The Torus Project

Community and Contributors

Since its launch in 2020, Torus has rapidly attracted a diverse community of users and contributors, from industry and academia.  Arizona State University’s Center for Education Through Exploration and Inspark Teaching Network have become foundational parts of the Torus Community, and exceptional contributions continue to emerge from KTH, Unicon, Wyeworks, Gogo, Substantial and many other individuals and organizations.

Process

As an open source project, decisions and priorities for Torus are driven by the community.  Our annual release cycle reflects the calendar (and need for stability) of the U.S. post-secondary system.  A larger strategy is established and published each year, after input and discussion from the community. This strategy drives our 4 annual releases, which align with the academic calendar:

  • 2 Semester releases, before the Spring and Fall terms, encompass greater changes, and may have a more substantial impact on students and educators. These releases have higher stakes for our users, and so have an extended testing cycle; code is frozen for 3 weeks of testing before release.
  • 2 midterm releases occur during the Spring and Fall terms (normally in March and October). Features are selected for these releases with careful attention to the potential impact on live sections. These releases are considered option, and have a code freeze and two week testing cycle.

Roadmap

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2024 Strategy

Our strategy emphasizes three key points:

  • Prioritizing features that are essential for the BMGF Chemistry Exemplar project (particularly those that impact broader usability and appeal).
  • Feature parity+ and support from course migration from the OLI Legacy System
  • Targeted new features and capabilities.

Roadmap

Torus Roadmap Snapshot as of July 5, 2024

This document includes planned features for Torus v28 – v31, which are scheduled for release in July 2024 through March 2025.

Release and Code Freeze Schedule

Torus Release Code Freeze Date Release Date
Torus v0.28.0 June 28, 2024 July 29, 2024
Torus v0.29.0 September 13, 2024 October 2, 2024
Torus v0.30.0 TBD (12/24) TBD (12/24)
Torus v0.31.0 TBD (3/25) TBD (3/25)

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