Below are a few questions you might have about Ximera or about the format of the courses hosted here. If you don’t find your question answered here, please contact us.

What is Ximera?

Ximera is the interactive textbook platform created through NSF Grant DUE--1245433.

What does it do?

A content author uploads classroom activities to GitHub; the Ximera backend server downloads these activities and presents them to students.

Who is Ximera for?

Whether you are an instructor or a student, Ximera has something to offer you.

Why is it called Ximera?

The X is a capital chi, so Ximera is pronounced like chimera, and a chimera is a mythical beast composed of three different animals. Likewise, Ximera glues together LaTeX, JavaScript, and HTML to produce a compelling student experience.

I am interested in producing a course for Ximera; how can I make my own course?

Please contact us. We’d love to talk about how we can work together.

I would like to contribute to the backend technology. How do I help?

The backend code that Ximera provides is all available on GitHub.

I am a teacher. Can I provide material from Ximera to my students?

Yes, absolutely! Please feel free to use the material you find here for your own students. We’d love to hear about how we can make the material more useful to you.

When do the courses start and end?

The courses on Ximera are self-paced; you can join in at any time.