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How the Drupal LMS Opigno can be used in a custom environment

Our in-house trainer put Opigno to the test to create a custom LMS solution for us — here’s what you can do

Opigno - Flyer OpignoMan[Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of our feature on Opigno. Read Part 1: "Opigno — The Drupal LMS Evolved."]

If you’re a fan of Drupal, or if you’re just looking for the next great Learning Management System solution, Opigno is worth your consideration.

At, we are always striving to give our customers the best service possible in our industry. This is what we call our famous “Unmatched Customer Support.” And great support begins with great training.

Our director of training, Stacie Bender, has tried several different training regimens for our team over the years. We’ve used everything from internal Wikis to a slew of shared Google Drive documents. Each has had its own series of pros and cons. But recently we’ve hit upon an open-source solution that seems to tick all the right boxes for us.

It’s called Opigno, and it may offer the Learning Management System (LMS) that you’re looking for, as well.


‘An unprecedented level of control’

After test-driving Opigno in our internal environment for more than a month, we were ready to share our own experiences with the latest piece of software from the Swiss team at Connect-i. We hosted the Nebraska Drupalers user group on Wednesday night, Dec. 11, and Bender presented her experience using the new LMS.

Here’s a brief look at what was discussed at this month’s meeting….

Opigno is an open-source Learning Management System built on the Drupal platform that is fully customizable. It takes advantage of both the dedicated Drupal community and the thousands of Drupal modules that are available.

Opigno - Flyer text

Out of the box, Opigno has preset management roles including: student, teacher, class coach, and administrator. You can add as many management role levels as you want, and control what each role has access to do (or see).

Course management options provide a catalog with public and private courses, as well as the ability to set course prerequisites such as earlier course completion or the passing of an entrance exam.

For our own training, this gives us an unprecedented level of control in our course curriculum. We can track where our employees are as they complete the increasingly difficult coursework we require as part of our new-hire training; and we can offer detailed testing and next-tier advancement courses for our more experienced techs, as well. We can monitor their progress, see strong and weak points in each person’s training, and develop solutions that are specifically tailored for each employee.

Don’t just give your employees / students information; help them organize it with Opigno. Use the LMS’s functionality to deliver a clear, concise path to course completion or test certification.

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Built on the Drupal-core framework

Axel Minck, founder and director of Connect-i, emphasized the importance of choosing to build Opigno on the Drupal platform.

Minck said their team “wanted to offer an unprecedented scalability for an LMS. Opigno integrates a brilliant app store, allowing users to install additional modules in just one click. Opigno users can also pick from among the thousands of existing Drupal modules to extend their Opigno platform, or use the extremely powerful Drupal management interface to manage an incredibly high number of parameters without having to enter the code. So, we really think Opigno is the LMS offering the highest extensibility.”

druplicon.large_Connect-i’s lead developer for Opigno, Wouter Admiraal, said Opigno gains extra functionality by being shipped as separate Drupal modules. He said this makes Opigno more robust, more of a Learning Management Framework.

Most organizations will probably download and install Opigno as a complete product, Admiraal said, and “the app store will cover most use-cases.”

Since Opigno is shipped as separate Drupal modules, however, it has the added bonus of being minutely customizable for those who want to dive into their LMS needs. This increases the product’s extendable functionality. “…when organizations want to create a really custom LMS,” Admiraal said, “they can download the different Opigno modules and start from scratch. This adds a whole new dimension to what is achievable with Opigno.”


But wait — there’s more!

Opigno may not be the answer for everyone, but it’s hard to imagine an LMS need that isn’t met by the program in some way or another.

PQ - Managed - Opigno Simple UIOne thing that our Nebraska Drupalers user group mentioned could be a turn-off, is that Drupal is known for being a little difficult to work with (WYSIWYG, anyone?), especially for beginners. This is where Opigno really shines. The Connect-i team went out of their way to address this very problem by creating their own “Opigno Simple UI,” an interface that is enabled by default to help users navigate the ins and outs of their LMS portal.

“Advanced Drupal users can turn it off if they want,” Admiraal said,” but I think no one will. I know Drupal and OG well, but couldn’t live without Opigno Simple UI now that I started using it. It tweaks many interfaces, standardizing forms and settings so users have a consistent and intuitive experience. And I think we did a pretty good job.”

And for companies building advanced tests or certification courses, Opigno has an ecommerce element that allows you to charge for your tests, or assess appropriate fees for users to take certification courses.

In our opinion, however, the best feature of Opigno is something they don’t even brag about. The team has been great to work with. They’re eager to help, and they work to answer questions in a quick and timely manner. If you’ve ever struggled with developers who act bothered when you contact them about their project, then you know how painful that can be.

Give Opigno a spin. It might be just what you’re looking for. And if you have any questions about the product, don’t hesitate to ask them. Axel, Wouter, and their entire team are actually listening to their users — and you can’t put a price on that.


[Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of our feature on Opigno. Read Part 1: "Opigno — The Drupal LMS Evolved."]



Drupal is a free and open-source CMS framework distributed under the GNU General Public License.
Opigno is owned by Connect-i.




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