I know it’s been quiet around here lately, sorry about that. We are hard at work on GRA version 4! Here’s an update:
We are upgrading the GRA to work in the Microsoft ASP.NET Core environment. This will make the code easier to improve and maintain. It also gives us some cool new possibilities for environments where the software can run.
We’re making good progress! We’ve upgraded basic functionality based on what we needed for our winter reading program. Once that kicks off in a week or so we’ll start working on the extra features we need for summer. We are also simplifying and streamlining the administrative part of the site.
We are not planning on migrating the Adventure functionality right now (the games played on the Web site). Our team determined that the engagement they provided for our participants was not commensurate with the effort invested in creating the content. Our team asked us to focus on improving the Challenge experience (activities that happen away from the computer and then are reported back to the software, such as reading a book from a book list or engaging in a community experience).
Right now, our timeline is not written in stone. We’re hoping to have key functionality upgraded by March and it would make sense for us to do a release at that point. Version 3 of the software will always be available. If our release deadline doesn’t align with your needs (or we miss our date) then our recommendation is to use version 3.
Our management is pleased with the ongoing feedback we’ve received. We couldn’t be prouder of offering this software for free to anyone who can use it. Please don’t hesitate in providing feedback and helping us make this software the best we can!