E-learning platform for the Elefant CMS

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0.6.1-beta 2013-05-06 21:10 UTC


Status: Beta

An e-learning app for the Elefant CMS. Lemur aims to be the Wordpress of e-learning, a free and ultra-simple way to publish and host your own courses that keeps you in control.

However, Lemur has a ways to go before it is ready for non-developers. We still have reams of documentation to write, and more work to do to make it as simple as possible to get up and running, regardless of your skill level.

Lemur Learning is brought to you by the Centre for Education and Work, a Canadian non-profit dedicated to helping Canadians improve their lives through learning.

Here is a screenshot of the Lemur Learning course editor:

Lemur Learning course editor


  • Publish your own courses of any length
  • Easy-to-use and powerful course editor
  • Embed SCORM modules and other dynamic content into courses
  • Courses can be free, paid, or private
  • Easy learner account management
  • Learner input and instructor feedback cycle
  • Built on a fast, completely modern CMS platform
  • Easy theming of your learner website
  • Integrate with the Lemur Learning API

To do


Email notifications:

  • To instructor for new assessment input
  • To instructor for new comments
  • To instructor for new learner registered
  • To learner welcome email


  • How to use the Lemur Learning API


First, you will need to install the Elefant CMS. Once that is running, follow these steps:

1. From the root folder of the site run the following command:

php composer.phar require elefant/app-lemur

This will also install the following apps that Lemur depends on:

Note: You may need to add "minimum-stability": "dev" to your composer.json file in order for Composer to work correctly while Lemur is still in development.

Payments: Additional payment providers can be supported by implementing the payment handler interface found here. More documentation and examples still to come.

2. Copy the file apps/lemur/sample_bootstrap.php into your document root and rename it bootstrap.php. If a bootstrap.php already exists, open the file and add the relevant lines of code to your existing bootstrap.php file.

cp apps/lemur/sample_bootstrap.php bootstrap.php

3. Copy the apps/lemur/theme folder into your layouts folder and rename it lemur.

cp -R apps/lemur/theme layouts/lemur

4. Log into Elefant and run the Lemur installer by navigating to Tools > Courses.

Optional steps

5. Add the following line to the [Hooks] section of conf/config.php to enable email notifications of comments to course instructors:

comments/add[] = lemur/hook/comments

6. Go to Tools > Navigation and add the Courses page to your site tree.

7. Go to Tools > Designer and set the Lemur layout as your default.

8. Copy the product.php file from your apps/lemur folder into the global conf folder, overwriting the existing copy. This will replace the Elefant branding with Lemur's own.

You should now have a working Lemur installation.

First steps

To create courses, go to Tools > Courses. To install SCORM modules for use in your courses, go to Tools > SCORM. To view the list of courses on your site visit the /courses URL and you will see any publicly visible courses listed there.


Early documentation is available through Lemur's Github wiki page.