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Sakai Conference Program Committee Call

Thursday, February 24, 2011



* Mary Miles

* Debbie Smith

* Kate Ellis

* Rob Coyle

* John Lewis

* Trent Batson

* Kim Thanos

* Mathieu Plourde

* Lynn Ward

* Chuck Powell

* Michelle Ziegmann

* Trent Batson

* Bruce Sandhorst

* Doug Johnson



Kim's proposal:

Proposed Theme

1. Sakai 2011: Open Opportunities


2. Sakai 2011: Open Opportunities. Endless Possibilities.

Possible Tagline (to expand thinking beyond Sakai)

A. Open Technologies and practices for learning and research

B. Technologies for open education

Theme: Sakai 2011: Endless Possibilities

Tagline: Practices and Technologies for Open Education

Sub-Committee: Kim, Rob, Mathieu

Track Sessions

Teaching, Learning, Research and Portfolios

Sakai exists to improve the quality of teaching, learning and research.  Please share case studies of effective teaching, research, assessment and collaboration practices as well as new approaches to technology-enabled teaching and research. Please also consider topics for faculty members who are getting started with Sakai.

Software Design and Development

Sharing is critical among the development community. Please share development projects, design approaches, usability and accessibility improvement plans and projects. Topics may also include best practices in design and development approaches that could be incorporated into Sakai in the future. Please also consider topics for new developers who are getting started with Sakai

Expanded Solutions

Beyond Sakai there is a complex ecosystem of systems and tools that support teaching, learning and research. Please share your experiences and successes integrating other solutions with Sakai to expand the benefit to your faculty and students. Share other open source projects that could expand Sakai.

Technical Management

Deploying, supporting and managing Sakai is critical to its success. Please share your best practices and approaches in creating and maintaining Sakai successfully for your users. Please also consider topics for technical administrators who are getting started with Sakai.

Leadership and Future Directions

Sakai is an element within your broader strategy and goals. How are institutions using Sakai to achieve strategic goals? What changes and opportunities on the horizon should be influencing the direction of the community? What other trends, advances and challenges should become part of our community planning and dialogue? Please consider topics for leaders who are in the process of evaluating Sakai and assessing strategic fit.

Framing initital announcement to encourage ideas, but let them know that they have to fit into a "track."





* Pedagogy

* Portfolio

* Sakai CLE

* Sakai OAE

* Opencast

* Technology selection

* Migration

Is this what you're after. or too much detail?: +1(Brainstorming here)

Distance Learning

Distance Education


Hybrid Learning :-) Could hybrid come into OAE? Never mind. Disagreeing with myself as I type. "Hybrid" may take on an added meaning in OAE...

Hybrid Sakai CLE & OAE?

Active Learning

Student-Centered Learning


Course Design


Open Educational Resources

Creating Community

Learning Technologies



Online Learning

Blended Learning

Learning Outcomes

Research findings



(Technical terms to be added, ask the geeks on the Dev list ;-) )

Will add to Kim's Word doc with track changes and send to her as requested.


* Assessment professionals

* Faculty

* Newcomers

* Programmers

* Researchers

* Software designers

* System administrators

* Teaching and learning leaders

* Technology leaders

* Senior academic and technology leaders

* Instructional technology consultants?+1

* Instructional designers?+1


Pre-conference ideas

* Make a newcomer session

* Meetup session/preconference with Sakai veterans/ambassador/mentor



Kim: message out early next week--broad announcement before call for proposals

- Include date when the call for proposal will be open

- We do not expect extension to the deadline


Keynote Speaker

- Solicit help from Sakai board members to identify

Clay Shirky?


how to handle vendor's requests

next meeting: plan for TWSIA winner presentations?


Rob Coyle: Hello!

13:00 Trent Batson: Hi, Rob

13:02 Lance Speelmon: FYI - we have had to give up on etherpad - not stable enough

13:02 Kate Ellis: hello all

13:03 Lance Speelmon: Switched to:

13:03 Kate Ellis: Lance: not stable on iPad?

13:04 Rob Coyle: Hi, Kim

13:07 John Lewis: FYI. If you look in your invite for the meeting, there is a link labeled "Click here to access the conference call" that will take you to a web page that lists all the people who are called in.

13:12 Rob Coyle: Practicing Learning and Research with Open Technologies

13:13 Michelle Ziegmann: Open opportunities, technologies and practice for learning and research

13:14 Kate Ellis: Technology and Practice for Open Education

13:15 Rob Coyle: Endless Possibilities: Practices and Technologies for Open Education

13:16 Mathieu Plourde: +1 for Rob's suggestion

13:17 unnamed: + 1 for Rob

13:17 Kate Ellis: +1

13:17 Mathieu Plourde: @Kim: Yeah, let's reject Ian's ideas by default ;-)

13:17 Chuck Powell: +1

13:17 Lance Speelmon: +0 - liked "Open Opportunities. Endless Possibilities"

13:18 Lance Speelmon: but not a "-1" :)

13:19 Michelle Ziegmann: I agree with Lance, and also that "open education" is a little limiting - is open education really the focus?

13:19 Michelle Ziegmann: or is it more about open technologies and open practices?

13:19 Mathieu Plourde: Practices and Technologies for Openness?

13:22 Kate Ellis: thanks folks!

13:36 Lance Speelmon: +1 feel good

13:36 Mathieu Plourde: +1

13:36 Rob Coyle: +1

13:36 Doug: +1

13:36 Lance Speelmon: yes thanks Kim!

13:36 Kim: Those key words look great to me.

13:37 Kim: May need more technical keywords?

13:38 Lance Speelmon: +0 on the fence

13:38 Lynn: distance learning and distance ed are too similar

13:39 Lynn: same with student centered and active learning

13:39 Rob Coyle: Lynn, agreed. Distance Learning?

13:40 Lynn: blended what? blended learning?

13:40 Lynn: does hybrid refer to OAE/Sakai 2.x hybrid

13:40 Lynn: or blended?

13:41 Mathieu Plourde: I always go with what Kim says ;-)

13:42 Mathieu Plourde: +1 for Bruce's comment

13:42 Rob Coyle: Lynn, Blended and Hybrid could be part of Distance Learning. That's what we are using for TWSIA anyway.

13:43 Lynn: blended/hyrbrid is often for residebtial students

13:43 Rob Coyle: Yes, My mantra, Kim is Always Right!

13:43 Lynn: not distance

13:43 Lynn: learners need to be near or on campus for the F2F piece

13:44 Lance Speelmon: will the technology support our decision>

13:44 Lance Speelmon: ?

13:44 Lance Speelmon: tags vs tracks?

13:45 Chuck Powell: working assumption is yes Lance details to be determined

13:45 Rob Coyle: Lynn, I hear you. Different schools of thought. I'll conceed to you. :)

13:45 Rob Coyle: +1 for "B"

13:45 Bruce Sandhorst: B sounds reasonable to me.

13:46 Lynn: I certainly agree that their are similarities in terms of what takes place -- it's all online learning

13:47 Doug: +1 for folksonomy

13:47 Rob Coyle: folksonomy is good, but can take time

13:48 Lance Speelmon: also curious if the proposal system supports folksonomy

13:50 Michelle Ziegmann: sounds good to me!

13:50 Mathieu Plourde: +1, we need to move forward

13:50 Bruce Sandhorst: sounds good to me

13:53 Mathieu Plourde: Tweetbites!!!!

13:54 Rob Coyle: Tweeterers on Standby for Mass Communication

13:56 Mathieu Plourde: Booze!

14:00 Mathieu Plourde: Great!

14:00 Debbie: Thanks, Chuck!

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