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July 27, 28 and 29, 2016


Johnson University Knoxville, Tennessee

Conference Agenda:

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Tuesday, July 26
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
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 experience. We’ll also provide some perspective about the unique community that is the LAMP Consortium. This session is a must for all participants.

9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Basics of Sakai
Greg Hartley (Johnson University Florida)
If you are attending this year's conference as a total newcomer to Sakai, this session is for you. We will begin with basic log-in procedures and build from there as we learn each new skill. From an orientation to the user interface, to writing your first lesson, we'll try to cover it all, one step at a time. The session will focus on the three core modes of using Sakai: as course management software (using the gradebook), as a learning management system (teaching an online course), and as an online course builder (writing an online course). Our goal will be to demystify as much of the system as possible in order to build confidence quickly.

New Features in Sakai 11
Matthew Jones (Longsight), Neal Caidin (Apereo Foundation), Chuck Severance (Longsight)
Sakai 11 released and will be here soon for LAMP! The user interface has undergone a major upgrade, as have a number of tools. In addition, there have been many under-the-hood improvement. In this session, Matthew Jones, one of the key architects of Sakai 11 will discuss the new features of this significant upgrade.

State Authorizations Updates
Terry Golightly (Johnson University)
A March review of state websites on state authorization requirements has yielded some new information. SARA memberships have increased, but there are still requirements that all institutions must meet. This is a complicated requirement for distance learning and any students you may admit for online courses that are not resident in your state. Here is an update.

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
How Do Your On-Line Courses Measure Up? Quality Matters!
Dave Eveland (Johnson University), Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Getting a handle on the development and delivery of quality online courses requires effort, often the input and effort of many stake holders and a plan. But how do you know if the course really is a quality course? Come hear how Johnson University has begun utilizing Quality Matters Rubric to examine its own courses and set a vision for continuous online course improvement. The session will include a demonstration of the SOLÉ application that uses Sakai data to analyze instructor engagement in online courses.

Approaching Instructional Design in Sakai
Terry Golightly (Johnson University)
Design matters! Before you ever begin working with tools in Sakai, you need an approach to instructional design that will deliver maximum learning opportunities for your students. The session focuses on the Why and the What of designing your course before it tackles the practical How to do things. Learn how to approach good instructional design in the context of Sakai’s learning framework.

Plagiarism Detection and VeriCite
John Padgett (Brevard College)
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 some strategies to prevent such tendencies in student writing, and demonstrate how to use VeriCite, a plagiarism detection service created by Longsight, to discover some instances of academic dishonesty.

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Techniques for Engaging Students
Valarie Williams (Point University)
Ever wonder what type of strategies you should use to engage students? Have you run out of ideas for activities? Perhaps, you need a breath of fresh air to revitalize content. This presentation is for you! It will help you with techniques for engaging students in online and hybrid environments.

Integrating Sakai into Your Organizational Infrastructure
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
Because the LAMP Consortium includes so many organizations with such a variety of needs, it is vital that Sakai be able to integrate well in a variety of ways. This session will discuss ways to ensure Sakai integrates well into your organization’s infrastructure. Topics to be discussed include user authentication approaches (including the use of GAS), integration with your administrative processes (including LASSIE), integration with your support processes (including Delegated Access), and more.

Designing Accessible Online Courses
John Ketchen (Johnson University)
Several universities have been sued recently because they failed to make their online courses accessible to students with disabilities. We have both a legal and moral responsibility to make our online courses accessible. This workshop summarizes Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and suggests a strategy for making online courses 508 Compliant.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Leveraging Warpwire and the Power of Video
Kyle Malmberg (Point University)
Video is a huge asset to online and flipped model classrooms. Warpwire provides a convenient way to manage these resources. This session will show the benefits and real-world practice of using videos in Warpwire to enhance content delivery and assessment.

How to Develop New Features for Sakai
Matthew Jones (Longsight)
Ever wonder how new tools and features are developed for Sakai?  Ever wonder if you (and/or your students) could get involved, influencing the process or even contributing yourself? Because the Sakai community is completely open, you can! In this session, Matthew Jones, one the Sakai community’s lead developers, will explore the process by which Sakai is continually improving and evolving and how you can get involved, from writing code, documentation, testing or being a part of FARM projects.

Forums Tool Basics
Jamie Russell (St. Catharine College)
This session will contain the basics of 1) What is a Forum and how can it be used, 2) The main parts of the Forum tool, and 3) How to create a basic forum.

3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Warpwire Features: Current and Coming
Andrew Synoweiz (Warpwire), Monte Evans (Warpwire)
Warpwire is a video streaming and management tool that is tightly integrated into Sakai and that is available to LAMP members. This session will be led by the brilliant minds behind Warpwire. Andrew and Monte will provide insights into how Warpwire works, ways to use some of its more sophisticated features (such as metrics for measuring student video views), and features that will be coming in the next release of Warpwire.

Using the Assignments Tool
John Padgett (Brevard College)
Assignments is Sakai’s most versatile tool for instructors to receive, grade, and return student-created work. This session will cover how to create assignments, how to grade and return work, and how Assignments may be used in conjunction with other Sakai tools such as Lessons, Announcements, and Gradebook. Time permitting, this session will also touch briefly on some more advanced features available in the tool, including plagiarism detection and peer assessment (both of which will be the focus of other sessions).

Building Your Institution’s Mission into an Online Course
G. K. Pennington (Ohio Valley University)
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.

5:30 PM
Group Dinner
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.

Wednesday, July 27
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Why We Stay With Sakai (Keynote Presentation)
Laura Gekeler (University of Notre Dame)

9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Gradebook 101
Keri Magaña (Lees-McRae College)
This session is designed for new or beginning users. We'll cover initial set up, calculating grades, linking to other tools, and the overall utility of the Gradebook tool.

Clicking with Clickers: A Student Engagement Tool
Tine Bell (Brevard College)
iClickers (a remote response system) are a valuable tool in the classroom, providing feedback to the instructor on student understanding of concepts as well as boosting class participation and attendance. This workshop will cover the basics of iClicker use from the Sakai integration tool to roll call, polling, quizzes, and feedback as well as how to manage the data collected by the iClicker system.

EvalSys: Course Evaluations and Surveys
Matthew Jones (Longsight)
EvalSys, the Sakai Evaluation System, is one of the most complex tools within Sakai.  With it, schools can conduct end-of-term course evaluations, survey students for program assessment, even do surveys of populations who don’t even have a Sakai account.  In this session, we will explore the details of EvalSys, how it works and how to deploy it on your campus.

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Peer Assessments in Assignments and Lessons
John Padgett (Brevard College)
Sakai offers several ways for class participants to collaborate and assess each other’s work. This session will discuss some of the pedagogical reasons for peer assessment, demonstrate two methods of peer assessment in Sakai, in Assignments and Lessons, and point out the pros and cons in each method.

Assessment Tools in Sakai: Tests and Quizzes and More
Terry Golightly (Kentucky Christian)
Assessment of student progress is an essential component of good pedagogy. In Sakai, most assessment is done using the Tests and Quizzes tool. This session will focus on understanding the fundamentals of Tests and Quizzes. However, other methods of assessment will also be considered.

The Ins and Outs of EvalSys
Melissa Mercer (Lees-McRae College), Blaine Hansen (Lees-McRae College)
EvalSys, Sakai’s system for deploying course evaluations and other surveys, is underutilized across many LAMP institutions despite the range of possibilities it offers. Join us as we discuss creative ways to use this tool to engage and gather feedback from our campus communities. We’ll talk about different options for creating templates, deploying evaluations, and aggregating the results.

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Getting Started with the Lessons Tool
Steve Mattingly (Davis & Elkins College)
You can use the Lessons tool to create sites that combine text, multimedia, assignments, quizzes, discussion forums, student-generated content, and more. This session will introduce options for organizing learning materials and activities using Lessons.

Integrating Google Apps into Sakai
Rob Keeney (FAB)
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.

Non-Traditional Course Management
Kyle Malmberg (Point University)
Outline of a non-traditional adult education program highlighting the technology and andragogy for course management at Point University.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Creative Uses of Lessons
Dave Eveland (Johnson University)
Creating online courses depends on having the ability to organize and sequence course content and Sakai 11’s Lessons gives you even more options to do so. Begun in July 2014, the Lessons Enhancement Project (LEaP) started out as a project with committed resources of over $35000 and an aim to improving Lessons as a major component of Sakai. With Sakai 11 and completed work of LEaP, lessons has even greater flexibility and ease of use when building online, blended or face to face courses. Come see what’s new in Lessons, what’s just around the corner and how you can leverage Lessons for your courses today.

Karuta: Open ePortfolios for Sakai
Janice Smith (Three Canoes Consulting)
The LAMP Consortium has been looking for a suitable ePortfolio tool for many years. Karuta is here, the open source, flexible ePortfolio tool that integrated beautifully into Sakai. This session will focus on the many features of Karuta and how it can be customized to fit your institution’s needs. The following session will show how Karuta has been implemented at LAMP member New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

Extending Sakai with LTI Tools
Chuck Severance (Longsight)
Learning Tool Interoperability or LTI is a standard that allows software to interface seamlessly in the learning management space. Through LTI tools, the functions of Sakai can be greatly expanded. Tools such as BigBlueButton, VeriCite, Warpwire, Karuta and SmartThinking are all tools that add significant functionality to the LAMP instance of Sakai through LTI integration. In this session, the godfather of Sakai and all-round LTI guru will discuss how Sakai can be extended using the LTI interface. He will also show his new toolset, called Tsugi, that supports the creation of new LTI tools.

3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Gradebook 101
Keri Magaña (Lees-McRae College)
This session is designed for new or beginning users. We'll cover initial set up, calculating grades, linking to other tools, and the overall utility of the Gradebook tool.

BigBlueButton for Beginners
Bo Bennett (Lees-McRae College), Melissa Mercer (Lees-McRae College)
BigBlueButton is an effective way to communicate and leverage resources and technology. Whether it's used in a traditional classroom as an add-on, to facilitate holding class during inclement weather closures, or to engage with faculty and staff at remote locations, BigBlueButton is an efficient and valuable tool that is often overlooked.

Making the Most of ePortfolios for Assessment and Student Learning
Terry Smith (New Brunswick Theological Seminary)
E-portfolios offer a way to collect, assess, demonstrate and highlight programmatic and student accomplishments. This presentation offers a look at how New Brunswick Theological Seminary has incorporated the Karuta E-Portfolio platform into its programmatic assessment as well as its use in supporting student career preparation and credential documentation.

Help Your Students Succeed in Taking On-Line Courses — Orient Them
Dave Eveland (Johnson University)
Students new to your school or new to taking online courses don’t always understand the strategies for being successful in a distance education environment. From recognizing the school-specific attendance policy, to what differentiates face to face courses from fully online offerings, a self-paced online orientation can inform, equip and prepare students and give them better footing for success.

5:30 PM
Group Dinner
We will visit a local favorite and enjoy some good, informal fellowship.

Thursday, July 28
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Sakai as Product, Community, and Force For Good (Keynote Presentation)
Neal Caidin (Apereo Foundation)

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Calendar Options - From Exam Schedule to Mobile Phone Alerts
Amy Stringer (Brevard College)
This session will explore three options for communicating important schedule information to your class including the pros and cons of each. Learn about the calendar tool, the use of a calendar document (including a template you can use) and embedding a Google calendar in your class site that your students can easily merge with their mobile phone including alerts.

Really? Sakai Can Do THAT? (panel discussion)
Terry Golightly (Johnson University), Dave Eveland (Johnson University), Laura Gekeler (Notre Dame), Neal Caidin (Open Apereo), Chuck Severance (Longsight)
This lively session will focus features of Sakai and ways to extend Sakai that you might not have thought of. The panel will present and variety of “hacks” to Sakai from their own repertoire, then invite the audience to join in with suggestions of their own. There may even be an opportunity to stump the group with your “is there any way to do THIS is in Sakai?” Be prepared for a lively session with lots of creative ideas flowing around.

Managing with LAMP-CAT
Martin Ramsay (CEATH Company)
LAMP-CAT is the Coordinator’s Administrative Tool that allows member coordinators to manage key organizational contacts, skin and branding parameters, conference registrations, and more. This session will demonstrate the various features of this important new membership tool.

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The Flipped Classroom: High Touch, High Tech
Valarie Williams (Point University)
Have you ever heard of the flipped classroom? How about the inverse classroom or studio model? Now, more than ever, students seek a higher level of instructor presence. No longer are you the “Sage on the Stage” using the old “Chalk and Talk” methods. Now you are the “Guide on the Side” that mentors and facilitates the learning experience in the digital age. The “High Tech, High Touch” strategy can help you combine online learning and more personalized instruction. Allow me to take you on a tour of the flipped classroom and its applicable solutions.

Birds of a Feather Roundtable
Jamie Russell (St. Catharine College)
This session is designed to allow people from across the LAMP community who have similar disciplines or interests the time they need to connect, discuss ideas, and inspire each other. Groups will self-organize into topics of interest.

Technical Roundtable
Matthew Jones (Longsight)
This session is specifically for the geeks at the conference.  This will be an opportunity to explore the more technical aspects of Sakai with people who understand Sakai under the hood.  Come with your questions and be prepared for lively discussions.  You’re sure to learn something, too! You set the agenda!

11:30 AM to 12:30 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)
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. We will also announce the winners of our tenth anniversary LAMP Awards!