2018 Annual Sakai LAMP Camp


Pedagogy and Technology Conference


July 24, 25 and 26, 2018 • Berea, Kentucky


Registration for the 2018 Conference closes on July 1, 2018.

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SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
The 2018 Conference will be jam-packed with sessions for those who are new to Sakai to the most sophisticated technologist. The following sessions are currently planned. Check back frequently as the schedule develops.

Registration for the 2018 LAMP Conference is now open!





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We are very excited to announce that our keynote speaker this year will be the indomitable Wilma Hodges, Director of Training and eLearning for Longsight. Wilma has been a dynamo behind the scenes, driving many key initiatives within the worldwide Sakai community. She is the originator of and the key leader of the Sakai Virtual Conference, the author of much of the help material found within Sakai, and an expert in training design and documentation development.

Wilma's keynote address will focus on the unique way in the Sakai Community in which each one of us truly is the embodiment of Sakai. Wilma will also present several breakout sessions.

During the final Thursday morning plenary session, Wilma has planned a video mashup project in which Conference attendees will actively participate in creating a video product for the Sakai Community at large.
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Tuesday, July 24

7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Light Breakfast
Event Center

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Welcome and Introductions: Working as a Consortium
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Event Center
Welcome to LAMP Camp! This initial session will introduce the participants to each other and tell you how to get the most out of this exciting experience. We’ll also provide some perspective about the unique community that is the LAMP Consortium. This session is a must for all participants.

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
The Tenderfoot Trail - Packing for the Trip
Terry Golightly (Johnson University)
Coyle A
Welcome, Tenderfoots! Are you new to Sakai? Then consider this your first excursion into the wild, wonderful world of open source learning management software. This session, the first of three, will cover the basics of Sakai and teaching with this powerful tool. You’ll learn what you need to have to “pack for the trip.”

What’s New in Sakai 12
Matthew Jones (Longsight, Inc.)
Coyle B
Sakai 12 is out, installed and available to the LAMP Consortium.  The user interface has undergone a major upgrade, as have a number of tools.  In addition, there have been many under-the-hood improvements.  In this session, Matthew Jones, one of the key architects of Sakai 12 will discuss the new features of this significant upgrade.

Creating a Video Studio on the Cheap
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Event Center
Video content is an important component of this year’s LAMP Camp. In this session, we will consider ways in which faculty and others can made videos without having to invest in a studio or expensive equipment. We will look at the minimum equipment needed, most of which you already have, as well as how you can enhance your videos for a little extra investment. We will also discuss some key elements of video production that don’t cost a dime, but that will significantly improve the quality of the videos you make.

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Bobcat Bend - Making Camp
Terry Golightly (Johnson University)
Coyle A
This second session in the Tenderfoot journey into the land of Sakai will focus on some of the basic tools in Sakai and how they can best apply to teaching and learning.

One Tool to Rule Them All
Wilma Hodges (Longsight, Inc.)
Coyle B
Can the Lessons tool replace other Sakai Tools like Overview, Syllabus, Wiki, and/or Blog? Some course designers are already doing this to some extent. What are the pros and cons of consolidating these features into a single, comprehensive content authoring tool? What new functionality would be required in Lessons to address the needs currently met by those other tools? What is the priority in which these other tools can or should be replaced? Come to this session to discuss these questions and pose your own. We will be utilizing a live barometer interaction technique for this discussion, so be prepared to move, interact, and share your opinion!

How to Incorporate Video Into Your Courses
Monte Evans, Andrew Synowiez, Jenn Summe (WarpWire, Inc.)
Event Center
Now that you've got your video studio setup and you've created great content for your students, how do you get these videos built into your course in Sakai? We'll show you how to easily upload and insert media into your course, setup student video assignments, and review statistics to make sure your videos are engaging your students. Then we'll show you how easy it is to reuse your quality content semester after semester.

12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
Lunch
Event Center

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Eagle Eyrie - On the Trail
Terry Golightly (Johnson University)
Coyle A
By now you’re not a Tenderfoot any more! This third session in the “camping” series will focus on some of the more powerful tools in Sakai, helping those who are less experienced with Sakai learn how to leverage its many functions to deliver on the promise of better teaching and learning.

Technology Roundtable
Matthew Jones (Longsight, Inc.)
Coyle B
Matthew Jones, one of the primary architects of Sakai 12 and one of the leading Sakai developers, will lead a roundtable discussion about the technology under the hood of Sakai. Come to this session to get your techie questions answered.

I Have My Videos in Warpwire. Now What?
David P. Bauer (University of Dayton)
Event Center
This session will demo several “interactive video” learning apps in various stages of development.
• Quizzes - An easy way for instructors to ask students questions while they watch a video.
• Feedback - Instructors can watch a student submitted video and provide feedback tagged to specific timestamps.
• Understanding - Students can track when they feel confident or lost while watching a video.
• Discuss - Adds a threaded discussion to any video that is restricted to the course and its members.
• Remarks - Students or instructors can add timestamped notes to a video that will show as its watched.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Strategies for Engagement using Forums
Derek Ramsey (Longsight, Inc.)
Coyle A
Configure your Forum tool for the entire roster of students in your class, the break out into groups for collaboration.  We will also discuss providing feedback to students.

The Pedagogical Role of Plagiarism Detection
John Padgett (Brevard College)
Event Center
For all its wonders, the Internet has made it much easier for students to plagiarize, both intentionally and inadvertently. This session will discuss plagiarism and other misuse of sources, offer strategies to prevent such tendencies in student writing, and demonstrate proper and pedagogical uses of VeriCite, the plagiarism detection service available within the Assignments tool, to discover some instances of academic dishonesty.

Using Video to Get Feedback in Your Courses
Dave Eveland (Johnson University)
Event Center
Feedback is one of the most critical parts of helping students understand how well or how poorly they did on work meant to help propel them toward meeting a certain objective.  While most feedback comes int he form of a letter grade, it's the written feedback that can provide the most specific kinds of helps and direction on how to improve or do better.  There's no question creating video content has become really easy to do these days, so why not pair feedback through video as a mechanism for student engagement and improvement on course assignments. 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Building Quality Assignments
Terry Smith (New Brunswick Theological Seminary)
Coyle A
This session covers creating quality assignments using the Assignments Tool in Sakai and is designed for the novice user or those interested in fine-tuning their use of the Assignments tool.  The Assignment tool allows users to set specific location(s) where students may submit a variety of file types for assessment, which easily integrates with Gradebook. Participants get hands-on experience in using the Assignments tool while designing assignments that seek to raise the quality of student learning and engagement.

Sakoodle
Wilma Hodges (Longsight, Inc.)
Coyle B
Did you know that both Sakai and Moodle are capable of being both LTI providers and consumers? In non-technical terms, this means that you can integrate Moodle components into a Sakai course, or vice-versa. You can cherry-pick the pieces you want, whether it is a whole course or a single activity. What better way to build an NGDLE course than through blending the best of both open source projects? This session will demonstrate a proof of concept “Sakoodle” site that has been configured using tools from both systems, while still maintaining a seamless experience for the end user. Come and see what a Sakai-Moodle Mashup looks like!

Livestreaming Events to your Distance Ed Students
Eric Greene (Clear Creek Baptist Bible College)
Event Center
Online coursework can sometimes feel like a quest with a band of one. By livestreaming lectures and events, you can enable online and campus students to band together, strengthening each other as they navigate their academic adventure.  Come hear how you can integrate distance learners into your engaging classroom discussions, helping them build deeper relationships across the digital divide.

5:30 PM
Group Dinner
Mariachi Grill (780 Chestnut St., Berea, KY 40403)

Wednesday, July 25

7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Light Breakfast
Event Center

8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
Video MINGLE: the Massively Interactive Networking Group Learning Environment
LAMP Camp Staff
Event Center
Come prepared to MINGLE!
The MINGLE is a new feature of LAMP Camp this year. We will devote an entire morning to a significant pedagogical area: video. This session will include:
--> An overview of video as the human art of storytelling, and why compelling stories make for excellent teaching and learning
--> A panel discussion of the key role video plays in pedagogy.
--> An opportunity to practice being in front of a camera as you make your own videos.
--> An open bazaar in which you can freely explore different booths, staffed by experts in some of the following topics and more:
* Microphone selection
* Camera choice and operation
* Lighting considerations
* Writing scripts and using a teleprompter
* Software for editing videos
* Distributing your videos to your “audience” of students


12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
Lunch
Event Center

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Making Sure Your Courses are Accessible
Terry Golightly (Johnson University)
Coyle A
Educause has made Accessibility the number 2 educational topic for 2018. What does that mean for me and my students? What is expected in course design for accessibility? How do I know if my courses are accessible? What are the accessibility problems that need to be addressed? What are the tools I can use to make my courses accessible? We’ll explore these questions together in this workshop.

LAMP Camp Feedback Booth
LAMP Camp Staff
Coyle B
This session will allow those who did not have the opportunity, during the morning MINGLE, to practice their skills in front of the camera. The LAMP Camp feedback booth will be open. Come join in the fun as we continue to make video magic!

Badging and Competency Certification
Wilma Hodges (Longsight, Inc.)
Event Center
Digital badges are online credentials that can be displayed on job networks, social media sites, community portals, webpages, etc. to certify and highlight an individual’s knowledge and skills.  This session will give an overview of badging and digital credentialing, including recent developments in open badge specifications, options for awarding badges, and examples of how digital credentials are being used in education and professional development.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
New Features in Tests & Quizzes
John Padgett (Brevard College)
Coyle A
The Tests & Quizzes tool has long been a staple means in Sakai for assessing students' knowledge and skills. With the latest version of Sakai, the tool has several new features which make the tool even stronger and ideal for assessing diverse student populations. This session gives an overview of changes to Tests & Quizzes and offers practical suggestions on ways to use it for various levels of assessment.

Integrating Academic and Showcase Portfolios
Darwin Glassford (Kuyper College)
Event Center
ePortfolios are useful tools for promoting and assessing learning, documenting professional development, and professionally positioning one’s self. Students are often encouraged to create and maintain multiple portfolios, which may include multiple learning portfolios and a professional portfolio for potential employees, all with different standards. In this workshop we will explore the challenges of creating an integrated approach to ePortfolios that invites students to create a portfolio that effectively assesses learning, offers a dynamic a professional development plan, and serves as robust tool when seeking employment.

Connecting Your Administrative Systems to Sakai
Eric Greene (Clear Creek Baptist Bible College), Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Coyle B
Sakai interfaces with your own institutional administrative systems in a number of sophisticated ways. This session will discuss ways to connect your system to Sakai for user authentication, creation of courses, enrollment of students, processing drop/adds, and more. Further, we will cover using the LAMP-CAT portal to manage such diverse areas as skin specifications, delegated access, and data reporting.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Introduction to Gradebook NG
Dave Eveland (Johnson University)
Coyle A
This session will provide a general introduction to the Gradebook function in Sakai course sites.  You'll have the chance to understand different ways of setting up the Gradebook from simply adding items to using extra credit and special weighted categories. You'll examine how to specify grade scales and how other native Sakai tools can pass scores to the Gradebook.

Using the LaTeX Typesetting Engine
Rob Keeney (Grafton TDS, Inc.)
Coyle B
No, it's not rubber and it's not gloves! LaTex is a typesetting engine that generates beautiful math visuals from plain text markup. Sakai supports LaTex as an option for courses and projects. Learn what it is, how and when to use it. If you (or any of your instructors) teach math, you will need this plugin.

Low Tech Games for Deep Learning in a High Tech World
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Event Center
Deep learning often occurs best when learners interact with each other in meaningful and engaging ways. Our high tech world doesn’t help: our smartphones and social media allow us to give the superficial impression of interaction without real engagement. Sometimes you have to look for something simple, something old fashioned, something low tech to overcome these challenges. In this session, Martin Ramsay will discuss his perspective on engaging students using low tech games assisted by technology. And, by the way, we will play a game or two during the session!

5:15 PM
Group Dinner
Papa Leno’s (108 Center St., Berea, KY 40403)

Thursday, July 26

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Keynote Address: We Are Sakai
Wilma Hodges (Longsight, Inc.)
Event Center
Sakai isn't just software. It is an open source community of educators, developers, administrators, and technologists. Sakai is built by higher education, for higher education, for the common good.  It is an association of builders, where do-ocracy rules. Sakai isn’t a what, it’s a who. We are Sakai. Come celebrate the people and projects that make up Sakai, and learn about how you can get involved.

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Drawn to Success with the Lessons Tool
Terry Golightly (Johnson University)
Coyle A
Given a blank sheet of paper and a box of 24 crayons, how would you write your lesson plan? The Lesson tool is the table on which you draw. Let’s look at some of the creative ways you can present your lesson, help students interact with it effectively, and assess their progress using the Lessons tool.

Building an Online Tutoring Center using Sakai
Eric Greene (Clear Creek Baptist Bible College)
Coyle B
In the academic world, student success is paramount to the mission of institutions. One of the many ways institutions can guarantee student success is through tutoring services. Through Sakai, you can build an Online Tutoring Center that offers one to one support, peer reviewing, and resources, to help distance learners succeed in their academic journey.

IT and Libraries for Sakaigers
Josh Wilson (Longsight, Inc.)
Coyle B
Many members of the Sakai community have argued that Sakai’s capabilities and flexibility enables it to facilitate great teaching and compelling learning better than other competing LMS platforms. Join us in exploring this idea as we examine the effectiveness of IT and academic libraries using data gathered from faculty and undergraduates at seven Sakai institutions between 2014 and 2017. This presentation will leverage results from the national MISO Survey, including more than 300,000 respondents at more than 150 elite institutions. Session participants will gain insight into the assessment of IT and library services, explore benchmarks that compare these services inter-institutionally, and collaboratively build interpretations from the data.

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Ask an Expert: Advanced Lessons Topics
John Padgett (Brevard College)
Coyle A
The Lessons tool is a powerful way for instructors to organize and deliver course content and assignments to course participants in an intuitive and visually attractive way. But did you know students can do that too? Or that Lessons pages can be interactive tools for assessment and feedback? This session digs deep into the Lessons tool "toolbox," especially the Add Checklist, Add Question, Add Comments, and Add Student Pages features, to demonstrate how these tools can be used to enhance Lessons pages and make them integral parts of students' learning. 

Taking Attendance in Sakai
David P. Bauer (University of Dayton)
Coyle B
In 2016, the University of Dayton found themselves in immediate need of a simple Sakai tool that instructors could use to track attendance. Rather than retrofit an existing tool to meet UD’s needs, the Office of E-Learning decided to create one from scratch. Now, Attendance has outgrown its initial intent and is ready for a refresh. This session will include a demo of the latest version of Attendance as well as UD’s roadmap of future improvements. Attendees will have plenty of opportunities to provide feedback and share their requirements for taking attendance in Sakai.

Strategies for Successfully Teaching Remotely
Rob Keeney (Grafton TDS, Inc.)
Event Center
This roundtable session will involve the audience in describing the challenges of teaching remotely. Together the audience will then articulate lessons learned and some best practices for successfully teaching when the student is not physically present.

:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Planning for Next Year’s Conference and Conference Wrap-Up
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Event Center
We always wrap up the annual Conference with planning for next year. This plenary session will include a review of lessons learned and an opportunity to discuss any remaining questions. There will also be a report from the LAMP Advisory Council.
This important final session -- before we part until next year -- will include ample opportunities to shape the format, content, and dates for next year’s Conference.