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:

  1. 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.
    1. List of targeted enhancements was narrowed down to 10 items to put out for bid
  2. 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.
    1. Flying Kite was selected as the developer for this project. 
  3. Development and QA Process (March-May 2015): The development, testing, and merging of features will take place during this window.
  4. Showcase STEP Improvements (June 2015): We plan to showcase the new Samigo features developed through STEP at the Open Apereo Conference in early June.
  5. 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

NameEmailContribution area of interest
Neal Caidinneal.caidin@apereo.orgWorking group
Wilma Hodgeswilma@longsight.comWorking group
Martin Ramsay Working group
Jim Mezzanotte Working group
David Bauer Working group
Laura Gekeler Working group
Jose Mariano Lujan Gonzalez Working group
Ana Sabina Del Rey Carrion Feature selection
Rob Keeney QA testing
Jennifer Loudiana Usability testing
Octavia Baker