"We present a design and open source implementation for a service oriented e-learning system, which utilizes external services for supporting a wide range of learning content and also offers a REST API for external clients to fetch information stored in the system."
Karavirta, V. & Ihantola, P. & Koskinen, T. (2013) Service-Oriented Approach to Improve Interoperability of E-Learning Systems http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICALT.2013.105
The system has since been developed by various contributors at Aalto University, Finland.
A+ is a Django 2.2 and Python 3.5+ application which has been run in production using Postgresql database, Apache 2 (or Nginx) and uwsgi.
See doc/DEPLOYMENT.md for further deployment instructions.
pip3 install -r requirements.txt.
local_settings.py and override necessary Django settings from
DATABASES must be set in case of deployment.
The server process needs write access to the
See doc/README.md on how to create and run a test environment for development. The doc/GRADERS.md describes the assessment protocol supported by A+. Additionally, there is a minimal example grader in doc/example_grader.py, which can be used to start a new service. A list of existing assessment services and other tools can be found in the project github page.
The selenium_test/ offers an integration test suite using the Selenium Firefox driver.
- aplus/ : Django main settings
- userprofile/ : User information and authentication
- shibboleth_login/ : User authentication via external Shibboleth login. Requires Shibboleth configuration for the Apache/Nginx web server.
- course/ : The course instances, modules and chapters
- exercise/ : Exercises and submissions to them
- deviations/ : Student deviations to submission rules (deadline extensions and extra submission attempts)
- notification/ : User messaging framework
- edit_course/ : The course editing for teachers
- inheritance/ : Utilities for model class hierarchy
- external_services/ : Linking to external services, optionally LTI authenticated
- apps/ : Provides plugins that can integrate additional content to course instances
- api/ : An HTTP REST service API for accessing A+ data
- redirect_old_urls/ : Redirections from the most important old URL targets
- lib/ : General library code
- templates/ : General site templates
- assets_src/ : Asset packages (as npm packages), which should populate
assets/with compiled files.