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Radio Liferay Episode 33: Jari Järvelä, Janne Hietala on Valamis

General Blogs September 24, 2013 By Olaf Kock Staff

 About a month ago I had the opportunity to talk to Jari Järvelä and Janne Hietala from Arcusys. They both head Valamis, an E-Learning solution on Liferay that later (end-of-August) won the Liferay App Contest. Unfortunately, a lot of work as well as my summer vacation kept me from releasing this podcast earlier (well, for me it was not quite unfortunate that I had a vacation)

Here are our topics:

  • the history of name changes, starting with "JSCORM"
  • The meaning and origin of the name
  • The release schedule (they met the schedule that we discussed during the recording, released end-of-August)
  • Features that have been added throughout the history of the project.
  • The version released in August now has a Curriculum Portlet that combines different courses into a Learning Path.
  • SCORM, the prevalent standard for exchanging E-Learning information. This standard is typically used as distribution format for commercial courses and Valamis supports SCORM 1.2.
  • We talked about Liferay Certification being available "soon" - that was true at the time when we recorded the podcast, it's actually available now
  • License, Availability and Price (hint: LGPL, and there's professional support available)
  • There's a steady team working full-time on Valamis.
  • Design aspects: The Arcusys Team really cares about design aspects, both in the software, as well as in their presentations.
  • Geography for beginners, we talk about finish climate, ice-fishing, and "where is Finland"
  • If you want to try Valamis without installing it yourself, just try it on their homepage: A demo environment is available
  • Picking up my favourite code demo, sevencogs, from my last-year's symposium presentation "Well Hidden Features"
  • The experience of publishing on Marketplace, PACL and PACL differences between application servers
  • Future Features and Release Plans (e.g. Tin Can API)
  • How to evolve from a Learning Management System to a Learning Portal
  • The principle of Aiming High
  • There's no shortage of standards to implement
  • The team is working with a school in Afghanistan to provide what might be the first e-learning system in an afghan school, also connecting them to finnish schools and students.
  • Upcoming Symposiums, Portal Solutions Forum, DevCon
  • Since we recorded, Valamis won the Liferay Marketplace App Contest

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Again, shoutout and big thank you to Auphonic for postproduction help. This is a fantastic service!

You'll find this episode - and make sure that you don't miss any of the future episodes - by subscribing to  http://feeds.feedburner.com/RadioLiferay. You can also subscribe on itunes.: Just search for "Radio Liferay" or just "Liferay" in the podcast directory.

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Threaded Replies Author Date
Thank youOlaf for professional production. If... Janne Hietala September 24, 2013 9:41 AM
Well, any time - it's been a fun production... Olaf Kock September 25, 2013 1:47 AM

Thank youOlaf for professional production. If someone wants to ask any questions regarding the episode or Valamis, I am happy to answer emoticon
Posted on 9/24/13 9:41 AM.
Well, any time - it's been a fun production (despite the connection drops that I had to edit out ;) ). Sorry for sitting on it for too long. With what happened during that one month, it's almost worth a new episode...
Posted on 9/25/13 1:47 AM in reply to Janne Hietala.