Rizky Ariestiyansyah, CTO of IndonesiaX, reached out to the Open edX team about IndonesiaX, an installation of the Open edX platform. Along with Dean Jay Mathew, Director and COO, Rizky told us about their efforts.

What is IndonesiaX?

A photo of media from IndonesiaX, containing a woman standing next to the text

IndonesiaX is Indonesia’s premier MOOC platform, offering free online courses from a number of Indonesia’s most prestigeous universities and companies. It was created with the goal of fostering the free-flowing transfer of knowledge from the nation’s leading professors and experts to any citizen with access to the Internet. Course topics include, but are not limited to, cyber law, economics, engineering, change management, broadcasting for television, information security, the stock exchange, disaster management, and public speaking. IndonesiaX was launched on August 17th, 2015 to coincide with Indonesia’s 70th Independence Day and uses the Open edX platform as its primary technology.

IndonesiaX receives guidance and support regarding academic matters from its Advisory Council:

  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Mohammad Nuh, DEA, Chairman and former Minister of Higher Education and Culture
  • Prof. Rhenald Kasali, Ph.D., Vice Chairman and founder of Rumah Perubahan
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Muhammad Anis, M.Met, Rector of Universitas Indonesia
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Kadarsah Suryadi, DEA, Rector of Institut Teknologi Bandung
  • Ito Warsito, Director of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (2009-2015)
  • Wishnutama Kusubandio, CEO of PT Net Mediatama Television
  • Budianto Andreas Nawawi, Director of Paramount Enterprise International

Partner organizations include:

  • Universitas Indonesia (UI)
  • Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)
  • Universitas Terbuka (UT)
  • Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI)
  • Rumah Perubahan (RP)
  • Net Mediatama Indonesia (NET TV).

Who are your learners?

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago state, with 17,000 islands and hundreds of indigenous languages and traditions. IndonesiaX is reducing this geographical barrier, allowing people from all areas of Indonesia to learn from professors and experts who mostly reside on Java Island, the most populated island across Indonesia.

Our current learners are mostly university students and young professionals, with the majority of learners being between the ages of 18 and 36.

How has IndonesiaX helped learners?

After launching on 17th August, by the end of 2015 IndonesiaX had attracted up to 45,000 course registrations from 81 cities across the country. Using the Open edX platform for delivery, courses are provided by leading universities, and also leading private and publicly listed companies.

A screenshot from the IndonesiaX course page, containing listings for courses offered.

IndonesiaX is even attracting some of Indonesia’s leading professors who are living abroad. The ASEAN Economic Community was officially launched in December 2015, and in January 2016 Universitas Indonesia offered a course titled Economic Integration: The Case of ASEAN, taught by Prof. Iwan Jaya Azis who has been teaching at Cornell University, USA since 1992. Additionally, we are hosting IX101, a version of HarvardX’s Contract Law course.

Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country with 252 million citizens, and has a huge demographic bonus. Courses on IndonesiaX are meant to be relevant to the needs of citizens and the economy, especially the young workforce. By offering courses from companies as well as schools, it will further help to equip young citizens with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace. In order to do this, IndonesiaX will continue to broaden its course offerings, developing a diverse and interesting course roster that appeals to a diversified audience of life long learners.

Written by Dean Jay Mathew, COO of IndonesiaX and Rizky Ariestiyansyah, CTO for IndonesiaX. Edited for content.