New features 11.4

With OpenOLAT 11.4 we release our latest major release, which contains several important novelties. With this release the auto save for the question type essay has been implemented and the new question type hottext has been added to the editor. Furthermore the group tool information has been adapted to the course element notification and the participant list has been worked over in the group as well as in the course.

Overall more than 7 new features and improvements have been added to OpenOLAT since release 11.3 and many processes have been improved. Here, you can find the most important new features and changes of the OpenOLAT 11.4 release. In addition to these improvements, more than 50 bugs have been fixed. The complete list of changes to 11.3 – 11.3.3 can be found here.

You can download the Open Source Software for free.




In the test the question type essay can be used. As the name says already it is often used to write essays. There the test participants write for a long period without submitting the question. Connection problems with the internet, session time outs etc. can lead to loosing the whole written text. Therefore the autosave has been implemented in the release 11.4 It saves the complete text every minute and makes sure that nothing will be lost. The last storage is shown to the participant.
Additionally, for a scenario like this it is recommended to set no limit of attempts for the test, allow to suspend and no limits of attempts for the single question itself. Nothing should get in the way of a successful essay anymore.

Autosave in a nutshell

  • Autosave in the question type essay possible
  • Last storage shown
  • save essay writing in OpenOLAT


New question type: Hottext

Again we have been allowed to implement a new question type for our editor. In a hottext question several choice options can be shown in a running text. The correct ones need to be selected. This question type can be used for the automatic assessment as well.




Group tool Information

In the course the course element notifications is available, in the group the group tool information. In general both elements have the same purpose. Until now the configuration of the two as well as the layout have been different.
Therefore the group tool information has been adapted to the course element notifications with this release. In the group tool group coaches as well as group participants can create messages now, as far as this is configured like this in the administration of the group. Deleting messages is still reserved to the group coach.

Member list

The member respective participant list have beed treated differently for the group and the course. Recently the view in the group is shown with avatars as well. Depending on the configuration group participants have the possibility to download and print the members list or to send emails to the group. The same options are also available in the participant list of the course.

Release Notes – OpenOLAT – Version 11.4.3


  • [OO-2761] – Assessment tool: no notification about new test results
  • [OO-2766] – RS if FireFox user play with the enter key in a wizard
  • [OO-2767] – QTI 1.2 editor: LaTex formula does not display correctly in question-preview
  • [OO-2768] – Info messages: modification date is not stored in DB
  • [OO-2770] – Cannot remove section with several pages in Portfolio
  • [OO-2771] – Images can not be selected in HTML editor in Chrome 58+
  • [OO-2772] – QTI 2.1: gap text editor score
  • [OO-2773] – Update TinyMCE to 4.5.7
  • [OO-2774] – RS if an author try to resume a test which has been changed


  • [OO-2775] – Change date format in proc XML

Release Notes – OpenOLAT – Version 11.4.2


  • [OO-2726] – QTI 2.1: test score cannot be activated separately
  • [OO-2728] – RS members generic view
  • [OO-2729] – MathJax CDN shutting down on 30.04.17
  • [OO-2733] – Invisible red screen: delete course element with QTI 2.1 test breaks during archive
  • [OO-2734] – RS in single page with empty event
  • [OO-2737] – Portfolio 2.0: actions stay in toolbar of group
  • [OO-2738] – QTI 2.1: finish test does not ask for saving data
  • [OO-2740] – A private email address should not be visible on auto generated mails
  • [OO-2743] – RS suspended item
  • [OO-2748] – QTI 2.1: manual correction should not show result reporting immediately
  • [OO-2751] – RS corrupted converted QTI 1.2 test
  • [OO-2752] – HotText editor doesn’t work with FireFox > 45
  • [OO-2755] – QTI 2.1: Hotspot Image cannot be deleted
  • [OO-2757] – Replace a QTI 2.1 test with a 1.2 in the Test course element
  • [OO-2758] – Image disappearing from QTI 2.1 tests


  • [OO-2731] – QTI 2.1: add info box to feedback
  • [OO-2749] – User deletion process: every mail is stored in admins outbox
  • [OO-2750] – QTI 2.1: add info text to correction

New Feature

  • [OO-2730] – Option to hide user score change log and info button in assessable course node
  • [OO-2735] – Teststatistic: should show the same statistics for QTI 2.1 as for 1.2
  • [OO-2736] – QTI 2.1: score shown not be shown in change log

Release Notes – OpenOLAT – Version 11.4.1


  • [OO-2677] – Notifications are sent for modified metadata files
  • [OO-2678] – Add the „renew“ error from GoToMeeting to the list of know errors
  • [OO-2679] – Portfolio 2.0: Option delete binder cannot be saved
  • [OO-2680] – Portfolio 2.0: reopen section not possible
  • [OO-2682] – QTI 2.1: wording new section
  • [OO-2683] – QTI 2.1: no warning for numerical Input
  • [OO-2684] – QTI 2.1: NI result archive does not take comma
  • [OO-2685] – RS in the publish process if the access is not in the BARG range
  • [OO-2689] – Allow negative number in numerical input for QTI 2.1
  • [OO-2690] – Reverse equal order for the numerical input with relative tolerance
  • [OO-2691] – Copy paste in rich text editor of hottest duplicate the id
  • [OO-2692] – Rating infos on blog detail page are missing
  • [OO-2693] – QTI 2.1 doesn’t allow image with blank in the name
  • [OO-2700] – Hotspot interaction points not visible on black background
  • [OO-2701] – Images resized in QTI2 editor are always displayed in full size
  • [OO-2702] – Toolbar edit mode don’t show stripes when layout includes realistic style
  • [OO-2703] – RS when saving form in EP
  • [OO-2704] – Word Error while opening a exported test containing hotspot
  • [OO-2708] – Gap text question with just the gap and no normal text leads to a not processable qestion
  • [OO-2713] – RS in assessmet tool, group view navigation back to overview by clicking „<“ in breadcrump…
  • [OO-2714] – RS if the same user owned a binder, make a self evaluation and set itself as evaluator
  • [OO-2715] – Add recertification date in user tool list of certificates
  • [OO-2717] – user management: delete search does not show all users
  • [OO-2719] – EP forms free text cutted when printing
  • [OO-2720] – Group name and description are not set in invitation email
  • [OO-2721] – REST API Error if client try to create an authentication token which violate the provider / username constraints
  • [OO-2722] – Error checking access right in forum indexer
  • [OO-2724] – Forum: entries are not correctly shown in column new


  • [OO-2681] – Portfolio 2.0: no SMS authentification for invitee
  • [OO-2688] – Make QTI 1 and QTI 2 Excel results download configurable
  • [OO-2694] – QTI 2.1: add info button to NI questions in editor
  • [OO-2711] – Missing language-key content when search typ in question bank
  • [OO-2725] – QTI 2.1: Suspend workflow in test is improved

Release Notes – OpenOLAT – Version 11.4


      • [OO-2612] – Update libraries and pom maintenance
      • [OO-2668] – RS if src/href is null in a QTI 2.1 assessment item
      • [OO-2669] – In portfolio template, the table view start the assignment instead to edit it
      • [OO-2670] – RS sync a binder with its template (missing assignments)
      • [OO-2671] – Error if the payment method is updated
      • [OO-2673] – RS in QTI 2.1 editor if user want to delete „nothing“


      • [OO-2635] – Implement course member list presentation style for group members
      • [OO-2672] – portfolio template: mouseover for status symbols

New Feature

      • [OO-2607] – QTI2: auto-save feature for essay question type
      • [OO-2610] – QTI2: Hottext Interaction support in test editor
      • [OO-2621] – Notification messages in groups, refactor group information tool


The software can be downloaded as Open Source for free.

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