Exploring and building open [source] software for tech-savvy educators and OER publishers

Paul Hibbitts of Hibbitts Design is currently focused on helping other tech-savvy educators use the combination of the modern file-based Grav CMS with the Git (e.g. GitHub, GitLab, etc.) ecosystem as an open, collaborative, and flexible personal publishing platform.

Current Projects

All of the below projects are built with the Grav CMS (which recently passed 10K GitHub s) and are available for download at getgrav.org. Grav requires a Web server with PHP 7.1.3 or higher.

Grav Open Course Hub Screenshot

Grav Open Course Hub

Open Course Hub supports an open and collaborative environment for one or more courses, inside or outside of your current platform (e.g. LMS). Includes Admin Panel and Git Sync plugins. MultiCourse Hub variation is also available.
Download | Repo | Docs

Grav Open Publishing Space Screenshot

Grav Open Publishing Space

Open Publishing (Blogging) Space uses a customized version of the Quark theme to support the creation, sharing and collaborative editing of Markdown-based blogs. Includes Admin Panel and Git Sync plugins.
Download | Repo | Docs

What are People Saying?

The Open Course Hub was easy to set up and get running and my students loved having a one-stop place to go to for their course content. I really love that it syncs with GitHub so easily and seamlessly. I was able to have an open, collaborative, easily updatable, fully version-controlled site up and running in little time, with fairly modest technical skills. On the student side, it is all beautiful and easy to use on any device!
— Mark Coster (Associate Professor at Griffith University, Australia)
I wanted to use something to get around the restrictions of our LMS. Everything was so plain vanilla there, and didn't provide the flexibility I needed. Grav Open Course Hub was the perfect answer to my problem. Using the available documentation, I was able to get it up and running, integrating it into my Canvas course. I did run into a few issues - and Paul of Hibbitts Design was immediately available to help me get past them. I highly recommend trying it - I think you will like it and the support is fabulous!
— Dr. Cindy Corritore (Professor at Heider College of Business, Creighton University, United States)
Paul is an inspired individual, capable of inspiring others. His work in Grav is excellent. I've found his knowledge of Grav CMS—applied to Higher Education sector needs—to be a breath of fresh air. It's simple, logical, and smart. His Learn2 with Git Sync project has allowed me and colleague to roll out numerous internal web systems in-house, saving countless hours and dollars by not having to outsource the work—all while making staff more knowledgeable and competent. Thanks to Paul's work, I've been able to create many win-win-win situations in my work.
— Kevin Call (Web Developer, East Tennessee State University, United States)
The Grav Open Course Hub will allow TWU to deploy multiple versions of courses, all based on the same core content, to learners in widely diverse communities across the world. Since the core content of each course is centralized and versioned in GitHub, then displayed in Grav, we can ensure that all learners are interacting with the same content. Furthermore, since the content can be embedded directly into our LMS, we can build interactions, activities, and assessments unique to each community of learners, whether they are in India, Kenya, China or Canada.
— Colin Madland (Online Learning and Instructional Technologies at Trinity Western University, Canada and PhD student in Educational Technology)

Share Your Feedback

Have you used one of the above Grav CMS projects? If so, help shape its direction by sharing your feedback:

Would you prefer to have a quick chat to share your thoughts and experiences? Visit the Grav Discord Room and feel free to directly message Paul Hibbitts.

Support this Work

To help increase adoption and fund his open source work, Paul offers a range of services related to both the Grav CMS and his Grav projects such as consulting, premium support subscriptions, workshops, custom development, and his brand new offering Grav Kickstart which combines a one-on-one learning session with a month of premium support. Sound of interest? Send a note to paul@hibbittsdesign.org.

Would you rather make a single or reoccurring financial contribution to help support Paul's Grav work? You can do that too - thank you!

Looking for another way to show a bit of ❤️ for Paul's open source work? Give one of his Grav GitHub Repositories a ⭐️. Thanks!