[Portfolio] Coordination between the OSP and Teaching+Learning PreConference Workshops at Boston Sakai

janice.smith janice.smith at threecanoes.com
Mon Mar 9 14:46:41 PDT 2009

Hi Josh

Thanks for monitoring the portfolio list and representing the T+L group in our decision-making. Sean and I ran our workshop idea past the folks on the OSP Community Call this morning. We have also let Mary Miles know that the OSP functional/technical workshop will be the OSP community pre-conference offering for Boston Sakai.

Here is what we think will work for all concerned. Hold the OSP workshop all day (morning and afternoon) and the T+L workshop in the afternoon. Dedicate the morning at the OSP workshop to mostly function work, limiting technical work to use of the application interfaces (e.g. for matrices and wizards). Offer technical hands-on work only in the afternoon. This way folks who want to attend the OSP workshop for functional information will do that in the morning and then move over to the T+L workshop in the afternoon. The technical people who probably would not attend the T+L workshop anyway will stay for the OSP workshop in the afternoon (or possibly only attend the afternoon portion of it). People who want to attend the newbie session in its entirety will have to choose between two options if that session is only offered once, but if it is offered twice, they can go to the newbie session and either the T+L session in the afternoon or the OSP functional session in the morning.

We would like to stress that a half-day session is completely insufficient for people who want to get started with OSP. (We have received this sort of feedback over and over again.) Even a day-long session is not enough for a full OSP implementation, but it is enough to get a good running start, especially if there is time for a good amount of hands-on work during the session.

Please let us know if you think this solution would work for the benefit of both groups.


Janice A. Smith, Ph.D.
Three Canoes Consulting
1204 Laurel Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104, USA
207-841-6262 (cell)
janice.smith at threecanoes.com
jasmith at mm.com

3.  Re: Preconference OSP workshop 
From: Josh Baron <Josh.Baron at marist.edu> 
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 08:53:09 -0500 
To: Sean Keesler <sean at keesler.org> 
Cc: portfolio <portfolio at collab.sakaiproject.org> 
Subject: Re: Preconference OSP workshop 
Sean, Jan, 
I think this sounds like a great idea. 
I do want to just note that there are also plans in the works for a  
half-day "teaching and learning" preconference workshop.  In the past,  
we've worked to coordinate the scheduling of the OSP and "teaching and  
learning" pre-conference workshops to avoid conflicts as there are folks  
who might want to attend both sessions.  There is also the "newbie"  
session that Anthony and Peter run that is a potential "conflict" as well. 
I wanted to make sure you were aware of the other plans but also the fact  
that we're all sensitive to the potential for a conflict and are very open  
to working together to scheduling things as best as possible to avoid  
Let me know if you want to discuss scheduling options. 
Thanks, Josh 
Joshua Baron 
Director, Academic Technology and eLearning 
Marist College 
Poughkeepsie, New York  12601 
(845) 575-3623 (work) 
Sean Keesler <sean at keesler.org> 
To: portfolio <portfolio at collab.sakaiproject.org> 
Date: 03/05/2009 02:12 AM 
Subject: Preconference OSP workshop 
OSP Community: 
At past Sakai conferences there has been a pre-conference workshop about  
OSP that serves as a primer for newcomers to the community. So far, no one has 
jumped up to coordinate that session for the Boston conference. 
Jan Smith and I would like to propose that our organization Three Canoes 
offer a free, all-day pre-conference session that will get people involved 
in actually using the tools as well as cover some pedagogy that would go 
along with them. We are envisioning something quite a bit more hands-on  
than at previous conferences, based on some positive feedback from the Virginia 
Tech BOF that I did on the templates tool. Does this conflict with  
anyone's plans? We will introduce newcomers to the OSP community as part of the 
workshop and would welcome any and all community members to assist us as 
hands-on helpers during the day. We also suggest that the OSP community 
propose a BOF during the conference to discuss community plans for 3.0 and 
would be happy to help propose and organize that session as well (but  
would be just fine with someone else stepping forward to do it). Let's take  
these matters up on the OSP community call at 11 AM on Monday, March 9, phone 
number (317) 2787008, PIN: 372215#. 
Sean Keesler 
130 Academy Street 
Manlius, NY 13104 

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