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''These need to be organized and categorized in some way''
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Revision as of 05:45, 26 January 2019

A collaborative wiki of software for ethical pedagogy.

Much of what passes for educational technology is designed for purposes of profit-seeking, surveillance of students, and user lock-in. Other kinds of technology exist, but they typically lack the marketing and sales budgets of competing vendors. This is a directory, made by and for higher-ed educators, for sharing tools and use-cases.

Developed by Erin Glass (UCSD) and Nathan Schneider (CU Boulder)


These need to be organized and categorized in some way


  • MLA Humanities Commons: Non-profit digital commons that allows users to build public or private Wordpress websites for course discussion, personal academic websites, and public academic resources.
  • Commons in a Box: Host your own WordPress digital commons for your institution or group.
  • Discourse: Can be used a mailing list, discussion forum, long-form chat room. Install/host on your own for free or pay for the hosted version.
  • Loomio: Discussion tool with a focus on decision making and roots in Occupy Wall Street.
  • Rocket Chat: Slack alternative chat forum.
  • Mastodon: Networked discussion tool similar to Twitter.


  • Hypothesis: Annotate any webpage/online text for social reading.
  • CommentPress: WordPress theme that enables paragraph level comments of long form texts. Available on the MLA Humanities Commons or install on your own WordPress site.

Digital publishing/archive

  • Scalar: Platform for creating multimedia, non-linear academic and student texts. Developed at the University of Southern California.
  • Omeka:Platform for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits. Developed at George Mason University.
  • Neatline: Platform for allowing students and scholars to tell stories with maps and timelines. Developed for Omeka.
  • Manifold:Academic-developed publishing platform great for iterative, media rich and/or long form academic texts. Allows for crowd-sourced text annotation.
  • Rebus Press

Word processing/text editing

  • Collabora
  • LibreOffice: FLOSS alternative to MS Office Suite. Includes software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.
  • Etherpad: Realtime, collaborative online text editor.
  • CodiMD: Realtime, collaborative online text editor in markdown. FLOSS version of HackMD.
  • Atom


Search Engine

  • DuckDuckDo: Search engine that doesn’t track user data. Note that it is not completely open source.
  • Searx: Self-hostable, free-software meta-search engine

Citation Manager

Self hosting

Not categorized yet

  • Open Science Foundation
  • ScholarlyHub
  • Wallabag
  • FBReader
  • Feeder
  • Pandoc: Convert files from one format to another.
  • Voyant: Browser based tool for text mining. Great for beginners.
  • Tor

Open questions

  • What should we call this?
    • RMS suggests “Libre Tools for Libre Ed”
    • Ethical Tech for Ethical Ed
    • Non-Evil EdTech
    • Ethical EdTech
  • What should be included on each entry?
    • Definition, features
    • Tags
    • Advantages and concerns
    • Links to example use cases
    • Links to relevant tutorials
  • Just education or also research?
    • We’re thinking education focus, with research as part of that
  • How can we organize educators to help strengthen these platforms?
  • What organizations might be interested in supporting this work?
  • What forms of publication would advance our goals?
  • How do we define our list of standards and goals?
  • What tool should we use to organize this wiki?
    • MediaWiki
    • GitLab
    • Cloudron: Gogs git hosting + self-hosted GitHub Pages
    • WordPress with collaborative wiki/knowledgebase plugin
    • FLOing Knowledge Template built in Airtable
    • Integrate Zotero for bibliographies?
  • What projects might emerge from this documentation effort?
    • A package mixing VPS/Cloudron/etc. to make it easier for educators to deploy these tools
    • A campaign encouraging campuses to better support open as opposed to proprietary tools