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TUESDAY, August 6th and Wednesday, August 7thDownload the Portland Moot Program

  • 7:30-5:15pm: Registration
  • 7:30-9:00am: Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30am: Keynote (incl. Q&A)
  • 10:30-11:00am: Break
  • 11:00-11:50am: Breakout Sessions
  • 11:50am-12:00pm: Break
  • 12:00-12:50pm: Breakout Sessions
  • 12:50-2:00pm: Lunch/Networking
  • 2:00-2:50pm: Breakout Sessions
  • 2:50-3:00pm: Break
  • 3:00-3:50pm: Breakout Sessions
  • 3:50-4:05pm: Break
  • 4:05-5:15pm: Keynote (incl. Q&A)
  • 5:15-7:30pm: Happy Hour (hotel)

*Subject to change


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Portland Moot Sessions: 

More sessions and session schedule will be announced soon!


Exploring Mozilla’s Open Badges in Moodle 2.5

Randy Thornton, Fortech Solutions; Crystal Beasley, Mozilla Corporation; Kathryn Fortin, Fortech Solutions; Emily Goligoski, Open Badges, Mozilla Foundation 

Learn about the integration of Mozilla’s Open Badges in Moodle 2.5. We will show what Open Badges is, its features including security, how it relates to Mozilla’s Persona, and Mozilla’s current and future direction for it.  We will demonstrate how to configure and use the Moodle integration, and review ways in which it can be used as part of course design by itself or as part of general gamification of courses.  


UCLA’s Syllabus Preview Project (Faculty or Admins) 

Rex Lorenzo & Deborah Kearney, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) | Download Presentation

The impetus for this project was a student-driven initiative to aid in course selection by making syllabi available during the course enrollment period. We needed to create a tool that would facilitate faculty buy-in by simplifying the process of uploading (or linking to) a course syllabus, and by giving faculty an easy way to specify who should have access to the data. Topics include: background on the project, technical solutions, and faculty adoption strategies. 


The Power of the Podcast (Faculty)

Richard Jerz, St. Ambrose University | Download Presentation

This presentation focuses on the multiple uses of video podcast RSS feeds. It will review what podcasts are, how to create them, how to put them on Apple’s iTunes store, how browsers display podcasts, and most importantly, how to display them in Moodle. Podcast feeds can be a good way to distribute videos. Although the focus will be on video, these techniques apply equally well to audio podcast feeds.


Custom Role Management in Theory and Practice (Admin)

John A. Lynch, UCLA Center for Digital Humanities

Role Management is one of the most difficult administrative tasks in Moodle, and it only gets more difficult if you start making custom roles. But there are ways to make it easier and more sustainable. Come learn about how the members of UCLA’s Moodle, the Common Collaborative Learning Environment (CCLE), substantially simplified role management during our upgrade to Moodle 2, along with our lessons learned and some future ideas.


Making the Big Switch: A Story of Learning Management System Change (Everyone)

Autumm Caines, Capital University | Download Presentation

Changes come every academic year in both policy and in technology. A learning management system change brings a special set of circumstances to many constituencies across a campus.  Reflections on such implementations can help to prepare us for upgrades in the future. This session will look at the impact of an LMS change to faculty, students, and administrators. There will be discussion around specific measures taken to soften the blow that change can bring as well as ways to simply track user impressions. Participants at all stages of an LMS change will benefit from this session, whether, just contemplating a change or reflecting on past upgrades.


Taking Your Screencasts to a New Level (Everyone)

Paul Tannahill, Linn-Benton Community College

You realize the value of a good screencast, but do you know what makes a "good" screencast? Learn how to gain and keep the viewer's attention, and to direct that attention where you want, when you want, all in a way that maximizes learning and minimizes distraction.


Making Moodle 2.5 Shine (Admins)

Steven Miley, UC Santa Barbara

There are lots of decisions to make while upgrading to Moodle 2.5 from Moodle 1.9. This talk will cover some of our key decisions with our reasoning. Our goal is to keep our loyal faculty, but to expect them to adapt a bit. Is a responsive theme really the right thing to do? Private Files, legacy course files, the dashboard, enhancing the grader report and much more will be discussed.


Development Sharefest (Admins)

Robert Russo, Louisiana State University

Come to learn and share Moodle custom code and development methods. The workshop will focus on sharing development techniques and project planning, design, and development.


Fork U (Admins)

Robert Russo, Louisiana State University

With so much custom development in the U.S. going on, is it time to form a coalition and fork Moodle? Is this a sustainable idea? We will lead an open and honest discussion on the benefits, perils, pitfalls, and costs of forking and maintaining Moodle.


Taming The Moodle Gradebook

Robert Russo, Louisiana State University

The gradebook has been a thorn in everyone's side for years. This presentation will examine what LSU has done with the gradebook and some simple things you can do about it without opening a development can of worms.