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Dates:

July 25, 26 and 27, 2011

Host:

Johnson University Knoxville, Tennessee

Conference Agenda:
Monday, July 25
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1:00 PM to 1:55 PM
The Community Gathers
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company) and Staff
Russell Preaching Center 155
The LAMP community will gather for its annual Pedagogy and Technology workshop.  We will be welcomed by our hosts, Johnson University, and get to know each other a bit better.  We have the widest variety of participants this year we’ve ever had.  We want everyone to feel welcome.
Martin Ramsay will then talk about some of the major changes that have occurred for the LAMP community and what this might indicate for the future.  We’ll wrap up our time by looking at the conference agenda.

2:00 PM to 2:55 PM
Open Lab
Andrea Rodriguez Johnson University)
Russell Preaching Center Computer Lab
For those wishing to spend some time working in Sakai on up-coming courses or exploring new frontiers in Sakai with the safety of having an knowledgable friend nearby, Johnson University has graciously opened up its computer lab as an informal space where people can explore, collaborate, and learn.  Andrea Rodriguez, a very experienced Sakai user, will be nearby to answer questions and assist.
The lab will be open during all breakout session times.

Course Setup Basics
Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University)
Russell Preaching Center 153
For those new to Sakai, this is a great place to get started.  Learn how to set up a new course site in Sakai, populate it with the most commonly-used tools, and to enroll students in your class.  You’ll finish with a skeleton course ready to flesh out for the Fall term.

Expert Tell-All:  Assignments
John Padgett (Brevard College)
Russell Preaching Center 155
Need help going deeper into the Assignments tool?  Learn from an experienced expert who can teach you his tricks and pedagogical techniques.

Non-Academic Uses of Sakai
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Russell Preaching Center 152
Sakai isn’t just for the classroom!  This presentation will include demonstrations of two non-traditional, non-academic uses of Sakai, and will invite imagination about other ways in which Sakai can be used.

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3:00 PM to 3:55 PM Expert Tell-All:  Forums Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University) Russell Preaching Center 155 Next to Resources, the Forums tool is perhaps the most utilized tool in Sakai.  Come to this session to get one perspective on how to set up and use threaded discussions most effectively.  (A second session with another perspective on Forums will be offered later.) Implementing Sakai Gail Miles (Lenoir-Rhyne University) Russell Preaching Center 152 Lenoir-Rhyne did an amazing job of implementing Sakai quickly and effectively.  Come learn the secrets of success from the mastermind behind the implementation plan. Teaching Your First Class in Sakai G. K. Pennington (Ohio Valley University), B. J. Roberts (Tusculum College) Russell Preaching Center 153 Once you’ve set up your first class in Sakai, what do you need to do to get ready for the students’ arrival?  This session will explore various way — both technical and non-technical — to prepare for actually teaching your students.  The presenters are a faculty member (G. K.) and a support person (B.J.).  They will each give their perspective on the experience of teaching your first class. 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Community Activity Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company) On the Quad (weather permitting) Each year the community takes time to gather in a non-traditional way — outdoors if weather permits — for a time of team-building and reflection.  Come meet on the quad to find out what Martin has in store for you this year. 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Lodging Check In Brown Hall (for those staying on campus) or local hotel (at I-40 exit 398) People who have opted to stay in the fine residence halls at Johnson University will have time to go and check out their room and get settled in.  Those who opted to say in a nearby hotel will have the opportunity to check in.
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6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Group Dinner We will meet at Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant at exit 398 on I-40.  See the map below for directions.  We will be seated by groups as they arrive.  This is an excellent opportunity to carpool and to sit with someone you didn’t know before you came to the conference. All food will be placed on the conference master account.  However, if you wish to order alcohol, your server will place that on a separate check which you will be responsible for. As the late Tim Wiblin said about our LAMP workshops, “Breaking bread together is an important part of the experience.” Tuesday, July 26 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM Breakfast Gally Commons (for those staying in the residence halls) For those staying in local hotels, breakfast is included in your room registration.  Be sure an allow enough time for the 20 minute drive from the hotel to Johnson University. 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM Plenary Session:  Announcements, Review and Looking Ahead Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company) and staff Russell Preaching Center 155 The first session of each day is a short time of gathering and sharing about what transpired the day before, a discussion of questions that are arising out of the sessions, and a look forward to the day ahead. 9:00 AM to 9:55 AM Open Lab Andrea Rodriguez Johnson University) Russell Preaching Center Computer Lab For those wishing to spend some time working in Sakai on up-coming courses or exploring new frontiers in Sakai with the safety of having an knowledgable friend nearby, Johnson University has graciously opened up its computer lab as an informal space where people can explore, collaborate, and learn.  Facilitated by Andrea Rodriguez, the lab will be open during all breakout session times. Clickers in the Classroom Dick Pelley (Tennessee Wesleyan College) Russell Preaching Center 155 Clickers, those little “audience response” boxes, are becoming a very useful, and surprisingly inexpensive pedagogical tool.  Add to that the fact that TurningTechnologies, makers of the clickers used by Tennessee Wesleyan, has provided a Sakai integration tool, and you have a unique and useful way to teach.  Come to this session from a professor who has been using clickers with Sakai for two years now. Implications of the New Federal Distance Education Statutes Chris Davis (Johnson University) Russell Preaching Center 153 New federal statutes that went into effect July 1, 2011 require that any accredited institution receiving financial aid for its students who are taught via distance education have accreditation in each student’s home state as well as its own location.  This has major implications for schools teaching courses as distance education.  Come to this session to learn about the new statute and strategies for meeting the new requirements. Update from the Sakai Conference Sam Ottenhoff (The Longsight Group LLC) Russell Preaching Center 152 The Sakai Conference was held in Los Angeles in June.  Come to this session to get the latest scoop from the conference.  This is a good way to stay connected with the larger open source community that uses and supports Sakai, brought to us by The Longsight Group who are members of the Sakai Foundation and intimately familiar with all things Sakai. 10:00 AM to 10:55 AM Assessment Basics and Using Sections and Groups Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University) Russell Preaching Center 153 A key component of any educational endeavor is assessment, and Sakai does not lack for ways to do assessment.  Further, Sakai has very nice features that allow an instructor to deploy assessment as well as other tools, to specific sections or groups of students.  This session is for those who are new to Sakai, and will focus on the Tests and Quizzes tool and other tools that are “group aware.”  Come to this session to learn how to build and deploy useful quizzes and tests, how to use question pools, and how to interface assessment results with the Gradebook, how to develop groups, and how to make use of groups in other “group aware” tools. Implementing iRubric Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company) Russell Preaching Center 155 The LAMP consortium is exploring the implementation of a new rubric tool integrated into Sakai.  This tool allows the easy design of rubrics as well as access to thousands of other rubrics already available from the robust iRubric community of users.  Even more importantly, the rubrics are easily integrated into the Gradebook tool for quick and easy grading using a well-conceived user interface. Preview of Future Sakai Releases: 2.8, 2.9, and Beyond Sam Ottenhoff (The Longsight Group LLC) Russell Preaching Center 152 Come to this session to find out what is coming in the future for Sakai.  Release 2.8 is well under way, and Chuck Severance is already demonstrating components of release 2.9.  And, of course, version 3.0 is looking out there on the horizon. This session will do a bit of crystal ball gazing to help you plan for what’s next in the world of Sakai. 11:00 AM to 11:55 AM Gradebook Basics Gail Miles (Lenoir-Rhyne University) Russell Preaching Center 153 More and more publishers are recognizing the need to publish materials in electronic forms that can be used by Learning Management Systems.  While many publishers are still publishing in proprietary formats or only for commercial products such as Blackboard, publishers are beginning to acknowledge the existence of open standards such as the IMS-QT standard.  This session will be a discussion about best approaches for integrating publisher content into your courses. Sakai on a Mobile Platform Sam Ottenhoff (The Longsight Group LLC) Russell Preaching Center 152 Many people are wondering about Sakai on mobile devices such as iPhones, Androids, and iPads.  Come to this session to learn the status of Sakai on these mobile platforms as well as a look at where Sakai is headed on these seemingly ubiquitous devices. Using Virtual Meetings Jamie Russell (St. Catharine College) Russell Preaching Center 155 The Virtual Meetings tool in Sakai (also known as BigBlueButton) is one of the most remarkable tools to be added to the LAMP Sakai instance.  The tool allows full video conferencing with many attendees.  This facilitated discussion will feature several different ways in which the Virtual Meetings tool has been used to good effect and will inspire you to try the tool yourself. 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM Group Luncheon Gally Commons Informal times of sharing a meal together, discussing what has been learned so far, and forging new relationships across member organizations is an important component of the conference.  Luncheon will be served in the Johnson University cafeteria. 1:00 PM to 1:55 PM Expert Tell-All: Forums John Padgett (Brevard College) Russell Preaching Center 155 Next to Resources, the Forums tool is perhaps the most utilized tool in Sakai.  Come to this session to get another perspective on how to set up and use threaded discussions most effectively.  (Another session with a different perspective on the Forums tool was offered earlier.) Integrating Sakai with your Administrative System Sam Ottenhoff (The Longsight Group LLC) Russell Preaching Center 152 Sakai integrates nicely with each LAMP member school’s administrative system:  DataTel, PowerCampus, Jenzabar, CAMS, Banner, and many more.  Come to this session to learn the three major structures of the integration as well as some of the technical issues to be addressed. Sakai for Librarians Jessica O'Brien (Lenoir-Rhyne University) Russell Preaching Center 153 There are so many ways in which Sakai can be integrated with library resources.  This discussion group will explore various ways in which librarians can provide support for learning in Sakai. 2:00 PM to 2:55 PM Gradebook Basics John Padgett (Brevard College) Russell Preaching Center 153 The Gradebook is a sophisticated tool for managing assessment input from a variety of sources.  Aimed at users who are newer to Sakai, this session will provide a grand tour of the features of the Gradebook tool and suggest some strategies for using Gradebook well. Practical Implications of Implementing ISIS Gail Miles (Lenoir-Rhyne University) Russell Preaching Center 152 ISIS -- the Integration with Student Information Systems -- allows linking of the LAMP instance of Sakai to the on-campus administrative system.  The previous session focused on the technical aspects of the integration.  This session will focus on the organizational side of the implementation:  getting faculty buy-in, timing the startup, addressing concerns, working with IT, and so on. Tusculum’s Implementation of the Evaluation System B. J. Roberts (Tusculum College) Russell Preaching Center 155 Tusculum was one of the first institutions to pilot the campus-wide course evaluation system.  Come to this session to learn about Tusculum’s experiences -- what worked, what could have been done differently, and the overall results.  (A second session featuring Lees-McRae’s experience follows this one.) 3:00 PM to 3:55 PM Assessing Student Learning Online: A review of models, guiding principles and recommended resources Meri MacLeod (The Digital Seminarian) Russell Preaching Center 153 This session will draw from a recent review of the literature as well as the presenters personal experience of teaching online and directing a distance degree program. The session will include: principles for effective practice, models used for learning assessment, the identification of emerging trends, and recommended resources. Implementing LDAP Integration David Eveland (Johnson University) Russell Preaching Center 152 Did you know that Sakai can integrate with your on-campus authentication system?  This GAS integration provides your users, faculty and students, with a single authentication methodology through your own Active Directory or other LDAP compliant system.    Come to this session to learn from a school that successfully integrated its Active Directory system with Sakai. Lees-McRae’s Implementation of the Evaluation System Sabrina Crawford (Lees-McRae College) Russell Preaching Center 155 Lees-McRae was one of the first institutions to pilot the campus-wide course evaluation system.  Come to this session to learn about Lees-McRae’s experiences -- what worked, what could have been done differently, and the overall results.  (This follows a previous session featuring Tusculum’s experience with the same tool.) 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Community Activity Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company) On the Quad (weather permitting) Each year the community takes time to gather in a non-traditional way — outdoors if weather permits — for a time of teambuilding and reflection.  Come meet on the quad to find out what Martin has in store for you this year. 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Free Time Relax, reflect and reconnect. 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Group Dinner We will meet at Puelo’s Grill restaurant at exit 398 on I-40.  See the map on page 4 for directions.  We will be seated by groups as we arrive.  This is an excellent opportunity to carpool and to sit with someone you didn’t know before you came to the conference. All food will be placed on the conference master account.  However, if you wish to order alcohol, your server will place that on a separate check which you will be responsible for. 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM LAMP Consortium Advisory Council Dave Eveland (Johnson University), Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University), Gail Miles (Lenoir-Rhyne University), John Padgett (Brevard College), B. J. Roberts (Tusculum College), Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company) Fairfield Inn Lobby The LAMP Advisory Council provides CEATH Company with guidance on matters of policy for the consortium.  This is the annual meeting of the LAMP Advisory Council and is for members only. Wednesday, July 27 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM Breakfast Gally Commons (for those staying in the residence halls) For those staying in local hotels, breakfast is included in your room registration.  Be sure an allow enough time for the 20 minute drive from the hotel to Johnson University. 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM Plenary Session:  Announcements, Review and Looking Ahead Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company) and staff Russell Preaching Center 155 The first session of each day is a short time of gathering and sharing about what transpired the day before, a discussion of questions that are arising out of the sessions, and a look forward to the day ahead. 9:00 AM to 9:55 AM Open Lab Andrea Rodriguez Johnson University) Russell Preaching Center Computer Lab For those wishing to spend some time working in Sakai on up-coming courses or exploring new frontiers in Sakai with the safety of having an knowledgable friend nearby, Johnson University has graciously opened up its computer lab as an informal space where people can explore, collaborate, and learn.  Facilitated by Andrea Rodriguez, the lab will be open during all breakout session times. Faculty Compensation Models Jeff Burleson (Lincoln Memorial University) Russell Preaching Center 152 In the ever-expanding world of distance education, more and more schools are making use of adjunct professors, content provided externally to the core campus, and facing issues as a result about faculty compensation.  Come to this session to discuss models for faculty compensation in the brave new world of distance education. Open Discussion:  Collaborative e-Portfolios Terri Barrett (Lenoir-Rhyne University) Russell Preaching Center 155 Sakai includes a robust suite of tools for developing e-Portfolios.  Yet the LAMP consortium has yet to take full advantage of those tools.  In this discussion session, the group will explore possible ways to move forward as a consortium with e-Portfolio tools integrated into Sakai. 10:00 AM to 10:55 AM Plagiarism and Pedagogy John Padgett (Brevard College) Russell Preaching Center 152 LAMP membership includes a subscription to Turnitin, the well-known plagiarism detection system.  Come to this session to learn from a master who uses the Turnitin tools thoroughly and well with an approach that always puts pedagogical purposes in the forefront. Using a Streaming Media Server Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company) Russell Preaching Center 155 While the LAMP consortium has not yet taken advantage of it, Longsight offers a streaming media server that could be used to provide video and other media content within Sakai course sites.  This session will demonstrate the Longsight streaming media server and explore the degree of interest in adding the server to the LAMP suite of tools. 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon Plenary Session:  Key Learnings and Consortial Planning Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company), Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University) and Staff Russell Preaching Center 155 Each conference closes with a gathering of the entire group.  This is an important time for the community to be all together for the last time. During this session we will cover the following:
  • Review of key learnings and brief presentations from participants
  • Reflection on consortial opportunities and commitments for follow-up
  • Report from the LAMP Advisory Council
  • Selection of dates and location for next year’s conference
Don’t leave too early and miss out on this important time of closure and celebration for this year’s conference!

12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
Farewell Luncheon
Gally Commons
While we realize that many will be anxious to get on the road to head home, we find that the relationships formed in these informal times between session are some of the most lasting and important in the community.  If at all possible, we urge you to say and break bread together one last time before we depart.