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

Josh Baron Josh.Baron at marist.edu
Tue Mar 10 05:53:15 PDT 2009


Thanks for the update...the plan sounds great.

If possible, running two newbie sessions would be useful but my 
understanding is that there may be some space limitations.

Let me know if there is any additional coordination we need to work on.

Thanks, Josh

Joshua Baron
Director, Academic Technology and eLearning
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, New York  12601
(845) 575-3623 (work)

"janice.smith" <janice.smith at threecanoes.com>
portfolio <portfolio at collab.sakaiproject.org>
Josh.Baron at marist.edu, "sean.keesler" <sean.keesler at threecanoes.com>
03/09/2009 05:47 PM
[Portfolio] Coordination between the OSP and Teaching+Learning 
PreConference Workshops at Boston Sakai

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 
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 
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 
these matters up on the OSP community call at 11 AM on Monday, March 9, 
number (317) 2787008, PIN: 372215#. 

Sean Keesler 
130 Academy Street 
Manlius, NY 13104 
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