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About this manual

This user manual helps you to make yourself familiar with OpenOlat while thoroughly explaining its functionality.

The OpenOlat manual is meant for people interested in e-learning as well as in making use of OpenOlat for various reasons. If you have not worked with OpenOlat (former OLAT) before, you will get more information on how to get started with this learning platform step by step which includes searching for predefined learning content, its adaption, as well as the handling of collaborative tools.

Perhaps you were already an experienced OLAT user but now you want to provide others with learning content in OpenOlat. In this case the chapters on learning resources, course elements, course editor and the ones on how to create courses or tests will assist you in your work.

If you were already an OLAT expert, this manual will serve as a work of reference. Its table of contents is there to guide you in order to find what you are looking for as fast as possible.

Further Sources of Information

Help tools in OpenOlat

At the top right of the main menu bar there is always access to the OpenOlat manual (this is where you are currently located) and possibly to further help pages, depending on the configuration by the system administrator. Just click on the question mark .


If the link does not appear it was hidden in the user tools in the personal settings.

Context help

While working with OpenOlat, you cannot only dispose of this manual but also use OpenOlat's context-sensitive Help. This Help feature explains the options you have regarding OpenOlat's configuration--right where you are at that particular moment, by opening the relevant location in this manual. You will recognize this feature by a question mark icon. Just click on that icon to open the manual in a new window.

Help in forms

In addition to that, you will find 3 more types of assistance mainly in forms, but not restricted to, which will provide you with brief information on single form fields. When locating this icon to the right of a label, a mouseover will display a short information. Here an example of the configuration of a test in the course editor:

Light grey text within a form field...

...assists you with filling out the field itself,

Light grey text underneath a field...

...provides information about the what's required.

Community, course templates and demo courses

On the community server as well as the demo server you will find demo courses.


Please contact your local support team. Normally this is found on the OpenOlat login page in the help menu in the header of the page or in the imprint in the header or the footer.

This is an extended Adaption of the "OLAT 7.1 - User Manual", used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

Since 2015 the manual is financed and maintained by frentix GmbH, the company behind the Open Source LMS OpenOlat.

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Kristina Isacson Content Universität Zürich, MELS
Lukas Witschi Content frentix
Mandy Menzel Content frentix
Michael Enz Migration frentix
Oliver Kant Technic frentix
Renata Sevcikova Content Universität Zürich, MELS
Rico Eberle Content frentix
Sabine Hemsing Content VCRP
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Sandra Arnold Content Universität Zürich, MELS
Sandra Hübner Content Hochschule Furtwangen
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