A Learning and Operating System for Alternative Schools
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Designing Digital Concept Workshops

2020-07-12 Organization
We do not invent and test our concepts in a vacuum, but in connection with the development of the alternative school Freie Schule Ostfriesland. As we are about to expand the school for secondary schooling, there is a lot to think about and organise. In addition, due to fluctuation of active association members, some “onboarding activities” are pending, i.e. knowledge carriers disappear and new ones new introductions. For this reason, we have arranged an all-day kick-off meeting with the concept team for the project this weekend, which should enable us to translate our high school vision into tangible work templates and guidelines. Continue reading

Online workshops with

Spoiler: yotribe is new, slim and against all expectations very relaxed to use. The fact that it can currently be tested for free is an additional bonus. How it starts The whole thing starts with an “application mail” from the provider. Not everyone is admitted immediately, you get on a waiting list with an alarmingly high waiting number. yotribe cunningly promises faster processing if you invite 3 friends as well. As a multi-account holder no problem - 2-3 days later comes the redeeming start link. Continue reading

Community has opened

“It takes a village to raise a child” - and a community to create a project. According to this motto we are now one step further in education - since the beginning of the week our Online Community is up and running, which was founded with the aim to make SELFSCRUM an open operating system for open learning. It’s quite an extension of the original idea, which was obviously focused on the use of software. Continue reading

Automated Multi-Format Publishing with Github

Motivation and features An arduous task in the production of content is the provision of different document formats. Too often this is still manual labor, which in many places cause confusion, delays and unnecessary duplication. I always wanted to change this, and now it’s about time. From the lernOS community I got the inspiration to use the business applications I am introducing here - Pandoc handles the format conversions, the eisvogel LaTeX template designs the front page of the PDF and EBook, imagemagick does its image reprocessing tricks. Continue reading


We have already discussed use cases and also some processes for our emerging platform and created an MVP from these. What I was still missing as a starting point for the implementation: a management concept that fits to our ideas and that can be flexibly adapted to our needs. Scrum classic is too heavy and too nerdy for students, and we have different cycles compared to a normal software development project. Continue reading


We are happy and proud that we have been named finalist today :) Our submission video is here!

Selfscrum - What is it?

First definition of SELFSCRUM, created during the hackathon. In the meantime we have developed quite a bit, see About Us. During the #EUvsVirus hackathon or when talking with friends about my new passion project, I more often than not get the blank stare in the face of my coutnerpart that signals me that I got lost in space, and not everyone else. So I will try to explain here what Selfscrum is and how we are planning to do good in the world of schooling or, better, learning (which are not synonyms. Continue reading
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