FD2: Learn to Create and Share Free Online Courses with LiaScript




LiaScript is a language-based approach to free and open education. In contrast to other solutions, it does not rely on a single and centralised platform, but instead offers a decentralised solution for providing interactive online courses. LiaScript is based on Markdown and is founded on ideas around simplicity, adaptability, and extendibility. A course developed with LiaScript can be presented in different formats, either a fully interactive textbook, a presentation, or in a YouTube-like screen-cast format.

You will learn how do animations, articulate your content in different languages, add different styles of quizzes and surveys, integrate multimedia content, use automated data-visualization, interactive programming …

We will show you how you can share your course immediately, without any cost for hosting. Additionally, LiaScript courses can be translated into different formats, such that, the same course can also be translated into SCORM or IMS packages, which can be uploaded into most Learning Management Systems (LMS), or even translated to Android, IOS, Windows applications (or standalone Web-projects).

Project-Website: https://liascript.github.io

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyiTe2GkW_u05HSdvUblGYg

SCHEDULE:9.30 – 16.30


The event is intended to be an interactive hands-on workshop (so bring your own devices) and it will be separated into five parts:

9.30 – 10.00 Introduction

In the first few minutes we will set up a simple course-stub, modify and share it, just by using the browser.

10.00 – 10.45

Setup & Philosophy

Then during the second part we will set up a tool-chain to develop courses more easily. This includes the free Atom-IDE as well as some required plugins for editing and previewing courses locally, and publishing. While we will guide you through this process, we will highlight some of the concepts and ideas behind LiaScript.

10.45 – 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.30

Markdown Basics

Markdown can be used in many contexts, for taking smart notes, fast blogging, software documentation, or scientific publishing. LiaScript is also based on Markdown but interprets some elements slightly differently. We will introduce you to the Markdown syntax as well as to some minor extensions for including multimedia-content.

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00

Interactive Courses

Within this main part, we will take a deeper dive into course development, the main language features, and the LiaScript philosophy. Step by step we will introduce you to all LiaScript features, how to articulate your course, how to structure it (such that it can be presented in different formats Textbook, Presentation, Screen-cast), how to add animations, interactive diagrams, make code snippets executable and editable, and more.

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee break

15.30 – 16.30


We will introduce you to different no-cost methods for sharing your content, which includes common web 2.0 and web 3.0 technologies.
Next to direct sharing, we will show you, how your course can be translated into a different format, such as SCORM or IMS to be uploaded into an LMS, or how to make an Android or IOS app out of it.
Additionally, we will also try out the classroom functionality, which is back-end agnostic and runs on top of different web 3.0 technologies.


  • Educators
  • Teachers
  • Programmers
  • OER enthusiasts
  • Content Creators


Higher education, public sector, eLearning


You will need to bring your own laptop and besides this, if you know how to edit a text-file that is enough to create interactive learning experiences.


  • Participants will learn how to create completely interactive and free online courses with LiaScript/Markdown.
  • You will be introduced to the basics of git/GitHub (a version management system), which enables multi-authorship, versioning (in different languages), and free hosting of courses.
  • Additionally you will learn how easy it is to apply web 3.0 technologies for sharing educational content in a decentralised manner.


This event is free of charge for all conference participants.

Participants are required to bring their own laptops or tablets.

To register for this event, please go to the Registration Page and scroll down until the CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION section where you should select the appropriate option. Further down, under PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS, please select the workshop(s) you wish to attend. Don't forget to submit your registration by clicking the Submit Registration button at the bottom of the form. We will send you a confirmation e-mail once your request has been processed.