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Collaborative Learning. Community Led.

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
 

8:00am

9:00am

Accessible MOOCs In Practice -- Design, Implementation, Execution
Learn how to ensure that learners who have disabilities are fully included and can take full advantage of the unique benefits of online learning. We’ll discuss the needs of learners with disabilities, share practical suggestions for implementing accessible courses with common content types on the Open edX platform, and provide tips for supporting learners who have disabilities in high-enrollment Open edX courses.

Speakers
TS

Ted Supalla

Professor, Georgetown University
avatar for Jeff Witt

Jeff Witt

Accessibility Specialist, edX


Tuesday March 26, 2019 9:00am - 12:15pm
Center Hall, Room 105 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

9:00am

Building Open edX Apps in iOS and Android
These workshops will teach you how to build your own Open edX-based mobile app. We will also discuss current ongoing Mobile projects within edX and throughout the Open edX Mobile community. From building and running your own Open edX-based apps for iOS and Android to setting up an automated test environment, these workshops will show you the ins and outs of running an Open edX app.

Preparation before the conference
Android
Please run through the steps in the Android Repo README to get Android Studio setup prior to the conference.
https://github.com/edx/edx-app-android

iOS
Please run through the steps in the iOS Repo README to get xCode setup prior to the conference.
https://github.com/edx/edx-app-ios

Agenda:
  • 9 - 10:30am - Open edX mobile apps in Android
  • 10:45am - 12:15pm - Open edX mobile apps in iOS


Speakers
avatar for Albert (AJ) St. Aubin

Albert (AJ) St. Aubin

Senior Software Engineer, edx
avatar for Marco Morales

Marco Morales

Product - Platform, Open, Mobile, edX
Hi! I've been at edX for a long while as a product manager and designer. Currently I'm a product manager for the teaching and learning and mobile teams.


Tuesday March 26, 2019 9:00am - 12:15pm
Center Hall, Room 216 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

9:00am

Getting Started with Open edX Development
So you want to become an Open edX developer? This workshop will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge for understanding all of Open edX’s moving parts. Learn how to customize and deploy your own Open edX site!

Speakers
avatar for Nate Aune

Nate Aune

CEO & Founder, Appsembler
I'm the CEO and Founder of Appsembler, a Boston-based company providing services around Open edX, an e-learning platform for easily authoring and delivering online courses. I like to talk with folks about Docker, PaaS, Open Source, Open edX, e-Learning, Django, jazz.
BW

Bryan Wilson

Senior Software Engineer, Appsembler
JB

John Baldwin

Senior Software Engineer, Appsembler
I'm part of the engineering team at Appsembler and the backend developer and maintainer for Figures


Tuesday March 26, 2019 9:00am - 12:15pm
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

9:00am

Instructional Design Summit
Limited Capacity filling up
Everyone with tickets to tutorial day or the 4-day pass are eligible for admission. 
Overview 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.
Agenda 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

Speakers
avatar for Udo Ouwerkerk

Udo Ouwerkerk

Instructional designer, Delft University of Technology
avatar for Grace Lyo

Grace Lyo

Director, Instructional Design, Stanford University
avatar for Colin Fredericks

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 →
avatar for Ben Piscopo

Ben Piscopo

Learning Designer, edX
Ben 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 on... Read More →
avatar for Anna Lifshits Agmon

Anna Lifshits Agmon

CTO, Campus-il
avatar for Alison Brauneis

Alison Brauneis

Senior Associate Director, Instructional Design, Stanford University



Tuesday March 26, 2019 9:00am - 12:15pm
Center Hall, Room 222 Center Hall, San Diego, CA 92161, USA

9:00am

Open edX Production-Ready in 10 Steps
Learn how to get Open edX up and running smoothly and quickly. Our finest community members will lead workshops on running Open edX. The morning will focus on Docker-based devstack operation and creating your own push-button process, and the afternoon will feature a new distribution from IBM designed for ease of use.

9:00am - 12:15pm: Open edX Production-Ready in 10 Steps
This workshop will provide you with 10 steps for setting up a small single-server instance of Open edX for production use. We will also discuss the differences between the sandbox installation described in the official documentation and a true production installation.

1:30 - 3:00pm: Deploying Open edX in Production using Docker and Kubernetes
Learn how to deploy and manage your Open edX instance in Kubernetes using Docker. This workshop will guide you step-by-step through how to deploy your own Open edX instance on Kubernetes. The Cognitive Class team will also share what they’ve learned over the years about running Open edX on Docker and about experiences with Kubernetes for the Open edX free trial.
3:15 - 5:00pm: Installfest
Get your Open edX operation working! TAs will be on hand to help guide you through your installation and configuration.

Speakers
avatar for Régis Behmo

Régis Behmo

Freelance Open edX developer, Tutor maintainer, overhang.io
Tutor, the Open edX distribution that makes it easy to deploy, manage and upgrade your platform http://docs.tutor.overhang.io/
avatar for Lawrence McDaniel

Lawrence McDaniel

Full Stack Developer, lawrencemcdaniel.com
I am a freelance developer specializing in responsive web and mobile app development using Angular, Ionic, Wordpress and Amazon Web Services. I know about data science, machine learning, business analytics, forecasting systems and predictive analytics. And in a parallel universe I... Read More →


Tuesday March 26, 2019 9:00am - 12:15pm
Center Hall, Room 113 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

12:15pm

1:30pm

Advanced Problem Authoring in Vanilla Open edX
Have you ever felt constrained by the problem types Open edX allows? Expanding beyond these problem types can be complicated, typically requiring significant coding knowledge and server infrastructure. In this workshop, we will introduce the MITx Grading Library, which requires little to no coding knowledge, and runs on any Open edX server. The library includes many features, including ordered/unordered lists and sublists, multiple correct answers, partial credit, and feedback messages. Course authors will develop sample problems as they learn how to implement the Grading Library in their own courses.

Speakers
JB

Jolyon Bloomfield

Lecturer, MIT


Tuesday March 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Center Hall, Room 105 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

1:30pm

Building Open edX frontend applications with create-edx-react-app, Part 1
This workshop will provide a basis for creating your own custom applications on top of the Open edX platform. We’ll offer insight into how edX is building its latest micro-frontends such as the Enterprise Admin Portal, Credentials, and Journals, all of which started with create-edx-react-app.

Speakers
avatar for George Babey

George Babey

Engineering Manager, edX for Business, edX
avatar for Adam Stankiewicz

Adam Stankiewicz

Software Engineer, edX
avatar for Richard Reilly

Richard Reilly

Software Engineer, edX


Tuesday March 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Center Hall, Room 216 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

1:30pm

Deploying Open edX in Production using Docker and Kubernetes
Learn how to get Open edX up and running smoothly and quickly. Our finest community members will lead workshops on running Open edX. The morning will focus on Docker-based devstack operation and creating your own push-button process, and the afternoon will feature a new distribution from IBM designed for ease of use.

9:00am - 12:15pm: Open edX Production-Ready in 10 Steps
This workshop will provide you with 10 steps for setting up a small single-server instance of Open edX for production use. We will also discuss the differences between the sandbox installation described in the official documentation and a true production installation.

1:30 - 3:00pm: Deploying Open edX in Production using Docker and Kubernetes
Learn how to deploy and manage your Open edX instance in Kubernetes using Docker. This workshop will guide you step-by-step through how to deploy your own Open edX instance on Kubernetes. The Cognitive Class team will also share what they’ve learned over the years about running Open edX on Docker and about experiences with Kubernetes for the Open edX free trial.
3:15 - 5:00pm: Installfest
Get your Open edX operation working! TAs will be on hand to help guide you through your installation and configuration.

Speakers
avatar for Luiz G Aoqui

Luiz G Aoqui

Software Engineer, IBM


Tuesday March 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Center Hall, Room 113 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

1:30pm

Instructional Design Summit, Part 2
Limited Capacity filling up
Everyone with tickets to tutorial day or the 4-day pass are eligible for admission. 
Overview 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.
Agenda 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
Tell us about yourself and topics of interests before the ID Summit. Thank you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3XH8RYL

Speakers
avatar for Anna Lifshits Agmon

Anna Lifshits Agmon

CTO, Campus-il
avatar for Alison Brauneis

Alison Brauneis

Senior Associate Director, Instructional Design, Stanford University
avatar for Colin Fredericks

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 →
avatar for Grace Lyo

Grace Lyo

Director, Instructional Design, Stanford University
avatar for Udo Ouwerkerk

Udo Ouwerkerk

Instructional designer, Delft University of Technology
avatar for Ben Piscopo

Ben Piscopo

Learning Designer, edX
Ben 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 on... Read More →



Tuesday March 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Center Hall, Room 222 Center Hall, San Diego, CA 92161, USA

1:30pm

Learning and Teaching How to Contribute to Open edX, Part 1
Whether you’re new to Open edX or an experienced contributor, we’ll work together to submit a contribution to Open edX by the end of the workshop! Participants are expected to have at least one relevant development skill like Python, JavaScript, or DevOps. Experienced Open edX contributors, come learn how to help new contributors get started and provide suggestions on improving the process.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Bowman

Jeremy Bowman

Manager of Dev Tools, edX
I'm passionate about education, educational technology, and developer productivity. I especially welcome conversations involving testing, static code analysis, Docker, Django, and Python packaging.



Tuesday March 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

3:00pm

3:30pm

Building Open edX frontend applications with create-edx-react-app, Part 2
This workshop will provide a basis for creating your own custom applications on top of the Open edX platform. We’ll offer insight into how edX is building its latest micro-frontends such as the Enterprise Admin Portal, Credentials, and Journals, all of which started with create-edx-react-app.

Speakers
avatar for George Babey

George Babey

Engineering Manager, edX for Business, edX
avatar for Richard Reilly

Richard Reilly

Software Engineer, edX
avatar for Adam Stankiewicz

Adam Stankiewicz

Software Engineer, edX


Tuesday March 26, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Center Hall, Room 216 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

3:30pm

Get Started with Figures
Figures is a lightweight reporting app for Open edX. In this hands-on workshop, you will gain a basic understanding of Figures so that you can install and use it in your own Open edX environments. We’ll run the pipeline code, walk through how Figures captures data from the LMS, and explore the user interface.

Speakers
JB

John Baldwin

Senior Software Engineer, Appsembler
I'm part of the engineering team at Appsembler and the backend developer and maintainer for Figures


Tuesday March 26, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Center Hall, Room 113 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

3:30pm

Instructional Design Summit, Part 3
Limited Capacity filling up
Everyone with tickets to tutorial day or the 4-day pass are eligible for admission. 
Overview 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.
Agenda 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
Tell us about yourself and topics of interests before the ID Summit. Thank you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3XH8RYL

Speakers
avatar for Anna Lifshits Agmon

Anna Lifshits Agmon

CTO, Campus-il
avatar for Alison Brauneis

Alison Brauneis

Senior Associate Director, Instructional Design, Stanford University
avatar for Colin Fredericks

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 →
avatar for Grace Lyo

Grace Lyo

Director, Instructional Design, Stanford University
avatar for Udo Ouwerkerk

Udo Ouwerkerk

Instructional designer, Delft University of Technology
avatar for Ben Piscopo

Ben Piscopo

Learning Designer, edX
Ben 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 on... Read More →



Tuesday March 26, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Center Hall, Room 222 Center Hall, San Diego, CA 92161, USA

3:30pm

Learning and Teaching How to Contribute to Open edX, Part 2
Whether you’re new to Open edX or an experienced contributor, we’ll work together to submit a contribution to Open edX by the end of the workshop! Participants are expected to have at least one relevant development skill like Python, JavaScript, or DevOps. Experienced Open edX contributors, come learn how to help new contributors get started and provide suggestions on improving the process.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Bowman

Jeremy Bowman

Manager of Dev Tools, edX
I'm passionate about education, educational technology, and developer productivity. I especially welcome conversations involving testing, static code analysis, Docker, Django, and Python packaging.



Tuesday March 26, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161
 
Wednesday, March 27
 

8:00am

9:45am

The Future Learner
Join edX CEO Anant Agarwal for a discussion and update to partners on edX vision and strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Anant Agarwal

Anant Agarwal

CEO and Founder, edX
Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His research focus is in parallel computer architectures and cloud software systems, and he is a founder of several successful startups, including Tilera, a company that produces scalable... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 9:45am - 10:20am
Price Center 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

10:20am

The State of the Open edX Ecosystem
Speakers
avatar for Ned Batchelder

Ned Batchelder

Interpreter, Interpreter
avatar for Adam Medros

Adam Medros

President & COO, edx
Adam Medros is President and Chief Operating Officer at edX, overseeing the day-to-day management and oversight of edX’s operations, contributing to edX’s strategy and growth. Adam brings extensive operational expertise to power our innovation and growth at a global scale. He... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 10:20am - 10:35am
Price Center 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

10:35am

Technology, the Science of Learning, and Transformation in Higher Education
Learning is complex. Decades of research in the science of human learning have produced results that could transform education; however, research findings have not often made a positive impact on teaching practice, educational technology design, or student learning. Likewise, the wisdom of instructors and authentic learning experiences rarely have an impact on research. In this talk, I will describe a model for using educational technology to shift the relationship between learning research and teaching practice in service of simultaneously improving student learning and contributing to our fundamental understanding of human learning.

Speakers
avatar for Candace Thille

Candace Thille

Director of Learning Science, Amazon
Candace Thille is the Director of Learning Science and Engineering at Amazon. She is working with the Amazon Global Learning and Development team to innovate and scale workplace learning at Amazon. She is the founding director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 10:35am - 11:10am
Price Center 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

11:10am

Digital Learning, Credential Disruption, and Sustainable Practice
Speakers
avatar for James C. Hall

James C. Hall

Dean of University Studies Division, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dr. James C. Hall joined RIT in 2014 as the Executive Director for the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, later renamed the School of Individualized Study. Previously, he was director of New College at Alabama and executive director of the Consortium for Innovative Environments... Read More →
avatar for Karen Flammer

Karen Flammer

Director of Digital Learning, University of California San Diego
Dr. Karen Flammer is the Director of Digital Learning at UC San Diego. She served as Interim Director from March  - September 2017, during which time she worked with UC San Diego faculty and the Teaching + Learning Commons to launch a MOOC Professional Certificate Program on the... Read More →
avatar for Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh

USMx Program Director, University of Maryland
Paul Walsh is the Program Director for USMx and works with the University System of Maryland's institutions to expand access to affordable, high-quality educational opportunities via the edX platform. Through USMx courses and programs, Paul collaborates with system institutions to... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 11:10am - 11:45am
Price Center 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

11:45am

Lunch
Wednesday March 27, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Price Center 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

1:00pm

Learning and Collaboration: Lessons from the Open Source Community
A round table discussion about the current state of open source and open standards in online learning. Attendees will hear about progress and problems, as well as how we can more forward.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Jacobs

Stephen Jacobs

Faculty, Rochester Institute of Technology
Humanitarian FOSS, Game Design, Digital Humanities, American Sign Language, Ukulele
avatar for Flavia Cioanca

Flavia Cioanca

Instructional Design Manager, The Linux Foundation
avatar for Alvin Richards

Alvin Richards

Chief Education Officer, Redis Labs
Alvin has held various executive roles, most recently as the field chief technology officer at MariaDB, vice president of product at Aerospike and engineering lead at MongoDB. He has worked with SasS startups, enterprise storage (NetApp) and byte-code virtualization and containers... Read More →
avatar for John Mark Walker

John Mark Walker

Open edX Community Lead, edX
John Mark Walker is the Open edX Community Lead for edX. He has been an open source community and ecosystems expert for 2 decades, starting with VA Linux Systems and SourceForge.net. He was the Gluster Community Leader at Red Hat, and was the product and community owner for ViPR Controller... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Center Hall, Room 216 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

1:00pm

Team-Based Learning Using LTI-Integrated Video and Chat
Learn how cohorts and teams can be used more effectively for collaborative learning in Open edX. This talk will address how we are using Open edX in conjunction with collaboration tools to enable "distance innovation" with small cohorts of online learners, creating new ventures in cross-disciplinary groups. We will discuss how we can predict who will be successful in the course based on intra- and inter-team communications, using the principles of social presence to improve online learning through regular engagement and incremental improvement. We’ll explain how we developed a customized extension to the LTI XBlock and used the additional data fields (cohorts and teams) to populate channels and set permissions in a Slack-like collaboration environment, allowing individuals to be placed into an appropriate context when linking from their Open edX course.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Porter, MA

Beth Porter, MA

CEO, Riff Learning Inc
Beth’s philosophy is that people learn best from each other, and learning fosters both personal growth and organizational innovation and change. She teaches IT Strategies at Boston University and in the Media Ventures team at the MIT Media Lab.



Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Center Hall, Room 113 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

1:00pm

Course promotion techniques used by Universitat Politécnica de València
This talk focuses on successful course promotion techniques used by Universitat Politécnica de València. We will cover several social media strategies, including how to drive traffic to MOOCs using YouTube. This will be an extension of the talk that we gave at edX global forum about our blog with university domain, facebook and twitter pages, the connection between social media managers of universities and different schools, SEO optimization, and other strategies using social networks and internal channels.

Speakers
avatar for Ignacio Despujol

Ignacio Despujol

MOOC Coordinator, UP Valencia
CT

Carlos Turró

Universitat Politècnica de València


Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

1:00pm

Collaborative MOOC Design at Adelaide
Attendees will learn how the University of Adelaide has adapted our content design and technological approach to better suit a model of student co-creation and the three-way collaboration between an academic subject matter expert, a current student, and a dedicated learning designer from our AdelaideX MOOC team. Learn about the successes, failures, and learnings from our collaborative MOOC.

Speakers
avatar for Ali Ogilvie

Ali Ogilvie

Associate Director - Online Programs, University of Adelaide
Partnership development Assessment strategies Student co-creation in MOOCs



Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Center Hall, Room 105 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

1:00pm

Product Roadmap - Ironwood and Beyond
Ask Product a question:
http://bit.ly/2019edXproduct

Speakers
avatar for Marco Morales

Marco Morales

Product - Platform, Open, Mobile, edX
Hi! I've been at edX for a long while as a product manager and designer. Currently I'm a product manager for the teaching and learning and mobile teams.


2:00pm

From 0 to 1 Million and Beyond: The Linux Foundation eLearning Journey
This session highlights The Linux Foundation’s journey from small-scale instructor-led training to a diversified elearning catalog with over 1.3 million learners worldwide in less than 5 years. Learn how The Linux Foundation translated instructor-led courses into dynamic, engaging elearning content. We'll review our challenges and the solutions employed to overcome them, ultimately demonstrating that designing active learning experiences can be done on a small budget with a small team. The presentation will also cover instructional design strategies the Linux Foundation Training Team is considering to further improve learner engagement in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Flavia Cioanca

Flavia Cioanca

Instructional Design Manager, The Linux Foundation


Wednesday March 27, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Center Hall, Room 216 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

2:00pm

Harvard DART: Toward a MOOC Collaboration Economy
The MOOC movement has been a catalyst for the creation of digital-learning materials, with over 100 institutions in the edX consortium creating nearly 500,000 individual videos, problems, and pages since 2012. Through a new system called DART (Digital Assets for Reuse in Teaching), we are unbundling edX content and other digital content sources so that resources are searchable and reusable in the residential LMS at Harvard. Through DART, all Harvard instructors and students can now search, browse, and receive recommendations for edX content as well as Harvard channels from YouTube, SoundCloud, and Kaltura.We will highlight use cases and live demo the most relevant features, while outlining our vision for how content can be more broadly utilized across universities.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Seaton

Daniel Seaton

Sr. Learning Systems Designer, Harvard University
DH

David House

Harvard University
EY

Elliott Yates

Harvard University


Wednesday March 27, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Center Hall, Room 113 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

2:00pm

Implementing a Nationwide Open edX Platform
Open edX-based national platforms are a great tool to push education forward by driving regulatory changes, increasing investment in universities and instructional designers, strengthening the digital education ecosystem, and widening a strong network of knowledge and technology transfer among countries' stakeholders. National platforms complement edX’s reach with the local and national market while building investment in local awareness for students and organizations. A better relationship between edX and national platforms will not only bring value for all the participants in micromasters and microbachelors, but also serve as a vehicle to form a sustainable business model in a changing market where students value knowledge more than the certificate. The Open edX Platform can benefit from a national platform building a stronger tech ecosystem of each nation.

Speakers
avatar for Juan Duran

Juan Duran

CEO, GeX - IBSER
Master in Urban Studies and Planning at MIT with focus in International Development. Partner and founder of Global Education X, co-founder of IBSER Foundation, partner at Accelerate Colombia, and jury at the MIT Global Challenge. Juan Duran has been proffessor, consultant, and adviser... Read More →
avatar for Rui Ribeiro

Rui Ribeiro

Projeto NAU, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
avatar for Anna Lifshits Agmon

Anna Lifshits Agmon

CTO, Campus-il


Wednesday March 27, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

2:00pm

Cheaper MOOCs and Masters
In this review of the production and delivery ratios associated with distance education, we will discuss recent innovations like teacher-bots and the extensive use of OERs that make it possible to reduce the cost of course production and delivery. We will also make predictions about how the price performance of online courses will improve over the next ten years.

Speakers
ST

Sir Tim O'Shea

Edinburgh University
PE

Professor Eileen Scanlon

the Open University


Wednesday March 27, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Center Hall, Room 105 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

2:00pm

State of Open edX Front End
We are pleased to share our progress and upcoming plans for edX's renewed investment in modernizing our front-end technology. Come and hear about our transition to React and its ecosystem of technologies, our architectural pattern of micro-frontends, and our effort in developing a sustainable/accessible/reusable component library. We will also share our current thoughts on supporting APIs for style customizations, component overrides, and front-end pluggability.

Speakers
avatar for David Joy

David Joy

Principal Software Engineer, edX



2:45pm

Coffee break, Birds-of-a-feather
To schedule your birds-of-a-feather open space discussion, head over to the BoF planning page.

Wednesday March 27, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Center Hall 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

3:45pm

A Contributor’s Journey - The Impact of Our Work on Others, and on Ourselves
Open edX contributors come from all over the world. Representing a wide range of ages and education levels, our interests and goals vary. Although we might not meet in person, we share one thing in common: we are each part of the Open edX community. Open edX occupies a large place in many of our daily professional lives. Lost in the minutiae of running courses or developing features, we can sometimes lose track of the actual impact of our work on the Open edX community. But each Open edX contributor is also part of a larger community of humans who care about learning. Whether you’re a learner, an educator, or a technologist, this talk aims to empower contributors to make changes and positively impact the community we share.

Speakers
avatar for Xavier Antoviaque

Xavier Antoviaque

CEO, OpenCraft
Xavier Antoviaque is an Open edX developer and contributor. He is also the founder of OpenCraft, which provides development services and hosting for public institutions and companies using the Open edX platform, including Harvard, Davidson University, the edX organization itself or... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Center Hall, Room 216 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

3:45pm

Extending & Innovating Open edX: Delivering Next-Generation Professional Development on PearsonX
We use the Open edX platform to design and deliver experiential, engaging, skills-focused professional development courses. Using client case studies, this talk will explore patterns in the challenges faced by those providing and receiving professional development training in the twenty-first century. We will share how we have responded to these challenges through learning design innovation, UX-design, platform extensions, and the integration of the Rocketchat tool.

Speakers
avatar for Dr Philippa Hardman

Dr Philippa Hardman

Chief Learning Officer, PearsonX/Proversity
As Chief Learning Officer I'm interested in all things learning strategy, learning science and learning design. I have a particular interest in drawing on classroom pedagogy / andragogy to design blended learning experiences and I'm currently designing blended learning strategies... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Center Hall, Room 113 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

3:45pm

Painless Open edX upgrades and maintainable UI customizations
Have you ever tried to upgrade your Open edX release, but postponed it after realizing how much work is required? Or maybe you manage multiple instances with different configurations and don’t have time to check each instance manually for potential errors before upgrading. In this talk, we will help you streamline and improve the upgrade process. After many migrations from Dogwood all the way to Hawthorn, we will share our tips and techniques for a smooth upgrade process. We will also cover topics like code drift, mass upgrades, and custom themes.

Speakers
PS

Piotr Surowiec

Open-Source Developer, OpenCraft
avatar for Elton Carr

Elton Carr

Sr. Service Engineer, Microsoft


Wednesday March 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

3:45pm

Learning Design for MicroMasters Programs
UQx has delivered 4 MicroMasters programs via the Open edX platform. The success of these MicroMasters programs has been underpinned by a holistic approach to learning design, media asset creation, custom tool development, and authentic assessment design. We’ve developed tools that allow learners to upload oral video recordings, record audio responses to random interview questions, and receive 360 degree feedback. In this presentation, we will discuss learning design principles and tools to develop learner reflection, critical thinking, brainstorming, and idea integration across courses in a MicroMasters program.

Speakers
avatar for John Zornig

John Zornig

Manager Course Design and Development, The University of Queensland
John Zornig is Director of UQx at University of Queensland (UQ). Located in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI), UQx represents UQ’s engagement in edX the non-profit MOOC platform and provides online learning expertise across the institution. John has over... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Center Hall, Room 105 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

3:45pm

State of Open edX Architecture
Come learn about our 2018 architectural accomplishments and plans for 2019. We'll celebrate our successes in establishing various sustainable processes and creating architectural runways for authentication and micro-frontend development, and discuss our goals for accelerating innovative features on Open edX going forward. We are continuously working to make our platform extensible, approachable, and maintainable in the long-run, so we’ll share our plans for APIs and extensions, practicing open/closed, and frontend customizations.

Speakers
avatar for Nimisha Asthagiri

Nimisha Asthagiri

Chief Architect, edX


4:45pm

Education in the Open Source World
By definition, open source companies give their products away to an unknown audience. This talk will explore how education can be utilized to provide deep insights into usage, behavior, and future intent for product usage, including monetization. We will take a deep dive into how education is used at Redis Labs, the leading open source in-memory database. Designed for community builders who want to understand the commercial impact of education and how to modernize their marketing programs, this talk will cover education’s importance to open source communities, what drives a commercial company to build free education, and how deep analytics can inform downstream teams such as Sales & Marketing.

Speakers
avatar for Alvin Richards

Alvin Richards

Chief Education Officer, Redis Labs
Alvin has held various executive roles, most recently as the field chief technology officer at MariaDB, vice president of product at Aerospike and engineering lead at MongoDB. He has worked with SasS startups, enterprise storage (NetApp) and byte-code virtualization and containers... Read More →


Wednesday March 27, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Center Hall, Room 216 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

4:45pm

Custom Front-End Experiences
Open edX powers ASU's most innovative educational initiatives. One critical feature of Open edX that supports innovation is the customizable adaptations of an open platform. This talk will outline the technology stacks of several different initiatives and their corresponding technical architectures. We'll delve into specific customizations including custom front-end portals, custom APIs, reporting dashboards, and hosting. For each initiative, we'll demonstrate the customized front-end experience and discuss integration points and Open edX customizations.

Speakers
EG

Elizabeth Gordon

Arizona State University
avatar for Roger Kohler

Roger Kohler

Software Engineer, Arizona State University
avatar for Ryan Bleam

Ryan Bleam

Instructional Designer, Arizona State University
avatar for Brian Frost

Brian Frost

Senior Business Analyst, Arizona State University
Brian is a Senior Business Analyst at EdPlus at Arizona State University, supporting Starbucks initiatives, including Starbucks College Achievement Plan and Starbucks Global Academy, along with Edge.


Wednesday March 27, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Center Hall, Room 113 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

4:45pm

Clarifying configuration
edX recently changed the way we configured our applications. Aimed at Open edX platform operators and developers, the goal of this talk is to make Open edX easier to change and less cumbersome set up. We plan to use these changes as a stepping stone toward more improvements in deploying and running Open edX.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Smith

Fred Smith

Senior Software Engineer, edX
avatar for Feanil Patel

Feanil Patel

Engineer, edX


Wednesday March 27, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

4:45pm

Inclusive by Design: How content experiments support diverse learners.
Inclusive design affords equal opportunities to diverse learners by strategically adjusting content to influence how learners perceive the digital environment of a course (Kizilcec, 2017). MOOC courseware allows us to design content experiments that test how the gender, ethnicity, and status (expert vs. peer) of instructors affects outcomes for certain learners. We will discuss our learnings from the two content experiments we conducted exploring how the identity of instructors appearing in course welcome videos affected learners' behavior and outcomes.

Speakers
PB

Petra Bonfert-Taylor

Dartmouth College
MG

Mike Goudzwaard

Dartmouth College
EH

Ella Hamonic

Independent researcher
GM

Gerard Memmi

Télécom ParisTech
avatar for Andy Saltarelli

Andy Saltarelli

Sr. Director, Evaluation & Research, Stanford University
Andy Saltarelli, PhD helps to establish and maintain campus-wide initiatives that evaluate the appropriate use of learning technologies, spur innovative methods of assessment and feedback, and leverage learning analytics for student success. Andy's disciplinary background is in educational... Read More →
RS

Rémi Sharrock

associate professor, Télécom ParisTech


Wednesday March 27, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Center Hall, Room 105 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

4:45pm

E-learning trends: Open edX vs. other LMSs.
How well does Open edX adapt to current trends of e-learning? We’ll identify and describe a number of trends in e-learning (such as social learning, interactivity, and adaptive learning) and state their advantages from a learning point of view. There are hundreds of learning platforms out there, and often Open edX is a great option. What's missing in Open edX to make it even more attractive? Participants are invited to share, discuss, and contribute.

Speakers
avatar for Sergey Cujba

Sergey Cujba

Head of Sales & Marketing, Raccoon Gang
avatar for Gabriel D'Amours

Gabriel D'Amours

Product Specialist, Instructional Designer, OpenCraft


6:00pm

Evening Reception
Wednesday March 27, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
 
Thursday, March 28
 

8:30am

9:45am

The State of the Open edX Platform
Speakers
avatar for Marco Morales

Marco Morales

Product - Platform, Open, Mobile, edX
Hi! I've been at edX for a long while as a product manager and designer. Currently I'm a product manager for the teaching and learning and mobile teams.
avatar for Mark Haseltine

Mark Haseltine

CPO, edX
As Chief Technology Officer at edX, Mark leads our overall technology strategy and engineering efforts. Prior to joining edX, Mark was CTO, Afternic at GoDaddy where he led the development of their domain aftermarket products. He served as CTO at NameMedia which GoDaddy partially... Read More →
avatar for Nimisha Asthagiri

Nimisha Asthagiri

Chief Architect, edX


Thursday March 28, 2019 9:45am - 10:20am
Price Center 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

10:20am

An Open Source Pathway to Personalized and Collective Learning at Scale
Enormous investments have been made by universities, governments, and private industry in developing online courses in every field imaginable. But the dream of their widespread use to support personalized learning has been hampered by millions of individual digital assets being locked in the indivisible unit of the course.  True personalized learning requires that these assets be searchable and dynamically remixed to meet the assessed need of the individual learner.  The next generation of Open edX, with the new Blockstore architecture contributed by LabXchange, will be the largest open source platform with the potential to dynamically deliver different learning assets as part of personalized learning.  In addition, integration of this open architecture for personalized learning with social networking designed to promote the sharing of learning experiences will enable their collective application to global challenges.  This reimagines online learning as simultaneously more personal at the individual level and more collectively engaged at the societal level.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Lue

Robert Lue

Faculty Director & Principal Investigator, LabXchange, Harvard University
Robert Lue is a professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University and the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, where he is responsible for fostering innovative teaching in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 10:20am - 10:45am
Price Center 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

10:45am

Being Open: A Route for Saving Journalism and other creative work
Speakers
avatar for Dean Baker

Dean Baker

Founder, CEPR
Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He is frequently cited in economics reporting in major media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, and National Public Radio. He writes a weekly column for t... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 10:45am - 11:15am
Price Center 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

11:15am

Beyond the black box: How transparent AI can transform learning
At One Laptop per Child, I used to draw a line in the sand regarding the use of free/libre open source software. Education was unequivocally on the must-be-FOSS side of the line because transparency is critical to fostering curiosity and independent thinking. With the current inroads that AI is making into educational software, it is again important to consider transparency. Transparent AI is bringing learning into day-to-day work through assistance with on-the-job training and corporate e-learning. In this talk, I will review the role that transparency plays in elementary and secondary education, and I will describe how Sorcero's use of cognitive computing harnesses AI in support of both subject-matter experts and learners in the workplace.

Speakers
avatar for Walter Bender

Walter Bender

Chief Learning Architect, Sorcero
Walter Bender is the Chief Learning Architect at Sorcero. Previously, Bender founded Sugar Labs, a non-profit foundation. In 2006, Bender co-founded the One Laptop per Child, a non-profit association with Nicholas Negroponte and Seymour Papert. As director of the MIT Media Laboratory... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 11:15am - 11:45am
Price Center 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

11:45am

1:00pm

Gratitude_x - How gift economics influence learner attitudes in a massive open online course.
How can we foster a greater sense of community in online environments? This talk focuses on how attitudes toward giving, gift economics, and community expectations may positively influence learner experience and lead to a greater sense of belonging and collaborative production in a MOOC. Aimed at community organizers and course producers interested in understanding possible motivations for participation and contribution in an online course, this talk highlights recommendations on how open source and open access technologies can create a circular sense of gift giving in the MOOC community.

Speakers
avatar for Arthur Grau

Arthur Grau

Senior Communications Officer, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Arthur Grau is a Senior Communications Officer with MIT CTL. He is responsible for marketing, advertising, production, experience design, and team coordination with MIT CTL, SCM, and SCALE programs. He is the communications lead for the MITx MicroMasters in SCM community. Prior to... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Center Hall, Room 216 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

1:00pm

The best of both worlds in fully online master’s: integrating Open edX and Canvas
Open edX’s support for rich assessment types and interactive video player make it a virtue when developing fully online courses. However, Canvas is well designed for on-campus courses, with features for manual grading, uploading pen-and-paper assignments and connecting to course registration data. In this session, we explain how we successfully integrated these two platforms in our fully online master’s courses.

Speakers
JC

Jea Choi

Associate Director, Instructional Design, Stanford University
avatar for Alison Brauneis

Alison Brauneis

Senior Associate Director, Instructional Design, Stanford University
GB

Greg Bruhns

Instructional Design Project Manager, Stanford University
avatar for Grace Lyo

Grace Lyo

Director, Instructional Design, Stanford University



Thursday March 28, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Center Hall, Room 113 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

1:00pm

Best Practices for Open edX Site Requirement Gathering
In order to create an Open edX site, detailed planning is critical and will help alleviate in-progress revisions, delays, and unexpected problems. This will be an open-ended discussion designed to make participants aware of planning considerations to keep in mind as they create an Open edX platform site or microsite deployment. We’ll address topics such as outcome planning, site security requirements, audience, media types, and infrastructure.

Speakers
KW

Kimberly Watson

Director, Development and Programs, Fast Lane
MW

Moritz Wilhelm

Global Director, Digital Strategy, Fast Lane


Thursday March 28, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

1:00pm

ASU Innovation with Open edX
In recent years, ASU has adapted the Open edX platform to meet educational challenges for a broad range of projects. We’ve pioneered many innovative educational technology and practices, from providing an earned pathway to full university admission and deploying workplace readiness courses for refugee, displaced, and marginalized learners to creating a suite of personal and professional development courses in multiple languages for employees of a multinational corporation. In this panel discussion, ASU will cover how Open edX has been a critical tool for delivering these socially impactful new programs.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Frost

Brian Frost

Senior Business Analyst, Arizona State University
Brian is a Senior Business Analyst at EdPlus at Arizona State University, supporting Starbucks initiatives, including Starbucks College Achievement Plan and Starbucks Global Academy, along with Edge.
avatar for Ryan Bleam

Ryan Bleam

Instructional Designer, Arizona State University
EG

Elizabeth Gordon

Arizona State University
avatar for Roger Kohler

Roger Kohler

Software Engineer, Arizona State University
avatar for Carrie Bauer

Carrie Bauer

Instructional Design Associate, Arizona State University


Thursday March 28, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Center Hall, Room 105 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

1:00pm

Blockstore Architecture
We’re building a new system called Blockstore for storing learning content in Open edX. This technical talk will provide an overview of the architecture of Blockstore, explain its impact for developers and Open edX administrators, and show how you can try it out and contribute. We’ll explain why we want to replace Modulestore with Blockstore, how Blockstore works, how to move content to Blockstore, and how to contribute.

Speakers
avatar for Braden MacDonald

Braden MacDonald

CTO, OpenCraft
avatar for David Ormsbee

David Ormsbee

Lead Architect, edX
My current work includes Blockstore and doing code reviews and platform improvements for edx-platform. I also delighted to talk about performance, courseware, and Open edX architecture in general. I've been working on Open edX since the prototype days of 2012, so I'm familiar with... Read More →


2:00pm

Lightning Talks: Learning
Can I Delete That Thing? The Deprecation Process and You - Diana Huang, edX
Gradebook Micro-frontend - Rick Reilly, edX
Blended learning with Open edX - Attin Cheng, The University of Hong Kong
MOOC Pilot - a year on - still sailing! - Laurent David, Institut Mines Telecoms
Agile Training on Agile Software - Vicki Lindem, Cybereason
Blocks for Open edX - Dr. Wei Yang, Elite Education

Speakers
avatar for Wei Yang

Wei Yang

Co-founder, Elite Education
avatar for Nate Aune

Nate Aune

CEO & Founder, Appsembler
I'm the CEO and Founder of Appsembler, a Boston-based company providing services around Open edX, an e-learning platform for easily authoring and delivering online courses. I like to talk with folks about Docker, PaaS, Open Source, Open edX, e-Learning, Django, jazz.
avatar for Attin Cheng

Attin Cheng

Instructional Designer, The University of Hong Kong
LD

Laurent David

Project Maintainer, Institut Mines Telecoms
avatar for Richard Reilly

Richard Reilly

Software Engineer, edX
DH

Diana Huang

Software Engineer, edX
VL

Vicki Lindem

Senior Technical Writer, Cybereason


Thursday March 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Center Hall, Room 216 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

2:00pm

Lightning Talks: Collaborating
A toolkit for Collaborative learning in open edX - Juan Camilo Montoya, eduNEXT
Integrating LTI Hands-On Labs with Open edX at Cognitive Class - Leons Petrazickis, IBM; Luiz Aoqui, IBM; Antonio Cangiano, IBM
Marsha: an open LTI video provider for open edx - Mehdi Benadda, France Université Numérique
Extending the Course Discovery Service for Delivery on Wordpress Frontend - Zachary Trabookis, Clemson University
Vision of an Extensible Open edX Platform - Nimisha Asthagiri, edX
OpenEdX + Education for Humanity: A Learning Refuge for Refugees - Carrie Bauer, Arizona State University

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Bauer

Carrie Bauer

Instructional Design Associate, Arizona State University
avatar for Juan Camilo Montoya

Juan Camilo Montoya

CEO, eduNEXT
Join me to talk about the endless possibilities we can achieve using open edX.My company provides world class open edX professional services and we are leaders in providing open edX as a service and on premises for all kind of online learning initiatives.You can reach me at juan... Read More →
avatar for Mehdi Benadda

Mehdi Benadda

Freelance open source developer, Friends of Open edX
avatar for Nimisha Asthagiri

Nimisha Asthagiri

Chief Architect, edX
LP

Leons Petrazickis

Principal Developer, IBM
avatar for Zachary Trabookis

Zachary Trabookis

Program Manager, Web Services, Clemson University



2:00pm

Lightning Talks: Extending
Extending EdX to Implement Personalised Learning - William Akehurst, African Leadership University
Building an Engagement Circuit Using Online Learning - John McDonough, Harvard University; Meghan Morrissey, Harvard University
OpenEdx for Africa - opportunities & challenges - Helinna Ayalew, Liquid Telecom; Amos Wachanga, Sibasi Ltd
Designing the Advanced EdX Training Course - Colin Fredericks, Harvard University
Developing Best Practices for Including Real-world Science and Engineering Lab Exercises in Online Courses - Julie Mullen, MIT
Assessing Critical Thinking Skills Online - Ildi Morris, Morris Learning Design

Speakers
avatar for Ildi Morris

Ildi Morris

Founder, Morris Learning Design
Ildi Morris has been successful in developing the strategy and design of online and onsite training programs for both academic and corporate organizations. As an eLearning Consultant, she partners with organizations on defining online program strategy and course design, as well as... Read More →
JM

Julie Mullen

Technical Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Talk to me about blended classrooms, instructional design ideas for online learning environments for adults and especially about methods for building learning environments for online hands-on activities using physical objects.
avatar for Colin Fredericks

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 →
avatar for William Akehurst

William Akehurst

Learning Solutions Lead, African Leadership University
JM

John McDonough

Harvard University
MM

Meghan Morrissey

Senior Project Lead, Harvard University
HA

Helinna Ayalew

Head of Digital Education, Liquid Telecom
AW

Amos Wachanga

Sibasi Ltd



Thursday March 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Center Hall, Room 113 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

2:00pm

Lightning Talks: Operating
Even more useful analytics tool for Open edX instructors - Alexandra Nabokina, RaccoonGang
MicroMasters Analytics - John Zornig, University of Queensland
Keeping Open edX Translated - Bill DeRusha, edX
Localizing OpenEDX to Portuguese - Rui Ribeiro, NAU Project
Managing corporate security requirements while using Open edX 
- Brian Telnes, Microsoft
Flexible Gamification Module - Max Sokilsky, RaccoonGang; Sergey Baranov, Applied Materials

Speakers
BT

Brian Telnes

Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft / Worldwide Learning
avatar for Bill DeRusha

Bill DeRusha

Engineering Manager, edX
I am an engineering manager on the Devops team at edX. Interested in chatting about all things infrastructure.
avatar for John Zornig

John Zornig

Manager Course Design and Development, The University of Queensland
John Zornig is Director of UQx at University of Queensland (UQ). Located in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI), UQx represents UQ’s engagement in edX the non-profit MOOC platform and provides online learning expertise across the institution. John has over... Read More →
avatar for Rui Ribeiro

Rui Ribeiro

Projeto NAU, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
MS

Max Sokilsky

RaccoonGang
SB

Sergey Baranov

Applied Materials


Thursday March 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Center Hall, Room 105 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

2:00pm

Lightning Talks: Running
Deploying a robust, scalable Open edX platform in 1 click (or less) - Régis Behmo, overhang.io
Multitenancy in open edX using MS Azure - Felipe Montoya, eduNEXT
Proactive monitoring for open edX installations with Prometheus + Grafana - Jhony Avella, eduNEXT
Centralized Lightweight MOOC Management System - Isanka Wijerathne, Kyoto University; Masako Okamoto, Kyoto University; Hiroyuki Sakai, Kyoto University
Making Open edX the First Blockchain-Based Learning Platform - Miguel Amigot, IBL Education
The future of academic credentials - Luiz Gustavo Ferraz Aoqui, IBM

Speakers
avatar for Felipe Montoya

Felipe Montoya

CTO, eduNEXT
I'd be happy to talk about anything regarding openedX Development, Operations, Multi-tenancy, future plans... you name it.
avatar for Luiz G Aoqui

Luiz G Aoqui

Software Engineer, IBM
avatar for Régis Behmo

Régis Behmo

Freelance Open edX developer, Tutor maintainer, overhang.io
Tutor, the Open edX distribution that makes it easy to deploy, manage and upgrade your platform http://docs.tutor.overhang.io/
avatar for Jhony Avella

Jhony Avella

Devops Engineer, eduNEXT
I'll love to talk about what's new on devops side and also implementation of new technologies. I would like to share my experience and my practices with the community and strengthen my knowledge with experiences from all around the world colleagues.
avatar for Isanka Wijerathne

Isanka Wijerathne

Researcher, Kyoto University
MO

Masako Okamoto

Kyoto University
HS

Hiroyuki Sakai

Kyoto University


Thursday March 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

3:00pm

Coffee break, Birds-of-a-feather
To schedule your birds-of-a-feather open space discussion, head over to the BoF planning page

Thursday March 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Center Hall 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

3:45pm

LabXchange: Science and learning--connected.
Aimed at educators, content authors, and anyone involved with Open edX and online education, this talk will explain LabXchange, a new platform that connects life science communities in a collaborative learning environment. We will demonstrate how LabXchange works and discuss why we decided to build it using Open edX. We’ll also explain how LabXchange exemplifies the new authoring workflows and instructional design paradigms that Blockstore will enable.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Lue

Robert Lue

Faculty Director & Principal Investigator, LabXchange, Harvard University
Robert Lue is a professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University and the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, where he is responsible for fostering innovative teaching in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Center Hall, Room 216 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

3:45pm

Maintainably Extending Open edX: Why, When, How

slides

What is the "Open-Closed" principle and how will it affect educators, contributors and maintainers of the Open edX ecosystem? We will present the current state of Open edX extensibility and touch on future improvements in the Architecture pipeline to help you decide what approach to take when planning your next contribution. Using existing examples of Django app plugins, REST APIs, XBlocks, and LTI applications, we will discuss the various ways to extend the platform, when and how they should be used, and how we can sustainably maintain them through major version upgrades.

Speakers
avatar for Felipe Montoya

Felipe Montoya

CTO, eduNEXT
I'd be happy to talk about anything regarding openedX Development, Operations, Multi-tenancy, future plans... you name it.
avatar for Jillian Vogel

Jillian Vogel

Senior Open Source Developer, OpenCraft


Thursday March 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Center Hall, Room 113 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

3:45pm

How MIT is leveraging Open EdX in on campus courses
99% of all current undergraduates at MIT taken have taken a class that uses the Open edX platform. This session will summarize how the platform is being used and how the Open Learning office is encouraging and supporting innovation in teaching and learning on campus. Additionally, this session will help connect all campuses using Open edX for credit-bearing work. Attendees using the platform on their own campuses will be encouraged to make connections and share their stories.

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Sheryl Barnes

Director of DL in Residential Education, MIT


Thursday March 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

3:45pm

Micro-credentials courses in teachers' professional development
Online micro-credential courses are the latest revolution in the field of teachers' professional development. In the session, we will introduce our course model, its implementation on the Open edX platform, and its unique features. We’ll include a live demo of CET's micro-credentials course template, explain our Challenge-to-Competency funnel, and outline how you can initiate your own micro-credential project.

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Eran Adi Cioban

Learning Design Team Leader, Center for Educational Technology
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Shir Shwartz

Center for Educational Technology



Thursday March 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Center Hall, Room 105 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

3:45pm

Enabling Real-Time Analytics in Open edX
In this session, Dan Davis will share the method he developed for logging real-time learner activity in Open edX. He’s conducted a series of experiments evaluating the effect of various approaches to real-time learner feedback, with a specific focus on encouraging self-regulated learning. The talk will include a technical breakdown of how the system works and how one can easily implement it in their own instance of Open edX. Dan will also provide real-world examples of how he’s used the system in the past, including a series of randomized experiments (A/B tests) evaluating the effectiveness on learner engagement and achievement.

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Dan Davis

Director, Portfolio Management - PearsonX, Pearson


4:45pm

LibreCorps: Humanitarian Open Source Student Work Writ Large
LibreCorps is an initiative that places RIT students into paid Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) internships at Humanitarian organizations. Attendees will learn how RIT's FOSS efforts grew from a single course to a full academic minor and series of experiential education programs. We’ll outline our long-term goals for LibreCorps to become a year-round, student-based FOSS consultancy program, and talk about why humanitarian work has become a driver for today's college students. We’ll offer tips for engaging students in FOSS developer communities and for growing FOSS education within your own organization.

Speakers
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Stephen Jacobs

Faculty, Rochester Institute of Technology
Humanitarian FOSS, Game Design, Digital Humanities, American Sign Language, Ukulele


Thursday March 28, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Center Hall, Room 216 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

4:45pm

Cross-platform Learner Analytics with Open edX and xAPI!
Capturing events from Open edX as xAPI (Experience API) Statements allows us to understand learner progress and patterns across platforms by analyzing them in combination with Statements from other LMSs and learning environments. Come learn about xAPI, see an early technical approach, find out where edX itself is headed, and see what we’ve discovered about a set of learners using this approach.

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Bryan Wilson

Senior Software Engineer, Appsembler


Thursday March 28, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Center Hall, Room 113 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

4:45pm

Delivering Targeted Online Learning Environments in a Changing Higher Education Landscape
The University of California, San Diego recently launched the Strategic Academic Program Development initiative to offer new courses, stackable credentials, sequential degrees, and accelerated master’s programs.This breakout session will discuss the unique strategy used by UC San Diego’s Information Technology Services department to deploy course offerings across multiple online platforms (Canvas, Open edX, edX, and Coursera) as appropriate for course type, learner audience, disciplinary pedagogy, and revenue goals. We will focus on our Open edX Learning Management System and other industry standards to provide a seamless learning experience and capture real-time analytics.

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Vince Kellen

Chief Information Officer, University of California San Diego
Dr. Vince Kellen currently serves as the chief information officer for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), as well as a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet, and vice chancellor and chief financial officer's senior management team. UCSD is recognized as a top 15 university... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

4:45pm

Learnings from a major blended learning program on Open edX and on-campus
Blended learned can be more than the sum of online and on-campus components. This is a case study across a number of large courses redesigned for blended learning, using Open edX to supplement the University LMS. This talk will cover the implications for pedagogical design, interfaces between online and on-campus experiences, and the Virtual Learning Environment that our team has tackled as part of a major shift from MOOCs to blended courses.

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John Zornig

Manager Course Design and Development, The University of Queensland
John Zornig is Director of UQx at University of Queensland (UQ). Located in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI), UQx represents UQ’s engagement in edX the non-profit MOOC platform and provides online learning expertise across the institution. John has over... Read More →


Thursday March 28, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Center Hall, Room 105 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161

4:45pm

Richie: building an open source CMS & course catalog for Open Edx
Meet Richie, the new tool that makes it easy to create full-featured marketing sites with course catalogs around your Open edX content. This talk is intended for anyone who operates their own Open edX instance. Non-technical attendees will benefit from the product-related content and demos.

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David Truong

Analyst, Friends of Open edX
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Mehdi Benadda

Freelance open source developer, Friends of Open edX


 
Friday, March 29
 

8:30am

9:15am

Developer Summit - Morning Sessions
Limited Capacity seats available

For more on the developer summit schedule, head over to the wiki page for summit planning

Speakers
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Nimisha Asthagiri

Chief Architect, edX
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Marco Morales

Product - Platform, Open, Mobile, edX
Hi! I've been at edX for a long while as a product manager and designer. Currently I'm a product manager for the teaching and learning and mobile teams.


12:30pm

1:30pm

Developer Summit - Afternoon Sessions
Limited Capacity seats available

For more on the developer summit schedule, head over to the wiki page for summit planning

Speakers
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Marco Morales

Product - Platform, Open, Mobile, edX
Hi! I've been at edX for a long while as a product manager and designer. Currently I'm a product manager for the teaching and learning and mobile teams.
avatar for Nimisha Asthagiri

Nimisha Asthagiri

Chief Architect, edX