2000: In 2000 at Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterMultimedia Communications Lab at Technische Universität Darmstadt a first project starts. The goal of the project was the creation and the management of WBTs by describing different resources with semantic information. The project extended concepts and technologies from a former project called Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Fenstermultibook. The application domain was human medicine.

2001-2004: A first version of docendo was developed under the name "ResourceCenter" as part of the Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Fensterk-MED project, funded by the Hessian and German government. The main functionality had been the repository function. Assets and learning resources had been described by LOM metadata and stored in a central repository. Therefore part of the ResourceCenter was the first open source metadata editor. In 2003 the ResourceCenter Version 0.9 was published at sourceforge.net.

2004 and 2005: The functionality had been extended and a complete redesign of the software had been carried out at Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterHessian Telemedia Technology Competence-Center. In addition to the repository function different editors for course editing have been integrated. These development was part of the project k-MED funded by the Hessian government.

2006-2007: During the years 2006 and 2007 docendo was used in several projects at different german universities. Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterTechnische Universität Darmstadt decided to provide docendo as content authoring and management system for the whole university. Different functions had been added: the test item editor, access control and rights management.

2008: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich introduced docendo in a project aiming at individually tailoring selfstudy modules. The glossary editor, formular editor and the editor for bibliographically references had been added

2009: The project gets its new name "docendo" and is published open source.