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Dates:

July 28, 29 and 30, 2014

Host:

Kentucky Christian University Grayson, Kentucky

Conference Agenda:
Monday, July 28, 2014

1:00 PM to 1:55 PM
Welcome and Introduction: Working as a Consortium
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Smith 220
Welcome to LAMP Camp! This initial session will introduce the participants to each other, provide some information about the history of the LAMP and LikeBerea Consortia, and the history of Sakai. Along the way we’ll discover what it takes to be an effective participant, both in the Conference and in the Consortia.


2:00 PM to 2:55 PM
Things I Wish I Knew Before Teaching an Online Class
Toni Lynn DeVore (Ohio Valley)
Smith 218
This presentation tracks the experiences of an educator from pre-online experiences to teaching in a totally online graduate program. It also covers lessons learned and considerations for future online classes.

Assessing your Program’s Effectiveness Using Utilization Focused Evaluation
Meri MacLeod (The Digital Seminarian)
Smith 220
Evaluation is an essential, and potentially, valuable contribution to effective education and administrative practices, whether assessing a degree program or an admissions strategy. Utilization-Focused Evaluation (U-FE) is a flexible approach that incorporates the values and goals of stakeholders to create a context specific evaluation for practical and usable information. This session will provide an overview of the U-FE process and the benefits it offers.

What’s New in Sakai 10 and Report from the Apereo Conference
Bryan Holladay (Longsight, Inc.)
Smith 219
Sakai 10 is just out, and promises to be one of the most significant releases of Sakai yet. Come to this session for an overview of the many new features and components of Sakai 10. You’ll also get information about the Apereo Conference, held in June in Miami, in which developers and users of Sakai and other open source software, gather for their annual convention.

3:00 PM to 3:55 PM
Pedagogical Options for a Course Structure
Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University)
Smith 218
Given a broad educational problem, participants will collaborate on a systematic approach to online course design that refines at least three learning objectives and incorporates at least three online tools. Familiarity with the movie, Wall-E, is recommended.

Using VeriCite to Advance the Pedagogical Purposes of Plagiarism Detection
John Padgett (Brevard College), Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University)
Smith 220
Most students (and teachers) think of plagiarism detection services simply as a way to catch when students cheat. However, such software can also be used for more positive pedagogical purposes, which include learning the difference between quotation, paraphrase, and summary; the proper use and citation of sources; and even as a guide to rudimentary proofreading. This session covers some of the basics of preventing plagiarism and how instructors and student can use VeriCite, the new plagiarism detection service developed by Longsight to take the place of Turnitin, to make better, more academically sound use of research in their writing. As this is a new tool still being developed, we will also explore how VeriCite originality reports compare to Turnitin and ways that VeriCite might be improved upon in the future.

Technical Round Table
Bryan Holladay (Longsight, Inc.), John Paul Ramsay (CEATH Company), Chuck Severance (Longsight, Inc.)
Smith 219
The agenda for this session will be created by the participants. The theme is technology, particularly the technology that makes Sakai and the other components of our “consortium ecosystem” work: VeriCite, BigBlueButton, ISIS, GAS, and more. Come to this session to get your questions technical questions answered.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Community Activity
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Each year we have a community-building activity outdoors (if weather permits). Martin Ramsay has developed a bit of a reputation for taking a “game” and giving it a serious purpose around the ideas of working together and operating within a consortium. Come meet us outdoors for an energizing, entertaining, and enlightening time together.

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Group Dinner
Melini Cucina
Each year at the Conference we “break bread together” off campus. The idea is to get to know your fellow consortia members in a relaxed environment over dinner. This evening’s dinner will be at Melini Cucina, a locally owned Italian restaurant in Grayson.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

8:30 AM to 8:55 AM
The Community Gathers: Why Aristotle and Socrates Would Both Like Sakai
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Smith 220
Each morning the community gathers briefly for any announcements that need to be conveyed to the group and to address any questions. We also have a brief discussion about some broad topic. This morning, Martin Ramsay will lead a discussion about Aristotle and Socrates. Would they have both approved of Sakai? Let's discuss it!

9:00 AM to 9:55 AM
New to Sakai: How and Where to Begin
Jamie Russell (St. Catharine College)
Smith 118
(description not yet received)

Deploying Campus-wide Course Evaluations
Ken Beck (Kentucky Christian University)
Smith 220
Using SAKAI for course evaluations seems to be one of the most efficient ways to conduct course evaluations. Although contact information, course enrollment and evaluation software are already available through this single source, the evaluation design is key to arriving at a satisfactory end product. This workshop will provide you with a step-by-step procedure for setting up your course evaluation process in SAKAI. It will also serve as a discussion forum on strengths and limitations you might experience as you develop this process for your institution.

The LAMP Marketplace: Initial Roundtable to Explore Sharing Courses
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Smith 219
For many years, administrators at consortium member colleges have desired to do the unthinkable: share resources, using Sakai as the platform. It makes sense: each school has its strengths and resources, and each has its needs as well. Together we could be stronger.
The challenge has been the details, particularly the financial details, of how sharing might work. Could students from one school take a course at another school? Could courses or curricula be offered to the consortium at large? How could we facilitate the need for adjuncts throughout the consortium?
Come to this session to see if we might finally be able to develop a LAMP Marketplace, a place where courses, instructors, and resources could be leveraged to make us all stronger.

10:00 AM to 10:55 AM
Managing Assignments in Sakai
Robin Buchanan (Lees-McRae College)
Smith 218
The Assignments tool allows instructors to create, distribute, collect, and grade online assignments. Assignments are private; student submissions and are visible only to the submitter and the instructor of the course. This session will cover the basics of using the tool and automatically sending grades to Gradebook, as well as conversations and tips from participants for successful use of the Assignments tool.

Different Ways to Do Distance Education
David Eveland (Johnson University), Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University), Toni DeVore (Ohio Valley University)
Smith 220
More and more schools are extending their reach by offering distance education programs. But what is the roadmap? How do we develop a sound distance education program. This panel discussion will feature three pioneers, Ohio Valley University, Kentucky Christian University, and Johnson University, each talking about distance education from their perspective. There will be lots of time for questions from the audience. Bring your tough questions about developing a distance ed program and be prepared to learn about three very different approaches to distance education.

Behind the Scenes: How VeriCite Works to Detect Plagiarism
Byan Holladay (Longsight, Inc.)
Smith 220
Longsight’s new plagiarism detection service, VeriCite, began with a pilot during the spring 2014 semester in which several LAMP schools participated. Currently, a second pilot is happening with even more schools and instructors participating. The LAMP and LikeBerea consortia have agreed to adopt VeriCite as our plagiarism detection service of choice.
In this session, Bryan Holladay, the key designer of VeriCite, along with participants in the VeriCite pilot, will discuss how VeriCite works “behind the scenes” to detect potential plagiarism.

11:00 AM to 11:55 AM
Assessments and the Tests & Quizzes Tool
Wes Golightly (Kentucky Christian University)
Smith 218
An exploration of Sakai's robust Tests and Quizzes tool, including how to create test items of eleven different types. The use of images, audio files, and Word documents in test items will be demonstrated. Also covered will be how to use question pools and the setting of grading options.

Aligning Course Learning Experiences with Course Objectives
David Eveland (Johnson University)
Smith 220
Extend the reach of Our Courses: Align the What and How. It’s critical to specify what you expect students to gain out of your instruction and ultimately your course(s) - the WHAT of a course. What’s less clear or definitive is the HOW of a course. Helping students meet with success is about having a target and equipping them (by way of course design) with experiences that purposefully work toward the course objectives. This session provides for an opportunity to discuss course objectives and the types of experiences that you can provide through Sakai.

Roundtable: The LAMP and LikeBerea e-Portfolio Project
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Smith 219
For many years, the consortium has desired a way to integrate electronic portfolios into its offering. Several past attempts have not come to fruition. Now a new approach is being taken, one that is based on the open source project, Karuta. This session will focus less on Karuta itself and more on the needs of the group for integrating an e-Portfolio tool. This session will also include planning for a Fall workshop in which we work to roll out Karuta as our new e-Portfolio tool.

12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
Lunch in the Kentucky Christian Cafeteria

1:00 PM to 1:55 PM
Gradebook Basics
Steve Mattingly (Davis & Elkins College)
Smith 218
Learn to implement your grading policies and to provide student feedback with Sakai's Gradebook tool. We will begin with the basic setup and grade entry process, then explore specific tool options and course scenarios based on audience interest.

The New Sakai Rubric Tool
Jo Pennington (Ohio Valley University)
Smith 220
Authentic assessment is an important component of the teaching and learning process. This session will address characteristics of a rubric, when they are appropriate/helpful to use, the downside of using them, types of rubrics, how to develop and use them, and evaluating a rubric. Session participants will use a rubric, learn about rubrics, and begin creating a rubric.

Integrating Sakai into Campus: Delegated Access, Branding and Portals
John Paul Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Smith 219
Even though your institution is sharing a Learning Management System with the other institutions of the Consortium doesn’t mean the LMS experience for your students can’t be a seamless one. In this session, we’ll look at what measures your institution can take to integrate Sakai into your institution’s online presence.

2:00 PM to 2:55 PM
Using Discussion Forums
Toni Lynn DeVore (Ohio Valley University)
Smith 218
This session will cover the nuts and bolts of setting up a forum. We will also discuss building a rubric for scoring students’ participation and have the opportunity (time permitting) to create some forum prompts.

Using Sections and Groups
John Padgett (Brevard College), Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University)
Smith 220
Whether you are teaching a small class with 10 or fewer students or a massive multi-section course with hundreds, Sakai’s Sections tool and Groups feature are ways to divide a class into multiple sections and/or groups for purposes of administration, assessment, and collaboration. This session will explore some of the ways that these options can be used to enhance your class by grouping students (and instructors and teaching assistants) into smaller units. With six potential categories in Sections and the ability to overlap memberships in Groups, the possibilities of using either tool or both together are endless. The Sections tool can also be used as a way for students to self-select into a particular panel, project, or other instructor-designated group.

Connecting to Sakai Using GAS and ISIS
John Paul Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Smith 219
Integrating a system like Sakai into your campus’ administrative landscape involves automating the links between each component system. GAS and ISIS are designed to do just that. GAS integrates Sakai into your campus authentication system such as Active Directory and ISIS integrates with your institutional Student Information System. Come and learn how these tools can make your institution more efficient and produce fewer errors.

3:00 PM to 3:55 PM
Leveraging the Power of the Lessons Tool to Extend your Reach
Dave Eveland (Johnson University)
Smith 218
This session will highlight some of the ways you can leverage the Lessons tool. Lessons essentially provides a means by which you organize content, in order to carry a student through the content strategically. Far beyond the capability of the former Modules tool, Lessons can be used to provide systematic, course linked and embedded content, along with access to assignments, discussions, polls, resources and assessments in whatever organizational unit you like. Some ways of implementing the Lessons tool will be shown with some time for Q&A.

The New Sakai Peer Assessment Tool
John Padgett (Brevard College), Steve Mattingly (Davis & Elkins College)
Smith 220
One of the new features in Sakai version 10 is a Peer Assessment feature in the Assignments tool, developed by session co-leader Bryan Holladay of Longsight. This session will cover some of the philosophical arguments for peer assessment in general and begin to explore how to use this feature in a wide variety of academic fields.

Karuta: New e-Portfolio Tools for Sakai
Janice Smith (Three Canoes Consulting), Jacques Raynauld (HEC Móntreal)
Smith 219
Janice Smith and Jacques Raynauld have been key architects of the Karuta open source e-Portfolio tool. They will be discussing how Karuta works and how it can be incorporated into Sakai. They will also discuss ways in which the LAMP and LikeBerea consortia can participate in the development and deployment of Karuta in Sakai.
Janice and Jacques are not able to attend our Conference in person (they are attending another concurrent conference in Boston), and thus will be presenting virtually using BigBlueButton.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Getting Feedback: Using the Statistics and EvalSys Tools
Nora Hatton (St. Catharine College), Carissa Coslow (St. Catharine College)
Smith 218
(description not yet received)

The Future of Liberal Arts and Technology
Chuck Severance (Longsight, Inc.)
Smith 220
Chuck Severance is a key member of the team that shepherded Sakai into existence, the first Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation, and now the Sakai Strategist for Longsight. In this session he will explore the future of liberal arts, both in terms of curriculum and approach, and the role of technology in that future.

Open Session
TBD
Smith 219
We find that it is important to have an open session that can be used for discussions around a topic that comes up during the conference.

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Group Dinner
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Our second excursion of an off-site dinner will take us to the Carter Caves State Resort Park. A thirty minute drive from Grayson, Carter Caves offers both spectacular natural beauty as well as good Kentucky cuisine. If there is time after dinner, you might even have the opportunity to take a peek inside one of the many nearby caves.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

8:30 AM to 8:55 AM
The Community Gathers: Extending our Reach as a Community
Smith 220
The community will explore ways that it can extend its reach together.

9:00 AM to 9:55 AM
How to Facilitate Live Meetings with BigBlueButton
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Smith 218
BigBlueButton is a great tool for conducting on-line meeting right inside Sakai. From live lectures to students, to strategy sessions with trustees and board members, BigBlueButton offers a good way to get together, despite distances between participants. In this session, Martin Ramsay will share some of the tips and techniques he has learned about facilitating virtual meetings with BigBlueButton.

Sakai as an Administrative Tool: Committee, Accreditation and Much More
Blaine Hansen (Lees-McRae)
Smith 220
(description not yet received)

Department of Education Regulations and How they Affect Distance Education
Meri MacLeod (The Digital Seminarian)
Smith 219
Authorization requirements continue to expand for distance education programs. The latest information on the newly proposed DoE regulations and key responses will be presented. Recommendations for schools will be offered based on a recent analysis of many state requirements and emerging enforcement action against unauthorized schools.

10:00 AM to 10:55 AM
Optimizing PowerPoint
Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian)
Smith 218
PowerPoint is a powerful tool that is both overused and underutilized. The purpose of this workshop is to optimize the file capabilities of PowerPoint. With more photos and content being crammed into presentations, file size limitations can constrain what we add, especially when we want to add narration. We will address how to compress files and find alternatives to that 20MB file limit. We will provide simple directions for student to upload their PowerPoint projects successfully. We will discuss the advantages of "chunking" our instruction to optimize the students' understanding of our content.

Media Options: Engaging Students with Embedded Video
David Eveland (Johnson University)
Smith 220
Extend the reach of your courses by giving video some pagespace. Facebook’s even doing it - attempting to draw more users toward watching video content by highlighting user videos in Facebook news feeds. Video has an adept ability to draw us in and hold our attention - depending on the relevance and captivating ability of the content. Faculty and course designers can also use video in their courses in a variety of ways. Faculty can provide one-off synopsis videos, weekly response videos, video content directed at individual students, general content coverage or as a basis for starting a forum discussion. This session will share some examples of how video has been used in Johnson University courses, as well as demonstrate various ways to embed video content in Sakai courses.

Coordinator Bootcamp
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Smith 219
The role of the Coordinator at each consortium member is a special and important one. Coordinators act as the key point of contact between the consortium and the member organization they represent. They also have responsibilities around managing user accounts, providing front-line assistance, and more. This session is intended for new Coordinators who need to know how to fulfill their duties effectively.

11:00 AM to 11:55 AM
Course Showcase, Report from the Advisory Council, Planning for Next Year’s Conference, 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), Toni DeVore (Ohio Valley University)
Smith 220
We always wrap up the annual conference with a final plenary session in which people can showcase things they’ve learn and so that we can begin planning 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
Lunch in the Kentucky Christian Cafeteria
For those who need to get on the road, the meal will be portable to support the need to "grab and go." But, for those who can "sit and chat" this will be a final opportunity to connect with the members of the Community.