[Portfolio] Sakai Virtual Conference Planning - Invitation to Participate

Wilma Hodges wilma at longsight.com
Tue Jul 1 13:59:15 PDT 2014

Hello everyone,

Just a heads up that the Sakai Virtual Conference Planning Team is meeting
tomorrow, Wed. July 2nd at 2pm EDT. If you would like to participate in the
planning for this event, you are welcome to join us. Connection details are
below. :-)

*Sakai Virtual Conference Planning Meeting 7-2-14*

1. Please join my meeting.

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or,
call in using your telephone.

United States: +1 (619) 550-0004

Access Code: 721-104-693
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID:721-104-693

*Wilma Hodges*
Director of Training & eLearning Initiatives
wilma at longsight.com

On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM, Wilma Hodges <wilma at longsight.com> wrote:

> For those of you unable to attend the Sakai Virtual Conference BoF at Open
> Apereo, I'd like to quickly recap some of the highlights and invite you to
> participate in the planning team for this event. We had a small group in
> attendance, but a very lively and productive discussion!
> Many community members have expressed a desire for a Sakai event that has
> more faculty participation and is more focused on best practices and
> teaching and learning topics. We would like to address this need by holding
> a Sakai Virtual Conference in early November, 2014. The online nature of
> the event saves travel time and costs associated with attending an on-site
> conference, and we hope that the cost savings and convenience of attending
> virtually will encourage greater participation from a wide range of Sakai
> users, including faculty, instructional designers, students,
> administrators, and IT staff who may not normally travel to attend Apereo
> events.
> Some ideas which emerged from the BoF include the following topics and/or
> tracks for potential presentations:
>    - "Demystifying Open Source for Faculty" session (possibly keynote)
>    - A Course Showcase track for current and past TWSIA winners to demo
>    their courses
>    - Student Experience Lightning Talks where faculty can nominate
>    exemplary students to showcase their work
>    - Talk with Sakai Lead Developers - informal Q&A via Google Hangouts
>    or other webinar/chat interface
>    - An Instructional Designers BoF to discuss successes and challenges
>    in supporting Sakai at their institutions
>    - A session for local IT staff on best practices for Sakai database
>    and server maintenance
>    - Virtual Focus Groups and Online Sakai Usability Testing to inform
>    user interface improvements and enhancements
>    - Breakout sessions/presentations on a variety of pedagogy and
>    teaching/learning topics
> If you are interested in being on the planning team for the Sakai Virtual
> Conference, please fill out the Doodle poll at the link below to indicate
> your availability for meeting within the next couple of weeks. We'd like to
> hit the ground running and get the call for proposals out as soon as
> possible. November will be here before you know it! :-)
> http://doodle.com/ahswzsnrwuy8nmaw
> I hope you will join us!
> Wilma
> *Wilma Hodges*
> Director of Training & eLearning Initiatives
> Longsight
> wilma at longsight.com
> www.longsight.com
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