How to migrate from Claroline to Chamilo

On Wednesday 21st of January 2015, the UCL (Université Catholique de Louvain), through an e-mail from its rector's advisor and its co-rector for education and training, announced that it would abandon the development (and usage) of Claroline over a period of 18 months. There's a little mention about Claroline Connect being "immature" at this time, and a comparison between (exclusively) Claroline, Claroline Connect and Moodle in terms of the direction in which the UCL is going and the uniformization of its online education. They decided to go with Moodle for the foreseeable future.

Using Chamilo juju charm to setup a dev environment on Digital Ocean

If you're in a hurry/on speed, know this:
  • this procedure is slightly more difficult (so longer) than installing the charm on Amazon
  • you can skip directly to "Installing Juju"
  • if you already have juju installed, you can skip to the last 2 lines of the "Installing juju" section
  • if you already have juju-docean installed and configured, you can skip directly to "Provisioning VMs"
  • otherwise, just continue reading, it's worth a few minutes...
This tutorial regroups a lot of advanced notions, so if you want to know more about one of the follo

Does the world's growth go along with a Moodle sites reduction?

In a growing world with growing education needs, one would think that systems like Chamilo or Moodle would have a continuous growth ensured, year after year. Well, this is certainly true for Chamilo LMS (for now), as it is apparently gaining about 100,000 new users per month (average over the last 12 months), but I am a little in shock at how Moodle is (since a year or so) loosing a considerable amount of sites and users over the last 12 months.

Howto: Configuring session expiry time in Chamilo

Note: this article was originally written for Chamilo 1.9 but it is also valid for all versions 1.10 and 1.11. We seldom receive a request from users of Chamilo LMS saying their sessions are cut in the middle of their activity. And sure, it might so happen that you are in the middle of the redaction of a very large answer to an open question, or diserting on how the course is going to help you in the forum. And we get that it's super-frustrating to click "submit" and then get an error page.

Creating new tasks in chamilo course-sessions

In the category of little scripts that can make your life easier when managing huge Chamilo portals, this is a little one that creates one tasks-folder called "ALP" for the "Assignments" (work) tool in each active course for a portal where you have thousands of sessions, with one course per session. The script works for version 1.9.8 of Chamilo, but might need some adaptations to run on an older version, in particular considering the addDir() function from the main/work/work.lib.php library which was created there recently. You should put the file into any "one-level" directory under the Cha