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. SAM-1408 - allows instructors to have custom settings for users/groups on an assessment, better support for students with disabilities requiring additional time on tests
2. SAM-1263 - hotspot question type, QTI issue to be addressed
3. SAM-1369 - allows instructors to have a better idea of user activity and retakes allowed within T&Q, supports future analytics
4. SAM-1262 - Email template service migration, supports internationalization
5. SAM-2419 - More flexible FIB templating (workaround for curly brackets in question text supported in FCKEditor is no longer available in CKEditor)
6. SAM-1596 - improved image handling for questions within question pools
STEP has outlined a fairly aggressive timeline, and we plan 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.
There was also a recent webinar on STEP. You may view the webinar recording on YouTube for additional information about the project.
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 Gekeleremail@example.com||Working group|
|Jose Mariano Lujan Gonzalez||Working group|
|Ana Sabina Del Rey Carrion||Feature selection|
|Rob Keeney||QA testing|
|Jennifer Loudiana||Usability testing|