Open EdTech is Not New

There are many projects that fit the definition of Open Education Technology. Some of these are decades old, here are a few to get you started.

Adapt Framework

The Adapt Framework is an e-learning authoring tool designed to create responsive, HTML5-based e-learning content. It allows developers and instructional designers to build courses that are accessible and adapt dynamically to different screen sizes, making it easier to deploy learning modules across a range of devices. The framework is highly extensible, supporting a variety of plugins and themes that can add additional functionalities or change the visual appearance of courses.

Big Blue Button

BigBlueButton is a web conferencing tool, offering features like video conferencing, screen sharing, and interactive whiteboards. It easily integrates with popular learning management systems and is customisable.

BigBlueButton is one of the founding partners of Open EdTech.


DSpace is a software platform for creating digital repositories of scholarly and/or published content. Used by academic libraries and archives, DSpace provides a way to manage, access, and preserve digital documents, including articles, theses, data sets, and multimedia files. It supports various metadata standards to ensure that items in the repository are easily discoverable and accessible over the long term.


eduMEET is a WebRTC-based, open-source video conferencing platform designed for the international research, education, and art communities. It allows users to create video conference rooms without needing special software, as it runs natively in modern web browsers. The platform offers features like screen sharing, file sharing, and federated login.


Eduroam is a secure, worldwide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. It allows students, researchers, and staff from participating institutions to obtain internet connectivity when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop.


Framasoft is a French non-profit organization focused on promoting free and open-source software (FOSS) and digital rights. Known for its “De-google-ify Internet” initiative, Framasoft offers a range of open-source alternatives to popular proprietary software and services, such as cloud storage, collaborative document editing, and social networking platforms. The organization aims to educate the public about the importance of digital sovereignty and privacy, and it provides various resources, including tutorials and forums, to help users transition to open-source solutions.


Gluu is an Identity and Access Management (IAM) software suite designed to provide single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication (MFA), and other access control features for enterprise applications and APIs. It aims to make it easier for organizations to manage user identities and permissions across a range of services.


H5P is a content collaboration framework based on HTML5, aimed at making it easy to create, share and reuse interactive content for educational purposes. The platform allows educators and content creators to build a variety of interactive content types, such as quizzes, interactive videos, and presentations, without requiring advanced technical skills.


Kaltura is a video platform focused on providing a range of video solutions for educational institutions, enterprises, and media organizations. The platform offers capabilities for video hosting, streaming, monetization, and social sharing, among other features.


Keycloak is an Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution aimed at modern applications and services. It facilitates secure sign-on and access for users, offering features like single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication, and identity brokering. Developed to be highly extensible, Keycloak can be integrated with various platforms and allows organizations to manage their security protocols in a centralized manner.


Koha is an Integrated Library System (ILS) used by libraries for cataloging, circulation, and managing patron access to library resources. It provides a web-based interface and can be customized to suit the specific needs of individual libraries.


Learning Locker is a Learning Record Store (LRS) designed to store, manage, and analyze xAPI (Experience API) data. It serves as a repository for learning records collected from various learning sources, such as Learning Management Systems (LMS), mobile applications, or even informal learning experiences.


Mahara is an e-portfolio and social networking platform designed for education. It allows students and educators to collect, reflect on, and share their academic and personal development work in a digital portfolio format. Mahara integrates with learning management systems and offers features like blogs, resumes, and file storage, providing a comprehensive tool for educational self-assessment and peer review.


Moodle is an open-source learning management system (LMS) widely used by educational institutions to create and manage online courses. It offers a range of features such as quizzes, forums, and gradebooks, and allows for extensive customization and integration with other educational tools.

Moodle is one of the founding partners of Open EdTech.


Nextcloud is a software suite for file synchronization and sharing, allowing users to store their data securely on their own private servers. It offers features like calendars, contacts, and task management, and can be extended through various apps to function like a full-fledged private cloud platform.

Open EdX

Open EdX is an open-source platform for creating, delivering, and managing online courses. Developed by edX, the platform is designed to be highly extensible and customizable, allowing educational institutions, enterprises, and organizations to offer MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) or smaller educational offerings. It includes features for course authoring, student registration, analytics, and more.

Open Journal System

Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a software for managing and publishing scholarly journals, developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). The platform provides end-to-end tools for the editorial process, including manuscript submission, peer review, editing, and publishing. It also offers features for online article display and indexing, facilitating greater visibility and discoverability for academic publications.

Open Meetings

OpenMeetings is a web conferencing software that provides video conferencing, instant messaging, whiteboard capabilities, and collaborative document editing. Aimed at businesses, educational institutions, and other organizations, it offers a platform for online meetings, webinars, and collaborative work sessions. The software can be installed on private servers, offering a secure and customisable solution.

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