|Developer(s)||Chamilo community members and professional partners|
|Stable release||1.9.6 & 3.0 / June 4, 2013 & April 30, 2013|
|Type||Course Management System|
|License||GPLv3 or superior|
Chamilo is an open-source (under GNU/GPL licensing) e-learning and content management system, aimed at improving access to education and knowledge globally. It is backed up by the Chamilo Association, which has goals including the promotion of the software, the maintenance of a clear communication channel and the building of a network of services providers and software contributors.
The Chamilo project aims at ensuring the availability and quality of education at a reduced cost, through the distribution of its software free of charge, the improvement of its interface for 3rd world countries devices portability and the provision of a free access public e-learning campus.
Chamilo comes in two versions. The LMS (or "1.*") version directly builds on Dokeos. Chamilo LCMS (or 3.0) is a completely new software platform for e-learning and collaboration.
- 1 History
- 2 Community
- 3 Chamilo Association
- 4 Main features of version 1
- 5 Technical details
- 6 Interoperability
- 7 Extensions
- 8 Releases
- 8.1 2013-07 - LCMS v3.1 stable
- 8.2 2013-06 - LMS v1.9.6 stable
- 8.3 2013-05 - LCMS v3.0 stable
- 8.4 2013-01 - LMS v1.9.4 stable
- 8.5 2012-09 - LMS v1.9.2 stable
- 8.6 2012-08 - LMS v1.9.0 stable
- 8.7 2012-01 - v2.1 stable
- 8.8 2011-08 - v220.127.116.11 stable
- 8.9 2011-05 - v18.104.22.168 stable
- 8.10 2010-12 - v2.0 stable
- 8.11 2010-06 - v2.0 beta
- 8.12 2010-07 - v.22.214.171.124
- 8.13 2010-06 - v2.0 alpha
- 8.14 2010-05 - v1.8.7
- 8.15 2010-01 - v126.96.36.199
- 9 Statistics
- 10 Project macroscale roadmap
- 11 Worldwide adoption
- 12 Security
- 13 Trademarks
- 14 Logos
- 15 See also
- 16 Notes
- 17 Other references/publications
The Chamilo project was officially launched on the 18th of January 2010 by a considerable part of the contributing community of the (also GNU/GPL) Dokeos software, after growing discontent on the communication policy inside the Dokeos community and a series of choices that were making parts of the community insecure about the future of developments. As such, it is considered a fork of Dokeos (at least in its 1.8 series). The reaction to the fork was immediate, with more than 500 active users registering on the Chamilo forums in the first fortnight and more contributions collected in one month than in the previous whole year.
The origins of Chamilo's code date back to 2000, with the start of the Claroline project, which was forked in 2004 to launch the Dokeos project. In 2010, it was forked again with the publication of Chamilo 188.8.131.52.
Due to Chamilo's educational purpose, most of the community is related to the educational or the human resources sectors. The community itself works together to offer an easy to use e-learning system.
In 2009, members of the Dokeos community started working actively on the One Laptop Per Child project together with a primary school in the Salto city in Uruguay. One of the founding members of the Chamilo Association then registered as a contributing project for the OLPC in which his company would make efforts to ensure the portability of the platform to the XO laptop. The effort has been, since then, continued as part of the Chamilo project.
The community is considered passive when they use the software but do not contribute directly to it. As of December 2012, the passive community was estimated to be more than 3,000,000 users around the world.
Since June 2010, the Chamilo Association has been a legally registered non-profit association (VZW) under Belgian law. The association was created to serve the general goal of improving the Chamilo project's organization and to avoid a conflict of interest between the organization controlling the software project decision process and the best interests of the community using the software. Its founding members, also its first board of directors, are composed of 7 members, of which 3 are from the private e-learning sector and 4 are from the public educational sector. The current board of directors is made of 5 members.
Main features of version 1
- courses, users and training cycles advanced management (including SOAP web services to manage remotely)
- SCORM 1.2 compatibility and authoring tool
- multi-institutions mode (with central management portal)
- time-controlled exams
- international characters (UTF-8)
- automated generation of certificates
- tracking of users progress
- embedded social learning network
Chamilo is developed mainly in PHP and relies on a LAMP or WAMP system on the server side. On the client side, it only requires a modern web browser (versions younger than 3 years old) and optionally requires the Flash plugin to make use of advanced features.
The Chamilo LMS (1.*) series benefits from third party implementations that allows easy connexion to Joomla (through JFusion plugin), Drupal (through Drupal-Chamilo module), OpenID (secure authentication framework) and Oracle (through specific PowerBuilder implementations).
Chamilo offers a videoconferencing system as well as a presentations to learning paths converter, which require advanced system administration skills to install.
You can get more information on releases from the original website.
2013-07 - LCMS v3.1 stable
This version is a bugfix and minor-improvements release on top of LCMS v3.0.
2013-06 - LMS v1.9.6 stable
This version is a bugfix and minor-improvements release.
2013-05 - LCMS v3.0 stable
This version is refactores, v2.1 version of the LCMS software.
2013-01 - LMS v1.9.4 stable
This version is a bugfix and minor-improvements release.
2012-09 - LMS v1.9.2 stable
This version of Chamilo comes with new features and improvements, including versatile mobile-friendly design features, question categories and the option to include voice recording in tests.
2012-08 - LMS v1.9.0 stable
Chamilo LMS 1.9.0 is the first version of Chamilo (and arguably the first overall LMS platform) to fully support HTML5 (to the exception of a little mistake in the login field) and offer an adaptative HTML/CSS design. It adds a series of features like voice recording as a test answer, webcam capture, questions categories, videoconference recording and an improved plugins system to improve global and courses-specific features without touching the upstream Chamilo code. The same month of this release, Chamilo registered passed 1.2M users around the world.
2012-01 - v2.1 stable
Chamilo LCMS 2.1 is the first Chamilo 2 release that has extensively been tested in a variety of production environments. It can be considered to be stable. Chamilo 2 is user centred and repository based. All data reside in the repository, thus doing away with data duplication to a major extent. It includes a portfolio application and access from the user's repository to external repositories such as Google Docs, YouTube, Vimeo, Slideshare and many more.
2011-08 - v184.108.40.206 stable
Although announced a bit later than its real release date, Chamilo 220.127.116.11 was released mostly as a fix version for 18.104.22.168. During the adoption period of this version, Chamilo reached 700,000 reported users. This version also considerably improved certificates generation.
2011-05 - v22.214.171.124 stable
After a slightly flawed 1.8.8 not officially released, version 126.96.36.199 was released with new features like speech to text, online audio-recording, photo edition, SVG diagrams drawer, full-text indexing, certificates generation.
2010-12 - v2.0 stable
The first version 2.0 of Chamilo. Considered to be stable software with experimental web 2.0 and 3.0 aspects expected to analyze the impact of brand new technology on education. Apart from introducing the concept of true content, object and document management, Chamilo 2.0 also focuses on integration with existing repository systems (Fedora, YouTube, Google Docs, etc.) and supports some of the most popular authentication systems (ao. LDAP, CAS, Shibboleth). Its modular and dynamic architecture provides a basis for a multitude of extensions which can be added upon installation or at a later date by means of a repository of additional functionality packages.
2010-06 - v2.0 beta
Chamilo 2.0 beta is not considered production-safe (as its name implies) but implements a series of improvements to get to a more stable and usable release.
2010-07 - v.188.8.131.52
Version 184.108.40.206, codename Palmas was launched at the end of July 2010. It included security fixes to the wiki tool, many fixes to bugs found in 1.8.7 and a series of minor global improvements and new features.
2010-06 - v2.0 alpha
Chamilo 2.0 was originally (first plans date back to 2006 in the Dokeos Users Day in Valence, France) meant to be released as Dokeos 2.0, as a completely new backend for the LMS. The complete team of developers working on this version decided, in 2009, to move to the Chamilo project, thus leaving the Dokeos project repository with incomplete sources. Although Dokeos promised since then to release version 2.0 on the 10th of October 2010 (with a corresponding counter counting down from more than 200 days before that), it is not the total remake it was supposed to be, and it is actually expected to be equivalent in features to 220.127.116.11, mostly adding valuable visual and usability improvements.
2010-05 - v1.8.7
Version 1.8.7, codename Istanbul was launched in May 2010 with major internationalization (language and time) improvements to the previous version, moving a first major step away from Dokeos. It also added new pedagogical tools to its previous version. This version was the first to be released officially as GNU/GPL version 3.
2010-01 - v18.104.22.168
Version 22.214.171.124 of Chamilo was originally meant to be released as Dokeos 126.96.36.199 in January 2010. Because of the community schism, it was left incomplete and continued (starting November 2009) as the Chamilo project.
The free-to-use Chamilo campus registered 100,000 users in October 2011 (15 months after its launch), for 38000 users in December 2010 (11 months after its launch). The Peruvian private eUniversidad San Ignacio de Loyola reported 1700 users connected in the same 120 seconds time frame in August 2011. Globally, Chamilo registered 700,000 users in October 2011, and more than 5,000,000 users in June 2013.
Project macroscale roadmap
- Year 2010 focused on increasing Chamilo usage in Asia, with teams active in the translating to Simplified Chinese and other regional languages.
- Year 2011 focused on increasing Chamilo usage in the Middle-East, with teams active in the translating to Arabic and other regional languages.
- Year 2012 focused on establishing Chamilo as a viable professional community in education, releasing international certification programs for teachers and administrators.
- Year 2013 focused on dynamising the Spanish-speaking community and on the transition of Chamilo LMS to a platform that supports mobile devices.
- Currently focusing on the academic sector, with many universities and academies throughout Europe and Latin America using it, Chamilo is entering the private sector market, with latest improvements oriented into the reliability of tracking learners time and efficiency.
- Chamilo is backed up by a series of small to medium companies and universities, which are required to register as members of the association and contribute to the open source software to be recognized as official providers. One of the prerequisites to become a member is to show an understanding of the concept of free software for the benefit of worldwide's education. One of the prerequisites to become an official provider is to contribute something to the community.
- Chamilo is also used in public administrations, Spanish, Belgian, Dutch and Peruvian ministries, as well as unemployment services and NGO's.
- As of October 2012, it was freely used by more than 2,000 organizations worldwide
The Chamilo shows a record of liaising with crackers to detect and fix security issues quickly. A page is dedicated to security issues and serves as a reference any time a new issue is detected.
Chamilo is a registered Trademark protected by the Chamilo Association, declared under Belgian law.
The first official logo to be used by the Chamilo project was one of a chameleon trapped into a half-translucid box.
It was updated, due to the difficulty to use it mixed with other visually-appealing components, to the current logo in February 2013. Both logos are available under the Creative Commons (BY-SA) license in an effort to make it easier for the Chamilo community to freely print informative material with an identifiable logo.
- Learning management system
- Online learning community
- Chamilo project activity on Ohloh.net
- Chamilo project activity comparison with other projects
- "Chamilo LMS Packages". Chamilo.org.
- "Chamilo LCMS Packages". Chamilo.org.
- See http://www.chamilo.org/en/about-chamilo#who-is-moving-to-chamilo
- Review: Chamilo one of the best e-learning collaboration platforms