively with the ELI, contributing chapters to the EDUCAUSE eBooks, helping to plan focus sessions, and serving on the ELI Advisory Board. He has been a member of the EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies committee and was the editor for the New Horizons column for the EDUCAUSE Review. He has served as a faculty member of the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership program. He has been on the Advisory board for the Horizon Report since its inception in 2004 and served as Chair of Board of the New Media Consortium. Malcolm holds a pair of BA degrees from UC Santa Cruz; studied in Freiburg, Germany, on Fulbright scholarships; and has a PhD in German Studies from Stanford University. He has taught several academic courses on Nietzsche and maintains the Nietzsche Chronicle web site. He is a member of the Frye Institute class of 2002. He has given presentations in Japan, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates; and has spoken most recently at Columbia University, Penn State, and the University of Minnesota. He hosts the ELI webinar series and presents on the EDUCAUSE Live! webcast.

 

 

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Open Apereo 2017 Conference EARLY REGISTRATION
Completed on or before May 5, 2017
REGULAR REGISTRATION
Completed on or after May 6, 2017

  Member Pricing

$525 USD $625 USD
  Non-Member Pricing $655 USD $755 USD
  Student Registration    
   (with valid, current Student ID)
$275 USD
Workshops: $25 USD
$275 USD
Workshops: $25 USD
  Pre-Conference Workshops
   (per 1/2 day session)
$50 USD $50 USD

Open Library / Open Learning: The Mashup
   An Apereo - Folio joint event

   
  Add-On to existing Open Apereo 2017 Registration $50 USD $50 USD
  Open Library / Open Learning: The Mashup ONLY $200 USD $250 USD

 

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WHAT'S INCLUDED? The Full Registration fee for the Open Apereo Conference, includes all conference sessions (Monday through Wednesday at noon; Pre-Conference sessions can be booked on Sunday for an additional fee), breakfast (Monday-Wednesday), lunch (Monday-Tuesday), refreshment breaks each day, two receptions, and all conference printed materials and promotional items. 

OPEN LIBRARY / OPEN LEARNING: THE MASHUP REGISTRATION: includes only activities and sessions on Wednesday afternoon, June 7 and Thursday morning, June 8.

STUDENT REGISTRATION: The Student fee includes the cost of the conference sessions (Monday through Wednesday at noon; Pre-Conference sessions can be booked on Sunday for an additional fee), breakfast (Monday-Wednesday), lunch (Monday-Tuesday), all refreshment breaks and all conference printed materials (promotional items may or may not be provided to Student registrants.)

PAYMENT POLICY: Payment for the full amount of registration fees must be made prior to or on the first day of the conference. To qualify for the early registration rates, your registration form AND payment must be received no later than May 5, 2017. All registrations received or unpaid after this date will be processed at the regular registration rate.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations received on or before the cut off date of May 5, 2017 are eligible for a refund of fees paid, less a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations received between May 6 and May 22 are eligible for a 50% refund of fees paid. No refunds can be issued after the May 22 deadline.

 

Schedule Sneak Peak

KEYNOTES

The Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment: A Keystone for Student Success presented by Malcolm Brown

These days, higher education seems to be constantly buffeted by inflection points. Out of this swirl, one important thread that has emerged is that of student success. Student success consists of a diverse set of components or dimensions, such as course/degree completion, relevant and affordable academic pathways, high impact experiences, and improved ability to learn. Digital learning environments are the key strategic enablers of all of those dimensions and so are foundational to student success. Student success is further diverse in that no two student pathways to success are identical. This means that our digital learning environments must be agile, flexible, and robust. This session will present a vision for the next-generation digital learning environment and offer the opportunity to engage in discussions on how best to move forwards towards a new digital architecture.

Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown has been Director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative since 2009 and has initiated major ELI undertakings such as its Seeking Evidence of Impact program and the Learning Space Rating System. Prior to assuming the ELI directorship, he was the Director of Academic Computing at Dartmouth College, overseeing a team active in instructional technology, research computing, classroom technology, and pedagogical innovation. During his tenure at Dartmouth, he worked actively with the ELI, contributing chapters to the EDUCAUSE eBooks, helping to plan focus sessions, and serving on the ELI Advisory Board. He has been a member of the EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies committee and was the editor for the New Horizons column for the EDUCAUSE Review. He has served as a faculty member of the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership program. He has been on the Advisory board for the Horizon Report since its inception in 2004 and served as Chair of Board of the New Media Consortium. Malcolm holds a pair of BA degrees from UC Santa Cruz; studied in Freiburg, Germany, on Fulbright scholarships; and has a PhD in German Studies from Stanford University. He has taught several academic courses on Nietzsche and maintains the Nietzsche Chronicle web site. He is a member of the Frye Institute class of 2002. He has given presentations in Japan, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates; and has spoken most recently at Columbia University, Penn State, and the University of Minnesota. He hosts the ELI webinar series and presents on the EDUCAUSE Live! webcast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Building a Next Generation Digital Learning Environment with Tsugi presented by Chuck Severance

The Tsugi project is providing technology to enable a wide range of educational technology use cases. Initially, Tsugi was developed to simplify the development of educational tools and to allow those tools to be deployed in an "App Store" pattern using IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (1.1 and 2.0). More recently, Tsugi has added support for IMS Common Cartridge, IMS Content Item, and a Lessons capability that allows Tsugi to function as a Learning Object Repository that is easily integrated into existing LMS systems. Tsugi is also evolving into an easy-to deploy Learning Management System focused on supporting a web site for a single class or topic. We call this use case a "MOOC of Our Own". Tsugi can both support individual deployments as well as institutional-scale deployments. This workshop will walk through a Tsugi installation and configuration and experiment with using Tsugi as both an application development environment, a Learning Object Repository, and an Application Store.


MyUW for You presented by Andrew Petro and Tim Vertein

MyUW is delivering a modern, responsive, designed campus portal user experience to UW-Madison and to other campuses in the University of Wisconsin system using uPortal and some free and open source add ons for uPortal enhancing its capabilities and implementing an alternative user interface layer. This workshop is about demonstrating and getting hands-on with those add-ons, especially AngularJS-portal. AngularJS-portal implements

  • the portal landing page, with dynamic widgets
  • notifications and announcements
  • a directory of applications
  • search over that directory and beyond

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to work hands-on with these. The workshop concludes with emphasizing the integration points between these add-ons and traditional uPortal (by exercising them), checking in on the Apereo incubation status of these add-ons, and teeing up next steps and conversations for seminar participants to consider implementing some or all of this goodness in their campus portals.​


Getting Started with uPortal 5 presented by Benito Gonzalez and Drew Wills

The uPortal Project is expected to release version 5.0 around the same time as Open Apereo. This workshop provides an overview of the uPortal 5 implementation process, including essential topics like...

Many of these tasks have changed with the new version -- be among the first to experience the diminished “learning curve” and discover all the exciting new features! This workshop is suitable both for those new to uPortal and those thinking of upgrading to uPortal 5 from a previous version.

  • Building, configuration, & installation
  • Adding your authentication, user attributes, Groups, and layouts
  • Portal content, including JSR-286 portlets and soffits
  • Working with data
  • Skinning & branding with Respondr
  • Updating & migrating

Opencast: the open source solution for automated video capture, processing and distribution at scale presented by Stephen Marquard

This workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to the Opencast (http://opencast.org) open source video management system. Opencast is designed for large-scale lecture capture systems and can also be used to orchestrate video processing, management and distribution for other video applications through flexible workflows.

The workshop will provide an overview of the Opencast architecture and features, present some case studies from Opencast adopters, and examine how Opencast can address different video use cases raised by participants prior to and during the workshop.


Piloting the Karuta Open Source Portfolio for Learning, Assessment, Reporting and / or Showcasing presented by Janice Smith and Jacques Raynauld

Experience a variety of open source templates for using the Karuta Open Source Portfolio for learning, assessment, reporting, and/or showcasing. Consider LTI integration of Karuta with your instance of Sakai or use Karuta as a stand-alone portfolio platform. Review a selection of Karuta use cases and get an update on the many enhancements in Karuta 2.2. This session is ideal for faculty and instructional designers considering a portfolio pilot at the course, program, or institutional level.


Customizing (No Coding!) the Karuta Open Source Portfolio presented by Janice Smith and Jacques Raynauld

Learn to customize the Karuta Open Source Portfolio. No coding required! Bring your laptop for extensive hands-on training in customizing Karuta for a simple learning and assessment portfolio. This session is ideal for faculty and instructional designers with a beginning level of technical skill interested in customizing a portfolio to support learning at a course, program, or institutional level.


Developing Soffits for uPortal 5 presented by Drew Wills

Soffit is a technology for creating content that runs in Apereo uPortal. Soffits are new for uPortal 5, and intended as an alternative to JSR-286 portlet development. Java Portlets have grown “long in the tooth:” JSR-286 was released almost a decade ago; the Portlet Lifecycle is fundamentally based on a full-page-per-click paradigm; portlets must run in the same servlet container, same JVM as the portal. Soffits aim to be a general-purpose alternative to portlets, allowing you to build all the same sorts of content and widgets that portlets do, but without the drawbacks.Soffits run in their own process (optionally on their own host); A soffit's interaction with the portal is HTTP-based. They can be written in any language, for any platform; but the creators of Soffit expect to develop them mostly with Java & Spring Boot.

This workshop covers the essentials of how Soffits work, as well as important topics like accessing user and/or portal data, configuration, caching, and security. We will walk step-by-step through the process of creating a new Soffit using Spring Boot.


Getting Started with Apereo CAS presented by Misagh Moayyed

If you are planning to get started with a CAS deployment, this is the intended workshop session for you. The session will focus on the features, configuration options and build/deployment practices of the Apereo CAS server release and the path to their adoption for existing deployments. We will of course be conducting a hands-on session walking deployers through a series of dynamic build/deployment exercises and depending on availability and time, may also delve into integration strategies with client applications. 

Specific topics for the session are authentication, authorization, principal resolution and attribute release, managing service registrations, multifactor authentication, protocol support and more.


Grouper in Action - Access Management Strategies for Higher Education and Research presented by Chris Hyzer and Bill Thompson

Grouper is an enterprise access management system built by and for higher education, and is a key component of Internet2’s Trust and Identity in Education and Research (TIER) initiative. Designed for highly distributed and heterogeneous information technology environments, Grouper is uniquely suited to address the complexity and flexibility required by the modern institution. 

This seminar will explore the latest Grouper release, demonstrate a variety of real world use cases, and review the much anticipated TIER Grouper Deployment Guide which is slated for release in April 2017. The deployment guide aims to distill diverse community examples into specific TIER guidance and recommendation for achieving a variety of identity and access management capabilities.

Come learn and see what Grouper can do for your campus and join the growing community of practice!


UniTime: Best Practices presented by Tomas Muller and Zuzana Mullerova

This half-day workshop will cover various best practices across all the main components of UniTime (course timetabling, examination timetabling, student scheduling and event management). While the workshop will introduce UniTime and the core concepts of computer-aided educational timetabling, we will focus on some of the most important aspects that need to be considered when implementing UniTime at an institution. 

Some of the topics we would like to cover during the workshop: installation, initial setup, data exchange and roll forward, problem modeling, authentication & user roles, application tuning & customization, reporting, or running what-if scenarios.

A special demo instance of UniTime will be available during and after the workshop where the participants will be able to interact with some of the material covered during the workshop. We hope to do some hands-on during the workshop too.

 

SESSIONS (Please read on for a sampling of sessions that will be offered at the Open Apereo 2017 Conference.  We are finalizing the schedule now and will provide a full listing once it is completed.)

"Selling" Sakai: Building an enticing, engaging brand for your institution's LMS presented by Matthew Burgess

As the Learming Management System (LMS) market becomes increasingly competitive, it's more important than ever for Sakai schools to build a successful brand for their LMS—to explain to users not only how to use their system, but why they should want to. This presentation will describe the process used by the University of Virginia to develop a brand for its instance of Sakai, and review some examples of materials created to promote the brand (including various types of print materials and a short video introducing the system, available here: http://tinyurl.com/jq4n8wr). The presentation will conclude with a summary of overarching principles for branding and outreach that could be helpful to other schools as they work to "sell" Sakai to their faculty, staff, and students.


Apereo CAS: State of the Project presented by Misagh Moayyed

Having successfully delivered a major release about 7 months ago, the Apereo CAS project has been marching ahead with full speed preparing for its next upcoming feature release in the CAS 5 series. This session intends to provide a summary of CAS server achievements over the past year with specific focus on the coming feature release. Some statistical data about the general health and adoption status of the project will be detailed and we shall also touch upon a future roadmap for the project based on community input and feedback. Attendees will take away a fuller understanding of the project, are provided with the opportunity to share suggestions and recommendations directly with the project maintainers and hopefully learn of ways to contribute more and get involved with the community.


Open Academic Environment - More Open, More Popular presented by William Cullerne Bown

Open Academic Environment is a flexible, customizable and powerful solution desgined to facilitate collaboration between users, no matter what institution they are at or what kind of user they are. It has been built to scale and support the whole of academia in real time collaboration. It thus opens up the possibility of profound improvements to the way academia is connected. At the same time, it is at the bleeding edge of dealing with the issues that arise when open source moves to the cloud.

This presentation reports back to the Apereo community on progress over the past year, which has focused on two areas: making the Project itself more open and responding to the increasing popularity of the service provided by two OAE deployments, one run by ESUP-Portail on behalf of universities France and one, *Unity, by *Research for universities all over the rest of the world. It also describes how two such completely different organisations have been able to work together effectively in open source.


Using Opencast as the cornerstone for the delivery of interactive, annotated multimedia learning, in Sakai and Tsugi presented by Corné Oosthuizen

The shifting landscape of higher education in South Africa is providing abundant incentive for faculty to examine their current lecture structure and to look at incorporating additional learning technologies. Part of our ongoing delivery is focused on supporting faculty in producing audio and video resources for improved learning opportunities. The source media can be lecture recordings (multi-video stream, automated real-time tracking and presenter tracking in 4K video), podcasts, short topic specific videos (one-button studio), and complete online learning courses (process and publish). Opencast is used to store, manage, and deliver all multimedia assets which can then be deployed to lessons in Sakai, open access sites and/or published on YouTube channels. Faculty and students can annotate, interact and discuss the learning media, ultimately improving the possibility of communication between learners and lecturers.


Simplifying Vendor Account Provisioning with Cloudbroker presented by Andy Gherna

As commodity services like email and file sharing are pushed out to vendors, new problems arise as vendor services offer robust but different authentication methods and APIs for performing necessary tasks such as provisioning and self-service administration. The University of Illinois seeks to solve this problem by introducing the Cloud Broker; a system based on open standards. This talk will be an introduction to the Cloud Broker, it's architecture, pluggability and a tour of our own integrations with vendor services. Topics covered include REST APIs, message queuing, Shibboleth/SAML 2 integration, and open sourcing to the community.


Creating a Standard Visual Language for a Global Community: An Interface Guide for Sakai presented by Shawn Foster

Recent Sakai initiatives have modernized the look and usability of Sakai's portal. Now it's time to focus on the tools.

Sakai has been constructed over a decade by many different people from different backgrounds and places. When a particular person interacts with Sakai, she has a single united experience as she moves from page to page. If she interacts with different elements that do the same thing in different ways (such as buttons or date fields), she has to relearn how each element works in each context.  Standardizing the tool interfaces to provide consistency throughout Sakai will reduce users' cognitive load so they can focus on their teaching and learning goals.  Learn about the state of a new Sakai initiative

This presentation will focus on Sakai, but could be applied to other open source projects. We look forward to discussing how other Apereo projects manage usability too.

  • to inventory existing interface components
  • to create a comprehensive style guide
  • to standardize existing Sakai tools and components
  • to maintain consistency for future contributions

Accessibility Across Apereo (WCAG 2 AAA!) presented by Matt Clare

A chance for all projects to talk about accessibility. Let's share success, challenges and terms of art. We'll assess the skills in the room and, do some or all of:

  • Understanding accessibility in our web and media-based projects
  • Diving deep into the code
  • Advocacy
  • Sharing resources

Testing a Teste Testing Tool (Samigo Tests & Quizzes) presented by Tiffany Stull

Testing can be challenging for students and instructors alike, but it can be worse if a student encounters an issue during their online test! To ensure that students have the best test-taking experience possible, we need to hunt down, catch, and squash bugs in Samigo, the Tests & Quizzes tool. Please join us for a discussion about testing the testing tool! We'll share some of the steps we take to test, fix, and verify Samigo issues, tips for developing a testing plan for this complex tool and pitfalls we've encountered, and open up the floor so we can learn about your adventures in Samigo testing too

 

POST-CONFERENCE EVENT

Open Library / Open Learning: The Mashup, An Apereo - Folio Joint Event

Do we make effective use of library-based digital resources in the learning management system? What is the user view of the optimal connections between library and learning systems? How might libraries contribute to emerging perspectives of the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment? How will library systems intersect with the emerging learning analytics agenda? What is the role of open source software in enhanced integration?

These are some of the questions the first meeting of Apereo and the new open source library initiative, Folio, will address. Come along, bring your own questions, and join the conversation.

Event Venue

Open Apereo 2017 will be held at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

Hotel Accommodations

Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel Exterior

Sheraton Society Hill Hotel
One Dock Street (2nd and Walnut Streets)
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
General website: www.sheratonphiladelphiasocietyhill.com

Room Rate: USD $199, per night

(plus applicable taxes, currently 15.5%)
Room rate is inclusive of guest room wifi

Rate availability: May 31 - June 11, 2017 (subject to availability)                   
Group rate available through May 12 at 5:00PM Eastern  - BOOK NOW!

BOOK YOUR ROOM AT THE SHERATON SOCIETY HILL HOTEL

Use the booking link above or call Sheraton Central Reservations at 1.800.325.3535 (US toll free) to book your room, referencing "Open Apereo 2017" as the group code.

Please note that the Apereo Foundation is obligated to fulfill certain contractual obligations with the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel by having attendees fill a set number of guest rooms. By staying at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel you help to ensure that funds go toward the event and the organization's mission, not toward paying for empty hotel rooms. Additionally, we've heard time and again how valuable networking and "hallway conversations" are to attendees of Open Apereo and it's sister events. By staying at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel you greatly increase your odds of having those kinds of meaningful interactions when moving around the hotel during the event.

 

Local Airports / Transportation Options

Uber/Lyft

At times, the easiest/fastest way to get around town is by ordering an Uber or Lyft to your location. Uber / Lyft apps are available for iOS and Android:

Networking Opportunities

Here is a list of opportunities to meet-up and mingle with your peers:

  • Sunday: Welcome Reception  - Location details provided in attendee materials
  • Monday: Showcase Reception and After Hours Meetup
  • Tuesday: Dine Around and other excursion opportunities

 

Presenter Resources

A webinar by Beth McCullough, Learning Spaces Strategist, Stanford University, sharing some practical ways to improve their presentation content and delivery method - http://unicon.adobeconnect.com/p4oeyagvrxm/

A video on how to successfully plan and conduct a "Flipped Session" at technology conferences - http://youtu.be/QvL7xG_JPBk

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Open Apereo 2017 takes place from June 4th – 8th, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel. The conference will showcase the work of Apereo communities, provide networking opportunities for participants, and will feature keynote speakers from the broader higher education community.

The products of our software communities - Sakai, uPortal, CAS, the Open Academic Environment, Bedework, Opencast, UniTime, Karuta, Xerte, the Apereo Learning Analytics Stack, Tsugi, POET and EDexchange – are designed and built by education, for education. They are also potential contributors to what Educause have called the “Next Generation Digital Learning Environment” – a more flexible component and component-based environment to support academic practice.

Open Apereo is the primary face-to-face networking event on the Apereo calendar. It’s a great place to meet, discuss, and build partnerships that have a positive impact on the education landscape. The event depends, to a significant degree, on commercial sponsorship. Sponsorship lets us keep the registration fee low and encourage attendance by our diverse and distributed community.  If you are interested in participating as a sponsor or obtaining more informaiton, please email us at conference[at]apereo[dot]org.