Welcome to Ethical EdTech

Revision as of 19:02, 24 January 2019 by imported>Ntnsndr (→‎Discussion: Turned Loomio into a link for page creation)

A collaborative wiki of free, open software for ethical pedagogy.

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


These need to be organized and categorized in some way

Page template


  • 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.

Word processing/text editing

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

Open questions

  • What should we call this?
    • RMS suggests “Libre Tools for Libre Ed”
    • Ethical Tech for Ethical Ed
    • Non-Evil 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

Open resources


Glass, Erin. “Networks for Us, by Us.” Design@Large lecture. University of California, San Diego. February 20, 2018.

Schneider, Nathan. “The Joy of Slow Computing.” New Republic. May 19, 2015.

Schneider, Nathan. "Why Researchers Shouldn’t Share All Their Data. Chronicle of Higher Education. April 8, 2018.