Tools and Work Aids Overview


ILIAS is the central teaching and learning platform of the University of Bern. It can be used as simple and efficient accompaniment and support for presence-based courses and to implement comprehensive online courses.

The open source learning platform

The University of Bern is a member of the ILIAS open source e-Learning association and as such contributes to the further development of the open source software. ILIAS has been used at the University of Bern since 2005 and is provided by iLUB Support Center.

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All university members of higher education institutions connected to SWITCHaai have access to the ILIAS of the University of Bern


Access data

For the login, use the Campus Account of your host institution. For members of the University of Bern, this is the same account as for the university e-mail and the study profile sheet login.

For external users

Login without campus account

Persons of this following swiss institutions have already access to ILIAS of the University of Bern. External users (primarily people from non-Swiss higher education institutions) who do not belong to one of the host institutions listed in the login window can use a VHO account. Read more under VHO-Account.

For Students and Interested Persons

Download Flyer CTS and ILIAS

The two central systems CTS and ILIAS are linked via an interface, so that enrolments of students from KSL can be transferred to the ILIAS courses. Read more about both systems and their interaction in the flyer.

Flyer CTS and ILIAS (en) (PDF, 839KB)

Applying for an ILIAS course

To use an ILIAS course, you must be a course administrator for an ILIAS course. You can create a new ILIAS course as follows:

Conditions Procedure
Course is available in the public course catalog CTS. Apply for the ILIAS course directly in CTS at course description: How to create an ILIAS course (german)
Course is not available in CTS. Order ILIAS course by the support center iLUB: ILIAS Course Application Form

Add ILIAS course independently in a separate area: Category «Weitere Angebote».


VHO - Temporary accounts

The purpose of the VHO accounts (Virtual Home Organization) is to enable the iLUB support center to grant temporary AAI accounts quickly and simply to people not entitled to a campus account but with justified requests to be able to access the ILIAS resource of the University of Bern.

Support and advice

The Support center for ICT-aided teaching and research (iLUB)  provides advice and support when using ILIAS. You can reach us via the support mail or support telephone (see box).

The instructions are subdivided into the areas

  • Handbook: Use the ILIAS compass to navigate through ILIAS in 80 pages offering a short description of every ILIAS object.
  • Basics: Find out about joining courses and course settings.
  • Individual tools: Enhance your knowledge about individual ILIAS objects with detailed instructions.
  • Extended functions and services: See what else ILIAS has to offer.

Remote Support

Screen Sharing for even better support

Download the teamviewer support software and call us.

Information per target group

Use of ILIAS tools

ILIAS has a sophisticated rights management system providing considerable scope for different application scenarios. Even for the individual ILIAS tools, there is generally more than only one intended purpose.

You can find an overview of possible application scenarios here together with live demos of the individual ILIAS tools.

ILIAS offers solution for:

  • Distribution of files (Filearchive)
  • Online courses for learning materials
  • Offer recordings of lessons (Podcasts)
  • Online self tests
  • Online surveys for course evaluation
  • Collaborative learning in working groups (discussion forum, file sharing, e-mail, etc.)
  • Share tasks, hand in and review exercises

and also for:

  • comprehensive online courses (allocation of learning materials temporally structured, appraisaled by results or goal-oriented)


Possible scenarios

Click on the linked sections to obtain ideas for didactic implementations (so-called headaches).

Present information
Upload files of every format individually or as a package and offer for download.    
  DigiSem The university's library scans any literature you want and makes them available in your ILIAS course as a digital reserve shelf available to the students for download.
  SWITCHcast Publish recorded lectures, annotate videos.
  Learning module Create self-contained multimedia learning units and incorporate your own HTML pages.
  Mediacast Upload picture, audio and video files to be viewed and played.
  Media pool Collect picture, audio and video files in a pool and keep ready for other ILIAS tools (e.g. Learning module).
  Weblink Make available internal or external links or link collections.
  Web feed Subscribe to webfeeds to follow the news from other websites.
  Glossary Offer term definitions, write your own term definitions.
  Data collection Collect, filter and search data in a database.
Organize semester progress & deadlines Folder
Store materials chronologically or functionally and make available.               
  Session Create course deadlines and assign corresponding materials, organize registration for events, excursions or courses. 
  Item group Collect existing course material in object groups and reassign as desired.
  Forum With corresponding adjustment of rights in the forum, announcements and news can be shared quickly with all course participants.
  Group Use the group's admission rights to register for events, seminar groups or courses.

Facilitate cooperation  Forum Take part in time- and place-independent discussions.              
  Wiki Collect, design or cross-reference information, texts, comments, opinions and content of every sort page by page with other users. 
  Blog Publish posts of every sort, pictures, audio documents or video documents and receive comments.
  Etherpad Draft texts together and, more importantly, at the same time, draft minutes of meetings or course records simultaneously.
  SWITCHcast Draft comments and annotations to videos together. 
  Group Work and communicate with other users as well as sharing and exchanging materials. 
Request services & documents
Organization of tasks and submission of semester papers, texts, drafts, etc. with a feedback function.  
  Test Self-test to check prior knowledge and the level of knowledge and to prepare for examinations.
  Question pool for tests Collection of questions or tasks for repetitive use in different tests.
Gathering feedback & opinions 
Survey Gathering opinions and feedback, conducting evaluations and surveys.     
  Question pool for surveys Collection of questions or tasks for repetitive use in different surveys.
  Selbstevaluation Self-assessment of specific competences, clarification of needs, create decision criteria.
  Poll Short survey with single-choice answers and a result overview, mood barometer, clarify preferences.
  Live Voting Short survey with single-choice answers and live results, spontaneous survey in courses, mood barometer, clarify preferences. 

Information about ILIAS

ILIAS is an open source software developed further by a community and consolidated by an association. An efficient and flexible platform for web-based learning and work, ILIAS provides a wide range of didactic models and application scenarios.

The name ILIAS

ILIAS is an acronym (in German) which stands for integrated learning, information and work cooperation system. The aim of ILIAS is to create a flexible learning and work environment with integrated tools.

ILIAS and the University of Bern

The University of Bern is a member of the ILIAS open source e-Learning association and as such contributes to the further development of the open source software. ILIAS has been used at the University of Bern since 2005.

The Support center for ICT-aided teaching and research (iLUB) operates the system together with the IT Service Office.

iLUB represents the needs of the members of the University of Bern with regard to the further development of the open source software and at the international ILIAS conferences and general meetings. The aim of iLUB is to develop and improve ILIAS in accordance with the wishes of the staff and students at the University of Bern.