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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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Wednesday, March 27

1:00pm PDT

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.

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Ignacio Despujol

MOOC Coordinator, UP Valencia

Carlos Turró

Universitat Politècnica de València

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

2:00pm PDT

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.

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Juan Duran

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 →
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Rui Ribeiro

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

CTO, Campus-il

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

3:45pm PDT

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.


Piotr Surowiec

Open-Source Developer, OpenCraft
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Elton Carr

Sr. Service Engineer, Microsoft

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

4:45pm PDT

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.

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Fred Smith

Senior Software Engineer, edX
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Feanil Patel

Engineer, edX

Wednesday March 27, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm PDT
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161
Thursday, March 28

1:00pm PDT

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.


Kimberly Watson

Director, Development and Programs, Fast Lane

Moritz Wilhelm

Global Director, Digital Strategy, Fast Lane

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

3:45pm PDT

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.


Sheryl Barnes

Director of DL in Residential Education, MIT

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

4:45pm PDT

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 PDT
Center Hall, Room 109 Center Hall, Library Walk, San Diego, CA 92161