Apereo Newsletter - April 2019
Deadline for the May edition will be May 8, with publication on or around May 15. Send your contributions along to!

From the Executive Director

Advocating Openness

As part of Apereo strategic development work, the foundation is increasing the effort it applies to advocacy. There are three core elements to this work – advocacy for open source software, and openness in general; advocacy for open source software in the specific context of education; and advocacy for Apereo itself. Early efforts can be found on in The Value of Open Source Software, The Value of Open Source Software for Education, and Why You Should Join Apereo

Give us your feedback via the Apereo open list (learn how to join at, and let us know what topics you would like to see covered. Better still, do you have a take on open source advocacy you could contribute? Every contribution will be valued!

Join Friends of Apereo!


The Apereo Foundation and its projects have been at the forefront of creating and sustaining software in service of education.  Apereo extends membership to individuals through the Friends of Apereo program. This program allows individuals to support our community programs and activities.  

By making a small contribution that will be dedicated to our support programs, Friends of Apereo can help make a difference. In return, we'll help you stay in touch by providing discounted access to Apereo events and by giving Friends a say in how Apereo is run by voting for a reserved Friends of Apereo board seat.

Apereo's work has touched countless learners, teachers and researchers worldwide, helping to both extend access to learning opportunities, and enriching them. Please help us sustain and extend that by becoming a Friend of Apereo today.

Individual memberships are available for $100.   Joining is easy at

Individual membership supports the work of the Foundation as a whole.  If you'd like to direct your gift to a specific Apereo Project, please specify the details using the special instructions section in PayPal.

Thank you for your continued support of the Apereo Foundation!


2019 ATLAS Award Winners Announced


The Apereo Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards (ATLAS) for 2019.

Winning Entry:
Sébastien Ruffo, The University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Course: French 3906 - Speaking Texts

Honorable Mention:
Gaia Cantelli, Duke University
Course: Writing in Science and Medicine (Writing 101, Thompson Writing Program)

Each of the winners will be recognized for their use of the Sakai, Karuta, Xerte, OAE, ELMS, and/or Opencast, for teaching and learning, at the Open Apereo Conference being held on 2-6 June 2019, in Los Angeles, California. Details of their winning entries will be shared at the conference. For information about the conference, go to

Upcoming Events

Save the date: Open Apereo 2019 

Los Angeles, CA | June 2-6, 2019

Open Apereo 2019 is a practitioners event. Learn how higher education is using open-source software to help deliver the academic mission, control costs, and retain the capacity to innovate. Share your own experience. Join us at Open Apereo 2019 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, Los Angeles, California, USA (Sunday, June 2nd to Thursday, June 6th 2019).

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Project News

Opencast News

Opencast Summit 2020: Save the date

The next international Opencast summit will be on Feb 5-7, 2020 at Ghent University, Belgium.

Opencast 7 Feature Freeze

Opencast 7 contains a number of new features.  The major changes are an overhaul of the permissions management system, updated ElasticSearch compatibility, and significant storage and performance improvements.

Opencast 6.4 and 5.5 Released

Opencast 6.4 and 5.5 are part of Opencast’s ongoing maintenance schedule.  These releases also resolve some security issues for their respective branches.

Sakai 19.0 Release

Congratulations amazing worldwide community!

I'm pleased to announce that Sakai 19.0 is now available! The code for Sakai 19 was released on March 21, 2019.

Some of the highlights in this release include:

  • New Rubrics tool
  • LTI 1.3 / LTI Advantage certification
  • In Assignments: New options for reminder emails to students; user interface improvements for selecting groups and sections.
  • In Gradebook: Grading workflow improvements; grading analytics and visualizations; improved import from Gradebook Classic.
  • In Roster: New layout cards.
  • In Tests & Quizzes: Simplified, more responsive landing page interface; user interface improvements for selecting groups and sections.
  • Enhancements to libraries
  • CKEditor updates
  • JSF 2 Upgrade in Samigo, Chat, and Forums
  • Persistence upgrade to JPA EntityManager
Read more

Wanted: Your Institution's Story

Consider submitting a vignette for!

If you’ve not looked at recently, go take a look. On the landing page we’re promoting Apereo sponsored software in a series of what we’re calling “vignettes”. These are short stories and messages about what problems adopters are using Apereo software to help solve. Check out the solutions we’ve highlighted so far!

Have a message about Apereo software you’d like to communicate to others? Why not take five minutes to write a vignette and forward to
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