The 2015 Open edX Developers' Conference Will Include 18 Premium Talks

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The 2015 II Open edX developers’ conference is all set. It will take place on October 12-13th in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and will host an energetic community of software engineers, system administrators, instructional designers and education specialists.

The keynote speaker will be MIT’s Professor Mitch Resnick, creator of Scratch and a champion of innovative tools, pedagogies and learning techniques.

During this two-day event there will be at least 17 talks, in addition to un-conference time and networking opportunities.

  • A learning analytics extension for Open edX called “Analyse”, developed by the Carlos III of Madrid University.  Presenter: Jose A. Ruiperez-Valiente.
  • Building successful Open edX instructors from non-faculty domain experts. Presenters: Julie Mullen, Lauren Edwards, and Vijay Gadepally.
  • Building the Plane While Flying it – Migrating an Existing MOOC to edX. Presenters: Mike Bifulco, Andrew Miller, Jeremy Osborn, and Michael Bingham-Hawk.
  • Configuration Primer. Presenter: Feanil Patel.
  • Contributing to Open edX. Presenters: Xavier Antoviaque and Sarina Canelake.
  • Deploying SPOCs in a University Institution with Open edX: What Do We Need? Presenter: Jose A. Ruiperez-Valiente.
  • Digging through the data – MoocCzar. Presenters: Andrew Dekker and John Zornig.
  • Leveraging Open Edx for Corporate Training. Presenter: Cathy Herbert.
  • Life in the Avant-Garde. Presenter: Regis Behmo.
  • MIT Learning Object Repository for Education. Presenter: Peter Wilkins.
  • Navigating Barriers to Implementation of an International Medical Training Course in Developing Nations. Presenter: Nicholus Warstadt.
  • Online Geospatial Education in Africa through the Open edX Platform: Possibilities and Limitations. Presenter: Thomas Ballatore.
  • Open edX and Adaptive Learning. Presenter: Ed Daciuk.
  • OpenStack for edX: Inside, and Out. Presenters: Adolfo Brandes and Florian Haas.
  • Pragmatic development lessons from UQx. Presenters:  Andrew Dekker and John Zornig.
  • Real Time Analytics Using ELK. Presenters:  Felipe Montoya.
  • Semantic Tagging Using Asides in Studio. Presenters: Cole Shaw and Ross Strader.

The "Open edX Con 2015" Will Take Place in Boston in Mid-October

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The Second Open edX technical conference –”Open edX Con 2015″– will take place in the Boston area in mid-October.

This two-days gathering is being designed for the Open edX community by edX.

Until July 6th, the Open edX organizing team, lead by Molly de Blanc, is receiving presentation proposals for 30-min talks through this online form.

Last year’s successful conference talks and themes are available in the official website.

On the other hand, the 2015 edX Global Forum will be held on November 8-10 in Washington DC.

Future Learning 2020 Summit – May 29-30

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Another interesting event will be the “Future Learning 2020 Summit” at the Stanford University campus on May 29-30. It will be organized by edCast and Zephyr Institute.

The First Six Badges of the Open edX Universe

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The first Open edX-based badges or micro-credentials are being issued this weekend by George Washington University’s MOOC “Practical Numerical Methods with Python”, run by the innovative Professor Lorena Barba. IBL Studios Education developed an XBlock and created the  layouts of the badges.

These six badges –hosted at Achievery.com– recognize the efforts of GW Online’s students.

This development was introduced at Harvard on November 19th during the Open edX conference. Here is the video.

See the process of a student claiming a badge on the Open edX platform below.

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Update:

The First Open edX Conference Was a Blast: Watch the Videos!

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The first Open edX conference in Cambridge, MA, brought together around 250 specialists on the edX technology and pedagogy.

Great keynotes speeches, breakout sessions, networking, a hackathon and social events. As our friend Ramón Talavera explained in his blog, “this conference was a blast”.

Many presentations were live streamed –and here are the videos–. Tweets can be found at #openedxcon and @OpenedX.

Below is an image with many of the Open edX projects. We, at IBL Studios Education, presented three platforms during the Demo Table sessions: ING Open edX (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), ISEADX Business School and LECTYA – FGSR. In addition, we demoed the first Open Badges XBlock developed by our engineering team.

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