Sakai Virtual (Online) Conference 2015 – November 4, 2015 from 2pm GMT

Sakai virtual Conference 2015: The Future of the Learning Management System is Open

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Twitter: #SakaiVC15

Participation is Free for Oxford Staff and Students

IT Services will will be taking out an institutional registration meaning that any Oxford University member will be able to attend without needing to pay or register. Please contact us for further details; the more the merrier.

Latest News: there will be a total of six presentations from Oxford University members including a special active learning session from TWSIA winner Lucy Tallents. I think 6 sessions is a record for us!

Conference Programme

The conference starts at 2pm with a keynote from Malcolm Brown and runs for 8 hours culminating in a closing keynote from Sakai’s very own Dr Chuck Severance. (See below for biographies.)

Most of the Oxford talks will be on during the first session.

The full conference program for the Sakai Virtual Conference 15 is now available on-line: or

Rogue’s Gallery

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Design a page to share with your fellow conference attendees! Details on how to create your page will be emailed to registered attendees prior to the event. $20 Amazon gift card prizes to be awarded for best pages in the following 5 categories:

  • Most Sakai-oriented
  • Best Personal Page
  • Most Humorous
  • Most Campus-oriented
  • Best Pictures

Sakai Trivia Quiz

Test your trivia skills! $20 Amazon gift card awarded to the winner! Trivia contest will be conducted live during the afternoon break. [Note from Adam Marshall: I am running this quiz!]

Sakai 11 Skin Contest

Help us add some bling to Morpheus! For more information on creating custom skins, be sure to tune in for the Apereo webinar on Sept. 30th at 12PM EDT. Winners will be announced at SakaiVC15 and will receive a total of $400 in Amazon gift cards.

Random Prize Drawings

Randomly selected conference attendees will have a chance to win a prize. Several Amazon gift cards will be awarded, as well as a free conference registration to the Sakai LAMP CAMP – Pedagogy and Technology Conference July 28-30, 2016 (a $350 value)! You must be present to win the random prize drawings.

Neal Caidin, Sakai Community Coordinator, Apereo Foundation

Wilma Hodges, Sakai Virtual Conference 2015 Planning Committee Chair

Ian Dolphin, Executive Director, Apereo Foundation

Malcolm Brown has been Director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative since 2009 and has initiated major ELI undertakings such as its Seeking Evidence of Impact program and the Learning Space Rating System. Prior to assuming the ELI directorship, he was the Director of Academic Computing at Dartmouth College, overseeing a team active in instructional technology, research computing, classroom technology, and pedagogical innovation. During his tenure at Dartmouth, he worked actively with the ELI, contributing chapters to the EDUCAUSE eBooks, helping to plan focus sessions, and serving on the ELI Advisory Board. He has been a member of the EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies committee and was the editor for the New Horizons column for the EDUCAUSE Review. He has served as a faculty member of the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership program. He has been on the Advisory board for the Horizon Report since its inception in 2004 and served as Chair of Board of the New Media Consortium. (From:

Chuck Severance: is an American computer scientist and academic who currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Information at the University of Michigan. Severance studied at Michigan State University, gaining his BS in 1984, his MS in 1990, and his PhD in 1996, all in computer science. After graduation, he became an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Michigan State, also serving as Director of the Division of Engineering Computer Services. He left this role in 1999 to become Associate Director for Advanced Technology at the University of Michigan’s Media Union, and left the institution entirely in 2001 to serve as Director of Product Development for Strategic Interactive. In August 2002, he returned to the University of Michigan as the first Chief Architect of the Sakai Project, later becoming a member of the Sakai Foundation Board of Directors, and then its first Executive Director. In 2007, he resigned from his position as the Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation, becoming Clinical Associate Professor of Information at the University of Michigan. In 2012, he was hired by Blackboard Inc. to lead their initiatives involving Sakai projects. He announced his departure from this role in March 2014. Outside of teaching and the private sector, Severance helped write the POSIX P1003 standard and has hosted several television shows, including Nothin but Net and Internet:TCI. (From:

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