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Dates:

July 29, 30 and 31, 2013

Host:

Bervard College Brevard, North Carolina

Conference Agenda:
Monday — 7/29/2013

1:00 PM to 1:55 PM
Welcome to the Conference
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
2:00 PM to 2:55 PM
For those who are New to Sakai: An Overview
Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 115
In this lab workshop, participants will have a chance to start a site for their own use in a course or project. Basic familiarity with Sakai will be emphasized, as well as design tips for the best use of the platform in the educational setting. Participants will also be introduced to the protocols and structure of LAMP. Bring your laptop or flash drive with a syllabus and some learning objects.

Tweaking your Hybrid/Online Teaching Pedagogy
Jamie Russell (St. Catharine College)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 116
This will be a discussion on the Pedagogy of the hybrid/online classroom. Best practices and different uses of Sakai to accomplish a positive classroom environment to get the biggest bang for the academic buck.

What’s New in Sakai 2.9 and Report from the Sakai Conference
Matthew Jones (The Longsight Group LLC)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 138
The annual Apereo Conference (the conference of the newly merged Sakai and JASIG foundations) was held in San Diego this year June 2 through 7. Longsight, as one of the key Sakai supporters, was there in force. Matthew Jones and Apereo CLE Community Coordinator presented an in-depth tour of what is new in Sakai 2.9. That presentation comes to the LAMP conference, presented by Matthew Jones himself. Matthew will also talk about what goes into creating a new Sakai release and the critical role Longsight people such as Sam Ottenhoff (the Release Manager for Sakai CLE) play in that process.
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3:00 PM to 3:55 PM
Authoring Content using Short Videos
Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 115
This workshop will explore the value of the short video in an online course. Narrated PowerPoint and video screen capture are just two ways of sharing enriched learning in the asynchronous learning environment. Tapping into the visual stimulation will improve the experience and outcome for the student when used in a planned and careful way. The visually appealing, narrated video embodies the presence of the instructor and stimulates multiple learning modalities. Multiple short videos mean more student control and choice in the learning experience.
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Introducing Delegated Access
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 116
Delegated Access is a new suite of tools developed by The Longsight Group for Columbia University and offered back to the Open Source community for its use. Delegated Access is now installed in both the LAMP and LikeBerea instances of Sakai. This session will explain how you can use Delegated Access to provide support to users without having to be specifically enrolled in a site and how the Delegated Access hierarchy can be deployed to other support people on your campus. In addition, Delegated Access supports the deployment of campus-wide evaluation surveys.

Technical Round Table
Matthew Jones (The Longsight Group LLC)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 138
For those who want to know more about how Sakai works “under the hood,” Matthew Jones will lead a free-flowing discussion with the more technically inclined. Bring your questions for Matthew, who will also describe ways in which you and others at your institution can get involved in the Sakai release Quality Assurance process and functional design process. As Matthew says, “Some of the best (Sakai projects) come about from students.”

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Community Activity
On the Quad (weather permitting)
Each year the LAMP community attempts some nontraditional challenge, a physical activity of some kind that emphasizes community and collaboration. These activities, over the years, have drawn the LAMP community together into a cohesive group that has a shared vision and a mutual concern for each other’s success. As our organization grows, and as we welcome in new friends from the LikeBerea consortium, these activities become increasingly important.

We will meet on the quad, weather permitting, and tackle this year’s challenge together.

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6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Group Dinner
Ciealito Lindo in downtown Brevard
In the words of the late Tim Wiblin, a guiding force in the formation of the LAMP community, people that break bread together work together better. It has long been a tradition of this conference that we go to dinner together. For our first meal, we will walk to the Cielito Lindo Mexican restaurant on Main Street in Brevard’s charming downtown area, just a couple of blocks from campus.
Tuesday — 7/30/2013

8:30 AM to 8:55 AM
The Community Gathers
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Each morning the conference community gathers before starting the day to hear any late-breaking announcements and often for an impromptu brief presentation by a conference attendee on a topic of general interest. Completely informal, always engaging, this is a great way to start the day.

9:00 AM to 9:55 AM
Introduction to e-Portfolios
Toni DeVore (Ohio Valley University), Betsy Burrows (Brevard College), Robin Buchanan (Lees-McRae College), Jo Pennington (Ohio Valley University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 138
Let's take a quick look at how e-portfolios are currently being used and then share what you feel is needed to make e-portfolios a component in your teaching "toolbox."

Navigating the New Sakai 2.9 Interface
Dave Eveland (Johnson University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 116
Knowing what you want to do is partially dependent upon knowing where to go. If you want to get a cup of coffee, you'll need to look for either a McDonalds or a Starbucks. If you want to get a good sweet treat in Brevard, check out Rocky's Grill and Soda Shop. If you want to grade a student's electronically submitted Assignment, be sure to go to Assignments – not Gradebook. This session will show you where to go for what you want to do and see in the Sakai 2.9 interface. Sometimes getting things done is merely dependent upon knowing where to go.
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Using Discussion Forums
Terri Barrett (Lenoir-Rhyne University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 115
This session is an introduction to forums, with a practical introduction to it's organization as well as a pedagogical perspective on community participation. We will walk through the format that is provided, the options that are given for notifications, use of profile pictures, locking and unlocking, tracking statistics, grading, and linking to other tools. Specific strategies will be described for embedding videos or images, linking to sites, and adding attachments as prompts for discussions. An opportunity will be given for you to set up your own course forums with support from the presenter. Bring an outline of your course and topics you would like to include for discussion.

10:00 AM to 10:55 AM
Leveraging the JOSEPH e-Portfolio Template
Bryan Holladay (The Longsight Group), Scott Siddall (The Longsight Group)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 138
The Joint Online System for Electronic Portfolio Hosting is a new service being offered by Longsight and CEATH Company. It is intended to minimize the cost of entry for your institution into the use of e-portfolios. The JOSEPH e-Portfolio is basically a template portfolio that can be used and modified by your school to create a Sakai-based portfolio that is branded for your institution and that meets your academic goals. In this session, Bryan Holladay, portfolio designer, and Scott Siddal, managing partner at Longsight, will describe how portfolios work in Sakai using the JOSEPH template. Martin Ramsay will be on hand to facilitate the conversation and answer questions about the process of utilizing the JOSEPH e-Portfolio Template.

Managing Assignments in Sakai
Robin Buchanan (Lees-McRae College)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 115
Want to have all assignments submitted and graded electronically? Use the Assignments Tool! The Assignments tool allows instructors to create, distribute, collect, and grade online assignments. This session will introduce users to the Assignments tool as well as provide opportunities for session participants to share tips they have learned from using the tool.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity: Using Turnitin
John Padgett (Brevard College)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 116
LAMP has an integrated subscription to Turnitin, the plagiarism prevention and detection software. But how can a tool like Turnitin be used in a pedagogically sound way? In this session, the focus will be on plagiarism as an academic issue and how to use Turnitin in conjunction with other best practices to reduce or prevent it in student writing. The session will also feature tips on using Turnitin to teach related issues on academic integrity, the proper use of others’ intellectual property, and the importance of documentation.

11:00 AM to 11:55 AM
Advanced Turnitin Features
John Padgett (Brevard College)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 116
Most students (and teachers) think of Turnitin solely as a plagiarism detection service: a way to catch when students misuse sources. However, the Turnitin software also includes several other features that run the gamut of the writing process, from drafting, collaboration, revision, and feedback to students. This session will focus on some of these features available to instructors and students, focusing primarily on Turnitin’s “GradeMark” feature, in which instructors may comment directly on a student’s essay, save frequently made comments to an easily accessed “palette,” record voice feedback on student writing, and create and assign rubrics that can be used to calculate a grade on an essay.

e-Portolio Implementation Considerations
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 138
You know you want to implement e-portfolios at your school. You know you want to use Sakai to do it. (After all, the student’s work is already in Sakai. Why not just leverage that?) And you even know you want to use the JOSEPH e-Portfolio from Longsight and CEATH. So now what? This session will deal with the practical aspects of taking the next steps to get e-portfolios implemented on your campus.

Outside the Box: Creative Ideas for Engaging Assignments
Drew Hill (Bethel University), Jessica O'Brien (Lenoir-Rhyne)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 115
In this session, participants will actively discuss new methods, as well as a few older proven methods for engaging students in the Sakai Environment. Topics include course structure, multimedia techniques, expectations of instructors, as well as tips and techniques for working more efficiently with premium content.

12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
Group Lunch

1:00 PM to 1:55 PM
Using Lessons to Direct Learning
Clay Phillips (Bethel University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 138
Lock-step graduate programs help provide students with more opportunity to learn and no time wasted wondering about and laboring over what each professor will assign from course to course. Lessons can create such a model or environment allowing your instructors to teach more and your students to learn more.

Using Sakai Tools to Monitor Student Engagement
Blaine Hansen (Lees-McRae College), Tom Burne (Lees-McRae College)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 116
As part of retention efforts, Lees-McRae College has developed an early intervention strategy based on quantifiably identifying students unlikely to persist. The biweekly monitoring system measures various elements of student engagement, with class attendance recognized as the key indicator for student success. This session will explore how Lees-McRae uses Sakai to monitor classroom attendance and participation and in larger engagement context.

Using Tests & Quizzes for Peer Evaluation and Surveys
Fiona Chrystall (Lees-McRae College)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 115
The Tests and Quizzes tool in Sakai can be used for much more than just testing students' knowledge about a particular subject. Join this session to find out the basics of how to use this handy tool, not only for traditional testing (with the option of setting up automatic grading to Gradebook), but also how to get students involved in peer evaluation, sharing opinions by polling, or collecting data via surveys.

2:00 PM to 2:55 PM
Advanced Tests & Quizzes Techniques
Randay Callahan (Bethel University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 115
Creating student assessments using tests and quizzes can accurately measure a student's knowledge of the material that has been presented in a course and is a very useful tool in Sakai. The flexibility of the tests and quizzes tool can utilize a number of different question types, different formats, and randomizing answers to assure test integrity but will also lends to the validity of the assessment. As educators using Sakai can use the tests and quizzes tool to identify areas that students are excelling in and move to areas that they require more help in by making tests challenging and creative.

Deploying Campus-Wide Course Evaluations
Blaine Hansen (Lees-McRae College)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 116
Lees-McRae College has expanded use of the Sakai Evaluation System beyond course evaluations, to include satisfaction and other operational surveys, in addition to supervisor ratings during performance reviews. This group discussion will include best practices from Lees-McRae and provide opportunities for schools to share their own operational knowledge of the Evaluation System with others.

Incorporating Media into Lessons
David Eveland (Johnson University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 138
This session will focus on how to include various types of media content into the context of the Lessons tool. Presenting content in context is critical to helping students navigate and digest the information compiled into the Lessons tool. While the Lessons tool does have an "Add Multimedia" option, it's not always suited for every kind of multimedia inclusion. Multimedia can include non-video content as well. This session gives you guidelines and direction on how to include external media content into Sakai. This session will also share some options for media creation.

3:00 PM to 3:55 PM
Engaging Students with On-Line Meetings
Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 116
The synchronous, managed online meeting can bring the face-to-face feeling into the distance environment. With the recording capabilities of BigBlueButton, differing student schedules can be accommodated. When the meeting is well incorporated into the course structure, it can be a vital part of student success. And who says the instructor needs to conduct the meeting?

Gradebook Basics
Robin Buchannan (Lees-McRae College)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 115
Would you like your students to know what their grade is in your class at any given time? Would you like a grade book that is integrated with assignments and other tools within your course management site? Use Gradebook! This session will introduce users to the Gradebook tool and describe how Gradebook integrates with other tools within Sakai. There will also be opportunities for session participants to share tips they have learned from using the tool.

The Amazing Power of New Technologies and Sakai
Drew Hill (Bethel University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 138
This presentation will give a broad overview of many of the technologies that can be paired with Sakai to increase productivity (WebDav, Prezi, Vimeo and Dropbox pairing, the power of creative cloud, etc). The presenter will create very short and concise tutorial videos over each subject which will be available in the Sakai Resources folder. Come prepared to have your mind absolutely blown!

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Advanced Gradebook Secrets
John Padgett (Brevard College)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 115
The Gradebook tool in Sakai obviously allows students the ability to see how they are doing in a class, but it can also benefit instructors by serving as the course's primary (or only) gradebook used to record and calculate course grades. This session focuses on Gradebook's advanced features, including importing/exporting grades to a spreadsheet, manually adding gradebook items, using weighted categories, and setting Sakai to automatically drop or keep a specified number of high or low grades in grade calculation.

Advanced Meetings Tools and Techniques
Fred Dixon (Big Blue Button / Blindside Networks, Inc.)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 116
The need for synchronous learning tools is increasing as faculty and students look for more ways to teach and collaboration on-line. For over four years, the BigBlueButton project has been building an open source web conferencing system for on-line learning. This session will be hosted by Jesus Federico, developer of both the Sakai and Moodle BigBlueButton integration. This session will provide a detailed update on the latest developments of BigBlueButton (including improvements to record and playback), the efforts of the developers to support HTML5 clients and non-flash environments, and the road map for future versions of BigBlueButton. During the presentation, we will also share with you best practices for integrating real-time collaboration into your teaching (one-on-one tutoring, virtual office hours, and live classes).

Using Sakai for Scholarship and Financial Aid Decisions
Nick Jenkins (Lenoir-Ryne University), Devon Fisher (Lenoir-Rhyne University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 138
Coordinating several faculty and staff members for scholarship competition can be a difficult task. At Lenoir-Rhyne, we discovered a way to use LAMP to help us standardize scoring, centrally locate the essays, and provide a system for scoring essays and interviews that allows those scoring to do so from any location. The process helped speed up decision making, reduce human error and improve our scholarship competition. Join us and learn how LAMP may be able to do the same for your project.
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6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Group Dinner
The Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Pisgah Inn has become one of the iconic places to eat on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Perched high above the clouds, this dinner together at the Pisgah Inn will be one you will remember.
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Wednesday — 7/31/2013
8:30 AM to 8:55 AM
The Community Gathers
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Each morning the conference community gathers before starting the day to hear any late-breaking announcements and often for an impromptu brief presentation by a conference attendee on a topic of general interest. Completely informal, always engaging, this is a great way to start the day.

9:00 AM to 9:55 AM
Incorporating Video into Sakai: Choices and Trade-Offs
David Eveland (Johnson University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 138
More and more, instructors and course designers are including high-quality and freely available video content into their courses. Some instructors are even creating video content themselves to further enrich their own courses. Institutions face an issue with video content due to where and how it is stored. While the Resources tool of each course can mitigate some of the video storage issues, more efficient ways exist to store and provide student access to video content. Incorporating widely available streamed content from YouTube can be beneficial, but also posses some issues with content retention, ownership and access. This session shares alternative options for incorporating video into Sakai and some of the important limitations.

How to Think About Teaching On-Line
Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 116
Moving to online teaching can intimidate any professor. In this workshop, we will explore some of the basic differences between face-to-face (f2f) teaching, blended courses, and online teaching. What changes need to be made in a course to prepare it for online, asynchronous success? What makes a successful student? What makes a successful online teacher?

Using the Sign Up Tool
Devon Fisher (Lenoir-Rhyne University)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 115
This presentation will explore LAMP's signup tool. It will demonstrate how to use the tool to manage conferences and office hours across multiple courses, and it will demonstrate how to integrate the signup tool with Microsoft Outlook's calendar feature. Discussion will include use of the signup tool in both face to face and online environments.

10:00 AM to 10:55 AM
Sakai on Mobile Devices
Matthew Jones (The Longsight Group LLC)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 138
Sakai runs well on mobile devices such as iPads, Android phones and iPhones. How that happens is important technically. How to integrate mobile devices into a pedagogical strategy is also challenging. This discussion will consider both aspects of Sakai on mobile devices.

Coordinator Boot Camp
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 116
Each member of the LAMP and LikeBerea consortia must have at least one person designated as the campus coordinator. This session gives an overview of what coordinators should know and provides an opportunity to ask specific and detailed questions about your institution’s needs.

Open timeslot
TBD
McLarty-Goodson (MG) 115
We always reserve an open slot for that one "hot topic" that emerges from the conference.

11:00 AM to 11:55 AM
Report from the Advisory Council and Conference Wrap-Up
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company), Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University), John Padgett (Brevard College), David Eveland (Johnson University), Jamie Russell (St. Catharine College)
We always wrap up the annual conference with planning for next year’s conference. This plenary session will include a report from the LAMP Advisory Council as well as ample opportunity to shape the format, content, dates and location of next year’s conference.

12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
Group Lunch
We realize that some people have long travel ahead of them. But we also know the value of informal conversation with new friends over a meal. Lunch will be served in a form that you can “grab and go” if you need to, or “stay and chat” if you can.folks-linking-arms