Release of Karuta 1.2

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The Karuta project, under the umbrella of the Apereo Foundation, is pleased to announce the release of version 1.2 of the Karuta Open Source Portfolio. Karuta offers a simple and flexible way for portfolio designers to customize portfolio workflows for learning, assessment, reporting, and showcasing. This third release of Karuta includes numerous user interface enhancements, as well as new functionalities that significantly expand the portfolio processes supported by Karuta.

User Interface

  • The upgrade to Bootstrap 3 makes the use of Karuta on mobile devices faster, more efficient, and more mobile friendly.
  • Collapsible portfolio pages allow for better and more efficient use of space.


  • Users can be given permission to duplicate portfolio sections containing personal data for revision and resubmission.
  • Admin users have a reset button to “unsubmit” portfolio sections submitted for evaluation.
  • A new “submission status” feature alerts students and instructors on the status of items submitted for evaluation.
  • Designers and/or users can determine who receives email notifications regarding feedback or evaluation of portfolios.
  • Text editors auto-save every two minutes to avoid loss of entries for reflection or documentation of evidence.

Portfolio Design

  • Designers can select radio buttons or dropdown menus for display of choice boxes.
  • Smileys can be used as rubric choices.
  • Calendar entries allow selection of only the year or only the month and year.
  • A special display supports the evaluation of proficiency in Europass languages.
  • Customized instructions for specific sections can be made multilingual.

Presentation Portfolios

  • Public URLs allow sharing of portfolio sections or entire portfolios.
  • Users can be given permission to move items up or down within a portfolio section.
  • Free positioning enhancements for presentation portfolios have been improved for use on mobile devices.


  • Report scripts include tests for specific values of variables for more powerful data filtering.
  • Designers can set colors in report tables.


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

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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.

What’s Next?

We are currently working on Karuta version 2.0, which will include a completely new, aesthetically designed, and flexible user interface. The new UI will allow for easy customization of Karuta with institutional, programmatic, or individual portfolio banners, colors, and welcome pages. Portfolio organization and vocabulary will be simplified and more accessible. Karuta 2.0 can be set up with the inclusion of the social network ELGG. New templates and improved designer documentation will also be made available for quick starts in using Karuta.

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