In November 2014, the first ever Sakai Virtual Conference was held online. As an added benefit of the conference, the registration fees for this event were pooled to go toward Sakai development. Conference attendees had an opportunity to submit ideas for Sakai features or enhancements, and also vote on the item to be selected for development using conference funds.
After the conference attendee votes were tallied, the top pick for use of conference funds was Samigo (a.k.a. the Tests and Quizzes tool). Now that a focus area for the conference funds has been selected, we are calling this effort the Samigo Tests Enhancement Project (STEP).
A working group has been formed to move this process forward, and additional community members have also volunteered to assist with various phases of the project.
So far, this group has outlined the following stages and tentative timeline for the project.
What’s next for STEP:
- Discovery Phase (now through early January 2015): The working group will review existing feature requests, jiras, and unmerged patches to determine the scope of the STEP effort and decide which items will be targeted for development.
- Vendor Selection (January-February 2015): Developers and/or Sakai Commercial Affiliates will have an opportunity to bid on the development work outlined by the STEP working group.
- Development and QA Process (March-May 2015): The development, testing, and merging of features will take place during this window.
- Showcase STEP Improvements (June 2015): We plan to showcase the new Samigo features developed through STEP at the Open Apereo Conference in early June.
- New Samigo Features Included in Sakai (Summer or Fall 2015): Completed project work will be included in the Core Sakai Community Release. The timing of this is dependent upon the overall Sakai QA and release timeline.
STEP has outlined a fairly aggressive timeline, and hope to showcase the STEP progress at the Open Apereo 2015 conference in June. Between now and June 2015, the STEP team will also be communicating periodic updates to the Sakai community through the regular Teaching & Learning meetings. If you have questions or would like to know more, please keep an eye out for STEP updates on the T&L agenda.
A list of individuals involved with the project is included below. If you are interested in participating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Name||Contribution area of interest|
|Neal Caidinemail@example.com||Working group|
|Wilma Hodgesfirstname.lastname@example.org||Working group|
|Martin Ramsay||Working group|
|Jim Mezzanotte||Working group|
|David Bauer||Working group|
|Laura Gekeler||Working group|
|Jose Mariano Lujan Gonzalez||Feature selection|
|Ana Sabina Del Rey Carrion||Feature selection|
|Rob Keeney||QA testing|
|Jennifer Loudiana||Usability testing|