Thanks for your interest in helping out with the Oppia project!
We're a team of volunteers around the world who want to improve access to high-quality education. Currently, we're working on building scalable interactive lessons called explorations for students in underserved populations who don't have easy access to teachers and textbooks, so that they can get tutor-like feedback on their work, as well as targeted advice on how to improve their skills. If you'd like to get in touch with us, feel free to reach out via our oppia-dev@ Google Group, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is lots of educational research that suggests that active learning and targeted feedback lead to large learning gains, and providing support and encouraging a growth mindset helps a student feel they can succeed. Oppia is different from a lot of other platforms, in that it focuses on students learning by doing, and getting feedback when they need it. Making a good exploration is more than just uploading a video — it's important that the student can check their understanding of the concept by doing questions and getting feedback on their work.
This is a large effort, so any help you can provide is welcome! It doesn't matter where you come from, what language you speak, or how old or young you are — this is a community project, and as long as you're willing to help, we'd love to have you join us. Here are the main ways in which you can pitch in:
Before publicizing an exploration, we want to make sure that it's effective and enjoyable. This means that students' skills improve by virtue of their playing it, and students play it to completion, even in the absence of any external pressure.
One thing that helps a lot with this is user research studies to see what works and what doesn't. This involves sitting with a student and watching them complete an exploration, taking notes on what the student finds confusing, when they lose interest, when they get frustrated, or if they find an explanation unclear. It's enough to do this with 2 or 3 students for each exploration — you'll learn a lot in the process! You can then send these notes to the exploration creator, or suggest updates directly, and this will help improve the exploration for other students around the world.
Oppia is built on the idea that great teachers can come from anywhere. You may be a student who loves explaining difficult concepts to your peers, a retiree who'd like to share their wealth of experience, a tutor, classroom teacher, TA or professor, or a businessperson who's looking for a meaningful way to spend their time. As long as the explorations you create are effective in helping students, it doesn't matter what your background is.
So, if you'd like to create free, effective lessons for students around the world, you've come to the right place. We encourage you to check out our creator tutorials and existing lessons, and start creating your own lesson. In addition, if you'd like to ensure that your lessons have a large impact, please consider applying to our Teach with Oppia program, where we will help you create, test, and improve your explorations for optimal impact.
Like an existing exploration, but found something that could be better? You can suggest changes to any exploration directly from the exploration's page. Simply click the pencil icon in the upper right hand corner, and share what you think could be improved. The lesson's creator will receive your suggestions and have the opportunity to merge them into the exploration. This is an incredibly valuable way to contribute, especially if you can base your suggestions off the experiences of students playing through the exploration.
The Oppia project is fully open source, and is maintained by a large community of volunteers on GitHub. We are in need of coders, designers and copywriters, so if you would like to help out, please drop us a line! The best way to get started is to follow the instructions on our GitHub wiki page.
The Oppia project runs on a shoestring budget. Our main costs come from running the Oppia.org server, which costs several thousand dollars per year. We welcome donations to the project in order to cover our basic costs, so that we can focus on creating and distributing great educational content to anyone around the world who needs it.
If you would like to donate to the project, please give generously at www.oppia.org/donate. Thank you for your support!
If you're a journalist who would like to help spread the word about Oppia please email email@example.com.
If you have interest in partnering with Oppia to bring our lessons to a larger audience, or to create a collection of explorations on topics students find difficult, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you've discovered a security bug on the Oppia website, please email email@example.com.