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Movide is a student-centric learning platform. Movide allows teachers to define skills for students to master, and then allows students and teachers to both create content and problems. A built-in discussion system allows students and teachers to interact around the class materials. Movide helps transition learning to a multi-party interaction where content can come from anywhere. You can see it running at

Movide was made with a few key design/architecture principles in mind. Some of these have been adhered to a large degree, and others are still works in progress.

Existing features

  • Ease of use.
  • Mobile friendliness.
  • Ease of installation/development.
  • Ease of deployment. Included scripts can get you deployed in minutes.

Works in progress

  • Full testing. Test coverage is at around 60% on the Python code, but Javascript tests need to be written.
  • Ease of integrating new modules. The pattern to add a new module needs to be regularized.
  • Third party module integration. There is no LTI support yet.
  • Full documentation. Documentation, both high level and inline comments, is still a work in progress.
  • Full API. The API is there (through django-rest-framework), and works, but it needs to be made more consistent.

A lot of this work in progress has been deferred up to now due to the newness of Movide.

Movide is currently offered under the AGPL license. If you have a need for an alternate license, please contact


Installation is a very straightforward process:

git clone
cd movide
sudo xargs -a apt-packages.txt apt-get install

# Activate your virtualenv at this point if you are using one.
pip install -r requirements.txt

# Run database migrations.
python syncdb --settings=movide.settings --pythonpath=`pwd`
python migrate --settings=movide.settings --pythonpath=`pwd`


In order to use movide, you need to run:

python runserver --settings=movide.settings --pythonpath=`pwd`

After starting up the server, you can visit in your browser to start using movide.

If you want to run background tasks, which include grade calculation and processing @ mentions in discussions, you need to run:

python celeryd -B --settings=movide.settings --pythonpath=`pwd`

You don't have to run celery if you don't want to, but you will be unable to use certain features.


Contributions are very welcome. Please contact if you have any questions about how to contribute.


Deployment scripts for movide can be found in the deployment directory.

Create the movide stack

  1. Register for an AWS Account if you don't have one already.
  2. Select cloudformation in the AWS console, and load the deployment/cloudformation/movide.json template. This template will create a web server to run movide, and a load balancer. Choose a keypair that you have access to.
  3. A database is not included in the stack. You can either create one separately, or opt to use a local database later on.

Setup deployment

  1. Install the ansible requirements in deployment/requirements.txt.
  2. Edit deployment/secrets/files/movide_deploy.template to contain an SSH private key that can access your github, and rename it to movide_depoy.
  3. Edit deployment/secrets/files/jim.key to contain your public key, and rename it to [YOUR NAME].key.
  4. Edit deployment/secrets/users/users.template to have the right user, email, and key location, and rename it users.yml.
  5. Edit deployment/secrets/users/movide_prod_vars.template to point to your database. If you want to use a local mysql database, edit database_host to point to the right spot. Ensure that your auth config matches in terms of database name and password. Rename it to movide_prod_vars.yml.
  6. Put a .boto file in your home directory (~) and make it look like the following:
aws_access_key_id = [YOUR KEY]
aws_secret_access_key = [YOUR SECRET KEY]

### Deploy stack
1.  Go to `deployment/playbooks`.
2.  Do `ansible-playbook -vvv --user=[YOUR_USER]  mo_prod.yml -i ./  -c ssh`
3.  If everything was setup properly, this should deploy your stack.  Visiting the `ELBAddress` from your cloudformation template outputs should now show you movide.