Our aim is to make learning more visible and reflective. We therefore offer the portfolio community a simple and flexible tool that provides the means for portfolio practitioners, as well as students, to customize their own portfolio workflows in order to foster increased awareness and control of one’s own learning.

Key features


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.).


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.


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


Karuta has advanced features for creating rubrics, user menus, summary pages, help, and peer evaluation. Script language is available to create users and share portfolios through batch files.

Mobile devices ready.

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


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 multilingual portfolios, where not only interface commands are multilingual, but forms, images and documents can be made available in multiple languages.


jQuery javascript front end, Twitter Bootstrap, MySQL (Oracle), REST API.

Apereo Foundation

Karuta is currently an open source tool under the Apereo incubation process.


Thanks to …

The Karuta open source project originated from a research project conducted at MATI Montréal, a teaching and learning research center funded by the J.A. de Sève foundation and hosted by HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and the University of Montréal. A great number of individuals and departments have supported and contributed to the initial phase of the project:

  • Réseau de formation en recherche périnatale du Québec (Isabelle Krauss)
  • Polytechnique Montréal (Ricardo Camarero, Dominique Chassé)
  • Faculté des sciences de l’éducation de l’Université de Montréal (Pascale Lefrançois, Maryse Rondeau)
  • Carrefour Perfectionnement Polytechnique Montréal (Tuan Nguyen Dang)
  • MATI Montréal (Claude Coulombe, Nicole Téta Nokam, Odile Martial, Racky Diack).

The 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference in Atlanta was an important milestone during which we welcomed new participation in the Karuta project by Three Canoes LLC and the University of Kyoto. L’Institut universitaire de technologie IUT-2 Grenoble joined the project soon, along with ESPE of Grenoble (Emmanuelle Villot-Leclercq, Christophe Charroud and Céline Pobel-Burtin). Mathieu Cournoyer and Bruno Cloutier of the Bureau principal also gave project members some very helpful UI advice

We would like to acknowledge the support and work of current partners and individuals who are responsible for this project:

  • HEC Montréal (Olivier Gerbé, Jacques Raynauld, Nobry Ouk, Thi Lan Anh, Isabelle Roy and Jean Talbot)
  • Three Canoes LLC (Sean Keesler and Janice Smith)
  • University of Kyoto (Shoji Kajita, Koichiro Tonomura, Naoshi Hiraoka and Kumiko Kondo)
  • Institut universitaire de technologie IUT-2 Grenoble (Lionel Filippi, Sylvie Pesty, Eric Giraudin and Marc Vassoille).

We especially want to publicly acknowledge the essential and generous contribution of Olivier Gerbé of HEC Montréal who, as the lead architect and developer, made this project possible; Jacques Raynauld, who has led the project at HEC Montréal from its inception, and Janice Smith of Three Canoes LLC for her project and community management skills.

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.