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  • July 29, 2015
    I’m Ben McMorran, a rising junior studying computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. I’ve spent the last twelve weeks as a software engineering intern on the Teaching and Learning (TNL) team. This is my second summer as an intern here at edX. While there are many tasks I worked on during...
    Author: Ben McMorran
  • July 22, 2015
    One of our goals for the new fiscal year is to provide improved guidance for XBlock developers, especially those who are new to XBlocks. As a first step, we have just released the Open edX XBlock Tutorial. The tutorial provides much new information, including: A quick start section that helps you...
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  • July 15, 2015
    In a partnership between AWS, Bitnami, and edX, the Open edX Stack is now available in the AWS Marketplace as Open edX powered by Bitnami.   Bitnami creates and maintains a library of popular server applications and development environments, set up for easy installation. These applications and...
  • July 8, 2015
    About two years ago, McKinsey Academy and edX began working closely together to launch a new professional development experience for McKinsey’s clients built on the Open edX platform. Recently, using the XBlock framework, the McKinsey Academy team -- in partnership with OpenCraft -- worked to build...
  • July 1, 2015
    To enable a richer set of immediate feedback options in the Open edX platform, the Open Learning Initiative at Stanford University collaborated with edX and the Open edX community to add two new feedback mechanisms across all of the basic problem types in the platform.   The Open Learning...
    Author: Ross Strader
  • June 17, 2015
    On May 29 and 30, 2015, I had the pleasure to participate as an "event-helper" & jury in the largest-ever Open edX hackathon, held in France, and organized by OpenedX, IONISx (the digital learning arm - built on the Open edX platform - of IONIS Education Group, which includes the largest...
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  • June 10, 2015
    This month marks Open edX's second anniversary. Happy anniversary everyone! :) The edX project was launched in May 2012, with its first commit dating back to December 2011. But as a user of the platform, June 1, 2013 looked like Christmas. The code that was powering edx.org was open-sourced! Of...
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  • June 2, 2015
    We are pleased to announce that the Open edX platform is now incorporating Creative Commons licenses for sites that choose to offer them! This feature is currently live on edx.org, and site operators will get the functionality when they update their version of Open edX. Turning the feature on is as...
  • June 1, 2015
    Two years ago, we took our platform and released it to the world under the AGPL. Not only could anyone install, setup, and use the same software that powers edX.org, they could also develop, change, modify, and share it with anyone (and everyone) else. The past two years have been exciting. We...
  • May 27, 2015
    Over the past few days, six edXers have flown from Cambridge, MA to Paris in order to participate in an Open edX hackathon in France. Alongside France Université Numérique (FUN-MOOC) and IONISx, Nimisha Asthagiri, David Baumgold, Gabe Mulley, Beth Porter, Brian Talbot, and Ed Zarecor will be...
  • May 6, 2015
    Recently, VP of Product Beth Porter met Ivan Shumkov from Open Online Academy (OOAc), which teaches architecture, design, construction, and real estate courses using the Open edX platform. Among their efforts, student work is shared and distributed using open licenses. One of their MOOCs was about...
  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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

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