This year’s theming will be “Being and Learning in a Digital Age”.
Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, and Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania Professor of Psychology and Founder and Scientific Director of The Character Lab, will be the featured speakers.
edX has announced the first remote, no RSVP meetup on August 25th from 2pm to 3pm EST. The reunion point will be on the #remotemeetup channel on Open edX’ Slack, and the theme, “the roadmap for Open edX“. Product Manager Marco Morales will present this topic followed by a Q&A.
Shauna Gordon McKeon, Developer Advocate at edX, has explained, “there was so much interest in hearing more about the roadmap that we’ve decided to make it a regular feature of our meetups.” “Each meetup will have a short (5-10 minute) roadmap update in addition to that week’s topic.”
On the other hand, IBL and with McKinsey Academy will celebrate the Fall’s first meetup on September 8th in New York. Managers from edX, Columbia and Modern States will speak. Further details will be announced during the second half of August.
Technologists, developers and educators from 27 countries all over the world attended and participated in over a dozen sessions, tutorials, and workshops. 77 contributors delivered talks, ran tutorials and sat on panels.
Paco Cruz, lead engineer for edX and Open edX at UC3M –the Spanish university that will organize the 2017 Open edX Conference– showed during Spain’s 2016 Open edX Meetup all of the developments his organization is delivering in terms of XBlocks, learning analytics and gamification.
Regarding analytics, UC3M is using Elastic and Analyse (internally developed software)
Additional developments on the iOS app in Spanish and a coming-soon app for flipped classrooms (Flip App)
“Quiz video” XBlock to insert questions inside videos using the “Paella Interactive Video Player”
Private video stream XBlock for Wowza
Full interoperability between its Moodle and Open edX platforms, which is used for SPOCs (Small Private Online Course) at spoc.uc3m.es
UC3M is one of the most active non-US universities both in course creation and developments. It has attracted 280K enrollments through 12 courses on edX, and is now preparing another 5 courses. Additionally, it has launched 10 SPOCs and is creating 7 more.
See the video above –captions are available in English– as well as main conclusions from this university regarding the future of learning.
The 2016 Open edX Conference, celebrated on June 14 – 15 at Stanford University, gathered over 230 participants, more than a 30% increase in attendance from last year. Technologists, developers and educators from 27 countries all over the world attended and participated in over a dozen sessions, tutorials, and workshops.
The two-day post-con hackathon generated several new projects edX plans to incorporate into the platform.
77 contributors delivered talks, ran tutorials and sat on panels. Jono Bacon, a leading community manager, and Mitchell L. Stevens, educator and professor at Stanford University, delivered thought-provoking keynotes. Anant Agarwal, CEO at edX, highlighted the strength of the Open edX community.
The event was very well organized (by Stanford Online and edX), satisfaction of the attendants was palpable, and a real sense of community was present throughout the whole conference. Additionally, many innovative features were introduced by panelists and speakers.
These are the two main videos of the conference. Slides are posted here. In the upcoming weeks more videos will be posted. A copy of the streamed video feed is available at Open edX’s YouTube channel.
The conference will be opened by Anant Agarwal, CEO at edX, who will talk about the state of the edX and Open edX community. Several keynotes, talks, panels and lighting talks will complete the two-day program. [IBL will give one of the lighting talks on “education marketing”].
Another two days of workshops and tutorials will follow on June 16 and 17 for a more specialized audience.
During the event, organizers will announce that the 2017 Open edX Conference will be celebrated in Madrid, Spain, on May 24-25, organized by the UC3M University.
Jono Bacon, Director of Community at GitHub, speaker and author, will be the Keynote Speaker at the 2016 Open edX Conference, scheduled for June 14-17 at Stanford University. Jono Bacon is one of the top worldwide experts in community management. He has led communities at Canonical and XPRIZE and is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Art of Community.
See his talk “The Future of Community” from OSCON 11 below.
Jono Bacon’s ideas will inspire directions for the Open edX community.
As Molly de Blanc, an edX manager, has said, “we are a young community, still defining who we are and our shared culture and goals. Open edX 2016 is an opportunity to get to know each other beyond our code and work. We are finding new ways to collaborate, directions for the project, and how to shape our work. With years of experience in supporting, developing, and growing communities, Jono will add a new perspective to this conversation and to our understanding of the potential and power of a great community.”
The fourth Open edX Meetup in New York, titled “Engaging Content, Successful Marketing”, has been rated with five stars on meetup.com. The event, which was sold out and had 40+ waitlisted, was praised by attendants. “Excellent meet up – great format and very informative,” said Mukesh.
Presenters from Columbia University, Knewton, Fordham University, McKinsey and Free Learning Channel X shared their insights through 10-minute talks and a final round table.
– Michael Cennamo, Columbia University
– Kristen Weeks, Knewton
– William Fenton, Fordham University
– Christina Powers, McKinsey Academy
– Derrick Lewis, Free Learning Channel X
Watch the video above. Presentations and more elaborated videos of the talks will be posted throughout the coming weeks in an edX-format course.