ZOU Starts Using Open Source eLearning Platform Claroline

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Claroline – ZOU is now using this open source Learning Management System

On Thursday, the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) officially launched a new Learning Management System website, ZOU Online. The new system uses the open source eLearning and eWorking platform, Claroline, and like typical Learning Management Systems, it allows lecturers to build online courses and manage learning and collaborative activities on the web.

The Zimbabwe Open University has implemented the new system in partnership with a local ICT company. We’re yet to establish which ICT company this is. We will let you know once we find out.

As a state university with limited resources, one would understand its inclination to ‘free’ open source applications. Indeed, other state institutions should learn from ZOU. It’s also encouraging to see local companies embracing the power of open source tools and using them to add value to solutions for state institutions.

The launch was attended by Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Stan Mudenge and Permanent Secretary for Higher and Tertiary Education Dr Washington Mbizvo among other high profile persons.

We visited ZOU’s Claroline implementation and in our humble opinion, ZOU (or the local ICT company) need to work on the front page a little more.

The global development and promotion of Claroline is organized by the Claroline Consortium, an international non-profit association. According to the Claroline community page, the system is used in more than 100 countries and by more than 1600 organisations globally.


  1. Zororo

    It’s commendable that ZOU has taken such a bold step into the realm of e-Learning. However, i understand the skepticism that has held back private organisations from embracing open sources technologies. They need someone to sue in the event that something goes wrong.

    This blog is great, by the way, i’m spreading the word.

  2. T.k

    I am glad ZOU has initiated ICT for capacity development, please enlighten it to the rest of Zimbabwe ,let it start from the grass roots, children at pre school , primary school should also benefit thru e-learning in schools. Congrats ZOU.If Kenya can do it , Y Y Y Y cant we?????.

  3. Sadombo

    But the link of the site is broken, why?

    1. L.S.M. Kabweza

      This article is from 2010! The platform was likely taken down.

  4. Sadombo

    And its now 2014 and that platform is now down

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