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).
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 lms.uzh.ch.
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.
Statistics based on OLAT usage in 2017
We are focused on the implementation of OLAT Modularisation to decouple the historical monolith and refurbish legacy.Learn more
At the moment we are migrating the legacy OLAT Data Storages to PostgreSQL – The world's most advanced open source database.Learn more
To handle rapid digital transformations the OLAT Infrastructure is moved to Docker-based technologies step-by-step.Learn more
Code ManagementLearn more
The results of research and development are delivered continuously passing several automated testing pipelines.Learn more
Development and operations rely on adaptive planning and evolutionary engineering by a cross-functional DevOps team.Learn more
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.