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Forward

Together

Better


Dates:

July 28, 29 and 30, 2015

Host:

Johnson University Knoxville, Tennessee

Conference Agenda:
Tuesday, July 28
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Registration desk is open.
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Russell Preaching Center 155
Welcome to LAMP Camp! This initial session will introduce the participants to each other, provide some information about the history of the LAMP Consortium, 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 Consortium.
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Greeter at the Gateway
Cheryl Wissmann (Johnson University)
Russell Preaching Center 155
The Online Cornerstone Experience is the first class for Johnson University undergraduate online students. My three goals are for them to be up to speed on Sakai, to enjoy and internalize the Biblical lectures and the online education readings, and to learn to participate in the social side of online learning through the forums. It's our wading pool as they get used to the temperature of our online water. :-)
New to Sakai ... We have all been there: A Beginner's Overview
Jamie Russell (St. Catharine College)
Russell Preaching Center 153
Feel lost or alone being new to Sakai...well you're not. Many of the attendees at this year's conference are newcomers as well. Come to this session for a supportive, friendly session that provides a good overview of the community that is Sakai. We will look at ways to integrate Sakai with current courses, faculty and staff.
Report from the Apereo Conference and Sakai Roadmap
Chuck Severance (Longsight, Inc.)
Russell Preaching Center 152
Dr. Chuck Severance, the first Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation (now Open Apereo) and a key figure in the development of Sakai will share his perspective on the future of Sakai, its place in the LMS continuum, the product roadmap for Sakai 11 and 12, and reflections on the annual Open Apereo conference held in Baltimore in June.
11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Karuta: New ePortfolio Tools for Sakai
Janice Smith (Three Canoes Consulting), Jacques Raynauld (HEC Montréal)
Russell Preaching Center 152
The Karuta Open Source Portfolio is LTI-enabled for integration with Sakai and offers dramatic flexibility for designing ePortfolios for learning, assessment, showcasing, and reporting. The release of Karuta 1.1 in May 2015 brings significant improvements, including an assessment dashboard, customized reports, and a user interface to showcase student work. Join us to see how LAMP institutions can design and implement their own portfolio workflows using Karuta.
Leveraging the LMS in Course Design to Improve Instructional Effectiveness
Lisa Loar (Johnson University)
Russell Preaching Center 153
This learning experience introduces participants who teach in face-to-face or hybrid modalities to course design principles which facilitate student learning and engagement using the Sakai platform. We will explore ways to leverage the technology to expand the classroom using evidence based practices.
Using Sakai for Collaboration in Assignments, Groups and Sections
John Padgett (Brevard College)
Russell Preaching Center 155
Sakai is becoming better all the time in how it allows students to work together for group or collaborative projects. This session will focus on various ways your classes can be divided into groups, determined by the instructor or self-selected by class members. This session will also demonstrate some of the collaborative capabilities in the Assignments tool, in particular the group submission and peer assessment features.
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Deploying Campus-wide Attendance Tracker Through Existing Tools
Blaine Hansen (Lees-McRae College)
Russell Preaching Center 152
Lees-McRae College has developed campus-wide practices for the recording of student attendance using existing Sakai tools--come share in their success and learn from their mistakes! Participants will be invited to share best practices and discuss the keeping of attendance records at their own institutions.
Forums Basics, with a Healthy Dose of Pedagogy
Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University)
Russell Preaching Center 153
How can you best use Forums in Sakai to facilitate discussions and immersive learning? We will look at how to use Forums and how to use the flexible and powerful grading options, as well as to give general or specific feedback to students. We will also consider the pedagogical strengths of the discussion board, getting beyond the simple question and engaging the students in true cognitive and cooperative development.
Introducing Warpwire for Streaming Videos
Andrew Synowiez (WarpWire, Inc.), Monte Evans (WarpWire, Inc.)
Russell Preaching Center 155
What are the features your institution requires and desires for streaming video? To simplify multi-step processes for integrating video into courses, Warpwire prioritizes ease-of-use alongside security. In this session, the technology's founders introduce the vision behind Warpwire and showcase its use in Sakai with their integrated LTI tool. Come learn the benefits of making educational video publishing a breeze.
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Hacking the System: Using Sakai in On-the-Ground Courses
Gregory Hartley (Johnson University)
Russell Preaching Center 152
Sakai may have been designed as an online course platform, but it also functions great as a general course management system. But beyond just being a fancy grade book, instructors of traditional courses can enhance student's classroom experience using a variety of tools and tricks built into Sakai. From re-purposing the Tests & Quizzes tool to hacking the online Forum to create interactive real-time assessments, Sakai can enrich the classroom in ways that create learning experiences for students and that can make life easier for instructors. I'll start the conversation by demonstrating some of my own customization tips, but we'll also open the floor for sharing your own ideas, so come prepared both to learn and to teach.
Integrating Streaming Video into Courses
Dave Eveland (Johnson University), Andrew Synowiez (WarpWire, Inc.), Monte Evans (WarpWire, Inc.)
Russell Preaching Center 155
Using video in courses has been going on for quite some time in many of our schools.  While there’s no shortage of how you can make that content available to students within Sakai, there is some question about how to make sure that content ‘sticks’ with the institution – specifically that content that’s made for and paid for by the institution as part of the course development.  While YouTube and Vimeo provide some ‘easy’ ways to get video content into your courses, those services can arbitrarily shut down user accounts and courses can loose content integrity over time – should those videos be removed by their original publishers. Come hear how Johnson University is using Warpwire to solve these problems and provide a better, more secure way of placing content into Sakai reliably.
Where do I start with Assignments? Why would I want to use this tool in Sakai?
Toni DeVore (Ohio Valley University)
Russell Preaching Center 153
One of Sakai's most valuable tools is Assignments. In any learning environment, we as teachers/instructors have to find a way to validate what our students have learned, help them reflect on their learning, and provide us with enough information to guide our planning and teaching. By using Assignments we can do that and more. Be thinking of an assignment you might like to create and we will go from there.
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Assessment Basics
Lisa Conn (Kentucky Christian University)
Russell Preaching Center 153
This workshop is intended for the beginner.  Participants will be shown how to set up and create a test or quiz, and then publish the assessment.  
Online Teaching and Learning in the Sciences: Climbing the Learning Curve
Sarah Cathey (Johnson University)
Russell Preaching Center 155
Teaching general education science topics online presents a unique set of challenges from encouraging student engagement to overcoming the obstacles of teaching a lab in someone else's kitchen. This session will address early experiences in utilizing lab activities, forum discussions, quizzes and written communication to build a holistic presentation of materials in a lab-included course. Even if you won't be teaching in the sciences, come hear and share ideas for building a complex course that will keep students engaged and learning.
Sakai and Google Apps, Strange Bedfellows or a Marriage Made in Heaven?
Rob Keeney (Frosty Acres F.A.B. Inc.)
Russell Preaching Center 152
Can Google Apps fill in the gaps where Sakai comes up short? Possibly so. Participate in this interactive discussion on ways to integrate some additional free tools (Google Apps) into the Sakai learning environment. We will demonstrate how we use some of the tools to supplement Sakai's tools.
5:30 PM
Group Dinner
Pelancho’s, 10721 Chapman Hwy., Macon Crossing Center, Seymour, TN 37865
Each year at the Conference we “break bread together” off campus. The idea is to get to know your fellow consortium members in a relaxed environment over dinner. This evening’s dinner will be at Pelancho’s, a locally owned Mexican restaurant that is highly recommended by local folks.

Wednesday, July 29
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Sakai: The Future of Learning Management Systems (Keynote Presentation)
Chuck Severance (Longght, Inc.)
Russell Preaching Center 155
In this talk we look at how learning management systems are evolving into learning ecosystems using the next generation of interoperability standards.  The products in the LMS market are increasingly replicating all the core features of their competitors.  But once there is feature parity between LMS systems, the new way to differentiate one system from another will be the extent to which a system can be expanded and improved through integrations rather than building feature after feature. The next frontier is meeting teaching and learning needs through instantaneous integrations of new and emerging capabilities.  No longer will we need to wait for a vendor to develop a feature or even wait for a local administrator to install a 3rd party plugin.  Every instructor (and even possibly student) will be able to customize their own learning environment much as you customize the applications on your cell phone today.  Sakai is at the vanguard of experimenting with these new models for integration and customization.  Sakai has the great benefit of having a close relationship between the users of the software and the developers of the software.   As we build these new capabilities it will be important to get continuous feedback to make sure these new capabilities truly meet the needs of teachers and learners.
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Integrating Sakai into Campus: Delegated Access, GAS, LASSIE and Branding
John Paul Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Russell Preaching Center 152
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 existing systems and online presence.
Strategies for Course Shells, Course Consistency, and Course Duplication
Dave Eveland (Johnson University), Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Russell Preaching Center 155
The new term is getting closer and you've got to get your course ready! How do you start? Take out a clean sheet of paper and design it from scratch? Duplicate the course you taught last term? Or are there better strategies? Come to this session to explore ways to ensure that courses at your institution always contain the best material, the latest designs, and are as effective as they can possibly be.
Working with Question Pools
Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University)
Russell Preaching Center 153
Dive into question pools to ease your students into learning without you having to write countless questions. What are the advantages and challenges to working with question pools? Did you know there are 2 ways to enter questions into pools? That you can combine different types of question into an assessment with question pools? You can also create great study helps and formative assessments with efficiency and security. You may find that a little more time up front can save you time when grades are due.
11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
ePortfolio Round Table
Janice Smith (Three Canoes Consulting), Jacques Raynauld (HEC Montréal)
Russell Preaching Center 152
For those who want to continue the discussion about implementing ePortfolios using Karuta, this is an open session with no pre-planned agenda so that the conversation can continue. Facilitated by Janice Smith and Jacques Raynauld of the Karuta project, this session will be an opportunity to solidify plans for the coming year and a possible Karuta project.
Interactive Features in Lessons
John Padgett (Brevard College)
Russell Preaching Center 153
Sakai's Lessons tools offers a robust way of organizing and presenting content and assignments to students, but it also offers several ways to engage learners directly--by asking "poll"-type questions, by inviting site participants to comment on designated pages, and by having students contribute their own content. Lessons can also work with Sakai's "groups" or "sections" features to divide classes into discrete units that can also enhance how your students interact with each other and with the class as a whole.
Using Smartphones for Quick Quizzes
Lisa Conn (Kentucky Christian University)
Russell Preaching Center 155
This workshop focuses on how to use quick quizzes to assess reading across the content. The book “Total Participation Techniques: Making every student an Active Learner” will guide the discussion on how to engage students to make content relevant and deep. Using ideas form the text to create assessments, participants will be shown how to create a quick quiz, use smartphones to implement the quiz, and then quickly see the results in their gradebook.
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Introducing the New Look of VeriCite
Bryan Holladay (Longsight, Inc.)
Russell Preaching Center 155
VeriCite is the plagiarism detection tool integrated into Sakai and built by Longsight. Longsight is introducing its new mobile-first user interface on August 15, 2015. This new mobile-first interface will replace the existing interface for all users and uses responsive design to work well on a desktop, tablet, or phone. This presentation will go over the new design as well as providing an introduction into how to use VeriCite in your class. There will be time reserved for questions. (This will be a virtual session. Bryan will be joining us via BigBlueButton.)
Measuring Quality in Course Development
John Ketchen (Johnson University), Dave Eveland (Johnson University), Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Russell Preaching Center 152
Increasingly we are offering online programs. To do this well requires that follow a deliberate mechanism for course development, faculty training, and course and program review. We need to look at how the efforts we're making are having impact and how well they're meeting our goals and mission. Johnson University has increasingly used the Online Learning Consortium's Quality Scorecard to examine its programs and the Quality Matters Metric for measuring course quality. A new metric-based system being developed for Johnson will report on instructor engagement. In this session John Ketchen will discuss the broad vision for Johnson's course development quality; Dave Eveland will discuss the practical implication of implementing the vision in Sakai; and Martin Ramsay will demonstrate SOLÉ, CEATH Company's system for measuring instructor engagement in Sakai.
What's Beyond the Next Door of Working with Lessons
Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University)
Russell Preaching Center 153
Most course participants are still greeted with the words, "Site Information Display". Granted, this is easily remedied, but that does not necessary improve the appearance or functionality of the site. Using a crafted Lessons page to act as course portal can greatly increase the satisfaction of aesthetic and the functionality of course navigation. Use Lessons as a course portal. Gain control over the look and function of your Lessons pages without knowing coding. Students can easily navigate through your course using one page as their base. The next level of interactivity and page design is explored in this hands on workshop. We can bypass the segmented Home page and allow our students to have direct access to site areas that are relevant to our course. Simplify and declutter the left hand menu for students. This session will be more comfortable for users who are easy with adding design elements to their documents.
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Clickers in the Classroom: A Tool to Enhance Student Engagement and Feedback
Tina Bell (Brevard College)
Russell Preaching Center 152
iClickers are a valuable tool in the classroom, providing feedback to the instructor on student understanding of concepts as well as boosting class participation. This workshop will cover the basics of iClicker use from roll call, polling, quizzes, and feedback. We will also discuss how data can be easily integrated with the Sakai gradebook.
Gradebook Basics
Robin Buchanan (Lees-McRae College)
Russell Preaching Center 153
The Gradebook is a tool for instructors to calculate and store grade information and distribute it to students online.This session will assist new or beginning users in setting up Gradebook, weighting grades, sending grades to Gradebook from assignments, and some other uses for gradebook.
Technical Round Table
Chuck Severance (Longsight, Inc.), John Paul Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Russell Preaching Center 155
For those who want to know more about how Sakai works “under the hood” or about the interfaces between Sakai and various LAMP systems, Chuck Severance and John Paul Ramsay will lead a free-flowing discussion with the more technically inclined. Bring your technical questions for the group.
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Beyond the Basics: Tests & Quizzes
John Padgett (Brevard College)
Russell Preaching Center 153
This session will focus on some of the more advanced features of Sakai's Tests & Quizzes tool, including the various question types and how they can be useful, the creation and use of question pools to add variety and breadth to your quizzes, and an overview of other options and settings to enhance quizzes. If you want to use Tests & Quizzes to fulfill some particular pedagogical tool, bring your questions to this session and we will try to answer them.
Building Your Institution's Mission into an Online Course
G. K. Pennington (Ohio Valley University), Jo Pennington (Ohio Valley University)
Russell Preaching Center 155
In online coursework, students may feel distanced from the instructor, other students, or the institution itself. This can be true, especially, of the mission of the institution. This session will focus on strategies for connecting the mission, goals, standards, attitudes, and expectations with the course content, assignments, and assessments. Assisting students to become effective, reflective learners is a need in all courses, including online and blended, to provide effective structure, student engagement, value, and efficiency in meeting the institution's mission.
Weird Ways to Use Sakai: Roundtable
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Russell Preaching Center 152
This roundtable will feature all the non-traditional ways in which organizations use Sakai. Some ideas to be considered:
- reaching out to potential students
- student government and clubs
- strategic planning
- working with accreditation teams
- organization-wide community building
- delivery of financial reports
- delivery of for-pay learning modules
- creating a virtual office
- self-directed learning with no classrooms
- and much, much more
Come to this session to share your ideas and to be inspired by the creative ways others are using Sakai.
5:30 PM
Group Dinner
Puleo’s Grill, 7224 Region Lane, Knoxville, TN
Puleo’s Grill is a prevail favorite whenever the LAMP Conference finds itself in the Knoxville area. From the steaks to the caprese salad made with fresh basil grown on-site, Puleo’s has something for everyone. This restaurant has won awards as one of Knoxville’s best more times than we can count.

Thursday, July 30
8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Course Show and Tell
Workshop Staff
Russell Preaching Center 155
This session will allow you to show off a course you're particularly proud of and the features that make it noteworthy. You'll also get a chance to see - and be inspired by - colleagues who have great courses to show off as well.
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Birds of a Feather, Flock Together
Toni DeVore (Ohio Valley University)
Russell Preaching Center 155
This is an opportunity to identify some common interest groups, meet together and share our successes, ask questions, and network. Be thinking of a group you might like to participate in.
Using BigBlueButton for Pedagogical Purposes
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Russell Preaching Center 153
BigBlueButton is an important tool that the LAMP Consortium offers for live video teleconferencing, recording of lectures and meetings, and more. This session will cover the basics of how to set up a BigBlueButton meeting and then how to effectively facilitate a session in the tool. Participants will have an opportunity to experience a BigBlueButton meeting in person and will explore the many pedagogical implications of this powerful tool.
Need to Know: Using Sakai Evaluation System for Assessment
Carissa Coslow (St. Catharine College), John Paul Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Russell Preaching Center 152
Did you know you can conduct campus-wide course evaluations, targeted assessments, even surveys of random groups of people? You can with Sakai Evaluation System. Step in to this session to learn about the fundamentals of the Evaluation System, view a demonstration, and ask questions or voice any lingering concerns. Open discussion and all experience levels are welcome.
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Behind the Scenes at BigBlueButton
Fred Dixon (Blindside Networks, Inc.), Jesus Frederico (Blindside Networks, Inc.)
Russell Preaching Center 152
Fred Dixon and Jesus Federico will be giving an update of coming enhancements to BigBlueButton and the Sakai Meeting Tool. This includes the work to add polling and closed caption to BigBlueButton and a look ahead at the options for mobile clients. We encourage anyone who is interested in learning about BigBlueButton (open source web conference for on-line learning) or would like to give feedback on the project to attend. (This will be a virtual session. Fred and Jesus will join us via, what else, BigBlueButton.)
Birds of a Feather Roundtable (continued)
Russell Preaching Center 155
This is a continuation of the Birds of a Feather session begun earlier for those groups that need more time.
Strategies for Developing a Distance Education Program: Panel Discussion
Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University), Robin Buchanan (Lees-McRae), Toni DeVore (Ohio Valley)
Russell Preaching Center 153
What does it take to build an online program in a cash-strapped organization? What has worked for others? Can it work for you? What tools are in Sakai that we just haven’t yet used to their potential? Could we be paying for tools we already have? Let’s look together at strategies and skills that have worked for several of our institutions. We’ll talk about what has worked and how exploring the possibilities of Sakai has brought us to various online, blended, and traditional-with-Sakai successes. Bring in your questions and problem situations and let the community help you resolve them. This is a panel discussion featuring rock star LAMP members who have had and are building successful online programs using Sakai features and tools in some great ways.
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Conference Conclusion: Lessons Learned, Remaining Questions, Planning for Next Year, and Report from the Advisory Council
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company), Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian University), John Padgett (Brevard College), Dave Eveland (Johnson University), Jamie Russell (St. Catharine College), Toni DeVore (Ohio Valley University)
Russell Preaching Center 155
We always wrap up the annual conference with planning for next year’s conference. 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 as well as ample opportunity to shape the format, content, dates and location of next year’s conference.