Welcome to c/open_e_resources,
This community, [which is not affiliated with UNESCO's OER btw](https://en.unesco.org/themes/building-knowledge-societies/oer), was created so that anyone may share educational resources that are open, libre and free by nature.
Quality education shouldn't need to be expensive, locked behind paywalls and proprietary licenses, so let's unlock those gates together.
The 5R principles below are used as our metric for the resources we search for:
- Retain - make, own, and control a copy of the resource (e.g., download and keep your own copy)
- Revise - edit, adapt, and modify your copy of the resource (e.g., translate into another language)
- Remix - combine your original or revised copy of the resource with other existing material to create something new (e.g., make a mashup)
- Reuse - use your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource publicly (e.g., on a website, in a presentation, in a class)
- Redistribute - share copies of your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource with others (e.g., post a copy online or give one to a friend)
([excerpt taken from opencontent.org](http://opencontent.org/definition/))
When finding a resource, make sure to list the license/nature of the resource [and anti-features, similar to how F-Droid does it](https://f-droid.org/en/docs/Anti-Features/).
If there's any question or anything you'd like to see improved/changed, let me know. I'm also looking for mods (no criteria).
**License:** This course is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. This is a human-readable summary of (and not a substitute for) the license. Official translations of this license are available in other languages.
- You can download the videos, notes, slides easily as well.
**For more information on the license**: https://cs50.harvard.edu/x/2021/license/
Teachers: [David J. Malan](https://github.com/dmalan) & [Brian Yu](https://github.com/brianyu28)
- [CS50 ide](https://ide.cs50.io)
- Notes, slides, short videos, libraries also available
- I think the only anti feature is that the university uses Zoom for their live seminars and Q & A. For more information.
- Yes, anyone on the internet can participate in these seminars. For more information: https://cs50.harvard.edu/x/2021/zoom/#seminars . If you can't participate, the videos will be available on their youtube channel.
PeerLibrary is an open source project for researchers and academic knowledge-seekers to read and discuss scholarly literature.
Source code: https://github.com/peerlibrary/peerlibrary
License(s): [CC0 (Public Domain)
- [Does not encrypt contributed private data](https://peerlibrary.org/privacy) (private publications, private metadata, private annotations, private comments, etc..)
- Data collection and statistics used to "improve user experience".
A collection of online calculus textbooks written for and by UBC students, includes differential integral, multivariable and vector calculus (or in standard terms, Calculus 1 to 4). Very useful even for non-UBC students.
[The resource was originally posted in the Math Humor community](https://lemmy.ml/post/52469) by [@AgreeableLandscape@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/u/AgreeableLandscape) . Ty for the post!
License(s): [CC BY-NC-SA 4.0](https://personal.math.ubc.ca/~CLP/src/)
- [Google Analytics](https://lithi.io/file/LMr3.png)
- [Google Fonts](https://lithi.io/file/RKip.png)
**Lumi** is a desktop app that allows you to create, edit, view and share interactive content with dozens of different content types. It's free and open source.
# Easy to use
You don't need any programming knowledge to create engaging interactive content with Lumi!
# Quick preview
Check your changes without saving by switching to the preview.
# Runs standalone
Lumi runs as a desktop program on your computer. No need for a LMS like Moodle or a CMS like WordPress.
# Free and Open Source
Lumi is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License 3.0 and completely free. You can use content created with it in any way you like.
Today when talking on discord someone mentioned their approval for Khan Academy, stating that it was what allowed them to pass their class. I have too consulted Khan Academy on a few occasions, and I thought the teaching was well done. I believe education is a human right, and I thought I would see what I could do to contribute. I was alarmed to discover the lack of ways to do so.
I voiced my thoughts in a brief way in discord, and was quickly attacked by nearly everyone there. People seem to all love khan, holding it as the savior of education, and in some way's, it is. Khan was the first platform I could find to offer **easily** accessible k-12-beyond learning for anyone, for free. It provides a central place with "trusted" content, but ultimately khan academy solves no issues in our education system, while getting all the support of the internet.
I write this "rant" to be the first person on the internet to say khan is not so great.
## A dictatorship
There is no public information on khan academies power structure, aside from the fact that it has [executives](https://www.khanacademy.org/about/our-board). There is no way to vote in leaders, and no real way to hold them accountable other than abstaining from donation. This leads to near unlimited power. Sal has networth in the millions alone, and due to its dictatorship structure a hostile takeover to broadcast information on a "trusted" site like khan is possible - as we saw in freenode. This power structure ultimately leaves not only the [people](https://youtu.be/q8zKgd1r8uI?t=46) but the teachers powerless, leaving for issues like the [traditional school board](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJBlgIA3K24).
## Closed source
I don't give a shit about the website source code, but the curriculum is pretty close to closed source. This means if misinformation is spread on the site, we are unable to easily maintain a "correct" mirror. If the site goes down, so does the learning. For similar issues, offline users in low income countries especially are barred.
While khan material is under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US, it's near impossible to effectively copy without using web crawlers.
## Closed doors
Finally, Khan contributors are always employees. This means we are relient on [bug reports](https://support.khanacademy.org/hc/en-us/articles/226373748-How-do-I-report-different-kinds-of-bugs-and-issues-#content) to fix issues, and who knows when or if it will be fixed. Additionally, raised issues are viewable only to khan staff removing even more accountability.
Want to write more new content for khan for free because you love learning? You can't without giving up your job for a paid position.
I struggled to find citations for anything asserted on their site. This is especially needed in the sciences and social studies, where misinformation is rampant.
# We can do better
I dream of a curriculum where we are free. Free to and easy to clone, redistribute, and to modify. Where there is democratic government, so a hostile takeover is near impossible. Where changes are made in the open so that we hold those that make them more accountable. A curriculum that is modern and interactive, with a smaller focus on lectures.
I don't think this exists today, but for a true radicle education platform something must change, to avoid all the issues we face today with the world's education in an online platform.
At the very least, the world must rid of the "Khan will change the world" mentality.
PS: Sorry if my thoughts are slightly raw, wrote this in a hurry
PPS: These are flaws in khan, but they apply to many other "free" learning platforms. Hell, khan under it's license is "free", but in reality it's far from it. I am yet to find a alternative that really does what needs to be done, although I am hopeful this community is a step in the right direction
This post and all past material written by me that is hosted on lemmy is UNLICENSED. Do as you wish.
A non-profit, open-source, wiki-style educational platform that incorporates student notes into the currently offered subjects of Computer Science, Math, Physics and Business.
License(s): [CC BY-SA 3.0 and GNU FDL 1.2](https://en.wikitolearn.org/Project:Copyright)
- Google Fonts
- [Google Analytics](https://www.wikitolearn.org/privacy.html)
- [Internal analytics, Matomo](https://www.wikitolearn.org/privacy.html)
- [Google reCAPTCHA](https://www.wikitolearn.org/privacy.html)
- Links YouTube videos (use a Piped or Invidious instance)
- Can and will retain Personal Data for an extended period upon order of authority/legal obligation to do so.
- Slightly vandalized with random articles.
A language-learning platform that includes themed, bite-sized and unlockable lessons, quizzes and a dictionary. Currently offers Bengali, Croatian, Dutch, French, Hawaiian, Japanese, Pandunia and Thai.
License: [CC BY-NC-SA 4.0](https://lingopolo.org/copyright-information)
- [Google Analytics](https://lingopolo.org/privacy-policy)
- Requires signing-up with an email address (Any throwaway email services will work thankfully).