Apereo Newsletter - June 2019
Deadline for the July edition will be July 10, with publication on or around July 17. Send your contributions along to!

From the Executive Director

Apereo Board & Officers Election


I am pleased to announce that the following were elected to the Board of Directors of the Apereo Foundation at the Foundation AGM

  • Thierry Koscielniak - Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Paris, France)
  • Laura McCord - Rice University (representing and elected by individual members)
  • Salvador Pelicer - Entornos de Formación (Valencia, Spain)
  • Matthew Rascoff - Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation Duke University (North Carolina, USA)
Board Officers for 2019-2020 are
  • Chair - Anne-Marie Scott - University of Edinburgh
  • Vice Chair - Lucy Appert - New York University
  • Treasurer - Tim Carroll - Rogue Wave Software
  • Secretary - Francois Campbell - OpenCollab
Biographies will be posted to the Apereo Website shortly.

Many thanks to these departing Board Members for their years of service: 
  • Douglas Johnson - University of Florida
  • Shoji Kajita - Kyoto University
  • Cheryl Brown - University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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!

Project News

 Project Updates

Opencast 7.0 Release

Opencast 7.0 is scheduled for release on June 13th.  Major new features include an overhaul of the permissions management system, as well as improvements to multi-tenancy operation and storage cleanup.  Full release notes can be found at

North American Workshop - finding a date for Boston

We’re (still) trying to fix a date for the workshop we will organize at Harvard DCE. We would appreciate responses by the end of June at

We are planning on covering everything from running Opencast in a production context to Opencast system architecture and development.  Our intention is to tailor the final content based on the interests of those planning on attending.

Save the date: Meeting of the German-speaking Community

This year’s meeting is being hosted by the Münster University , Germany. It takes place on September 12 and 13 and is free to attend. More details in the July newsletter.


Tsugi Tool Development at U of Dayton

I wanted to send everyone in the community an update on some of the Tsugi-related projects that we are working on at the University of Dayton.

Over the past semester, we’ve partnered with a design student and faculty mentor to create a consistent and modern design for our learning apps. I’ll be talking about this more at Open Apereo in a few weeks. This project allows us to more quickly churn out Tsugi tools and share them with the community.

The first tool that's getting a redesign is Quick Write ( One of the things you’ll notice is that we’ve moved away from the UD specific branding and images and moved to a more generic menu that will be consistent in all of our tools. The screenshots below will help you get a feel for the new look. Our partnership will continue in the Fall semester when we plan to take on the UI/UX of the Tsugi app store itself.

Image 1: Instructor Tool Menu

Image 2: Student View

Image 3: Quick Write Help

Here is a list of the other apps we will be finishing and sharing throughout the summer and into the Fall. As we complete an app, it will be added to for anyone to use and modify.

Existing Tsugi Tools:
  • Pre/Post Reflection: Students answer a question before and after an activity or module and then reflect on what they’ve learned.
  • Quick Quiz: A very simple quizzing app for formative assessments.
  • Topic Selector: The instructor sets up topics or groups that students can sign up for.
  • Photo Gallery: Users collaborate to build a collection of pictures available to everyone in the class. 
  • Study Questions: Students add questions and answers that other students can use to study. Questions can be voted up or down and instructors can provide additional detail to the answers.
  • Interactive Video Quiz: An instructor can add questions to a YouTube or Warpwire video that will pop up as a student watches. Students must answer the question before the video can proceed further.
Others in the pipeline:
  • Online MID
  • Interactive Video Feedback
  • Class Notes
  • Learning Journal
  • Class Profiles
  • Flashcards
  • Emoji Ratings
  • Simple Certificate
  • Interactive Video Remarks
  • Interactive Video Discussion
  • Interactive Video Understanding
  • Randomly
Lastly, we are in the process of moving all of our Isidore (Sakai) training to a MOOC powered by Koseu. We believe that providing online training that users can do on their own schedule will be much more impactful than classroom-style training sessions and Tsugi/Koseu is a great way to do this. I'll send more updates on this project as our work continues. We hope that our Isidore training course will be an inspiration for other groups on our campus that want or need to offer online training.

If you have any questions or want more information on any of the projects above, let me know!

-- David P. Bauer
Team Lead, eLearning Systems & Support Services

Karuta Open Source Portfolio Version 2.4 Released

The Karuta project, under the umbrella of the Apereo Foundation, is pleased to
announce the release of version 2.4 of the Karuta Open Source Portfolio. Adopted by an increasing number of institutions, Karuta offers a simple and flexible way for portfolio designers to customize portfolio workflows for learning, assessment, reporting, and showcasing. This seventh release of Karuta has undergone extensive testing and incorporates many new features to streamline admin capabilities including improvements to user creation and reports.

Karuta is currently in production at more than ten institutions. Karuta benefits include:

  • Karuta is Simple. Teaching and learning (T&L) designers can quickly build portfolio workflows by creating pages, adding different resources (text, documents, comments, rubrics, embed resources, bubble-maps, email, etc.), and assigning their use to various roles (student, instructor, evaluator, etc.).
  • Karuta is Flexible. Karuta has no a priori structure. The T&L designer has full control and can build sophisticated portfolio workflows and reports with a minimum of training. No code development is required. All types of portfolios are supported (learning,assessment, showcase, presentation, etc.).
  • Karuta is Iterative. Karuta is built for quick review and revision. Design a portfolio, test it in faculty meetings, make changes, run a small pilot with students, check the data in reports.
  • Karuta is Powerful. Karuta has advanced features for creating rubrics, user menus, summary pages, forms, help, reports, sharing, and peer evaluation.
  • Karuta is Mobile Device Ready. Karuta is responsive design-ready and can be displayed on computers, tablets, or smartphones.
  • Karuta is Multilingual. Karuta can support many languages and has already been set up for English, French, and Japanese. Language customization can be accomplished quickly. A special version of Karuta supports portfolios with multilingual interface commands and forms, images, and/or documents made available in a chosen language.

Karuta Technology:  jQuery javascript front end, Twitter Bootstrap, MySQL, Oracle, REST API.

Try Karuta:
Get the source code:
Get the running code:
Get documentation for installation:
Get in touch:

Congratulations amazing worldwide community! I'm pleased to announce that Sakai 19.1 is released and available for downloading! Download information is here:

Sakai 19.1 has 157 improvements including

  • 26 fixes in Tests & Quizzes (Samigo)
  • 21 fixes in Assignments
  • 21 fixes in Rubrics
  • 15 fixes in Gradebook
  • 11 fixes in Lessons
  • 8 fixes in Site Info

See 19.1 Fixes by Tool here: 

There were 4 security issues fixed in 19.1 (details will be sent to the Sakai Security Announcements list). Please also note the upgrade information page for important notes related to performing the upgrade:

Sakai 19.1 Released

Other areas improved include:
  • A11y
  • Announcements
  • Basic LTI
  • Bullhorns
  • Calendar
  • Chat Room
  • Citations
  • CKEditor
  • Dropbox
  • Email Archive
  • Forums
  • Login
  • Mail Sender
  • Message Bundle Manager
  • Messages
  • News
  • Portal
  • Profile
  • Quartz Scheduler
  • Resources
  • Sign up
  • Statistics
  • Wiki
  • Worksite Setup
-- Wilma Hodges, Ed.D.
Sakai PMC - Community Coordinator


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
Copyright © 2019 Apereo Foundation, All rights reserved.
Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Apereo Foundation · 2723 South State Street · Suite 150, PMB 187 · Ann Arbor, Michigan Ml48104 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp