Announcing the Release of Karuta Open Source Portfolio Version 1.1

Announcing the Release of Karuta Open Source Portfolio Version 1.1

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The Karuta Apereo incubation project is pleased to announce the release of version 1.1 of Karuta Open Source Portfolio. This second release provides a much richer set of functionalities to support our core mission: providing simple and flexible tools to guide students in their learning journey.

In this new release, designers can:

  • Streamline the actions of students and instructors (submit, hide and show elements).
  • Create sophisticated dashboards for individual students or groups of students (instructional management and reporting tool).
  • Customize the look and feel of portfolios.
  • Set up showcase portfolios for students to create sharable presentations by controlling the size and placement of resources (text, image, video, etc.) from their learning portfolios.
  • Set notification possibilities (by email or within Sakai) for various portfolios actors.
  • Create forms.

Karuta 1.1 now supports Oracle database.

Karuta Benefits

Simple. Teaching and learning (T&L) designers can quickly build portfolio workflows by creating pages, adding different resources (text, document, comments, rubrics, oEmbed resources, etc.) and assigning their use to various roles (student, evaluator, etc.).

Flexible. Karuta has no a priori structure.  The T&L designer has full control and can build sophisticated portfolio workflows with a minimum of training. No code development is required.

Iterative. Karuta is built for quick review and revision. Design a portfolio, test it in faculty meetings, make changes, run a small pilot.

Powerful. Karuta has advanced features for creating rubrics, user menus, summary pages, forms, help, and peer evaluation.

Mobile device ready Karuta is responsive design-ready and can be displayed on computers, tablets or smartphones.

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, or documents made available in a chosen language.

Technology. jQuery javascript front end, Twitter Bootstrap, MySQL, ORACLE,  REST API.


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Try Karuta:

Participate as a student, classroom teacher, or supervisor in different types of portfolios. Or design your own portfolio process.

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Documentation on how to install Karuta can be found in each of the three GitHub repositories for the Karuta Project.

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We would like to acknowledge the financial support of our current partners: Kyoto University, IUT-2 Grenoble, and HEC Montréal, and the work of individuals who are responsible for this second release:

Olivier Gerbé, Nobry Ouk, and Isabelle Roy — HEC Montréal
Janice Smith — Three Canoes LLC
Thi Lan Anh — ePortfolium
Eric Giraudin and Marc Vassoille — Institut universitaire de technologie IUT-2 Grenoble

Finally, we want to thank our Apereo incubation mentors, Ian Dolphin and Mark Norton, for their guidance and patience as we take our first steps toward becoming a fully-fledged open source project.

What’s Next?

New features will be available soon: Sakai OSP data migration, Sakai OSP type matrices, grading matrices, IMS LTI 2 integration — notably with the Sakai Gradebook, sharing portfolios via public URLs, requesting feedback and evaluation via email notification.

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