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University of Zurich, Information Technology, IT/MELS

Multimedia & E-Learning Services (MELS)

Online Learning and Training

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CH-8006 Zurich

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University of Zurich (UZH)
OLAT History








Statistics based on OLAT usage in 2017


OLAT is a mature Learning Management System (LMS) with a nearly twenty-year track record. It has been developed since 1999 at University of Zurich (UZH).

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In 2011, the independent OpenOLAT project was separated from the OLAT 7 code base of UZH. This fork was driven by Zurich-based frentix GmbH, a commercial e-learning service provider. In the meantime, the OpenOLAT project has developed more dynamically. Learn more about the history of the project

Therefore in 2016/17 all code changes by the OpenOLAT project from version 8 to 11 were reintegrated with the new established OLAT Core Library. A major update was performed for the fall semester 16HS. It came along with migration of all existing courses, learning resources, other contents, etc. to ensure a smooth transition for all OLAT users to

The OLAT development at University of Zurich is now focused on OLAT Extension Modules. This means both the consolidation of existing functionality and the implementation of new features. In addition, a refurbishment of the legacy frameworks will be processed stepwise – to ensure sustainability of OLAT.

OLAT is hosted by the central service unit Information Technology of University of Zurich. OLAT is available to all faculties and institutes at UZH as well as to other Swiss universities and higher education institutions. OLAT supports strongly the Open Educational Resources (OER) approach in cooperation with SWITCH edu-ID.

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Windows (47%)
macOS (45%)
Linux (8%)


iOS (74%)
Android (26%)
Windows (<0.01%)

Statistics based on OLAT usage in 2017


Provides one-click creation of courses from the UZH course catalogue. Necessary information such as metadata and enrolled students are automatically synchronized via an interface to SAP Campus Management.

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Synchronized course management


Provides easy integration of recorded lectures. The underlying video management system for editing and hosting is based on Opencast and is powered by SWITCH for the Swiss academic community.

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Lectures online


Provides easy integration of online meetings with screen sharing, chat, whiteboard functions and more. The underlying web conference system is based on Adobe Connect and is powered by SWITCH for the Swiss academic community.

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Live teamwork


Offers a secure alternative to commercial cloud storage services. Files can be stored, synchronised and shared quickly and reliably. All data is stored on servers that are part of the Swiss academic network powered by SWITCH.

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Swiss cloud storage

EPIS 2.0

Will optimize the digital assistance for exams at UZH. Preparation and performing of assessments can be easily organized using data synchronization with SAP Campus Management. On-site support is powered by a control system for admission and submission.

EPIS 2.0

EPIS 2.0

Digital assistance for exams

Group Registration

Will optimize the group registration processes – with focus on reliability and safety in large installations.

Group registration

Group Registration

Reliable and safe in large installations

Self & Mass Assessments

Will be focused on suitable question types in a university context and their usage in mass assessments with automatic evaluation and statistical analysis. Furthermore features for self assessments and mobile usage will be implemented.

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Self & Mass Assessments

Environments for the university context

Power of Handwriting

MyScript is the source of the world’s most advanced technology for handwriting recognition and digital ink management. The MyScript Labs team includes leading experts from around the world in artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, linguistics, and other relevant fields.

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Power of Handwriting

Convert handwritten formulas, texts and shapes

Java Technology

We are focused on the implementation of OLAT Modularisation to decouple the historical monolith and refurbish legacy.

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Database Technology

At the moment we are migrating the legacy OLAT Data Storages to PostgreSQL – The world's most advanced open source database.

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Container Technology

To handle rapid digital transformations the OLAT Infrastructure is moved to Docker-based technologies step-by-step.

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Code Management

Code paid by the people should be available to the people. Contribute at GitHub or dive into open source code history at Mercurial.

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Continuous Delivery

The results of research and development are delivered continuously passing several automated testing pipelines.

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Agile Methodology

Development and operations rely on adaptive planning and evolutionary engineering by a cross-functional DevOps team.

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Software and Systems Engineering

The OLAT team is grateful for Open Source licenses from various tool vendors on which we rely in our workflows daily. Our workbench includes the following tools for software engineering, test automation and infrastructure development.