EdStep Release Notes, November 24, 2016

Bug Fixes

  • An intermittent “Whoops, looks like something went wrong” bug (with an HTTP 500 status code) in the Content Author has been fixed.
  • Miscellaneous encoding-related bugs have been fixed one of which prevented a user from logging in if their username contained national characters like, for example, “å”, “ø”, or “æ”.

Features

  • It’s now possible to copy activities to other modules. You do so by clicking on the activity’s “Copy” button which will then display a module selector dialog to choose which module you want to copy the activity in to. Editing the activity’s resource will result in the creation of separate versioned resources (one for each activity).

Improvements

  • Before, it was possible for two (or more) users to simultaneously edit the same resource with the consequence that the user who saved last would overwrite changes made by the other user(s). “Edit locking” prevents this scenario from happening by not allowing more than one user to be editing a resource at any given time. A message informing that the resource is locked will be displayed to the user who attempts to edit a resource that is currently already being edited by another user. The lock is either released by the first user saving and closing the resource editor or after an hour has elapsed (whichever condition is met first).
  • EdStep is approaching its official “version 1.0” release meaning that from this release and onward our users will have to explicitly accept EdStep’s Terms and Conditions if they want to (continue to) use EdStep.

Known Issues

  • Currently, the Copy Activity feature does not allow copying activities into modules in the current course (including the same module). This limitation will be removed, shortly.
  • The edit lock will not be released if the user clicks on the EdLib’s window “Close [X]” button. That is, to release the edit lock, the user must click on the “Close and Save” button. This limitation will be removed, shortly.

More to come. Stay tuned.

Roadmap 2016-2017

Q4 2016

  • Groups and organizations: create and manage open or closed groups, membership, roles, and privileges
  • Revised course editor: extended metadata support, new user interface, and improved workflow
  • API for versioning and licensing
  • API for top-level topics (based on the Dewey Decimal System)
  • Integration with LearnPlayground

Q1 2017

  • Edstep for Business: manage employees, manage content for internal or external use
  • Launching the Flow course concept
  • API for attribution
  • Improved Learning eXperience: Planning/notification, badges and rewards, improved security, and support for tests/exams
  • Marketplace for courses and open content
  • Support for payments
  • EdLib-related enhancements (improved LTI support, improved GUI)

Q2 2017

  • EdLib plugin support for “oerpin” (pinteresting OER)
  • API for learning contexts
  • API for adding, maintaining, and using educational standards/curricula
  • API for hierarchical topics and subject ontologies
  • Support for conceptual learning
  • Integration with H5P‘s h5p.com and h5pstore.com

Q3 2017

  • More than 100.000 OERs available in EdLib
  • Support for open exams
  • Core functionality for a global personal learning environment
  • OER freelancing marketplace
  • Enhanced OER community support

Q4 2017

  • Open API for the recommendation engine

EdStep Release Notes, November 03, 2016

Today’s release is an “under the hood” release and includes hardly any user-facing fixes and functionality.

Bug Fixes

  • Not applicable.

Features

  • Not applicable.

Improvements

  • The sign-up process includes email validation to prevent the use of invalid emails.

Known Issues

  • The user profile page will be broken until the user logs out and back in again.

More to come. Stay tuned.