EdStep 17.02.1 Release Notes

Bug Fixes

  • A bug causing the application to crash if the title of an article was more than 256 characters has been fixed.
  • A bug related to how the system deals with pending invitations to groups (for example, organisations) on user login has been fixed.
  • A bug related to the display of course settings (that is, “Authentication required” vs. “Invitation required”) on the course front page has been fixed.
  • A bug causing an error to be displayed (“An error occurred”) when saving the user profile has been fixed.
  • A minor visual bug related to the “Score to pass” block on the front page of a course has been fixed.

Features

  • The “Organisation” feature that was released in the previous release has been extended with new functionality to allow connecting of courses to an organisation. The user connecting a course to an organisation has to have an Admin role in the organisation. What’s more, the user has to have the appropriate role (for example, Owner or Instructor) in the course which is being added. Finally, members of an organisation can see and subsequently enroll into courses connected to their organisation(s) as learners.

Improvements

  • Flash messages (that is, user facing warnings) will be displayed on top of the dropdown Teach and Learn menus.
  • If the user selects Norwegian from the language dropdown, they will be able to sign in or sign up in Norwegian, as well.
  • The EdLib platform (which EdStep uses to create and reuse educational resources) has been updated with the latest version (1.12) of H5P (making all of the new H5P content types available).
  • More descriptive page titles are now available throughout EdStep.

Known Issues

  • No known issues for this release.

More to come. Stay tuned.

EdStep 17.01.4 Release Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Logging into EdStep using a social media account would on occasion break the user profile page. This bug has now been fixed. Again 🙂

Features

  • A user feedback form has been added to EdStep (in the top menu bar).
  • The first part of the “Organization” feature has been released. In this first release, functionality is limited to creating an organization, providing organization details (logo, contact email address, website, and so forth), and managing the members of an organization.

Improvements

  • No user-facing improvements for this release.

Known Issues

  • No known issues for this release.

More to come. Stay tuned.

EdStep 17.01.3 Release Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Logging in with a social media account (for example, with Facebook or Twitter) caused the user’s profile page to break. This bug has now been fixed.
  • Several H5P-specific translation-related issues have been fixed.
  • Missing translations have been provided for the EdStep course editor.
  • A Safari bug making it almost impossible to sign-up using the iPad has been fixed – thanks Tom 🙂

Features

  • A new visual license selector has been implemented. Before, to choose a license for a resource, a single drop-down menu was provided from which the user could select either a private or a Creative Commons license. The new license selector provides a more helpful and intuitive wizard-like approach to choosing a license including No rights reserved (that is, public domain), all of the Creative Commons licenses, and All rights reserved (that is, full copyright).

Improvements

  • Activity titles are now displayed in the “Learner’s View” (above the resource).
  • The H5P content types have been updated to the latest available version (1.11).
  • The “Shared Content” tab copying feature has been improved to ensure a better user experience. For example, a “Working” message is displayed to provide visual feedback to the user when a resource is being copied. In addition, to prevent (unintended) multiple copies, the Copy button is disabled appropriately. Finally, an appropriate error message is displayed if the copying operation fails.
  • More consistent filtering by tags in the Content Explorer.

Known Issues

  • There are no known issues specific to this release.

More to come. Stay tuned.

EdStep 16.12.1 Release Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Creative Commons-licensed content appearing in the user’s “My Content” tab has been moved to the “Shared Content” tab (detailed below).

Features

  • Shared Content. An additional “Shared Content” tab has been added to the EdLib Content Explorer which displays resources with a Creative Commons license. From within this tab it is possible to preview resources and subsequently copy resources across into the user’s “My Content” tab for the purpose of reuse in the user’s own courses. Editing a copied resource will result in a versioning fork. Furthermore, the copied resource maintains the license of the original resource. As a prerequisite for “Shared Content” feature, in the previous release, the ability to choose and set a (Creative Commons) license for a given resource was added to the Content Author. Once a license has been set for a resource, said resource will appear in both the “Shared Content” and “My Content” for the owner of the resource. At this stage, only the owner of a resource is able to set or change the resource’s license.

Improvements

  • An “access” filter has been added to the “My Content” tab to show content that the user owns or content that the user collaborates on or both (which is the default).

Known Issues

  • After copying a resource from the “Shared Content” tab the user is able to change the license of the resource. Currently, EdStep/EdLib does not have the necessary license checking logic in place to prevent incompatible changes to the license (with respect to the original resource’s license). This issue will be addressed in a future release.
  • Once a license has been set for a resource, it can take up to one minute before the license becomes visible in both the “Shared Content” tab and when previewing the resource.

More to come. Stay tuned.

EdStep 16.11.4 Release Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Several bugs have been fixed with regards to language switching within the EdLib platform (specifically, the Content Author). That is, it is already possible to switch language with appropriate translations within the EdStep application. We have now focused our attention on the EdLib platform (that is, the Content Explorer and Content Author) to ensure that language switching works correctly there, as well.
  • An edge-case that prevented new users from creating courses (the so-called “/mycourses” bug) has been fixed.

Features

  • Duplicate course. It’s now possible to create a copy of an existing course. What’s more, if the resources in either the original course or the new (copied) course are edited they will become independent resources forked from the original resource.
  • It is now possible to attach (primarily, Creative Commons) licenses to resources. This feature is the forerunner of a larger feature (to be released soon) called the “Shared Content” tab where users will be able to find and reuse content that has been licensed with a Creative Commons license.

Improvements

  • As mentioned in the previous release notes, the Copy Activity feature did not allow copying activities into modules in the current course (including the same module). This limitation has now been removed.
  • Functionality to add a minimum required score to an activity has been added.
  • Several error messages and warnings have been improved and made more descriptive to avoid confusion with users.
  • Miscellaneous minor visual fixes have been made to the EdStep footer and header.
  • The sending of an email to inform about sharing of resources are now sent from the appropriate (edlib.com) domain.
  • A user is now automatically logged-out of the application if they decline the EdStep Terms and Conditions.
  • The edit lock is now also released when closing the EdLib window. Before, a user had to explicitly click on the “Save and Close” button for the edit lock to be released. Not doing so could cause an unintentional lock on a resource to be maintained.

Known Issues

  • None specific to this release.

More to come. Stay tuned.

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.

EdStep Release Notes, October 27, 2016

Bug Fixes

  • The bug causing the footer in EdStep to not be visible in Safari has been fixed.
  • The bug causing first-time Safari users to have problems with the Content Explorer has been fixed. This was reported as an issue in a previous release of EdStep.

Features

  • No new user-facing features were included in this release.

Improvements

  • The logic surrounding the publication of courses has been tightened. Previously, it was possible to make changes (of any kind) to an already-published course. With this improvement, EdStep will check if a course has enrolled learners with registered results and/or views and “lock” the course, accordingly. If a course collaborator wants to make changes to a course in this state, she will have to first “unpublish” (or retract) the course before being able to make changes. The consequence of unpublishing a course will be that enrolled learners will not be able to (continue to) take the course until the course is republished. The existing course results (for enrolled learners) will not be reset.

Known Issues

  • No known issues specifically related to this release.

More to come. Stay tuned.

EdStep Release Notes, October 20, 2016

Bug Fixes

  • The different H5P filters in the Content Explorer were not provided until content of that type had been displayed. This bug is now fixed: all of the H5P type filters are immediately available.
  • If a resource had previously been shared with collaborators, the subsequent unsharing of that resource to remove access to the resource did not work. This bug has now been fixed.

Features

  • No new features where made available in this release.

Improvements

  • Removed two H5P content types, namely: Twitter Feed and Article. The Twitter Feed type was rarely, if ever, used. The very limited Article type has been deprecated in favour of the new HTML Article type.
  • The “Content Library” tab has been renamed to “My Content”. All content is private by default and has to be explicitly shared with other people for the purpose of collaboration (on the resource).

Known Issues

  • First time users could experience problems with the Content Explorer if they are using Safari.

More to come. Stay tuned.