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Welcome to the Open edX 2019 Conference, hosted by UC San Diego! This year’s theme is all about collaborative learning, and how Open edX enables technologists, educators and learners to collaborate, innovate, and move the state of teaching and learning forward.  
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Tuesday, March 26 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Instructional Design Summit

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Everyone with tickets to tutorial day or the 4-day pass are eligible for admission. 

Anyone interested in designing and developing an online course is invited to attend the instructional design summit. This full-day summit will cover everything from theory and application of best practices to learning science in online course design. Participants will have the opportunity to apply those models to the development and alignment of learning goals, assessments, and content delivery. Learn tips and strategies for using Studio to build your own course in Open edX. Come prepared with a laptop, an idea for one module of an online course to focus on during the summit, and 1-3 main learner takeaways for that module.


The summit will start with a discussion of backward course design and student-centered learning. During the morning from 9 am - 12 pm, you will have opportunities to develop and refine your course learning objectives, develop ways to describe your course to others and develop your course and module outline.

In the afternoon from 1:30-4:30 pm, you will get to build the module that you have designed. We will focus on designing and building assessments and ways to deliver content. We will discuss how to design and implement effective and engaging assessments in your module. We will also discuss how to best present content to reach your learning objectives.

The summit will feature short presentations, workshop time, and consultation with peers, summit leaders, and guest presenters. The tentative schedule is as follows. More detailed information will be provided at the summit.

Morning (9 am - 12 pm)

  • Welcome & Introductions

  • Backward Design and Student-Centered Learning

  • Sandbox Setup: Get Started With Your Own Open edX Sandbox Course

  • Break

  • Module Design & Outline

Lunch (12-1:30 pm)

Afternoon (1:30 - 4:30 pm)

  • Assessments, Content Delivery and Learner Engagement

  • Breakout Sessions & Workshop Time

    • Tentative Topics*: Basic assessments, Content delivery methods, Learner engagement, Peer-grading, HTML5 Interactive content, Advanced ORAs, Course styling, and custom python problems.
      *Final topics will be decided based on the participants’ survey results.

  • Share Out & Conclusion


Udo Ouwerkerk

Instructional designer, Delft University of Technology
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Grace Lyo

Director, Instructional Design, Stanford University
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Colin Fredericks

Sr. Project Lead, Harvard University
Sometimes, he wants to eat EdX developers while other times, he wants to use them to make gold, and still other times, he has even more bizarre uses for them. Though he often catches developers who wander by his home or whom he happens across in the forest, he does not know the location... Read More →
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Ben Piscopo

Learning Designer, edX
Benjamin Piscopo is a learning designer at edX. He has over 10 years of experience in both academia and industry, building a diverse resume that includes lecturing at international colleges, authoring a series of innovative phonetic textbooks, and consulting for the British Council... Read More →
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Anna Lifshits Agmon

CTO, Campus-IL

Alison Brauneis

Senior Associate Director, Instructional Design, Stanford University

Tuesday March 26, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Center Hall 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
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