Lapwing.Org: Vowel


Vowel is a Virtual Online Workspace for Education and Learning.

The aim is to facilitate remote learning and training, initially for further education and company training organisations.


See CHANGELOG.rst for full list of changes.

0.1.2 2015-11-03

Fix a scheduled function instance spawning itself (which spawns itself, etc). Minor fixes in enrolment.

0.1.1 2015-11-01

Fix minor bugs.

0.1 2015-10-30

Initial version with most functionality.



  • PostgreSQL (9.4 or greater)
  • MongoDB (2.6 recommended)
  • Redis (2.6 or greater)
  • Python 3 (3.4 or greater)


  • 1GB RAM
  • 1CPU core
  • At least 20GB HDD/SSD for storage


  1. mkvirtualenv vowel
  2. git clone && cd vowel
  3. pip install -r requirements.txt
  4. mkdir instance && cp instance && nano instance/
    • Setup you configuation options here, such as PostgreSQL connection, MongoDB connection, secret key, etc.
  5. python first_run
    • Enter admin email and password.
  6. python runserver
  7. Goto and login.


  1. workon vowel && cd <PATH TO>/vowel
  2. pip install -r requirements.testing.txt
  3. nosetests -w testing/unittests


Vowel is Copyright (C) 2015 Sam Black

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program. If not, see

Further licences are listed in the LICENCES directory.