Apereo Newsletter - December 2018/January 2019
Happy New Year! There's a lot going on in the Apereo Community as 2019 gets underway. Read on to learn more! And please consider sharing your own updates with the community.  We are especially interested in pieces on the implementation and use of Apereo software at your institution and on promoting open source adoptions and practices. Deadline for the February edition will be February 8, with publication on or around February 15. Send your contributions along to!

From the Executive Director

The New Apereo Individual Membership Offering

Become a Friend of Apereo here.

For almost a decade and a half, the Apereo Foundation and its predecessors have been at the forefront of creating and sustaining software in the service of higher education. We've accomplished that by creating innovative and functional open source software collaboratively – made by education, for education. And we've had the help of many, many, talented and committed individuals in that work.

Apereo and its predecessors have always sought to recognize that talent and commitment through a series of programs. These programs – such as the fellows program and teaching innovation awards – have both celebrated commitment and success, and helped take those successes to the next level by providing small amounts of funding to facilitate networking good practice and further development.
As the Apereo family of software and related communities grows larger, we'd like to support and extend those recognition programs with a new membership category – individual membership. This doesn't mean that Apereo is changing its primary focus on supporting higher education institutions and serving the academic mission, but it does mean we're finding new ways to involve, enlarge, and engage our community in doing just that. 

By making a small (deductible) contribution that will be dedicated to our support programs, individual members can help make a difference. In return, we'll help you stay in touch by providing discounted access to Open Apereo, our main annual conference ($50 discount) , and give you a say in how Apereo is run by voting for a reserved individual member board seat.

Apereo's work has touched countless learners and faculty worldwide, helping to both extend access to learning opportunities, and to enrich them. Help us sustain and extend that by becoming an individual member of the Apereo Foundation today. if you have a friend or colleague who might not have seen this message, please pass it on.

Open Apereo 2019 Call For Proposals

The Open Apereo 2019 Call for Proposals is open NOW!

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).

We invite you to submit a proposal now - Click Here to Submit Today

Conference Website -

We are seeking proposals for presentations or discussion sessions in these tracks:

  • Strategy & Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Faculty Focus
  • Tech Dive
  • Facing the Future
Read more

Upcoming Events

Lottery for Opencast Starter Sets

To celebrate the 10th Opencast anniversary the Opencast community is giving away 5 Opencast starter sets containing a hosted Opencast for one year and an NCast presentation recorder. The registration for the lottery ends on January 17th, 2019.

2019 UPortal Developer Winter Summit

Reserve January 21 to February 1, 2019 to join other uPortal developers in sunny Gilbert, Arizona for the uPortal Winter Summit hosted by Unicon.

Learn about the latest developments and future direction of uPortal. Participate in a uPortal developer workshop presented by Unicon. Acquire tools and skills to enhance your uPortal deployment and accelerate content development. Bring your knowledge and your latest project to share with others in Unconference sessions, decided and driven by participants. The venue will be the Rome Towers office building where Unicon is located.

1760 E Pecos Rd Suite 432
Gilbert, AZ 85295

Register Now! ESUP Days/Apereo Paris

February 5, 2019 Paris, France

The ESUP-Portail Consortium and the Apereo Foundation are pleased to invite you to the fifth edition of theESUP-Days/Apereo Paris event

This joint conference will take place at the Université Paris Descartes (Paris, FRANCE) on February 5, 2019.

As usual, admission to the event is entirely free. Please note that only registered participants will be able to access the conference room, so don't forget to register online beforehand.

You don't speak the "language of Molière" fluently? No worries! Interpreters will be on site to translate all presentations so you can appreciate all the sessions no matter what language is used.

If you want to give a talk during this conference, just let us know by submitting a proposalThe deadline for submission is December 24, 2018.

Visit our website for more informationon the conference (location, accommodations, etc.).

We hope to see you soon in Paris!

#esupdays27 #apereoparis19| February 5, 2019 | Paris (France)

Apereo Africa 2019 - Hold the Date!

15 April pre-conference workshops
16 - 17 April for conference

At the University of Cape Town

Project News

ELMS:LN Team Publish 158 System Agnostic Design Assets

May 2019 be the year of the web component! The ELMS:LN core team would like to share with all Apereo members that we've been hard at work on refactoring all front-end code we produce to be reusable in other systems. We've selected the Web Component standard ( ) in order to maximize reuse. Our team also audited and updated all documentation on the web components community site to express the correct way to implement the V1 specification.

We've been implementing the V0 standard for the last 2 years and have made the long transition to V1 which we'll be using in production by the end of February. As of this writing we've released 158 web components ( ) on the web components community site which are published to the NPMJS registry. As of this posting the ELMS:LN team has contributed over 8% of all web components that are registered there and brings us to nearly double the number that Google has published (which are utilized in YouTube among their other properties)!

To see web components implemented and why they are a big deal, here's our team's video-player tag served up from a CDN:

Read more from Bryan Ollendyke

openEQUELLA version 2018.2 released

openEQUELLA 2018.2, the latest version of the open source platform, was released on January 10, 2019. openEQUELLA is a digital repository for housing teaching/learning, research, media, and library content in one platform that is currently in use at a wide range of schools, universities, colleges, TAFEs, departments of education, government agencies, and corporations worldwide.

openEQUELLA 2018.2 continues the platform's renaissance since transitioning to open source.  All new features were the direct result of user requests, and development occurred via an iterative process involving regular user focus groups.  The majority of the release was developed by Edalex, together with additional contributions by Unicon.

Read more

Developer Workshop

The 2018 Opencast developer workshop at Osnabrück University and ELAN e.V. was a fabulous event. 19 developers met in Osnabrück, Germany for a three-day long discussion of Opencast development: Getting started, bug fixing, feature development, integration, … It was a nice (though exhausting) open source event with tons of inside knowledge being exchanged. We hope to organize a similar event this year as well.
Read more

2019 Opencast funding scheme

The annual fundraiser organized by the Opencast board has successfully collected the funds necessary to jointly finance activities, infrastructure, or services relevant to Opencast. Thanks to the University of Manchester, ETH Zürich, SWITCH, University of Cape Town, Osnabrück University and the ELAN e. V., new Apereo member TIK from the University of Stuttgart and Universitat Politècnica de València. Funding institutions agreed to continue the contract with our current QA community manager Greg Logan. More details can be found at and

Opencast on the FLOSS Weekly Show

Opencast was the topic of the FLOSS Weekly show no. 512 on January 2, 2019. Hosted by Randal Schwartz and Jonathan Bennett, it was an hour-long discussion of the project and the open source community around it. The show is available as video and audio podcast.

2019 Opencast Summit: January 16-18

The programme has been published, more than 60 people are registered and the winter fog has arrived to make Zürich all gloomy for the upcoming Opencast summit. Visit for details and late registrations.

Sakai 12.5 Maintenance Released

Sakai 12.5 was released on Nov. 18 and is currently available for downloading. Sakai 12.5 has 43 improvements, including

  • 9 fixes in Assignments
  • 6 fixes in Tests & Quizzes (Samigo)
  • 3 fixes in Gradebook

Other areas improved include:

  • Calendar
  • Chat Room
  • Commons
  • Lessons
  • Membership
  • Messages
  • Polls
  • Portal
  • PostEm
  • Profile
  • Resources
  • Sign Up
  • Site Info
  • Web Services

There were 2 security issues fixed in 12.5 (details will be sent to the Sakai Security Announcements list).

Read more from Wilma Hodges

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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