In use by nearly half a million users, the .LRN platform was orginally developed to support universities, and now we also use it with schools, businesses and non-profit organisations.
About Galileo University
The University of Galileo in Guatemala is a new university with a focus
on information technology. Based in Guatemala, Galileo is a leader in
Central America education in the study of technology planning and
analysis; electrical engineering; and design, development, and
application of educational technology solutions. Galileo awards
undergraduate and masters degrees in technology. Galileo graduates are
committed to using their strong technology background to address social
development issues in both Guatemala and the broader international
Why Galileo University chose .LRN
With its focus on technology and learning, Galileo needed a leading
web-based technology for its local and distance learners. In 1998,
Galileo sought a flexible solution that would support its nascent
distance learning programs and physical class e-learning support. After
surveying the open source landscape Galileo chose ACS, the system that
later became the underpinnings of .LRN. ".LRN was the only open source
platform able to grow along with us," said Rocael Hernandez,
Development Director, Research & Development at Galileo. ".LRN's
flexible APIs allowed us to create new features to meet our specific
user needs." Initial trials for distance learning pilots were
successful, and Galileo soon took advantage of the product's inherent
flexibility to create their own .LRN-based e-learning application:
Galileo Educational System (GES).
What Galileo University is doing with .LRN
At Galileo University, .LRN supports both local and distance learning student populations. .LRN handles all aspects of course administration: assignments, grading, discussion groups, bulk email, and calendaring. GES also has advanced e-learning features, including sophisticated assessment tools, surveys, and even an short messages to mobile phones (SMS) interface for students and professors. Best of all, the .LRN application integrates with existing university systems, with an LDAP service facilitating external authentication.
.LRN has lived up to its promise to grow along with the institution.
Today, GES has 16,000 registered users, and actively supports 524
courses, 100 professors, and nearly 3,000 students. GES delivers over
55,000 sessions a month; according to Rocael Hernandez, "GES handles
thousands of transactions per day, with multiple concurrent users and a
mountain of data." GES's customization is being ported back to .LRN
application framework -- enhancing the software for the broader .LRN
Future plans for .LRN at Galileo University
In the coming year, Galileo hopes to roll out a .LRN-based course catalog made available by the community, and to develop more advanced features for the assessment system. With a low total cost of ownership and in-house development costs, Galileo plans to continue to invest heavily in .LRN.