• Open Source e-Learning

June 2017

Kruse, Fabian [Fabian] - 08. Jun 2017, 14:37
At the last ILIAS-DevConf, the Technical Board presented a new Strategy Paper (PDF-Download) that outlined the key points of its future work. The paper has its roots in the ILIAS-Vision that was formulated in 2015. We spoke to the Speaker for the Technical Board, Alexander Killing, about the contents of the strategy and the measures that will result from it.

April 2017

Kruse, Fabian [Fabian] - 10. Apr 2017, 15:58
The hosts of the 16th International ILIAS Conference in Freiburg im Breisgau would like to invite all user of ILIAS, as well as all those interested in e-learning in general, to actively take part in this year's conference with scientific contributions or user-reports. Contributions can be submitted in the following core topic areas:
  • Open Educational Resources: What should you pay attention to when using or making Open Educational Resources available? What technical, legal and educational implications are there? How do you motivate authors to publish their own materials? And how do you organise and support this?
  • Training and Personnel Development: Here we are looking for contributions on the topic of training and further education in higher education institutions and the business sector. Which online and blended-learning concepts have proven effective for further education formats (keyword: 'lifelong learning')? Which ILIAS tools and which concepts for supervision/guidance of participants in distance learning programmes have proven successful? Skills and competence management in businesses: What are the requirements for a well-functioning cooperation between learning platforms and human resources management?
  • Learning Success and Skills Orientation: How can learning success be guaranteed and measured (keyword: Learning Analytics)? What are the possibilities and limitations of skills-oriented learning scenarios? From which successful projects can something be learned?
  • Video-based Learning: How are videos already successfully used in learning and teaching scenarios? What research exists on the subject and how can ILIAS be used for video-based learning? What demands does the use of video-based learning materials make of learners and teachers and how can these be technically and educationally supported? Video-management/handling large data volumes/streaming-solutions: What examples exist of video management and interfaces between ILIAS and external video platforms?
  • E-Learning Innovations: This slot is a space for innovative ideas, projects and discussions from a wide range of topics.
This year, contributions can be submitted in the following formats:
  • Lecture/Presentation(30'): Present your topic in a 20 – 25 minute lecture followed by a circa 5 minute discussion with your audience. All presentations in the large conference room will be simultaneously interpreted (German → English or English → German).
  • Workshop (90'): After an introductory speech, the participants should actively work on a topic and present a result at the end of the session.
  • Hands-on-Tutorial (90'): The aim of this format is to deepen the participants understanding of a particular feature or process. Ideally the participants should be actively engaged with the feature or process being examined.
  • Best Practice Space (90'): Multiple experience-based user reports will be presented and discussed together in order to gain more insight on a specific topic.
The Call for Papers is open until midnight of 30th April 2017. Please add your proposal here. To add your suggestion you need to be logged in at www.ilias.de.

March 2017

Suittenpointner, Florian [suittenpointner] - 02. Mar 2017, 11:52
The SIG Lanuage Support has made some further steps towards realizing its objectives. This articles gives an overview of the most important ones.

February 2017

Kruse, Fabian [Fabian] - 06. Feb 2017, 10:02
ILIAS has been a regular guest at the LEARNTEC in Karlruhe, Germany, since 1999. For the first time this year, however, the software was represented by the ILIAS Society itself, as a co-exhibitor together with the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University. Although new technologies such as VR and AR applications were the subjects of large-scale presentations at the trade fair, it was the numerous possibilities that are opened up by an integrated LMS that attracted many enthusiastic visitors to our stand. Using the brand new demo version of ILIAS 5.2, people were able to thoroughly test our software and have all their questions answered.

During the peak times on each of the three days of the trade fair, there was so much going on at the ILIAS stand that the society's representatives, Matthias Kunkel and Fabian Kruse, were hardly able to keep up! Luckily, they were supported by numerous members of the community who happily stepped in to provide information and answer questions. Alongside these informal conversations, the presentations under the motto 'Meet the User' proved to be a huge success: numerous visitors were shown how ILIAS is used at other institutions and which teaching and learning scenarios are especially effective.

As well as schools and universities, this year in particular saw more people from the business sector interested in finding out more about ILIAS. Many companies have recognised that open-source software is often the better alternative to commercial software – not only in terms of cost, but also when it comes to features and security. It seems likely that after all the conversations and the well-attended presentations at the LEARNTEC, the ILIAS community will grow even larger. We would like to extend a big thank you to all guests and helpers who supported us at the fair!

December 2016

Kruse, Fabian [Fabian] - 16. Dec 2016, 11:56
More and more we read in the media about targeted hacks and attacks on popular software platforms, databases and content management systems. Especially software with many users can be a worthwhile target for hackers looking to steal personal information.

As server-operated software, ILIAS is also theoretically vulnerable to such attacks. So that it never comes to that though, we are working hard to prevent bugs and to close security loopholes that become known to us. Together with the technical board, we have put together a small FAQ to explain how security vulnerabilities are dealt with in ILIAS.