Open Apereo 2018

Open Apereo 2018: The open source conference for education

OPEN APEREO 2018 (June 3 - June 7) will be held at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

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Open Apereo 2018 Keynotes

Opening Keynote: Laurent Charlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Decision Sciences, HEC Montréal

Laurent Charlin is an assistant professor of artificial intelligence at HEC Montréal. He earned a master's degree and a PhD respectively from the universities of Waterloo and Toronto and was a postdoc at Columbia, Princeton and McGill universities. He develops machine learning models, including deep learning models, to analyze large collections of data and to help in decision-making. His main contributions are in the field of recommender systems. The Toronto paper matching system (TPMS), a system to recommend and match papers to reviewers that he co-developed, was adopted by dozens of major conferences over the last five years (it has recommended papers for over six thousand reviewers). He has published 20 papers in international conferences and won a second-best paper award at the 2008 Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI) conference.

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning :: Artificial intelligence (AI) has been in the news lately under such titles as "The revolution of AI" (Fortune) and "March of the Machines" (The Economist). I will dive into this topic and give an overview of some of the modern AI paradigms. Notably, I will explain the concepts of machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks. Throughout the presentation I will convey intuitions using concrete examples from recent applications, including some from my own research. I will also spend time explaining how the field has benefited from and contributed to open source software.

 

Closing Keynote: Deborah Bryant, Senior Director Open Source and Standards, Red Hat

Deborah Bryant brings her international expertise on the adoption of open source software and the communities producing it to the discussion at this year’s Open Apereo Conference...

Over the last two decades, Deborah has focused on open source software; supporting communities of developers through both her work and non-profit board contributions; successfully advocating for the use of open source in the public sector and assisting government in adapting their policies and practices; leading a team of global community stewards in the Office of the CTO at Red Hat. At Oregon State University, she helped the Open Source Lab (OSL) grow into a world class facility for open source community projects as well as an exemplary learning and research environment. She is Board Director Emeritus at the Open Source Initiative, Board Advisor to the Open Source Elections Technology (OSET) Foundation, Board Director at DemocracyLab. Her published works include research on the use of open source software for Cybersecurity in the US energy industry.

Women in Open Source: A Decade of Change :: Dramatic increases in institutional engagement in open source software across all sectors - Public, Private and Academic - has included a comparatively higher increase in the participation of women in it. Concurrently, open source has opened the door for increased interest and opportunity for young women in STEM, lowering the financial barrier to tools and applications, learning platforms, and creating welcoming communities of support. 

Deborah Bryant takes the audience on a nutshell tour of some of the most influential elements of the impact of Open Source and the women behind the stories; what we’ve learned, exemplary projects, initiatives and events contributing to the rise of more Open opportunity for women.


About Open Apereo 2018

At Open Apereo 2018, you’ll find out more about how your institution can engage with open source software and the communities that support it. You’ll learn how open source works, and how it can work for your institution. You’ll see first-hand how a community responds to the challenges of today by innovating for tomorrow. Above all, you’ll return with real data based on real-world experiences of development and deployment that can inform your institutional practice and strategy.

Open Apereo 2018 is an international, inclusive event offered by the Apereo Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and sustaining innovative open-source software solutions for education.

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 2018 conference in Montreal.


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: SakaiCASuPortalKarutaApereo OAEBedeworkStudent Success PlanOpencastUniTime, 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.

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Open Apereo 2018 Registration Fees

  On or before
May 8, 2018
On or after
May 9, 2018
Apereo Foundation Member
Full Conference Registration USD $599 USD $730
One-Day Registration USD $199 USD $250
Non-Members
Full Conference Registration USD $765 USD $870
One-Day Registration USD $265 USD $300
Student (With Valid Student ID)
Full Conference Registration USD $320
One-Day Registration USD $110
Pre-Conference Workshops (per half-day session)
With Conference Registration USD $0 / $110
Student Rate (With Conference Registration) USD $0 / $50
Pre-Conference Day ONLY USD $60 / $125

 

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 8, 2018. 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 1, 2018 are eligible for a refund of fees paid, less a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations received between May 2 and May 22 are eligible for a 50% refund of fees paid. No refunds will be issued after the May 22 deadline.

 

Rates are given in U.S. dollars. Credit cards will be billed in U.S. dollars, and the individual financial institutions will convert at the prevailing exchange rate.

 

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Open Apereo 2018 Keynotes

Opening Keynote: Laurent Charlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Decision Sciences, HEC Montréal

Laurent Charlin is an assistant professor of artificial intelligence at HEC Montréal. He earned a master's degree and a PhD respectively from the universities of Waterloo and Toronto and was a postdoc at Columbia, Princeton and McGill universities. He develops machine learning models, including deep learning models, to analyze large collections of data and to help in decision-making. His main contributions are in the field of recommender systems. The Toronto paper matching system (TPMS), a system to recommend and match papers to reviewers that he co-developed, was adopted by dozens of major conferences over the last five years (it has recommended papers for over six thousand reviewers). He has published 20 papers in international conferences and won a second-best paper award at the 2008 Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI) conference.

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning :: Artificial intelligence (AI) has been in the news lately under such titles as "The revolution of AI" (Fortune) and "March of the Machines" (The Economist). I will dive into this topic and give an overview of some of the modern AI paradigms. Notably, I will explain the concepts of machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks. Throughout the presentation I will convey intuitions using concrete examples from recent applications, including some from my own research. I will also spend time explaining how the field has benefited from and contributed to open source software.

 

Closing Keynote: Deborah Bryant, Senior Director Open Source and Standards, Red Hat

Deborah Bryant brings her international expertise on the adoption of open source software and the communities producing it to the discussion at this year’s Open Apereo Conference...

Over the last two decades, Deborah has focused on open source software; supporting communities of developers through both her work and non-profit board contributions; successfully advocating for the use of open source in the public sector and assisting government in adapting their policies and practices; leading a team of global community stewards in the Office of the CTO at Red Hat. At Oregon State University, she helped the Open Source Lab (OSL) grow into a world class facility for open source community projects as well as an exemplary learning and research environment. She is Board Director Emeritus at the Open Source Initiative, Board Advisor to the Open Source Elections Technology (OSET) Foundation, Board Director at DemocracyLab. Her published works include research on the use of open source software for Cybersecurity in the US energy industry.

Women in Open Source: A Decade of Change :: Dramatic increases in institutional engagement in open source software across all sectors - Public, Private and Academic - has included a comparatively higher increase in the participation of women in it. Concurrently, open source has opened the door for increased interest and opportunity for young women in STEM, lowering the financial barrier to tools and applications, learning platforms, and creating welcoming communities of support.

Deborah Bryant takes the audience on a nutshell tour of some of the most influential elements of the impact of Open Source and the women behind the stories; what we’ve learned, exemplary projects, initiatives and events contributing to the rise of more Open opportunity for women.


Open Apereo 2018 Schedule Overview

  Sunday
June 3
Monday
June 4
Tuesday
June 5
Wednesday
June 6
Thursday
June 7
Morning
Pre-Conference
Workshops &
Community Meetings
Open Apereo Conference
Sessions & Activities
Community Meetings
Afternoon
Lunch Lunch Community Meetings
Open Apereo Conference
Sessions & Activities
Evening
Welcome Reception Reception &
Social Events
Social Events    

Open Apereo 2018 Preconference Sessions

Full Day Pre-Conference Sessions

Learn About Web Components!

Speaker: Bryan Ollendyke

Polymer is a library (by Google) built on the principle of not needing frameworks anymore. It provides a thin compatibility layer on top of a web standard known as Web Components. Web components are a series of browser specifications that enable a new kind of web platform to emerge built out of custom elements. Imagine a web component as your own custom HTML tag that does whatever you define it to do that can be repurposed anywhere.

Every application has a banner or header of some form; why not make a which displays the same thing every page you go to no matter what? Want more flexibility, add support for properties like name, menu links, etc. After 5 years to get the tag adopted by browser vendors, the W3C said that they needed a way of getting new elements built and repurposable by a wider audience of people; this is that solution.

Join us to learn about Web components and Polymer. We'll help people get up to speed on polymer cli for local development, talk about the fundamentals of web component architecture, discuss how the @elmsln core team has adopted components into their platform at all levels via LRNWebComponents and work through a lesson plan to get everyone building their own components that work in any modern browser!

Portfolios 101: Using Karuta 2.3 Building Blocks to Develop Innovative Solutions

Speakers: Jacques Raynauld, Janice Smith, Eric Giraudin

Have you been considering an ePortfolio project but are concerned about its complexity and financial cost? The Karuta Open Source Portfolio provides a low cost way to jump start your initiative. Thanks to its flexible architecture, Karuta allows you to adapt and assemble different portfolio components (building blocks) to capture institutional, programmatic, and course goals.

Morning session: In the first part of the workshop, the participants will use a simple Karuta portfolio as a student or evaluator. Then the participants will learn how to create the overall structure of a portfolio, add specific resources (documents, videos, url), apply semantic tags, specify the roles, and create simple portfolios workflows. Finally, the participants will be exposed to additional interesting functionalities such as student and evaluator dashboards, sharing, Excel-ready reports for assessment data, mobile-device-ready showcase displays, rubrics evaluation, etc. Participants will leave the workshop with a good understanding of how Karuta building blocks are an efficient and cost effective way to implement their portfolio project.

Afternoon session: After a brief review of Karuta functionalities, participants will be able to use numerous authentic portfolios provided by the Karuta community (North-America and Europe). Participants will leave the workshop with a good understanding of how Karuta has been used to address different institutions goals and could jump start their own portfolio initiative.

Morning Pre-Conference Sessions

Building a Next Generation Digital Learning Environment with Tsugi (Workshop)

Speaker: Charles Severance 

The Tsugi project is providing technology to enable a wide range of educational technology use cases. Tsugi was developed to simplify the development of educational tools and to allow those tools to be deployed in an “App Store” pattern using standards like IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (1.1 and 2.0), Common Cartridge, and Deep Linking (Content Item). Tsugi tools can also be installed in Google Classroom courses. There are a number of open source Tsugi tools that are part of the Apereo project and these are hosted at no charge at www.tsugicloud.org. This workshop will walk through a Tsugi installation and configuration and walk through use cases with using Tsugi as both an application development environment, a Learning Object Repository, and an Application Store. We will also do some UI/UX walkthroughs to improve the TsugiCloud user experience. Knowing PHP and SQL would be helpful for the workshop but is not essential.

Getting Started with UniTime

Speakers: Zuzana Mullerova, Tomas Muller

This half-day workshop will cover the basics of how to install UniTime at your institution and what you need to know to get you started. While the workshop will introduce UniTime and the core concepts of computer-aided educational timetabling, we will focus on some of the most critical aspects that need to be considered when implementing UniTime. Some of the topics we would like to cover during the workshop: an overview of UniTime, installation, initial setup & configuration, integration with other systems, customization & branding, authentication & user roles, solver parameter tuning, best practices, performance & availability consideration (clustering), etc.

An exclusive 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.The participants of the workshop are invited to ask questions at any time, especially if they already have some experience with UniTime, to help steer the workshop. You can also send us any questions you would like to get answered during or after the workshop beforehand at workshop[at]unitime[dot]org.

Sakai QA Testathon

Speaker: Neal Caidin 

It's like a hackathon, but for QA testing. Come join us for a hands-on session where you become part of the Sakai QA team! We will provide information to "onboard" you as a QA tester and then guide you step by step to sign up for a Jira account, find a Jira to test, review the Test plan, perform the testing and update the Jira. The full test cycle! Live. Real work. Real contribution. Bring your laptop and will will provide the rest. No programming experience required or needed.

uPortal 5 - A Detailed Overview

Speaker: Benito Gonzalez 

The uPortal Project had a major release at the end of 2017 that changed the way developers and deployers interact with the project. This workshop provides an overview of the uPortal 5 implementation process, including essential topics like…

  • 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

Witness the diminished “learning curve” and discover all the exciting new features! This workshop is geared both for those new to uPortal and those thinking of upgrading to uPortal 5 from a previous version. (This session will be offered for a fee) 

Xerte Online Toolkits, the basics

Speaker: Inge Donkervoort 

Xerte Online Toolkits is an open source authoring tool to create interactive media rich online learning modules. Xerte is very easy to work with. It also allows you to collaborate with others when creating content.The modules can be used everywhere online by embedding a link to the Xerte environment. You can also export modules as SCORM packages and upload them in your favourite LMS. With the soon to be released version you can launch modules through LTI and track progress using xAPI. It allows you to keep your content hosted in the authoring environment and deploy inside any LIT capable LMS. In this way the modules are very easy to maintain as well. by creating your online learning modules in Xerte you can use the modules in any LMS or other online environment.

In this pre conference workshop you learn the basics of working with Xerte so when you're back at home you can create your own Xerte modules and use them immediately in your training or classroom. It is a hands on workshop, so most of the time your are practising Xerte your self. (This session will be offered for a fee) 

Afternoon Pre-Conference Sessions

Developing Custom Content for uPortal 5

Speaker: Drew Wills 

The landscape of content in uPortal is changing. JSR-286 Java portlets are still supported and still widely in use, but increasingly the uPortal Community is looking at simpler, more modern ways to deliver custom content in the portal. This workshop is a detailed, hands-on tour of the strategies available for pluggable content in uPortal today.

One of the newer strategies is Soffits; support for soffits debuted with uPortal 5. Compared to portlets, soffits offer a similar range of user-facing possibilities, but are intended as a simpler, more modern, more flexible alternative to Java portlet development. For example, soffits run in their own process (optionally on their own host), and may be written in any language, for any platform.

Specifically, we will dive into: 

  • The stable of existing Apereo open source portlets, and how they can be reused as often as needed to bring certain kinds of content into the portal 
  • Developing custom soffits, including a hands-on exercise for creating a simple soffit 
  • Widgets for the uPortal-home component: what they are, and how they work

(This session will be offered for a fee) 

EQUELLA - An Introduction

Speaker: Chris Beach

EQUELLA is a digital repository that provides a single platform to house your teaching, learning, research, media, and library content. EQUELLA has been deployed for copyright resource collections, research materials, managing and exposing materials through websites and portals, content authoring, workflow, institutional policy, and organizational resources. EQUELLA is currently in use in a wide range of schools, universities, colleges, TAFEs, departments of education, government agencies, and corporations worldwide. 

With over 10 years of history, EQUELLA is a mature solution written for the Java platform. In its recent history, EQUELLA was proprietary software licensed to adopters by Pearson. Currently EQUELLA is in the Apereo Incubation process, led by contributors from Unicon and Edalex Solutions.

Come learn what EQUELLA can do, and how it can provide industry-leading CMS capabilities to your Portal, your Learning Management System, or other systems on campus. Come learn about the Apereo incubation efforts, the progress so far, and how you can get involved. Come learn how to deploy and upgrade EQUELLA, tie in integrations, configure, and customize the application.

Time will be allotted to create a local build of the application, install it, and follow along in example configurations, so participants are encouraged to bring a laptop.

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

Speaker: 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.

Sakai Help Docathon

Speaker: Wilma Hodges, Neal Caidin

It's like a hackathon, but for documentation. Come join us for a hands-on session where you become part of the Sakai Help documentation team! We will be updating the help content live during this session. Bring your laptop and we will provide the rest. No programming experience required.

Setting up Xerte for Learning Analytics

Speaker: Tom Reijinders

In order to be able to track xAPI events, the student needs to 'known' as we want to be able to identify the actor. As Xerte itself doesn't have provisions for identifying the learner, this is done by using LTI. Within Xerte LTI is implemented using Tsugi.

Furthermore, you need to be able to write xAPI (or IMS Caliper) events to an LRS. As several institutions in Europe prefer xAPI over Caliper, we've chosen for Learning Locker for now, because OpenLRW's support of xAPI is sketchy (you cannot retrieve xAPI events using the xAPI interface, which is something we want to be able to do.In this sesson, I will show you how to install Xerte, Tsugi and Learning Locker LRS to start tracking Xerte Learning Objects to the LRS. (This session will be offered for a fee) 

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Delta Marriott Hotel in Montreal, Quebec

Event Venue

Open Apereo 2018 will be held at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

Hotel Accommodations

Delta Marriott Hotel
475 President Kennedy Ave
Montreal, QC H3A 1J7
General website: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yuldb-delta-hotels-montreal/

Group Room Rate: CAD $265, per night
(plus applicable taxes)

Room rate is inclusive of guest room wifi


Rate availability: May 29 - June 08, 2018 (subject to availability)

The Apereo Group Rate has expired, but the hotel will continue to accept reservations upon availability to apply towards our group's contractual obligation. Make your hotel reservations today, by contacting +1 (844) 860-3753 and mention the group block code M1W.


Please note that the Apereo Foundation is obligated to fulfill certain contractual obligations with the Delta Marriott Hotel by having attendees fill a set number of guest rooms. By staying at the Delta Marriott 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 Delta Marriott Hotel you greatly increase your odds of having those kinds of meaningful interactions when moving around the hotel during the event.

 Networking Opportunities

The Open Apereo Conference is a great opportunity to socialize and network with your professional colleagues.  We will be organizing a few social activities and networking events, to do just that.  Some of the events will require a sign-up during the registration process.  See below the options to choose from during registration and some items to do on your own.

Social Activities

 

Please be sure to register for all social activities that you plan to attend. Some of the activities require payment in advance, and some don’t, but we would like to get a headcount for both paid and non-paid activities for planning purposes.

 

Sunday evening

 
Open Apereo 2018 Welcome Reception - 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the Delta Marriott Hotel
 

Monday evening

 

Open Apereo Evening Reception - 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the Delta Marriott Hotel

 

Dine-around at approximately 7:00pm - more information on restaurants TBA (Attendees are responsible for their own food and beverage.)

 

Under the Surface: Montreal’s Chinatown http://www.roundtablefoodtours.com/tours

4 hour guided walking tour of Chinatown. Includes several food tasting stops at local restaurants. Tour starts at 7pm. Group will meet in hotel lobby to walk to departure location at 6:30pm

Cost: $76.50 USD (70 CAD$ + 10.50 CAD$ taxes + 15% gratuity)

 

Board Game Bar https://www.mtlblog.com/things-to-do-in-mtl/this-montreal-bar-has-over-1500-board-games-you-can-play

Group will meet in lobby at 9:30pm to go to venue.

Cost : 5$ CAD cover charge - Attendees pay cover at the door.

 

Tuesday evening

 

Dine-around at approximately 7:00pm - more information on restaurants TBA (Attendees are responsible for their own food and beverage.)

 

Montréal Ghost Tour http://www.fantommontreal.com/en/

90 minute guided walking tour through Old Montreal. Tour begins at 9pm. Group will meet in lobby at 8:30pm to go to venue.

Cost: $20.50 USD (21.50$ CAD  per person + 15% gratuity) (Minimum 20 persons for a group reservation. Cost may be slightly more if we do not meet the group minimum.)

 

Newbie Tuesday at the Comedy Nest http://comedynest.com/newbie-tuesdays-comedy-lab-wednesdays/

Show begins at 8pm and runs until 9:30pm. Group will meet in lobby at 7:00pm to go to venue.

Cost: $4.15 USD (5$ CAD) per person - Pay now to reserve your spot. (Tickets will also be available at the door. Sales end 30 minutes before showtime.)

 

Wednesday afternoon

 

HEC Montreal campus tour

2 hour tour of HEC campus No charge, but please register if you plan to attend. Tour departs at 2pm. Meet in the hotel lobby at 1:30pm.

Why Attend Open Apereo 2018

Affordability of education has become a key issue, not simply for students and educational institutions, but for society as a whole. Open source software can be a key element in developing an institutional IT strategy that focuses on enhancing student success, while helping to control costs.

At Open Apereo 2018, you’ll find out more about how your institution can engage with open source software and the communities that support it. You’ll learn how open source works, and how it can work for your institution. You’ll see first-hand how a community responds to the challenges of today by innovating for tomorrow. Above all, you’ll return with real data based on real-world experiences of development and deployment that can inform your institutional practice and strategy.

Open Apereo 2018 is an international, inclusive event offered by the Apereo Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and sustaining innovative open-source software solutions for education.


At the Conference

Ad Hoc Meeting Rooms: Ad Hoc Meeting spaces will be available for first-come, first-served usage during conference hours. Please stay tuned for more information regarding availability and how to sign up.

Lightning Talks are fun, five-minute presentations, clumped together for an exciting and fast paced way to share and gather new information.  We invite you to come share your knowledge, tricks and techniques or join us in learning from others in the Apereo Community. Stay tuned for more information about timing and location.  


Have Some Fun...

Will you be staying in Montreal before or after the conference? Looking for things to see and do while you are there? If so, here are a few suggestions!

Grand Prix June 8-10 http://www.grandprixmontreal.com/

Race fans, start your engines! If you plan to stay in Montreal for Grand Prix weekend following Open Apereo, be sure to visit the link above for more information on this event.

NOTE: Conference rate at the hotel is NOT available during Grand Prix dates.

Round Table Tours - Guided tours for tea, wine, micro-distillery, and chocolate http://www.roundtablefoodtours.com/tours

Round Table Tours wants to share Montreal’s food landscape with the world.

Their goal is to guide people through culinary adventures that bring them beyond the cheap clichés normally destined for tourists; to allow for the exploration of Montreal’s unique food scene, its cultures and neighbourhoods.

Montreal Craft Beer Tours http://montrealcraftbeertours.com/beer-tours/montreal-brewpub-experience-beer-tour/

Expand your craft beer knowledge, visit 3 exceptional brewpubs, taste 6 different beers and food pairings packed with flavour and discover the city during this 3 hour walking tour.

Old Montreal Food Tour http://localmontrealtours.com/food-tours/old-montreal-food-tour/

This 3-hour guided walking tour brings you on a culinary voyage through Montreal’s most historical district. Walk through European style cobblestone streets to 5 different tasting locations, stopping at significant historical landmarks.

The Montreal Tower http://parcolympique.qc.ca/en/what-to-do/the-montreal-tower/

Visit the tallest inclined tower in the world with a ticket to the Montreal Tower Observatory, located at Olympic Park. From the top of the tower, which is leaning at an astonishing 45-degree angle, see the entire Montreal region and up to 80 kilometers of the St. Lawrence River valley.

Biodôme http://espacepourlavie.ca/en/biodome

Come immerse yourself in five ecosystems, home to over 4500 animals from around 220 different species.

Notre Dame Basilica - Guided Tours https://www.basiliquenotredame.ca/en/visiteurs-individuel

Immerse yourself in the history and discover the riches of Notre-Dame. Let yourself be amazed by its majestic interior, carved, painted and gilded with gold leaves.

Notre Dame Basilica - AURA Light and Sound Show http://www.aurabasiliquemontreal.com/en/

A luminous experience in the heart of the Basilica. Light unveils the richness of the Notre-Dame Basilica’s heritage and invites us to celebrate its beauty.

St Joseph’s Oratory https://www.saint-joseph.org/en/

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount-Royal, founded by Saint Brother André in 1904, is a catholic sanctuary and the largest shrine dedicated to Saint Joseph in the world. We welcome everyone to partake in panoramic views, music concerts and special religious celebrations; come discover natural, cultural and spiritual treasures in the heart of the city.

Things to do in Montreal in the summer http://localmontrealtours.com/top-13-things-to-do-in-montreal-summer/

For a good ice cream parlour close to the hotel Chocolat Favori, 150 Ste-Catherine West  (5 minutes walk)     

Impressive Sport Bar http://1909tavernemoderne.com/en/ (1280, AVENUE DES CANADIENS-DE-MONTRÉAL)

Biggest screen in Canada to watch sport (Imax size)

Montreal Food Specialities http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/iconic+dishes+Montreal/5654191/story.html

  • Fairmount Bagel                  74 Avenue Fairmount O
  • St-Viateur Bagel Shop         263 St-Viateur O.
  • Schwartz’s Smoked Meat    3895, St-Laurent Blvd
  • PoutineVille                          5145, Park Av
  • La Banquise (Poutine)         994 Rachel E

Presenter Resources

Please CLICK HERE to obtain a copy of the Open Apereo 2018 Presentation Slides.

Thank you to our Open Apereo 2018 Sponsors

 

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Open Apereo 2018 takes place from June 3rd - 7th, at the Delta Marriott 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.

Teaching and Learning

Open Apereo 2017 - the open source conference for education - takes place in Philadephia June 4th to 7th. There's a great program in store for those interested in teaching and learning, including ...

A keynote from Malcolm Brown, Director of the Educause Learning Initiative

"The Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment: A Keystone for Student Success" will focus on the relationship between the vision of an agile, flexible and robust learning environment and student success.

Sakai Community update

The past year has been very eventful for Sakai. The Sakai-11 release was completed with the new frameless (Morpheus) portal, new Grade Book, responsive design, and many other game changing features to bring Sakai very much in line with the best LMS systems in the marketplace. A large number of Sakai sites are moving their production to Sakai 11 and we are working on a Sakai-12 release. This presentation will will give a brief summary of the Sakai project to date as well as expectations for the next year.

Piloting the Karuta Open Source Portfolio for Learning, Assessment, Reporting and Showcasing

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

Tsugi Update: Progress towards the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

Tsugi enables the production of a truly "next generation" Learning Management System that enables an "indie" publisher to deploy a topic-oriented, LMS, MOOC, LOR, and App Store using low-cost readily available hosting infrastructure. Come find out more!

Enabling Institutional Capability for Formative Assessment Strategies

Hear how the University of Limerick is working with Sakai and Big Blue Button to provide new virtual classroom assessment opportunities.

The Sakai Rubrics Project

Adding the functionality of grading rubrics to Sakai as a native tool. A collaborative community effort to rubric integrations with Sakai Assignments and Gradebook.

Learning Analytics for Actionable Learner Data Collection

Using xAPI to generate actionable data for learners, faculty, designers and program managers

Using Opencast as the cornerstone for the delivery of interactive, annotated multimedia learning

Using Sakai and Tsugi for delivery. 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.

 

... this, fantastic networking opportunities and much, much more

The full program for Open Apereo 2017 is available at https://www.apereo.org/conferences/open-apereo-2017

See you in Philadelphia!

Campus Portals

Deploying a campus portal solution? Want to discover new developments and current practice with uPortal? Open Apereo 2017 - the open source conference for education - takes place in Philadelphia June 4th to 7th. The program includes ...

My UW for You: Workshop Edition. 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.

Case Study: Sinclair College AngularJS Portal Implementation. Challenges, successes and lessons learned from this leading edge effort

Portals? uPortal!? What is this Béchamel? Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Sorbonne Universités arned presents uPortal seen under an approach of a collective intelligence and a learning organization.

 

... this, fantastic networking opportunities and much, much more

The full program for Open Apereo 2017 is available at https://www.apereo.org/conferences/open-apereo-2017

See you in Philadelphia!

Identity management, single sign on

Deploying CAS? Want to discover new developments and current practice with the premiere open source single sign on solution? Need to get up to speed with Grouper? The identity management and single sign on track at Open Apereo 2017 is just for you! Open Apereo 2017 - the open source conference for education - takes place in Philadephia June 4th to 7th.

The program includes ...

Apereo CAS: State of the Project.

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.

Grouper

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.

Getting Started with Apereo CAS

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.

Managing Sponsored Accounts With COmanage

Guests, visitors, and others whose identities are not managed in source systems (such as HR or student systems) often need access to education and research services. Like many other institutions, Lafayette College had previously tried to shoehorn these identities into existing systems with all the attendant problems of such an arrangement. Lafayette looked to the COmanage Registry to provide capabilities for managing these non-traditional identities. This session will discuss Lafayette's business processes and requirements surrounding sponsored accounts, review the capabilities of COmanage, and provide an overview of the technology, implementation methods, and integration considerations of the new COmanage-based solution.

 

... this, fantastic networking opportunities and much, much more

The full program for Open Apereo 2017 is available at https://www.apereo.org/conferences/open-apereo-2017

See you in Philadelphia!

Unitime, Timetabling and Scheduling

 

UniTime: Best Practices. Course & exam timetabling, student scheduling. Workshop, Open Apereo 2017 #apereo17 http://tinyurl.com/kuhaxgz

 

UniTime 4.2: Instructor Scheduling. Purdue #apereo17 session #unitime #apereo http://tinyurl.com/kraq7sp

 

Course Timetabling Around the World with UniTime #apereo17 session http://tinyurl.com/lwstdvl

Learning Analytics

Open Apereo 2017 - the open source conference for education - takes place in Philadelphia June 4th to 7th. The Apereo learning analytics initiative is at the cutting edge of learner analytics practice in higher education. Come and hear about current practice, learn about commonly used standards and specifications, and discover how learning analytics can support your learners and your institution. There's a great program in store including ...

Learning Analytics for Actionable Learner Data Collection

Using xAPI to generate actionable data for learners, faculty, designers and program managers at Penn State.

Integrating Caliper and multiple xAPI data in Open Learner Record Store - Notre Dame use case

Notre Dame experience with the Apereo Open LRS and integrating multiple sources of xAPI and Caliper data. Notre Dame is providing a central repository for learning analytics to capture learning experiences from multiple sources - learn from their experience.

Need to understand xAPI and profiles?

The Experience API (xAPI) expands the possibilities for learning analytics by providing the common means for systems to communicate with each other about learning activity. While xAPI makes it possible to acquire data about learners’ activities, this information provides little benefit if one cannot design to acquire meaningful data, interpret that data, or improve the learning design based on the insights gained from such data. Fortunately, Profiles are becoming available which accelerate best practices and remove obstacles in creating and analyzing meaningful data. In this workshop, participants will explore how to work with xAPI and a growing index of profiles as well as gain an understanding of basic principles of using data effectively and designing to provide meaningful feedback. Participants will apply these principles in determining a data strategy to support particular learning outcomes.

State of the Apereo Learning Analytics Initiative

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. 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 Warehouse, Academic early alert systems, Intervention, Student advising systems and Dashboard systems. Time will be set aside to discuss other community priorities in this domain and how others can get involved.

 

... this, fantastic networking opportunities and much, much more

The full program for Open Apereo 2017 is available at https://www.apereo.org/conferences/open-apereo-2017

See you in Philadelphia!