OLAT (Online Learning and Training) is hosted by the Department of Information Technology and is available to all faculties and institutes at University of Zurich as well as to other Swiss universities and higher education institutions. OLAT supports strongly the Open Educational Resources approach in cooperation with SWITCH edu-ID.
The OLAT Team at University of Zurich is focused on the implementation of OLAT Modularisation to decouple the historical Java-based monolith and refurbish legacy frameworks. Code paid by the people should be available to the people. You may contribute at GitHub or dive into Open Source Code history at Mercurial. The results of research and development are delivered continuously passing several automated testing pipelines. Development and operations rely on adaptive planning and evolutionary engineering by a cross-functional DevOps Team.
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In 2011, the independent OpenOLAT project was separated from the OLAT 7 code base of University of Zurich. 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.
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.
At the moment a migration of the legacy OLAT Data Storages to PostgreSQL – The world's most advanced open source database is taking place. To handle rapid digital transformations the OLAT Infrastructure is moved to Docker-based technologies step-by-step.