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  • April 15, 2015
    Issues of learning technologies and accessibility are more of a hot topic in our field than usual these days. EdX recently reached a settlement with the Justice Department to make its website, course creation platform and mobile applications accessible under ADA. Harvard and MIT are facing a...
    Author: Romy Ruukel
  • April 8, 2015
    PyCon 2015 is coming up, and we're all super excited! PyCon is the largest annual gathering for the community using the Python programming language, and since Open edX is written in Python, it's a big event for us. This year, Open edX is an official sponsor of PyCon, and we have several great...
  • April 1, 2015
    Before taking up the challenge of helping Boston University harness the opportunities of educational technologies and digital learning, I spent several years researching how the Internet had disrupted news and journalism. What happened there was that, thanks to digital technologies, a once-scarce...
  • March 24, 2015
    During February, edx-platform suffered from two different issues relating to memory usage in our webapp. After the dust had settled, I wrote up a three-part series detailing the tools we built and used to diagnose the bugs, and a detailed breakdown of each bug, and how we diagnosed them. Part 1: An...
  • March 16, 2015
    In January, we announced the Databits Learning Dashboard Challenge. Today, we're happy to announce the winner: congratulations to Siyuan Guo! The goal of this design challenge was to create a dashboard for learners to use, summarizing their progress in an edX or Open edX course in comparison to...
  • March 3, 2015
    After months of hard work from a dedicated team, the new Open edX Community Portal is live! Up until now, resources and documentation for Open edX lived in several different places, without a guide or useful inks between sites. The portal is not meant to replace the edX documentation on Read the...
  • February 26, 2015
    Today our engineering team kicks off our 9th edX Hackathon! This is an opportunity for edX employees to work on edX and Open edX projects outside of our typical responsibilities and commitments. EdX engineers and non-engineers alike will dedicate the next two days to special projects including:...
    Author: Becky Pineo
  • February 24, 2015
    It’s here! After lots of testing and several bug fixes, we’ve declared the Birch release candidate to be stable, and Birch is now a full-fledged release of the Open edX software. Aspen was released only about four months ago, but that’s a long time when it comes to Open edX development. Between...
  • February 17, 2015
    We try our best to maintain a list of sites and instances of Open edX. Some of these are reported to us by the the owners of the instances when they update the Github wiki or while they are developing their Open edX. However, a number of sites are found through clever use of search engines. Open...
  • January 22, 2015
    Last September, HarvardX and Databits, an invitation-based website where creative coders, engineers, and data scientists connect and share their work, challenged the Internet to create an interactive visualization of the binomial distribution. Specifically, they asked participants to develop a tool...
    Author: Beth Porter
  • January 8, 2015
    One of the things we take pride in at edX is our commitment to open source.  An important decision in open-sourcing code is the choice of a license.  For the most part, we’ve used the AGPL license.  To better meet our open-source goals, however, we’re changing a few of our licenses. Our more than...
  • December 11, 2014
    PyCon sent out talk acceptance notifications yesterday, and our office got really excited when four edX employees were chosen to speak. David Baumgold: Advanced Git Ned Batchelder: Facts and Myths About Python Names and Values Sarina Canelake: I18N: World Domination the Easy Way Adam Palay: Words,...
  • December 9, 2014
    The alpha release of the new Data Analytics API is available for people to use in their own instances of Open edX. This REST API provides the tools for building applications to view and analyze student activity.  It’s a new release (version 0). We’re planning on making updates and enhancements, and...
  • December 3, 2014
    On November 18-19, edX hosted the first Open edX Conference (#openedxcon) in Cambridge, MA, at Radcliffe Gym on the campus of Harvard University. Open edX developers, operators, and fans came together to meet face-to-face and learn from each other in two packed days of formal presentations and ad-...
    Author: Beth Porter
  • December 2, 2014
    Stanford runs an instance of the OpenEdX code base that a team of engineers actively develops. We maintain our own fork at github.com/Stanford-Online/edx-platform and we try to keep our fork close to edX master by merging monthly from edX’s main edx-platform repository (github.com/edx/edx-platform...
  • November 20, 2014
    With so many developers and education specialists in town for the Open edX Conference, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to invite our open source community to edX HQ to work side by side with edXers! For a look at the hackathon process, visit our open wiki here, or look here to see specific...
    Author: Becky Pineo
  • November 19, 2014
    The inaugural Open edX Conference is a wrap! With more than 30 speakers covering dozens of topics from open badging to shopping cart integration, we had no shortage of inspiring projects and discussions. Our goal was to make this conference as open as our platform, and we came away impressed as...
    Author: Becky Pineo
  • November 18, 2014
     THANK YOU to everyone joining us for our first Open edX Conference! We’re excited to be hosting so many members of our Open edX community from around the world to discuss developments on our open source platform. Whether you’re on-campus or off, we’re hoping you’ll take part in the conversation....
    Author: Becky Pineo
  • November 17, 2014
    Yasumasa Watanabe will be joining us this week to discuss his work with Open edX as a project manager with NTT Knowledge Square Inc. Read on for more background from Yasumasa! Tell us about your Open edX instance. Our service “gacco”, the Japanese MOOC powered by Open edX, is located in Tokyo,...
    Author: Becky Pineo
  • November 17, 2014
    The Open edX Conference kicks off tomorrow, and among the many talented developers and innovators we’re hosting, Nate Aune, founder and CEO of Appsembler, will be joining us to talk about his work with Open edX. Read on for more background on Nate and Appsembler. How does working with Open edX...
    Author: Becky Pineo
  • November 14, 2014
    Kerri Lemoie, CTO of Achievery, will join us next week from Providence, RI, to discuss her team’s work with digital credentials, micro-credentials, Open Badges, and API functionality to integrate Open Badges into Open edX. Read on to learn more about how they got started! How does working with Open...
    Author: Becky Pineo
  • November 14, 2014
    Our first Open edX Conference is just days away! We’re expecting a great turnout, and are excited to meet Open edX community members from around the world. Meanwhile, read on for some background on Xavier Antoviaque‘s work with the Open edX platform as CEO and Founder of OpenCraft. Where is...
    Author: Becky Pineo
  • November 10, 2014
    We look forward to welcoming Ignacio Despujol, New Internet Application Senior Analyst at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), to the Open edX Conference next week. Read on for more background on his work with Open edX! Where is UPV located?   In Valencia, on the east coast of Spain, in...
    Author: Becky Pineo
  • November 6, 2014
    Earlier this year, the course discussion engineering team at edX revisited our decision to build a custom discussion platform. In the course of investigating alternatives, we determined that support for the unique usage patterns of our users (both course staff and students) and deep integration...
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  • November 6, 2014
    Samuel Soubeyran will be joining us for the Open edX Conference (register here!) to discuss his work as CTO of Neodemia, which builds MOOCs and SPOCs for clients such as BNP Paribas and BDO. Read on for more background on Neodemia’s work on the Open edX platform. Where are you/your organization...
    Author: Becky Pineo

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