ALU Case Study

Learning Platform for Largest
Business school in Africa

Client Overview

African Leadership University is a world-class tertiary education institution that focuses on developing Africa’s future leaders by leveraging peer-to-peer learning, technology advances, real-world project-based learning, and skills development.

Project Goal

Build an efficient learning platform that prioritizes peer-to-peer interaction and social learning, improving students’ online learning process through an enhanced collaborative learning experience.

Overall, contributes to ALU’s ambitious goal of training 3 million entrepreneurial and ethical leaders for Africa and the world by 2060.

Services Provided

Open edX Learning,
Platform Installation
Advanced Software,
UI/UX Design
Project Management,
Technical Support
Python Software,
Front-end Development
Product Development,
Software Architecture



Build ALU’s learning portal on an Open edX powered Learning Management System


Design a more streamlined navigation to improve usability


Provide students with tools to track their learning progress and growth


Create a platform more focused on cross-course than course-specific collaboration


Iterative Process
We communicated with them periodically in the design process through standup meetings, status updates and collaborative tools such as Trello to gain feedback and direction.

Open edX configuration with Discourse
After doing some research, we identified Discourse to be the most suitable platform for ALU’s edX learning integration and proceeded to build Discourse discussion boards for students to learn better through community-based knowledge exchange.




Landing Page

Being able to view and track course progress and upcoming assignments through a comprehensive chart to help students learn effectively and stay updated with new discussions.

Leadership Dashboard

The leadership dashboard consists of coach marks as learning guides, a prominent call-to-action button, and specific goals setting feature for students to create a clear learning framework.

Discussion Dashboard

Option to filter discussions according to categories and update, search, notification and categories feature to facilitate cross course social learning.


Despite the constrained schedule, we were able to build an effective Open EdX online learning platform for ALU through several sprints and transparent communication in the product development process. The platform allowed ALU to deliver its online courses more efficiently towards achieving its vision of creating the future leaders of Africa.

Improved learning with Cognitive presence by engaging in a collaborative environment
Easy to grade the assignments with the customized Staff Graded Assignment xBlock plugin
Learner Dashboard enabled learning from educational verticals through progress tracking
A more comprehensive cross-course learning experience with redesigned navigation