Frequently asked questions (FAQ's)


What is ILIAS exactly?

ILIAS is a very versatile learning management system (LMS): course management, learning modules, tests and assessments, portfolios, surveys, wikis and blogs are all built in, which makes ILIAS a ‘total solution’ for your online learning needs.

Is ILIAS an expensive system?

ILIAS is open source: never license costs for the system itself. Special requirements and the complete design are implemented by Future Learning bv according to various standard contract options or with a customized contract. The selected contract also includes the costs for hosting.

How can ILIAS be used?

ILIAS can be used as a source for documentation, as an organization place for mixed online and offline learning and as a learning environment for online collaboration and learning. Transfer of knowledge and experience is central, whether that knowledge is brought in by experts or by the participants themselves.

What can ILIAS look like?

ILIAS is a website and can therefore look very different like all kinds of websites. From business and sleek to colorful and fresh and all variations in between. Take a look at our customer examples!

What can you place in ILIAS?

In the ILIAS learning environment you can place all kinds of content to watch, click, read and play along with. Texts, images, videos, interactive videos, lesson modules, forums, chat boxes, downloads, PDFs, Youtubes and much more. This content can also be offered in various ways in courses, timelines, tests, wikis and so on. Take a look at the extensive list of functionalities!

How does ILIAS deal with various standards in which learning materials are being offered?

ILIAS meets the standard:

  • SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004 learning modules
  • LOM metadata
  • IMS QTI Test & Assessment
  • XML, CSV, and Excel exports
  • IMS LTI to integrate external applications.

After installation, the complete ILIAS suite is executed directly in your browser: no further software is needed for students, teachers or content creators.

Can ILIAS be trusted as an open source system?

ILIAS is familiar: in development since 1998, it is now supported by 11 premium partners and more than 40 institutional ILIAS Society members. It has thousands of active installations and is used by millions of users worldwide.

The fact that various (inter) national government institutions such as NATO and the Ministry of Defense have opted for ILIAS is also an important reference that the system meets strict safety requirements.

As a reference, also read the customer story of NCI Agency.

Can ILIAS be used on mobile devices?

ILIAS is in principle fully responsive and can be used on all conceivable mobile devices.

However, the adjustments of the system style (corporate identity) and the further development of content must always be carefully monitored to ensure that this responsiveness will be retained, by using the right applications.

How many users can I have working in an ILIAS environment?

In principle, in your ILIAS environment you can work (together) from 1 unto as many as 100,000 users.

Please note: the larger the amount of users, the higher the capacity of the server must be. This often influences the costs.

What are the 11 most important functions of ILIAS?

  1. Full support for SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004: ILIAS offers full support for SCORM standards, which means it is compatible with a wide range of e-learning content. This makes it easy to import existing e-learning materials into ILIAS.
  2. Powerful test and evaluation tool: ILIAS’ test and evaluation tool is powerful and flexible. It offers a wide range of options for creating tests and evaluations, such as multiple choice questions, open questions, drag-and-drop questions, and more.
  3. Flexible course management for a variety of didactic scenarios: ILIAS offers a flexible course management system that can be adapted to a wide range of didactic scenarios. This makes it possible to create courses that meet the specific needs of your students.
  4. Study programs allow you to reproduce complete learning plans with a single tool: Study programs are a convenient way to organize and manage complete learning plans. They can be used to group courses, subjects, and learning objectives into a logical framework.
  5. Personal workspace for students, making it easy to create portfolios and blogs: The personal workspace for students is an important tool for learning and communication. It gives students the ability to organize their study materials, create portfolios, and write blogs.
  6. Easy creation of study materials with our author tools: ILIAS’ author tools make it easy to create study materials. They offer a wide range of options for creating interactive and multimedia materials.
  7. Streamlined design: ILIAS’ design is streamlined and user-friendly. This makes it easy to use the different functions of ILIAS.
  8. Learning communities that help you bring your students together … based on integrated communication tools: Learning communities are an important way to engage and bring together students. ILIAS offers a number of integrated communication tools to support learning communities, such as personal profiles, contacts, who’s online? tool, email, chat, and more.
  9. Advanced access control allows you to refine permissions for literally every object: ILIAS’ access control is very advanced. It allows you to refine the permissions for literally every object in ILIAS. This helps to protect the security and privacy of your data.
  10. No lock-in: your data can be exported in XML format: ILIAS offers export options in XML format. This makes it easy to export your data from ILIAS and transfer it to another LMS.
  11. LTI support: LTI support can help transform ILIAS from a standalone LMS into a central hub for learning and communication.

LTI support is an important ILIAS feature because it allows you to use a wider range of e-learning tools. It can be used, for example, to:

  • Create tests and evaluations with external tools, such as Moodle, Blackboard, or Pearson VUE.
  • Create learning materials with external tools, such as Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate.
  • Integrate communication tools, such as Slack or Microsoft Teams.
  • Collect data from external tools, such as Google Analytics or Mixpanel.


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