Centre for Information Technologies FF 
E-learning Office

In Autumn 2020, the ELF faculty e-learning environment will undergo two changes - a slight change in appearance and, above all, transition to a new life cycle.

What does ELF life cycle mean?

The term ELF life cycle, which is the faculty’s installation of the Moodle LMS, is a process that sets out rules for creating individual courses in ELF and, at the same time, also rules for their termination or archiving.

Why is the new life cycle needed?

In the current version of ELF, all courses created over the years since 2003 are stored in one place, even though many of them are no longer actively used in teaching.

Due to the increasing number of courses in ELF, and thus the growing volume of its database, it is necessary to switch to a model where clean Moodle installations dedicated to specific periods will be regularly deployed. During these periods, a smaller database than the current ELF version will be used, and the database will no longer grow excessively.

What will the new ELF life cycle look like?

A new, clean version of ELF will be created at the beginning of each academic year.

Therefore, there will be multiple versions of ELF existing in parallel. Only one of these versions will be active for the current period and the remaining ones will be accessible to users in read-only mode as an archive for five years.

What does the transition to a new life cycle mean for course creators and teachers?

Courses that course creators and teachers will need to work with in the coming academic period can be transferred to the active version of ELF in a way similar to how you have created new copies of your previous courses so far, i.e., by archiving and restoring the original course. However, after the new life cycle is implemented, the course renewal will already take place in the new active version of ELF. To transfer courses to the new version of ELF, see this guide

The course archiving and restoring process will take place between two installations of the Moodle LMS, the old one where the backup will be created, and the active one, and it will now be partially automated.

However, if necessary, teachers will also be able to contact the CIT FF E-learning Office user support staff and ask them to recover the course they need in the active version of ELF manually.

What are the benefits of the new ELF life cycle?

The benefits of this model are, in particular, increased ELF security and stability, faster system response, and better data usability for analytical purposes.

Other information

  • Important dates and links

    Publishing guidelines for transferring courses to the new life cycle

    June/July 2020

    See the guidelines

  • Launch of the ELF pilot version for Autumn 2020 - Spring 2021

    September 2020

    The new platform will be ready for the transfer of courses in early September 2020. From the beginning of September, you will be able to start transferring your courses from the old version of ELF to its new version.

  • Changing the redirection of elf.phil.muni.cz

    21 September, 2020

    From Monday, 21 September, the address elf.phil.muni.cz will point to the new version of ELF. The existing old ELF (ELF3) will remain accessible at elf.phil.muni.cz/elf3. Installations will be graphically distinguished and one-click access will be available to switch from the new installation to the old one.

  • Converting the old ELF (ELF3) to read-only mode

    5 October, 2020

    On Monday, 5 October, the old ELF (ELF3) will switch to read-only mode, i.e., courses stored therein can no longer be modified. All users will retain their access rights, and will still be able to view the content of the courses or make their backups.

    At the same time, the read-only mode will not restrict the possibility of transferring courses to the new ELF by means of course recovery.

What you might ask

What will happen to the courses I am preparing or will be preparing in advance for the autumn semester?



You can prepare courses for the new period in the existing version of ELF. Once we have started the new version, you will be able to archive and transfer them easily using the course recovery function.

Do you really have to create a new version of ELF when the existing one “works”?


The ELF’s current life cycle is unsustainable due to the high and growing number of courses in the future. The introduction of a new cycle aims to prevent situations such as system slowing down or collapsing, which might prevent you from working. The limits of the current options are already being met, even though users do not necessarily see it.



Will the current version of ELF still be available after the new one has been introduced?



Yes, but it will have a different web address and it will be in read-only mode. The address elf.phil.muni.cz, which points to the currently used version of ELF, will always point to the respective active version in the future. The old versions of ELF will therefore be regularly moved to different addresses. However, they will always be easily accessible from the active version of ELF by clicking on a clearly visible link.

What will the new ELF look like?



Compared to the current version, this will only be a small change that will be mostly reflected on the welcome page. All the important controls you are now used to in ELF will remain in place.

Other questions

Why do you need to change the visual appearance of ELF?

The current appearance of ELF originated in 2014 and was tailored to the modification of the Moodle LMS at the time. However, Moodle is still being developed by a large community of developers, who are trying to change the appearance of the system in response to current trends. The transfer to the new version of ELF, i.e., a new version of Moodle, is therefore also associated with the fact that the 2014 look of ELF is no longer compatible with the current Moodle parameters.

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