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Exploring and Building Open [Source] Software for Tech-savvy Educators and OER Publishers

EXPERIENCE DESIGN / EDUCATION / MULTI-DEVICE / GRAV CMS / GIT

Recently I tweeted about new support for standard Grav Taxonomy Tags within section-type pages, and I thought I would share the tweets here:

As I long-term fan of Jobs to Be Done (JTBD) and Job Stories, I thought I’d try to indentify the high-level ‘jobs’ that tech-savvy educators could hire my Grav Open Education Projects for.

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Recently I tweeted the addition of document versioning for the Learn2 with Git Sync skeleton package (which leverages Grav’s Multi-language feature), and I thought I would share it here:

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With Grav 1.6 getting closer and closer to release, it seems like the good time to release a set of Beta skeleton packages for Open Course Hub and Open Publishing Space with enhanced support of the new Presentation Plugin to explore and test, so let’s get to it!

Presentation Plugin - Editing a Presentation
Figure 1 - Presentation Plugin - Editing a Presentation

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Recently I tweeted some details about the new Presentation Plugin by Ole Vik for the Grav CMS, and I thought I would share them here:

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Recently I tweeted some recent improvements to Sections-type pages, designed to support a large amount of Markdown-based content within a Grav site, and I thought I would share them here:


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Recently I tweeted some of my thoughts about Markdown, open content, and the release of the new Grav Presentation Plug, and I thought I would share them here:


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Throwing caution to the wind I’ve decided to submit two proposals for the Cascadia Open Education Summit in Vancouver, B.C. on April 17 and 18, with both involving the use of Markdown, Git and the file-based Grav CMS for creating and delivering open educational resources (OER).

UPDATE: While these proposals were not accepted this year I would be more than happy to meet with any interested educators about the above topics while they are in Vancouver April 17th and 18th.

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It’s been a pretty busy year for my Grav-based open education projects - here are the highlights:

  • Three new example demo sites for Open Course Hub (basic, intermediate and advanced)
  • Initial support for displaying H5P content in Open Course Hub and Open Publishing Space
  • New default theme for Open Publishing Space - Quark Open Publishing theme
  • Bootstrap4 Open Matter theme (now the default theme for Open Course Hub)
  • Bootswatch theme styles in Bootstrap4 Open Matter theme
  • Shortcodes (PDF, H5P, Twitter and others) added to Bootstrap4 Open Matter and Quark Open Publishing themes
  • New ‘section’ and ‘subsection’ page templates for better support content-heavy pages in Bootstrap4 Open Matter and Quark Open Publishing themes
  • Git Sync Plugin 2.0 (skillfully developed by Trilby Media) support and integration
  • Improved accessibility in Bootstrap4 Open Matter theme and inclusion of an Accessibility Checker in the Open Course Hub skeleton packages
  • Additional theme styles in the Learn2 with Git Sync theme (thanks Ole!)
  • Initial preparations for the planned release of Grav 2.0 (which includes Twig 2.0 compatibility)
  • Improved support for multiple blogs in Open Course Hub and Quark Open Publishing
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