Schedule & Program

Please note that the full, official schedule of events has moved over to the Lanyrd platform. You can view the conference program at
Attendees will NOT receive a printed program at check in this year. Please use the link above to print yourself a copy if you'd like to have it for use during the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Open for all?  Technology serving the higher education mission

Monday 06/02/2014

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Symphony I

Laura Czerniewicz (Associate Professor, Director OpenUCT)

Description: This presentation will review current trends in ICTs in higher education, considering research as well as teaching and learning and bearing in mind how these trends are playing out in different contexts and serving different interests.

Academic Collaboration Spaces, Libraries and Repositories: What kind of integration?
Date: Tuesday 06/03/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Symphony I 

Chuck Severance (University of Michigan); Robert McDonald (Indiana University); John Norman (University of Cambridge

Description: A panel conversation around the connection of libraries, repositories and academic collaboration spaces - what they are, and what they should be.

Sensemaking with Learning Analytics: The need for openness

Wednesday 06/04/2014

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Symphony I

George Siemens (LINK Research Lab, University of Texas, Arlington) 

Description: It's a data-centric world.  Analytics are increasingly used to make sense of large (and growing) quantities of data. For educators and researchers, openness and transparency of both data and analytics methods is important. The need for openness is challenged by numerous vendors who make claims about the insight into learning that their platform can provide, but do not make the data used or the process explicit. This presentation will introduce the Open Learning Analytics initiative and detail opportunities for colleges and universities to take control of their own data and begin partnering with advocates for open data, technology, and analytics.

Flipped Sessions - New this year!  Flipped Sessions allow you to start learning and using exciting new technology before you attend the Apereo Conference in June.  After completing the preparatory work, you will be ready to engage with the presenter(s) and others at the conference session with questions and ideas to advance the new technology.  Click on the Session Title below to access Pre Session Materials.

 Session Title Presenter  Description 
Using Selenium IDE to Automate QA Testing  Andrea Schmidt  Bring your laptop for a hands-on session using Selenium IDE to automate QA testing! Selenium IDE works with the Firefox browser, is easy to add on, and works client-side. If there are items you are continuously testing, requiring the same steps to set up, or simulate multiple student submissions, Selenium IDE can greatly reduce the amount of time spent. Selenium IDE no longer records your actions in the iFrame, but there is a way to still be able to use Selenium IDE by using Firebug to get the ids, names, etc., of checkboxes, drop-downs, etc., and entering them into the Selenium script.

Player 1 Start: Gamification in Sakai  Keenan Kibrick  In this flipped presentation we will design and apply Gamification principles to the creation of courses in Sakai. The online instruction before the presentation will provide the basics of Gamification theory and how to apply it to education.  

Understanding Your Audience Through Numbers  Tom Freestone  Google Analytics can be used to deliver many useful statistics. In our flipped presentation, we will provide instructional materials to help you setup google analytics, create custom dimensions and discuss how to use and interpret metrics to gain insight into your applications. We'll be demonstrating how we use google analytics through uPortal and CAS as case studies, giving you an inside perspective on how we monitor our user traffic and how it leads us to make decisions and changes. 

Beyond Help: Sakai User Stories Chris Clark  At most institutions, users learn about Sakai through the online Help and other documentation. What's often missing are concrete examples of how Sakai is used in the real world. We created a Sakai User Stories website to showcase actual experiences with the CLE. These narratives will range from common activities - conducting online discussion or sequencing content - to unique cases of cutting-edge technology and pedagogy. This flipped presentation will be a collaborative effort to generate stories. Ahead of the conference, we'll post story guidelines, background information, a stylesheet, and sample stories. Your task will be to outline ideas for a story. More ambitious folks can assemble images and screencasts. 

Open Source Cross Platform Developer Toolbox  Brandon Powell  Cover the fundamentals of git, vim, and other tool sets.  Learn how to utilize these tools in your development process. You can use these tools to help debug, find errors in code, compare versions of files, build software and much more.
Sakai 10 Documentation Project  Wilma Hodges  The Documentation Work Group is implementing a new collaborative authoring process for Sakai 10 Help beginning in Jan 2014. The Sakai 10 Help will be a comprehensive re-write of the community documentation for improved accuracy and better usability.  This flipped session will introduce participants to the Screenstepslive collaborative help authoring system, and provide information about authoring guidelines and how community members may contribute to the documentation effort. The on-site potion of this flipped presentation will be a hands-on working session where participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on documentation developed to date, as well as directly contribute by editing and/or authoring articles using Screensteps. 

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