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.
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.
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.
v.23 was released on March 30, 2023
- Student portal with new navigation UX
- Instructor portal (with stubbed out tabs except for “Other”)
- Soft scheduling
- Designation and display of Explorations
- Collab Space improvements and UX restyling
- Analytics infrastructure
- Cashnet payment provider implementation
- Upgrade integration (A/B Testing Capabilities)
Release v.24 (Fall) is scheduled for release on July 20th, with code freeze and testing beginning on June 29.
- Adaptive Page Flow Chart based authoring feature
- Full instructor course details view
- Student details view
- Soft-schedule driven portal features
- Remaining analytics infrastructure
- LTI launchable activities
- ECL content type integration
- Course section creation wizard
- Student onboarding wizard
- Improved support requests and tooling
- Instructor alert notification system and one alert type
- Upfront student required survey
- Assignments view
v.25 (October 5th release, code Freeze Sept 21) and v.26 (December 21st release, code freeze November 30). Planned features include:
- Homework system
- Expanded dashboards
- Adaptive experiments
- Authoring UX improvements
- Performance improvements
- Multi-dimension evaluation