Your course is parsed and rendered in real-time within the browser
at client-side. You only have to provide the URL to your course
file. A course is a simple Markdown format with support for
multimedia content, narrators, effect, quizzes, online programming,
ASCII-art diagrams, etc.
See the documentation here
You are the owner of your content, but by hosting your course on
github you give others the chance to contribute to, to translate,
to adapt to your course.
There is no single source of truth, so why should there be only one course. With the help of git branches and forks it may be possible to develop course for different students and target audiences.
See a list of courses here
In contrast to other Markdown-parsers you are free to use any
of visualization, simulation, computer-algebra-system, or whatever
you might think is useful for your course.
See a list of templates here
Finally I was able to release the first two LiaScript plugins for
Atom. I hope it will make course
development much simpler and faster in the the future...
liascript-preview: Is a tiny previewer that, if it was toggled, updates the view on your course each time you save your document.
liascript-snippets: If you start typing "lia" in your document you switch on a fuzzy search, that contains a lot of LiaScript help, examples, and snippets.
I am a huge fan of online-courses (MOOCs), tutorials, YouTube-courses, podcasts, etc., BUT ... MOOCs are not in the public domain (although they should be), produced expensively by publishers, which are interested in user numbers and therefore only produce general courses for a large English speaking audience. Video and audio recordings are also hard to produce, they are “static” and one mistake or a missing fact cannot be fixed that easy.
That is why I started to develop LiaScript, as a simple and
extendable Markdown-dialect that allows sharing knowledge by
creating interactive courses in an Open-Source manner, where
anyone can participate and contribute. Even if it is a course for
a minor audience, such as teaching cuneiform writing to 8-graders
Like in the movie Ratatouille ... “anybody can cock”.
Source at gitlab: https://gitlab.com/OvGU-ESS/eLab_v2/lia_script
... and most of all, I hate the fact that education is still a business with private schools and universities, expensive BOOKS and MOOCS...