Projects & Communities

Apereo is made up of a series of overlapping and interlocking software, regional and thematic communities.

The Open Academic Environment is a powerful new way for researchers, students and faculty to create knowledge, share, collaborate and connect with the world. It is a multi-tenant and highly scalable platform that is able to support multiple institutions at the same time.

Bedework is an open-source enterprise calendar system that supports public, personal, and group calendaring. It is designed to conform to current calendaring standards with a goal of attaining strong interoperability between other calendaring systems and clients


Enterprise Single Sign-On - CAS provides a friendly open source community that actively supports and contributes to the project. While the project is rooted in higher-ed open source, it has grown to an international audience spanning Fortune 500 companies and small special-purpose installations.

Karuta is a flexible tool for the incremental prototyping and the diffusion on the web of digital portfolios or eportfolios for various purposes; showcase portfolio, learning portfolio, assessment portfolio.

The Opencast community is a collaboration of individuals, higher education institutions and organizations working together to explore, develop, define and document best practices and technologies for management of audiovisual content in academia.

The Sakai Project is a robust LMS system supporting over 4 million educational users to enhance collaborative teaching, learning and research. 

Student Success Plan (SSP) is open source case management software that supports student engagement and retention.

UniTime is a comprehensive educational scheduling system that supports developing course and exam timetables, managing changes to these timetables, sharing rooms with other events, and scheduling students to individual classes. It is a distributed system that allows multiple university and departmental schedule managers to coordinate efforts to build and modify a schedule that meets their diverse organizational needs while allowing for minimization of student course conflicts.

uPortal is the leading open source enterprise portal framework built by and for higher education institutions, K-12 schools and research communities.  uPortal continues to evolve through contributions from its global community and is supported by resources, grants, donations, and memberships fees from academic institutions, commercial affiliates, and non-profit foundations.

The Xerte Project provides a full suite of open source tools for elearning developers and content authors producing interactive learning materials.

Incubation Projects

EDexchange, a project of the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) Common Data Services (CDS) Task Force of over 30 institutions and vendors, aims to create a secure network for the exchange of transcripts between US educational institutions. The open source, web service based software EDexchange creates has the potential to be utilized to setup secure networks to exchange education data regionally and locally in many countries.

ELMS Learning Network (ELMSLN) is an open source educational technology platform for building and sustaining innovation in course technologies. It is a Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE) that utilizes a Suite of Tools approach to system design and deployment. We believe it takes an ecosystem to effectively meet the needs of educators and believe in empowering faculty by treating courses as small networked ecosystems that encourage experimentation, fragmentation, growth, and then ultimately stabilization of new ideas.

EQUELLA is a digital repository that provides a single platform to house teaching/learning, research, media, and library content.

EQUELLA has been deployed for copyright resource collections; research materials; managing and exposing materials through websites and portals; content authoring; workflow; institutional policy; and organizational resources. EQUELLA is currently in use in a wide range of schools, universities, colleges, TAFEs, departments of education, government agencies, and corporations worldwide.

With over 15 years of history, EQUELLA is a mature solution written for the Java platform. In its recent history, EQUELLA was proprietary software licensed to adopters by Pearson. Currently, EQUELLA is in the Apereo Incubation process, led by contributors from Unicon and Edalex Solutions.

The goal of the Image Quiz Project is to increase comprehension of complex subjects through visual learning. This goal is accomplished through the development of a series of computer-based visual training programs under the working title Image Quiz. Programs in the Image Quiz family are designed to rapidly help users become visual experts. Unlike novices, visual experts are able to quickly recognize patterns. This allows chess masters to recognize meaningful chess configurations, and field biologists to identify organism from a mere glance. 

OpenDashboard is a web application that provides a faculty and staff dashboard known as the "student pulse." The student pulse is a set of visualizations that can provide insight into how students are in engaging with the materials in a given academic context.

OpenLRW is the next evolution of the open learning record store. OpenLRW is a standards-focused learning records warehouse with support for event capture with xAPI and IMS Caliper as well as supporting data with IMS OneRoster.

POET is a group of people and organizations that believe in the power of open source to innovate and advance their learning and educational solutions. By working together under a single organization, POET’s members can provide additional resources to help advance the open source projects that matter to them.

The goal of Tsugi is to build a scalable multi-tenant "tool" hosting environment based on the emerging IMS standards to help move the industry toward a Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE) . The use of this framework does not automatically imply any type of IMS certification. Tools and products that use this framework must still go through the formal certification process through IMS (

This project is an alternative user interface for use with uPortal, leveraging APIs, content, and functionality in uPortal and adding experiences.

The uPortal-home project includes an alternative-to-Portlets framework for developing applications for delivery through the portal. It also continues to support uPortal rendering of JSR-286 Portlets (so long as they are rendered in maximized or exclusive window states), in a snappy client-side way when it can, and via the traditional uPortal rendering pipeline when it cannot.

Unsponsored Contributions

In some cases, software may be contributed to the Apereo Foundation without being attached to a software community. This might be the result of a direct contribution, the result of a halted incubation process, or a component so determined by a software community governance body. Such software is contributed under the Apereo licensing regime, but is made available on a strictly “as is” basis - it does not currently have an active developer community. Unsponsored contributions will be periodically reviewed by the Apereo Incubation Working Group.

The Learning Analytics Processor project is aimed at accelerating the future of predictive learning analytics through the development of a flexible and highly scalable tool that will facilitate everything from academic early alert systems to data visualizations. Along with this powerful “big data” tool will come a library of open predictive models which can be shared across higher education free of licensing costs and, most importantly,allow institutions to collaborate on enhancing and improving these models over time. View our PDF brochure.
The project entered incubation in June 2015.