All About Open edX

It's the open source platform that MIT and Harvard built for edx.org's 11M+ learners.
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The Most Advanced Open Source Learning Platform

Open edX is the open source learning platform that MIT and Harvard built for edx.org and its 11M+ learners.  It’s scalable, well-tested and fully-featured in terms of its web application, iOS and Android platforms,  and learning analytics.

Moreover, because it’s open source, any organization can use it to build a learning portal it can fully control and customize.

It’s used by the world’s top ten universities, either as a course publishing tool through edx.org, or fully personalized instances in the case of Stanford and MIT.

In addition to the 11M+ users of edx.org, the Open edX software is used by 12M+ learners from a variety of corporate, academic, nonprofit and government-backed initiatives.

Microsoft, IBM, McKinsey & Co are some of the largest backers of the technology. Another important player is Global Knowledge — the largest private IT training company in the world — which has been recognized for its innovation by building its online offer on top of it.

MIT has made its private installation of the Open edX platform its central on campus LMS, with nearly 200 courses and 80 percent of students using it. Other important players are Harvard, Stanford and NYU.

In terms of nonprofits and governments, it’s used by the US Air Force and millions of learners across XuetangX (China), FUN (France) and Edraak (Jordan and the Middle East).

The most innovative learning platforms today are edX, Coursera and Udacity in terms of sheer numbers, scale and engagement.

Open edX, as the proven open source software behind edX, is the most advanced learning platform today:

  • Its community is being driven by the largest organizations across all sectors
  • It has been proven by more organizations and learners than any other competing platform
  • It’s about complete openness and control (no licensing fees)

Its openness allows you to extend it into a fully featured and integrated platform of tools and learning components, like the diagram below shows:

No licensing, setup or royalty costs at all. The software is open source and you can install it freely at any time.

As with any open source product, however, you can solicit the help of a vendor like us to help you quickly ramp up with what you need to know, maintain it and customize it for your purposes. What’s great about it is that you’ll always be in full control over your software and data, which means that you won’t need to rely on anybody.

As a learner, enroll in a course on edx.org or a popular Open edX implementation.

As an instructor, see edX’s Course Creator series or contact us to get access to a sandbox platform.

As an engineer, install Open edX and see the developer documentation.

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Whether you’re thinking about using Open edX or wondering how you could integrate it and use it to deliver courses, we’d love to hear from you.