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ATutor 1.5.4 Beta Released

ATutor 1.5.4 Beta Released
March 20, 2007

"ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS) designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind."

The first of a number of pre-release versions of ATutor 1.5.4 is now available for testing and feedback. Two or three more release candidates will come over the next few weeks leading up to the final release of ATutor 1.5.4 mid to late April. These releases will give the ATutor community the opportunity to review the coming release, and make suggestions for improving new features, and to report bugs to the ATutor Support Forums.... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2007-03-20

Response to Blackboard Pledge

While there is some merit to Blackboard's pledge, it still falls short, not protecting all those who provide services in support of open source systems. In particular, it fails to protect those who develop extensions or customizations for open source systems who might also offer other support services, and it fails to protect internet service providers who might offer any of these open source systems along with proprietary software as part of an applications package for their clients. ... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2007-02-01

ATutor Community Updates

The atutor.ca Web site, home of the ATutor Learning Content Management System, has launched a number of new services designed to help community members participate more effectively in ATutor's development. These features include:

http://www.atutor.ca
http://wiki.atutor.ca

1. ATutor Wiki: Thanks go to Atlassian for contributing an installation of their Confluence enterprise wiki. ATutor community members can now participate more effectively in the development of new ATutor features by assisting in the creation or continued development of specifications for new features, submitting custom documentation, and writing use cases, among other things. We encourage community members to make good use of the wiki to guide the direction of ATutor's development.... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2007-02-01

ATutor 1.5.3.3 Released

ATutor 1.5.3.3 Released

ATutor 1.5.3.3 has been released. This release includes lots of little bug fixes and feature adjustments, as well as a few new features.

Download ATutor 1.5.3.3
http://atutor.ca/atutor/download.php

New features in this version include

1. Saved custom language, which can be automatically maintained from upgrade to upgrade.
2. Partial language packs can be imported directly from the language database for local translation.
3. Forum threads can now be moved.
4. Administrators can now change ATutor's time zone.
5. Display Name Preference can be set to display users' real name, or just the login name for added privacy
6. Improved support for MySQL 5.0
7. Redesigned user Profile page.
8. Content editor preference: text, HTML, or HTML with the Visual Editor... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2006-11-30

ATutor 1.5.3.3RC1 Released

November 14. 2006
*ATutor 1.5.3.3RC1 Released*

ATutor 1.5.3.3RC1 has been released. This is primarily a maintenance release, with lots of little bug fixes and adjustments. This release candidate is for testing purposes, and for feedback from current users. The final release will come in two or three weeks, after which current systems can be upgraded. For those with a well functioning version of 1.5.3.2, an upgrade will probably not necessary. ... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2006-11-14

ATutor 1.5.3.2 Released

August 2, 2006

*ATutor Security Upgrade*
ATutor 1.5.3.2 was released to patch a potential security flaw that might allow a registered user on the system capture the administrator credentials. This is considered a moderate security vulnerability. Those using earlier versions of ATutor should upgrade their system at their earliest convenience.

This release also includes upgrades to the Language Manager, and a number of minor bug fixes. ... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2006-08-02

Nominate ATutor: The Mellon Awards

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is inviting nominations for the 2006 Mellon
Awards for Technology Collaboration (MATC). Please visit http://rit.mellon.org/awards for the details.

An award from the Mellon Foundation would go a long way towards advancing the ATutor project, making it possible to further extend the capacities of ATutor user communities, and to develop a range of new features. If ATutor is helping you to achieve your project goals please consider taking a moment to nominate ATutor for the 2006 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration (MATC).... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2006-07-18

ATutor 1.5.3.1 Release

*ATutor 1.5.3.1 Released*
ATutor 1.5.3.1 is a maintenance release that fixes a number bugs and minor security flaws found in version 1.5.3. Users of ATutor 1.5.3 or early are encouraged to update their systems.

Download ATutor 1.5.3.1
http://www.atutor.ca/atutor/download.php

Posted by Greg Gay 2006-07-18

ATutor 1.5.3 Released

ATutor 1.5.3 Released
July 5, 2006

ATutor 1.5.3 has been released, with many new features.

The most significant changes include the integration of the ACollab group functionality into ATutor, creating a *new group user level*, and development of a collection group level tools. ACollab users can now configure ATutor to provide most of the functionality ACollab had been providing.

Another key feature added in this release is the *File Storage* utility, a personal file manager for students, groups, and instructors. It includes an *Assignment Drop Box* extension, where students can submit assignments, and instructors can manage them. As always, new features are accessible to assistive techology users.... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2006-07-05

ATutor 1.5.3 Beta Released

* *ATutor 1.5.3 Beta Available* *
The first public release of ATutor 1.5.3 (beta) is now available for review. Community members should take this opportunity to test the new release, suggest improvements, and report bugs, before the final release expected in early July. A series of release candidates (RCs) will come between now and then, approximately 1 per week.

*Download (ATutor 1.5.3 Beta)*
http://www.atutor.ca/atutor/download.php... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2006-06-05

ATutor 1.5.2 Modules Release

*December 14, 2005*

"ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS/LMS) designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind. "

* *ATutor 1.5.2 Modules Release* *
ATutor 1.5.2 is now available. In this release there have been some major changes to the underlying structure of the system. All functionality is now available in modules. The primary purpose for this change is to allow ATutor users to more easily create added features, or to create third party addon modules that link other applications into ATutor. New modules with this release include an FAQ utility, a Google search feature, and a RSS feeds module. The EWiki, ATalker, SCORM Packages, and ACollab modules have also been updated, so it is now possible to add them to ATutor with just a couple mouse clicks. For more information, and a download from Sourceforge, visit the atutor.ca Web site. ATutor users should upgrade their current system with version 1.5.2.... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2005-12-14

ATutor 1.5.2 Beta Release

November 25, 2005

* *ATutor 1.5.2 Release Approaches* *
A Beta release of ATutor 1.5.2 is now available for testing, bug reporting, and feedback. Though ATutor 1.5.2 is a minor release, and on the surface it looks much like the previous 1.5 releases, there have been some major changes to the underlying structure of the system. All functionality is now available in modules that can be turned on or off on a system wide basis. ATutor users are encouraged to try the Beta, and the Release Candidates coming over the next few weeks, and report bugs and make suggestions to the ATutor Modules Forum ... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2005-11-24

ATutor Critical Security Patch

*ATutor 1.5.1 Users*
Users of ATutor 1.5.1 are advised to apply a patch to the password_reminder.php file to remove a critical vulnerability that could allow a non-authorized user to gain access to the administrative features of ATutor when magic_quotes is disabled in PHP.

Replace the current password_reminder.php file with the new version (removing the .txt extension) found at:

http://www.atutor.ca/atutor/files/patches/password_reminder.php.txt... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2005-09-16

ATalker Add-on for ATutor Released

September 7, 2005
ATalker Add-on for ATutor Released

ATalker is a Web-based text-to-speech add-on for ATutor, based on the Festival text-to-speech system. Using synthesized speech, ATalker can read text out loud over the Web. With the ATalker Theme installed, the ATutor interface and feedback messages can be read out loud. ATalker currently has English and Spanish voices. For more about ATalker, see the demo and downloads.... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2005-09-07

ATutor Ewiki Addon Released

ATutor Ewiki Addon Released
August 4, 2005

*Ewiki Addon for ATutor 1.5*
A new Ewiki (ErfurtWiki) addon is now available for ATutor 1.5. Ewiki integrates seamlessly into ATutor to provide a wide range of knowledge building and collaboration tools: an excellent addition to ATutor for supporting constructivist teaching and learning.

*Some of the student tools include*

* Creating and editing pages
* Upload and download files
* Image gallery
* Change tracking and version recovery
* Import text content
* Archive and download wiki content
* List most recent changes
* RSS feeds of wiki content
* ... and many other features... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2005-08-04

ATutor 1.5 Released

ATutor 1.5 has been released with many new features and enhancements. Some features to look for: modular Student Tools, a SCORM Run-Time Environment, extended theme capabilities, and the ATutor Handbook, among many others. Users are encouraged to upgrade their current systems.

Visit the ATutor site for a full list of features, a demo, and a download.
http://www.atutor.ca/atutor

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New Features in ATutor 1.5... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2005-07-12

ATutor 1.5RC2 Released

ATutor 1.5RC2 has been released with a variety of refinements and feature updates. This is likely the last RC before the July final release, and the last opportunity for ATutor community members to offer feedback and suggestions. Translators are also encouraged to login to the Translation site and begin updating language for the new release.

Visit the ATutor site for a demo and a download.
http://www.atutor.ca... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2005-06-16

ATutor 1.5RC1 Released

ATutor 1.5RC1 has been released, and there are some big changes. This release candidate is primarily a call to the ATutor community to provide feedback and suggestions before the final release coming in early July. Some features to look for: modular Student Tools, a SCORM Run-Time Environment, and extended templating capabilities, among many others.

Visit the ATutor site for a demo and a download.
http://www.atutor.ca... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2005-06-02

ACollab 1.2 Released

ACollab is a fully accessible, open source, multi-group, Web-based collaborative work environment. ACollab is available as a work-groups addon for ATutor 1.4+, and as a standalone collaborative work environment that will run on its own.

This release includes a variety of feature enhancements and a few bug fixes. Current users may wish to upgrade to take advantage of the added functionality.

ACollab Home
http://www.atutor.ca/acollab/index.php... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2005-04-01

ATutor 1.4.3 Released

ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS), designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind. Interoperable content packaging for creating and reusing learning objects. ATutor 1.4.3 has been released. Current ATutor users are encouraged to upgrade their systems to take advantage of the many new features that have been added to this release.

Visit the ATutor site for full details:
http://www.atutor.ca... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2005-02-04

ATutor 1.4.3 Release Candidate

*ATutor 1.4.3 Release Candidate Available*

"ATutor is a Learning Content Management System designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind."

A release candidate for ATutor 1.4.3 is now available or download and testing. This release candidate is intended primarily to generate feedback from current users, to try to resolve as many issues as possible before the final release in the coming weeks. Post issues to the ATutor Bug Reports Forum listed below if you find a bug or want to suggest changes.... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2005-01-22

ATutor Community Development

ATutor Community Development
October 13, 2004
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*Community Discussions*
*Vote For New Features*
*Localizing ATutor*
*Sharing ATutor Themes*
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*Community Discussions*
The ATutor Community Discussions forums has been opened on atutor.ca to allow ATutor users to share stories and learn from each other's experiences. Some of the early experiences described include:

1. A PostNuke/ATutor integration used to offer high school courses in Nova Scotia Canada
2. ATutor used to teach English to over 7000 students through more than 100 courses in Thailand
3. Experiences training teachers to use ATutor in the US
4. Courses in the UK directed at teaching business and IT skills to women.... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2004-10-13

ATutor 1.4.2 Release

ATutor 1.4.2 Release
September 21, 2004

ATutor 1.4.2 has been released. ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS) designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind.

**New in this Release:**
Surveys and unmarked tests, secure content, system wide searching, category based themes, new languages, and more.

See atutor.ca for details:
http://www.atutor.ca

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Posted by Greg Gay 2004-09-21

ATutor 1.4.1 Released

July 15, 2004

A minor update release of ATutor is now available. This release is primarily a stabilizing release, which provides adjustments and bug fixes based on feedback from the ATutor user community, though it also includes a few new features.

Download ATutor 1.4.1
http://www.atutor.ca/atutor/download.php

New Features Available with this Release

1. *Polls*: Instructors can create single question polls to quickly survey students' opinions on specific topics, and frame discussions around the results of a poll. Poll results are stored for future reference.... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2004-07-15

ATutor Development Site Opens

The ATutor Development Site is now available for those in the ATutor Community who wish to participate in ATutor development activities. The site has been created as a place to learn about the ATutor source code, and a place contribute.

ATutor Development Site:
http://www.atutor.ca/development/index.php

Features of the site include:

1. Browsing and checkout of the ATutor source code from a public version control system (SVN).... read more

Posted by Greg Gay 2004-06-23