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.
[Caroline Meeks, Solution Grove]


MIT Sloan School of Management

About MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan School of Management is one of the world's leading business schools, conducting cutting-edge research and providing management education to top students from more than 60 countries. One of the key ingredients in Sloan's continued success is its tight integration of teaching, research, and practice -- an integration that extends well beyond the boundaries of Sloan's students and faculty in Cambridge. Technology at Sloan also needs to extend beyond these boundaries, and to promote learning and innovation efficiently and cost effectively

Why MIT Sloan chose .LRN

When Sloan management was initially looking for collaborative education technology, their primary concern was the breadth of their requirements and the speed with which these requirements would evolve. Going with a commercial vendor or undertaking 100% custom development seemed prohibitively risky, especially given the universal reality of limited resources. According to Sloan CIO Alfred Essa, choosing a well-supported, open source solution mitigated these risks. "Open source provides not only the source code, but visibility into the development process and path," says Essa. ".LRN's global community of developers offers support for existing .LRN users, as well as a proven, secure system for delivering enhancements back into the code base."

What MIT Sloan was doing with .LRN

Sloan was running all its classes and clubs on .LRN, serving over eleven thousand users with three thousand unique logins each day. And .LRN had exceeded Sloan's expectations as a cost-effective solution. According to Essa, "Over five years, we spent roughly $500,000 to deploy, extend, and maintain .LRN. Our benchmarking suggests we've spent roughly 25% of the cost of similar systems built with commercial software or custom homegrown code." Sloan is channeling its savings into innovations customized to meet student and faculty needs. For example, Sloan was using .LRN for implementing advanced simulations, like a financial instrument trading game, and a class notes-style application using weblogs and RSS, which are part of .LRN.

Note: MIT Sloan is no longer using .LRN.