In the early naughties, it was not inconceivable to build your own LMS: many of the commercial options were not great. I built the first LMS from scratch in ColdFusion, and then Chris Bennell rewrote and improved upon it in Zend Framework.
As Canada’s oldest art and design University, the Ontario College of Art & Design requires IT systems appropriate for visual teachers and learners. Since 2004, OCAD developed and maintained its own learning management system instead of looking elsewhere.– What we thought in 2004
We used user-centered design methodology to create a product that excited faculty and the IT team alike by focusing on innovation from within.