Features

Learning

Learning is always at the center of a learning management system. OpenOLAT provides students with many possibilities to improve their learning experience. The system can be tailored to the needs of learners, and meets the requirements of pupils, students, and employees. Authors have the possibility to create courses that suit their target audience, for example with a course that includes folders for exchanging data, or with included SCORM modules.

OpenOLAT users can:

  • Create groups and invite fellow learners
  • Create courses and run exams
  • Adjust personal settings
  • Contact other users via email, forums, chat, and even virtual classrooms

  

 

 

 Collaboration

Studying alone can make sense. But very often, learning matter can be memorized more effectively when exchanging ideas with other students. With the OpenOLAT tools, collaborative techniques can be applied in didactically important places.

The OpenOLAT collaboration tools include:

  • Forum
  • 1:1 Chat
  • Group chat
  • Portfolio group task
  • Wiki
  • Project groups
  • Blog and Podcast
  • Comment and assessment features
  • Interfaces to virtual classrooms

Tests

Whether you want to do assessments, self tests, or surveys, the OpenOLAT test editor provides you with the necessary features. The editor allows you to create questions online, no extra tools are needed. Graphical adjustments are made easy when creating tests with the editor. Even pictures and movies can be added.

Features include:

  • Assessment, self test and survey editor
  • Integration of tests in courses
  • Detailed evaluation tool
  • Test export to Word
  • Question import from Excel
  • Question pool with lists, central question database and cooperation
  • Coaching tool, an evaluation tool covering all courses and tests
  • Statistics tool

Course creation

The course editor is the most powerful tool in OpenOLAT. The online tool is capable of implementing any didactic concept. Free of predefined structures, courses are adjustable at will, for example with only a simple storage folder, or as a deeply nested construct including all of the available course elements.

The advantages:

  • Around 30 different course elements
  • Access control by password, group membership, date, test results, or payment
  • Modular controls for access and visibility for each course element
  • Step by step publishing
  • Preview feature
  • Archive tool
  • Decentralized user management

Mobile

E-learning often takes place on a computer at a desk. But more and more, e-learning is spreading to mobile devices like tablets and smart phones. Next to the learning materials, the technical aspects of the system also need to be well-adjusted to the new technologies. OpenOLAT has already been accessible via mobile devices in the past. But with release 10, OpenOLAT moved to a responsive design approach. This makes sure that contents are sized and positioned optimally for any device, according to its display size.

If you are interested, we can provide you with a presentation of the most important layout adjustments in advance.

 

Administration

An online platform needs administrators. An easy to use permission management system controls who can take care of technical settings, user registration, the question pool, group management, or the info page of the library.

Administrators can control the following components:

  • Turning features such as ePortfolio, email, groups, etc. on or off
  • Linguistic adjustments via the integrated translation tool
  • Configuration of the question pool settings
  • Creation, modification, and deletion of users, either one by one, via CSV, or interfaces
  • Editing of library contents
  • Configuration of system languages

Interfaces

Large institutions in particular need to integrate LMS with other core systems. Automatic user synchronization, course enrollment, and accounting of accomplishments make integration so much more effective.

This is why OpenOLAT provides extensive web service interfaces next to its LDAP interface. Technical documentation can be found here.

An overview of the interfaces:

  • REST API
  • LDAP
  • Shibboleth
  • LTI 1.0 and 1.1
  • OAuth2 SSO and authentication (e.g. with Twitter, Facebook, Google+, ADFS)
  • FX-Syncher to PerformX (not in open source)
  • Virtual classroom “Vitero
  • Virtual classroom “Adobe Connect”
  • Virtual classroom “Openmeetings”

 

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