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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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Plenary [clear filter]
Wednesday, March 27

9:45am PDT

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

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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 PDT
Price Center

10:20am PDT

The State of the Open edX Ecosystem
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Ned Batchelder

Interpreter, Interpreter
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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 PDT
Price Center

10:35am PDT

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.

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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 PDT
Price Center

11:10am PDT

Digital Learning, Credential Disruption, and Sustainable Practice
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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 →
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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 →
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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 PDT
Price Center
Thursday, March 28

9:45am PDT

The State of the Open edX Platform
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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.
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Nimisha Asthagiri

Chief Architect, edX

Thursday March 28, 2019 9:45am - 10:20am PDT
Price Center

10:20am PDT

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.

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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 PDT
Price Center

10:45am PDT

Being Open: A Route for Saving Journalism and other creative work
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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 PDT
Price Center

11:15am PDT

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.

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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 PDT
Price Center