Open Apereo 2019

Open Apereo 2019

The Higher Education Open Source Conference

June 2nd to 6th | Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza


Open Apereo 2019 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. Learn how higher education is using open-source software to help deliver the academic mission, control costs, and retain the capacity to innovate.

Five images from past Open
Apereo conferencesTeam-building. Collaboration. Inspiration. Institutional Experience. Networking.


The Future of Ed Tech in Higher Education When Open Source is a Radical Solution

There is no shortage of futurists speculating about innovation, disruption, and the future of educational technology in higher education. Yet, those responsible for leading edtech strategies and academic innovation are often faced with institutional realities and considerations that don't align with the visions being pitched by futurists and vendors.

In this talk I will take us through some examples of ed tech absurdities from the perspective of a public college administrator responsible for the academic innovation strategy. I will dive into the importance of institutional control in an environment where it is increasingly critical to understand issues of privacy, surveillance, and big tech business models; our tendency to recreate problematic structures rather than rethink the models; and the need for alternative visions of NGDLEs driven by teaching and learning and not tech.  I will suggest that open source educational technology is critical to a future where open education practices and flexible teaching and learning are established, and the importance of models such as Apereo, Domains of One's Own, and OpenETC in shaping that future.

Tannis Morgan is the Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning, & Innovation at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). She is a key champion of OER at the JIBC, including conceiving their Zed Cred initiative several years ago and systematically working towards it even before BCcampus put out a call for grants. Tannis has helped steer the Justice Institute towards leveraging open source tools such as WordPress and Learn Dash to create affordable and open resources used by students and by the community. Click Here to read more about Tannis.

Platforms and Privacy - Open Approaches

Privacy is currently a big deal in higher education IT. The topic entered the EDUCAUSE “Top Ten IT Issues” list this year at number 3. So what’s new? High profile legislation such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) has both upped the compliance ante, and done much to generate awareness. These developments have been accompanied by high profile data breaches with international ramifications affecting millions of users at British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Starwood, amongst others, and a daily diet press stories of egregious misuse of user data by large technology platforms. Higher education is in danger of being caught in a web of multiple conflicting agendas. Ian Dolphin will survey the privacy landscape, and draw some preliminary conclusions about the location of open source software in relation to privacy.

Ian Dolphin is Executive Director of the Apereo Foundation, and has been involved with open source software in higher education for almost twenty years. He is former Heady of eStrategy at the University of Hull, in the UK, and worked for the Jisc for two years.

What is all the Fuss About Python?

The Python programming language has been around for over 20 years but recently it feels like it's an overnight sensation. Python has moved from being a fringe language for beginners, biologists, and natural language analysis to being the go-to language in nearly every domain of computing. While there is a lot of inertia in the choice of a programming language for a project, the adoption pattern of Python is quite different than "that cool new language that came out a few years ago". While most new programming languages are exciting for early adopters, by the time they are a few years old, many early adopters have moved on to the next big thing and the languages never find their way into the mainstream. Python seems different - Python seems to have a solid and continuously growing market share - and in particular Python seems to invade and take over application areas previously dominated by well-established technologies. We will look at some of the inherent aspects of Python that make it "sticky" - once you go Python you rarely go back or go anywhere else. This presentation will also look at the world's largest programming course (in Python) and how the course fits into the Python movement and how the course benefits from Apereo Open Source Software, Open Educational Resources, and the Open Course Enrollment (a.k.a the MOOC movement).

Charles Severance is a Clinical Professor and teaches in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He is the Chair of the Sakai Project Management Committee (PMC). Previously he was the Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation and the Chief Architect of the Sakai Project and worked with the IMS Global Learning Consortium promoting and developing standards for teaching and learning technology. Charles teaches ten popular MOOCs and two specializations to students worldwide on the Coursera platform: Internet History, Technology, and Security, Web Applications for Everybody, and Python for Everybody and is a long-time advocate of open educational resources to empower teachers.


  • Choose from over 60 sessions and 8 workshops across five inspiration-packed days
  • Learn how higher education is using open-source software to help deliver the academic mission, control costs, and retain the capacity to innovate
  • Participate in an inclusive international event with attendees from over 100 institutions spanning five continents
  • Meet, network, and interact with members from the Apereo projects
  • Expand your areas of interest by developing an understanding of other areas of the academic enterprise
  • Learn from real-world experiences that can inform your institutional practice and strategy
  • Located this year in the heart of downtown Los Angeles

Who Should Attend

  • Institutional Leaders
  • Educators
  • Students
  • Instructional Designers
  • Developers

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, Karuta, Apereo OAE, Bedework, Student Success Plan, Opencast, ELMS:LN, openEQUELLA, 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’s Projects and Communities

Learn more about Apereo

Open Apereo 2019 Registration Options

On or before
May 3, 2019
On or after
May 4, 2019
Apereo Foundation Member
Full Conference Registration USD $599 USD $730
One-Day Registration USD $199 USD $250
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 $40
Pre-Conference Day ONLY USD $60


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 3, 2019. 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 3, 2019, are eligible for a refund of fees paid, less a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations received between May 3 and May 24 are eligible for a 50% refund of fees paid. No refunds will be issued after the May 24 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.

Open Apereo Schedule Overview

Open Apereo 2019 Schedule At-a-Glance: Sunday (6/02) - Pre-Conferences Workshops & Welcome Reception | Monday (6/03) - Open Apereo Conference Sessions & Activities; Showcase Reception; Social Events | Tuesday (6/04) - Open Apereo Conference Sessions & Activities; Social Events | Wednesday (6/05) - Open Apereo Conference Sessions & Activities; Community Meetings | Thursday (6/06) - Community Meetings & Board Meeting

Event Venue

Open Apereo 2019 will be held at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza.

Hotel Accommodations

Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
251 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
General website:
Open Apereo 2019 Booking Link:

Register before Friday, May 10th to take advantage of the Group Room Rate: USD $199, per night (plus applicable taxes)

Room rate is inclusive of guest room wifi

The group rate is available: May 30 - June 10, 2019 (subject to availability)

PLEASE NOTE that the Apereo Foundation is obligated to fulfill certain contractual obligations with the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza by having attendees fill a set number of guest rooms. By staying at the Omni Los Angeles 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 Omni Los Angeles Hotel you greatly increase your odds of having those kinds of meaningful interactions when moving around the hotel during the event.

Airports / Transportation

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Taxi Sevice: Approximately $46 per way
  • Fly Away Shuttle Service to Union Station: Approximately $16 per person (one way)
Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)
  • Taxi Sevice: Approximately $50 per way
  • Shuttle: Approximately $23 per person (one way)
Local Transportation Options (more information can be found on the Omni Hotel Website)
Hotel Parking Options

The Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza has offered the following discounted parking rates for conference attendees

  • Overnight valet parking of $39.00 / car / night; includes in-and-out privileges. The discounted rate will be applied to attendees that have booked their hotel room inside the group's room block.
  • Day-of-Event valet parking of $15.00 / car. Mention our group name (Open Apereo) to the valet staff in order to receive the discounted rate.


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 for the options available during registration and for 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 2019 Welcome Reception - 5:00pm - 6:30pm at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel
(included with conference registration)

Monday evening

Open Apereo Showcase Reception - 5:00pm - 6:00pm at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel
(included with conference registration)

Dine-Around at approximately 7:00pm

  • See Dine-Around Sign Up Sheet for more information on specific reservation times
  • Attendees are responsible for their own food and beverages

OUE Skyspace Los Angeles

  • See LA from new heights! Enjoy the sunset with 360° views, two open-air observation decks, interactive technology features, and the Skyspace Bar. You can even ride the thrilling Skyslide if you dare!
  • Admission time 7pm, meet in the hotel lobby at 6:30pm to walk to the attraction as a group
  • Minimum of 10 tickets for group pricing
  • Cost: $28 per person (ticket price includes 1 Skyslide ride and 20% discount for food, bar and gift shop).

Movie Night at TLC Chinese Theater

  • Plan to catch a movie with your friends at the iconic TLC Chinese Theater! Movies and showtimes will vary depending on what is playing in June. Closer to the date we will announce what film and showing the group will be attending. Register for this activity to be notified about group movie arrangements.
  • Departure time TBA
  • Attendees are responsible for their own ticket purchases and transportation to the theater. (Tip: Metro Red Line runs from Civic Center near hotel to Hollywood and Highland.)

Tuesday evening

Dine-around at approximately 7:00pm

  • See Dine-Around Sign Up Sheet for more information on specific reservation times
  • Attendees are responsible for their own food and beverages

Downtown Walking Tour

  • Explore Los Angeles' Historic Downtown with your fellow attendees. This private group walking tour will last approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Tour departs at 5pm from Pershing Square, meet in the hotel lobby at 4:40pm to walk to the tour starting location.
  • Group reservations require a 12 person minimum, therefore booking early ensure that we can proceed with the private tour!
  • Cost: $20 per person

Hollywood Star Tour

  • Take a 3-hour driving tour that features the glitz, glamour, and celebrities of Hollywood. Sights include the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theater, Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills mansions, and a trip down Rodeo Drive and the Sunset Strip.
  • Tour departs at 7pm, meet in the lobby at 6:50pm for group hotel pick-up.
  • Group reservations require a 10 person minimum, therefore booking early ensure that we can proceed with the private tour!
  • Cost: $35 per person

Wednesday afternoon

Pepperdine University - Malibu Campus Tour

  • Visit the spectacular Malibu campus and learn about the innovative things Pepperdine is doing on campus! (Note: There will be a 45 minute commute from the hotel to the Malibu campus.)
  • Tour departs at 1:30pm, meet in the lobby at 1:15pm for group hotel pickup (Estimated return time, 5:30pm)
  • Cost per person is TBA. Please reserve your space if you are interested in attending. We are looking into transportation options, and require headcounts to determine pricing. We will be in touch with more details as we gather them.

Why Attend Open Apereo 2019

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 2019, 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 2019 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. More information will be available soon 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. More information will be provided about timing and location.

Presenter's Resources

How ANYONE can make insanely better slides (SlideShare presentation by Sean Johnson)

Open Apereo 2019 Presentation Slide Templates

All presenters are welcome to use the Open Apereo slide template. The templates are available in different formats, so you can access your preferred platform. Please click on the corresponding link to download the template of your choice.

Have Some Fun

The greater Los Angeles area is a vast and sprawling metropolis with many cities, neighborhoods, and micro-communities. We have compiled a list of suggestions for things to do and places to visit while you are here. Have some fun in the California sun with a few of these on-your-own activities!

Summer Metro

Los Angeles Metro has a list of common summer destinations accessible by train or bus.


There are many, many restaurants and eateries in the LA area. First, you'll notice that restaurants have a letter grade on the door. This is a rating of cleanliness from the city. You want to eat at an "A" restaurant. Less than an "A" means the establishment hasn't met all health codes.

You can learn more here:

Social General Info and Top Picks






US $



Distance from Omni Hotel

Bottega Louie - Yelp

Italian, Bakeries, Brunch


700 S Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90017


8 min walk, 0.4 miles

Grand Central Market - Yelp

Diverse Food Court: cuisines and cultures of LA


317 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013


6 min walk, 0.2  miles

Otium - Yelp

American Restaurant


222 S Hope St

Los Angeles, CA 90012


4 min walk, 0.2 miles

Kues Restaurant - Yelp

Asian Bistro and Bar (Asian Fusion)


800 W 6th St

Los Angeles, CA 90017


12 min walk, 0.6 miles

Marugame Monzo - Yelp

Japanese Restaurant in Little Tokyo



329 E 1st St

Los Angeles, CA 90012


14 min walk, 0.6 miles

Maccheroni Republic - Yelp

Italian, Wine bars


332 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013


8 min walk, 0.4 miles

Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar - Yelp



350 S Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90071


2 min walk, 0.2 miles

Preux & Proper - Yelp

American Restaurant, Southern, Cocktail Bars


840 S Spring St

Los Angeles, CA 90014


20 min walk, 0.9 miles



Little Ethiopia


The Eveleigh







US $



Distance from Omni Hotel

Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar - Yelp

American Restaurant and Bar


350 S Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90071


2 min walk, 0.2 mi

Birds & Bees - Yelp

Cocktail Bars


207 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012


6 min walk, 0.3 miles

Library Bar - Yelp

American, Cocktail Bar


630 W 6th St

Ste 116-A

Los Angeles, CA 90017


10 min walk, 0.5 miles

Perch - Yelp

French Rooftop Lounge


448 S Hill St

Los Angeles, CA 90013


8 min walk, 0.3 miles

Seven Grand - Yelp

Lounge, Whiskey Bar


515 W 7th St

Fl 2

Los Angeles, CA 90014


12 min walk, 0.6 miles

Rhythm Room LA - Yelp

Bars, Jazz and Blues


206 W 6th St

Los Angeles, CA 90014


13 min walk, 0.6 miles

The Varnish









Discover Los Angeles

Links to options big and small.

Hollywood Sign

A popular symbol of LA.

Hollywood and Highland, incl. Mann's Chinese Theater

See the Chinese, glimpse the Hollywood Sign from the observation level, see the El Capitan Theatre across the street, gawk at people dressed in costume. A short subway trip from downtown.

Griffith Park


La Brea Tar Pits

LACMA next door. Petersen across street.

Beverly Hills


Santa Monica Pier

Rides, food, beach...

Venice Beach

Famous or infamous?

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Not to be missed! Take a walk along the Pacific Ocean at Southern California’s number one visitor attraction.


Culture, food, shops, and more. Downtown LA.

Union Station

Check out the architecture. Downtown LA.

Olvera Street

Culture, food, shops, and more. One of the oldest parts of downtown.

Little Tokyo,_Los_Angeles

Culture, food, shops, and more. Downtown LA.

Queen Mary

Long Beach

LA Conservancy Walking Tours



The Arts, Museums

There are many great art and history museums in Los Angeles. Here are some resources to explore and just a few options to consider:




Discover the Arts in Los Angeles

Resource to find deals for numerous museums, plays, etc.

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

An amazing museum, including two new complexes. Check our BCAM for contemporary art.


Two locations, one in LA off the 405 and one at the coast on Pacific Coast Hwy. Both are amazing!

MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art

South Grand Ave near Pershing Square exit.

The Broad

A contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles.

Annenberg Space for Photography

A small space, but great photography. In 1-2 hours, you'll see it all and be ready for your next adventure in LA.

Petersen Automotive Museum

If you're a car nut, this place is for you. Just across the street from LACMA.

Hollywood Bowl

Music, performances.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Not sure if there will be performances, but worth a look!

Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper Forum

If a play's your thing, check out these great venues.

Griffith Observatory

Great view of LA, planetarium, and much more!

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

In San Marino-Pasadena.

Independent Shakespeare at Griffith Park


Shakespeare. Griffith Park. Check schedule to see if playing during conference.

Autry Museum Of Western Heritage

Learn about the American West.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Exhibits on earth's biodiversity.

California Science Center

Home of Space Shuttle Endeavor.

Los Angeles Central Public Library

Check out the art and architecture.

Culver City Art District

Cool place to explore contemporary art for sale.

Bergamot Station

Cool place to explore contemporary art for sale.


The Beach

The main beach communities of the Los Angeles Area are, from north to south: Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa del Rey, and Manhattan Beach. Unfortunately, Downtown LA is on the east side of town, so in order to dip your toes in the Pacific, you'll need a car, bus, or train. Access to the beaches is free, but parking is not (in most locales).

If you're looking for suggestions, here is a link to recommendations for 15 great LA area beaches


Please be aware that we sometimes have coastal fog in June. It usually burns off by midday, but it is something to be aware of. Learn more:


Amusements Parks, Rides, and Zoos





In Anaheim. A significant commute from downtown LA.

Universal Studios

A short freeway drive from downtown LA. Accessible via the Metro Red line.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

In Santa Clarita/Valencia. A commute from downtown LA.

Knott's Berry Farm

A significant drive. Not as impressive as the other major parks.

Santa Monica Pier

Carnival-style rides and games, food, beach...

LA Zoo

Great for kids. Gene Autry Museum across the street.

Aquarium of the Pacific

Long Beach. A significant commute from downtown LA.

Warner Bros Studio Tours

In Burbank, CA a short drive from downtown LA.


Hiking, Outdoors




Griffith Park


Los Angeles Mountains

Trails, parks, etc.

The Strand

Biking path


Off the Beaten Path




Adamson House, Malibu

Beautiful location, learn about Malibu history, amazing tile.

Bergamot Station Art Center, Santa Monica

A collection of art galleries with new and old art and photography for sale.

Bradbury Building, Downtown LA


Culver City Art District

A collection of art galleries with new and old art and photography for sale.

Gamble House, Pasadena

Architecture. Pasadena. Might remember it from Back to the Future.

Grand Central Market

Food, etc.

Graystone Mansion, Beverly Hills

Nice grounds, good view, free...

Hollyhock House, Hollywood

Frank Lloyd Wright. 'Nuff said.

LA Metro Art

The art at bus stations, rail stations, etc.

MAK Center at the Schindler House, West Hollywood

Art and architecture.

The World Famous Magic Castle

If you know a magician or member, ask for passes... it's worth the trip!

Angel City Brewery


Noho Arts District


El Pueblo de Los Angeles

Historical monument



More places than can be mentioned here. Just a sample:




The Last Bookstore

“20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World” – Flavorwire “Best Bookstore in Downtown LA” by LA Weekly

Americana - Glendale

Popular new mall.

Beverly Hills - Rodeo Drive

Iconic. Expensive.

Beverly Center

Not in Beverly Hills, but a mall nonetheless.

3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Open-air walking mall. Moments away from Santa Monica pier and beach. Another major mall next door. A commute from downtown LA.

The Grove

Another popular open-air mall. Farmer's market nearby.

Hollywood and Highland

See the sights, buy some things. Mann's Chinese next door, El Capitan Theatre across the street.

Los Angeles Farmer's Market


Los Angeles Fashion District, Flower District


Universal City Walk

At the steps to Universal Studios.


Sports, Concerts, and Other Activities




Staples Center

Lakers, Clippers, Kings, concerts, etc.

LA Dodgers


Dodger Stadium

Home of the Dodgers

Anaheim or LA Angels

Home of the Angels

The Greek Theatre

Concerts, etc.

Microsoft Theater

Concerts, etc.

The Forum

Concerts, etc.

House of Blues Los Angeles


Sunset Strip

Concerts, comedy, etc.

Shatto 39 Lanes (Old School Bowling Lanes)

Arcades, Billiards, Bowling, Bar, and More

Los Angeles Club Crawl

4 clubs for $25

Starting location varies

Ohjah Lounge


The Troubadour

Live music

Whisky A Go Go

Iconic rock venue on Sunset Strip


Thanks to our Current Sponsors!






Sponsorship Opportunities

Open Apereo 2019 takes place from June 2nd to 6th at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. 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 information, 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

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

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 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

See you in Philadelphia!

Unitime, Timetabling and Scheduling


UniTime: Best Practices. Course & exam timetabling, student scheduling. Workshop, Open Apereo 2017 #apereo17


UniTime 4.2: Instructor Scheduling. Purdue #apereo17 session #unitime #apereo


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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

See you in Philadelphia!