Forum .LRN Q&A: Re: Questions about dotTEACH

Posted by Jon Suen on
Hello Peter,

Thank you for the kind comments and interest in the project. I am just a developer on the project; Rafael and Surath had primarily been the ones heading the development long before I came on. Though it is good to know that there is some (possible) re-implementation in other universities & colleges abroad.

In response to your queries:
1) Are you referring to the Graduate Attribute Report (ga_list) ? If so, it is possible to have it query more (or different) GA's; I originally had it query every possible GA in the database, based on entries by subject coordinators - but found this to extend that particular drag-down box much too long (around 200+ rows!); though it depends on how such attributes will be implemented in other places.

2) Yes, you are correct - though Curriculum Maps should effectively still show up; try this location:
(of course, as more subjects appear and degrees are populated then this will be more 'complete', too).
Pre-requisite subjects for chosen units of study will also be highlighted in different colours.

3) For the purposes of our implementation, a student normally participates (on average) in four subjects per semester (term). This can easily be implemented to five, or six, but it will also change the size of the resulting schedule display.

4) On the main dotTEACH page, Step 3. (and the single Step 5.) tasks are not currently implemented - they may eventually link to our own (other) university services, and thus may not be applied generically. Sorry about the confusion, I should remove these steps from the page sometime.

5) You're right, Step 4. links to the communities, sub-communities etc. that a user is a member of. We have primarily designed dotTEACH with the focus that the main base of users are not familiar with dotLRN, and thus provide a symbolic link to some of the services that dotLRN provides (such as community forums, messages, etc.).

6) What link do you click to that doesn't receive a response? Sorry, I don't think the link you pasted showed up . :)



Posted by Peter Monien on
Hi Jon,

thanks a lot for the fast answer! We are talking to more than 20 universities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and try to convince them to choose .LRN as their LMS.

And I will definitly bring dotTEACH to their attention. I think it's a great tool and really deserves to have a broad installation base!

Potentially dotLEARN might be a really good fit for European universities as they are right now in the process of switching to the international Bachelor and Master scheme. But contact to the universities has to proove how dotTEACH will be able to help them there.

& many greatings to Rafael and Surath,


14: dotTeach Links (response to 13)
Posted by Jon Suen on
Hello all,

A brief update on the dotTEACH package:

- Developer's documentation manual is now available here:
or, a *.doc version:
(it is up-to-date for the current release of dotTEACH, 0.91a)

- User guides (to aid in navigating the application) are available at the demo site:
(and mostly contain links to *.pdf versions of the guides)

- The package itself (source code) can be downloaded here: