In Summer 2013 the UPL became one of the first further education providers in Switzerland to introduce an entirely web-based course management system and integrated e-learning content. Liip used open-source software to build this education platform fit for the 21st century.
For the last 60 years, the Université Populaire de Lausanne (UPL) has offered mature students across Western Switzerland a wide and eclectic range of further education courses, including photography, exam preparation, historical excursions and even traditional Italian folk music. Thanks to its new website, prospective students can enrol and provide all necessary personal details online. Teaching staff can view their class lists and post learning activities and assignments. The platform also features integrated user data management and course scheduling tools.
The new UPL platform reflects the latest knowledge management trends, featuring applications such as co-creation, document-sharing as well as web-based tests and surveys. It is hoped that this will lead to greater interaction between teaching staff and students. In terms of the e-learning content, Liip used Moodle, an open-source virtual learning programme. Liip adopted an agile project management approach and managed to develop the platform in the space of three months. Fabien Balli oversaw the organisational development from the end-user perspective.
Since early summer 2013 one third of new UPL students have registered via the platform, which has improved the quality of the data considerably and streamlined the administrative process. The use of Moodle has not only diversified the e-learning content on offer but also made it much more attractive.