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Features OLAT

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Version Number7.0
ManufacturerUniversity of Zurich
Last Updated04.10.2010

OLAT (Online Learning And Training), is a web-based open-source Learning Management System (LMS) based on Java and completely free of charge. The development of OLAT started in 1999 at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where it is the strategic learning management system and deployed on the main OLAT server. The University of Zurich leads the further development and has a team of 15 developers pushing OLAT to the next level. The latest OLAT release 7.0 was published in September 2010.

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Student's Environment
SE Ease of Use
SE Functional
Tutoring and Didactics
TD Ease of Use
TD Communication
TD Student Management
TD Activity Tracking
Course Development
CD Ease of Use
CD Development Framework
CD Developers Support
CD Compatibility with web authoring tools
CD Course elements
CD Assessment
CD Support for e-learning standards
CD Adaptable look and feel
System & Administration
SA System Requirements
SA System management
SA Administration

Approx. costs campus system free
Approx. costs minimal system free
License Apache 2 License
Main European Languages Yes The product has user interfaces for the main european languages german, french, italian, english
Source of information primary developer Source of information classifies the maintainer's knowledge about this system, e.g. manifacturer, student, tutor, admin, system developer or reseller. In case of research, it describes the source of information.
Supports multiple organisation units Yes The plattform manages multiple organisation units or a campus, each unit having its own e-learning envronment.
Users can choose their interface-language Yes
Users can choose their language per course No

SE Ease of Use
Browsercompatibility functions Yes Server functions are compatible with all common Browsers at least like Firefox, Explorer and Safari in actual versions.
Browsercompatibility learning material Yes Learning material is compatible with all common Browsers at least like Firefox, Explorer and Safari in actual versions.
Context sensitive help Yes
Does not use frames Yes Doesn't use frames, so e.g. printing contents is easier.
In-system bookmarks Yes Bookmarks are stored on the server
Print current page Yes
Save or print current page Yes
URL access possible Yes You can access content pages and other server funcions by URL.
Use environment like common web pages Yes
Uses scalable fonts Yes

SE Functional
OpenSocial Features No OpenSocial helps a site share its social data with the web. Applications that use the OpenSocial APIs can be embedded within a social network itself, or access a site's social data from anywhere on the web.
Assignments Yes Assignments may be done by this system
Breadcrumbs No A progress path (breadcrumbs) supports navigation
Calendar Yes A calendar is available
Collaboration system Yes A bbs system is available
Configurable desktop Yes The personal desktop is configurable
Group document repository Yes group document repository
Keyword search Yes Overall keyword search for functions and contents
Local content accessibilty No Local contents like DVD are accessible
Messaging Yes A messaging system is available
News system Yes A news system is available
Personal document repository Yes A user has a personal document repository
Wiki Yes

TD Ease of Use
Glossary provided Yes
Role system Yes A complex role system is available and is preconfigured for common roles like student, tutor, assistants and admins.
Searchable forums Yes Forums are searchable
Threaded forums Yes
Workgroup forums Yes Students may be organized in workgroups, which may have their own forums.

TD Communication
Blog available Yes
Chat system Yes A chat system is available
Focus on asynchronous communication Yes
Forum creation by students Yes Students may create a new forum
Instant Messaging Yes Users can see who is online and chat with other online users
Internal mail addres accessible No An internal mail address is accessible from outside
Internal mailing system No The platform has an internal mailing system, which also may send mail to external adresses
RSS feeds Yes RSS feed for up-to-date news
Surveys possible Yes
Videoconferencing available No
Whiteboard Limited Whiteboard with integrated chat available

TD Student Management
Activity report system Yes The platform standard activity reports.
Class enrollment Yes Tutors may build classes by uploading or editing user lists.
Self enrollment Yes Depending on course strategy, students may enroll themselves for a course.
Student management Yes The platform allows to enroll students on different ways like a web interface and uploading student lists.
Students can build groups Yes
Tutors can build groups Yes file upload or individula, manual changes.

TD Activity Tracking
Activity tracking Limited A activity tracking is generally provided
Class performance in tests Limited Indication of class performance in tests
Course activity tracking Yes Tracking of course activity is generally available and not course dependent.
Individual page/tool access Yes
Individual performance in tests Yes Tracking of individual performance in tests
Prevent plagiarism No The platform has or can integrate tools to prevent plagiarism
Tracking of forum activity No Tracking of individual forum activity

Course Development
CD general 0
Course templates creatable Yes Courses may be designed to be used as templates
Hypertext linking Yes Relative links between documents work.
Learning resource repository Yes Share resources with other authors

CD Ease of Use
Content editing Yes Content may be generated and edited by a content editor
Default course organisation Yes The platform offers a generic default course organisation and navigation scheme. It therefore easy to develop content in an efficient way.
Definable course structure Yes A web interface exists to organize a course: content pages, tools, assessments etc.
Upload resources Yes There are flexible ways to upload/download all kinds of course resources like html pages, images, movies etc: as zip archives, though a web interface, through ssh/sftp or through WEBDAV

CD Development Framework
Client Side Scripting No
Course authoring tools Yes The plattform offers a development framework especially for creating contents, with is compatible with standard web authoring tools. Within this framework collaborative authoring possibilities are provided.
Customizable navigation scheme Yes The default navigation scheme easiliy can be replaced
Server Side Scripting No
Translation tool Yes Online translation tool available

CD Developers Support
LaTeX Support Yes LaTeX supports makes it possible to write math equations in announcements, forum messages, test items, inbox messages, etc.
Developers support line Extra The producer promptly answers support requests and reacts immediately on severe bug reports.
Developers support site Yes The platform producer runs a website that includes development documentation, forums and tutorials.
Development API for power authors Limited Authors with programming experience can go beyond default functionalities through a well defined application interface
Development Documentation Yes Extensible development documentation available
Extensible architecture Yes Custom functions can be added and integrated into the system

CD Compatibility with web authoring tools
Web tool compatable Yes Compatibility with common web authoring tools

CD Course elements
External pages Yes
Forums and file dialogs Yes Forums and "file dialog" elements may be included to discuss papers
SCORM and IMS Content Packages Yes Both SCORM and IMS Content Packages may be included in a course
Tests with scores Yes Tests (with scores) and exercises (anonymous, no scores) based on QTI standard may be included

CD Assessment
Certify Module No Issue a certificate based on successful completion of tests.
Assessment The latest OLAT 7 release can be used with the QTI 2.1 player Onyx.
Broad range of quiz types Yes The platform provides a broad range of quiz types which include: surveys, exercises, response based questioning, randomized question select, randomized question presentation, randomized answer presention, certification environment, different resultschemes based upon answer values or correct answers.
Extensible Quiz Engine Free Add-On
Offline Quiz Editor Free Add-On
Online Quiz Editor Yes
Quiz evaluation Limited Quiz evaluation includes: results per question group, per user group, psychometric analysis, question statistics, answer statistics

CD Support for e-learning standards
IMS QTI export Yes Questions may be exported in a IMS-QTI compatible format
IMS QTI import Yes IMS QTI import possible
SCORM 1.2 compatability Yes SCORM 1.2 content packages may be imported.
SCORM 2004 (1.3) compatability No SCORM 2004 packages may be imported for use on the plattform
SCORM 2004 sequencing No Content sequencing may be done as defined in SCORM 2004 packages
SCORM tracking No Use of SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004 (1.3) contents is tracked.
Support for e-learning standards 0

CD Adaptable look and feel
Adaptable Course Homepage No Instructors can choose to use an adaptable Course Homepage, providing quick access to necessary tools.
Adaptable look and feel Yes It is possible to customize the general appearance of the platform. In the simplest case this is limited to adapting stylesheets by overriding a default global stylesheet.
Course level look and feel Yes look and feel is adaptable at the course level
Create course layouts Yes Create course layout using CSS
Multiple corparate designs Yes supports institution wide definition of corporate designs, per organisation unit

SA System Requirements
Database MySQL, Postgress, Oracle
Operating System Any
Programming language Java based framework (Basato)
Required Applications Java, Tomcat, OpenFire Reuquired application software beyond OS and webserver
Web server Apache

SA System management
Architecture description 0
LAMP Architecture Yes The system is based on LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP)
Scalability Yes The platform is scalable, e.g. by supporting load-balancing techniques, multiple database servers
System management OLAT release 6.1 is fully scalable and offers the possibility to create OLAT clusters.

SA Administration
Authentication scheme Yes Theplatform supports a flexible authentication schema in order to offer single-log-in account for students. It should also be interoperable witch SWITCH AAI
Documentation Yes Installation and administration documentation and tutorials are available.
Report system flexability Yes The system provides a system and documentation to generate individual reports from platform-activity data
Security data Limited Personal data are encrypted, when they are stored
Security login Limited Personal data are encrypted when the are transmitted
User management description Internal User-management, login via Shibboleth or LDAP. Extensive webbased OLAT administration tab available to control and manage the OLAT server.

Release Information Can be provided by commercial partner Frentix GmbH ( or limited support via the free OLAT-Users mailinglist.
Community Support Yes Community Support available
Independent commercial support Yes Commercial support is available from independent companies.

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