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2017 Open edX Conference
23 - 26 May
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
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Tuesday, May 23
 

09:30

Registration
Note: We do not have food or coffee available during registration before the tutorials

Tuesday May 23, 2017 09:30 - 10:00
Auditorio Lobby

10:00

Devstack installfest
Please complete the prework at https://openedx.atlassian.net/wiki/display/COMM/Open+edX+2017+Installfest+Pre-work
before arriving at the installfest. The in-person time will be reserved for troubleshooting as much as possible!

Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00 - 11:15
4.1.E06

10:00

Devstack installfest
Please complete the prework at https://openedx.atlassian.net/wiki/display/COMM/Open+edX+2017+Installfest+Pre-work
before arriving at the installfest. The in-person time will be reserved for troubleshooting as much as possible!

Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00 - 11:15
4.1.D01

11:30

Building an XBlock from scratch using edX cookiecutter template.
Limited Capacity filling up

XBlocks is a powerful plug-in mechanism for Open edX platform. However, learning to create XBlocks is not trivial - and learning to create maintainable and easy to evolve XBlock is even harder. In this session we’ll talk about how to give new XBlock a good starting point by using cookiecutter template specifically designed for new XBlocks by edX.

Speakers
avatar for Eugeny Kolpakov

Eugeny Kolpakov

Open Source Developer, OpenCraft


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:30 - 12:45
4.1.E06

11:30

UX Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Liz Cohen

Liz Cohen

UX Deisgner, edX


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:30 - 12:45
4.1.D01

14:00

Get cracking! Enabling your learners to work hands-on with Open edX and OpenStack
Limited Capacity seats available

We're big fans of self-paced online training, but also firm believers in learning-by-doing. This tutorial is a distillation of our (so far successful!) venture into in merging the two into a real-world product, using edX, OpenStack, and our own open-source glue.

We will demonstrate how to create a self-paced course that includes an LMS-accessible lab environment that will be launched, suspended, resumed, and graded automatically for each learner. Attendees will be provided OpenStack-based devstacks.

Speakers
avatar for Adolfo Brandes

Adolfo Brandes

Developer, Senior Technical Consultant, hastexo
Adolfo started out as an ESL teacher, but a gift for programming computers shaped his early career. He developed everything from an Asterisk-based PBX to the odd Linux kernel driver, including several websites and an AGPL3 Python-backed web game. Nevertheless, in his mid-thirties... Read More →
avatar for Florian Haas

Florian Haas

CEO, Principal Consultant, hastexo
Florian is an expert in high availability, distributed storage and Ceph, and an experienced technical consultant, seasoned training instructor, and technical writer. He has co-developed and delivered training across the globe, in addition to helping deploy several production clou... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 14:00 - 15:15
4.1.E06

14:00

Machine Learning for Open edX - Transcripts and Translations
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Using IBM Watson for machine generated transcripting and translations

Speakers
KM

Krishan Meetoo

Founder, Proversity


Tuesday May 23, 2017 14:00 - 15:15
4.1.D01

15:30

Code Grading at Scale
Limited Capacity filling up

Stepik is the code grading tool which supports dozens of programming languages from Python to Haskell, and which graded more than 5 million code submissions over the last 3 years. We will show how to create programming assignments on Stepik and how to use them in Open edX courses.

Speakers
avatar for Nikolay Vyahhi

Nikolay Vyahhi

Founder, Stepik


Tuesday May 23, 2017 15:30 - 16:45
4.1.D01

15:30

SSO and third-party authentication in Open edX: theory and practice
Limited Capacity seats available

An overview of the theory and practice of implementing SSO and third-party authentication (TPA), answering the big questions, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of OAuth and SAML, and giving some practical examples.

Speakers
avatar for Maximiliano Fernandez

Maximiliano Fernandez

Software Engineer, Appsembler


Tuesday May 23, 2017 15:30 - 16:45
4.1.E06

16:30

Monthly Ops hangout LIVE!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join Feanil and others for the monthly remote ops hangout, live in person but also available to remote attendees.

See the agenda here: https://openedx.atlassian.net/wiki/display/OpenOPS/2017-05-23+Hangout+Agenda+and+Notes


Speakers
avatar for Feanil Patel

Feanil Patel

Devops Engineer, edX Inc.


Tuesday May 23, 2017 16:30 - 17:30
4.1.F03
 
Wednesday, May 24
 

08:30

Registration / Breakfast
Wednesday May 24, 2017 08:30 - 10:00
Auditorio Lobby

10:00

Keynote - Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX
Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00 - 10:45
Auditorio

10:45

State of Open edX
Speakers
avatar for Joel Barciauskas

Joel Barciauskas

Engineering Manager, Open edX, edX
Engineering manager for the Open edX team here at edX, looking forward to talking to the community about what you all are doing with the platform and how we can work together to build the best platform for online education in the world!


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Auditorio

12:00

Lunch
Wednesday May 24, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Cafeteria

13:05

Learning in the Open: A Strategic Approach to MOOC Development
This session would review the University of Edinburgh’s strategy for online learning which has been developed over the past 5 years. The presentation reflects on the influence of successful online Master’s courses, Faculty engagement and the experience of growing MOOCS across 4 platforms. In order to make further progress we identify 7 key issues relating to learner behaviour in MOOCs which need to be resolved.

Speakers
avatar for Sir Timothy O'Shea

Sir Timothy O'Shea

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Edinburgh
Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea is currently Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh. He obtained a BSc in Mathematics and Experimental Psychology from Sussex and a PhD in Computer Based Learning from Leeds University. He then worked as a researcher in the Computer Science Department of the University of Texas at Austin, the Bionics Research Lab, Edinburgh and the Systems Concepts Lab, Xerox PARC. He held an Open University personal chair in Information Technology and Education and was later appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor. In 1997 he was elected Master of Birkbeck and subsequently appointed Provost of Gresham College and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, holding the three posts concurrently before returning to Edinburgh as Principal in 2002. Sir Timothy is currently serving as Chair of: the Scottish Institute for Enterprise; the Board of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society; the Coursera University Advisory Board; and Chair of the Newbattle Abbey College Trust. He is Convener of the Scottish... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 13:05 - 13:40
Salon de Grados

13:05

The future of front-end development in Open edX ('FedX')
Speakers
avatar for Ari Rizzitano

Ari Rizzitano

software engineer, accessibility, edX


Wednesday May 24, 2017 13:05 - 13:40
4.1.D03

13:05

Visualizing course data using VizIT
When running MOOCs, instructors, administrators, and designers alike often settle for shallow heuristics of success (such as retention rate) or overly specific data (such as percentage of learners who watch a certain video for a certain duration). Borrowing from the information sciences, learning sciences, and instructional design, UBC created a dashboard (VizIT) that focuses on day-to-day MOOC operations at the single- and multiple-course levels. VizIT emphasizes relationship between course structure and engagement, offers an intuitive understanding of learning in the course, and provides success metrics and actionable information.

Speakers
PL

Pan Luo

Programmer Analyst, University of British Columbia
avatar for Ido Roll

Ido Roll

Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation, University of British Columbia
Technology can | Help folks be eager learners | Fruitful in context
avatar for Derek White

Derek White

Senior Manager, University of British Columbia


Wednesday May 24, 2017 13:05 - 13:40
4.1.E06

13:45

Contributing to Insights & the Analytics Pipeline
The Open edX Insights Dashboard displays an ever-growing set of analytics data gleaned from learner activity in your courses. But what to do if you have data and reporting questions that the dashboard doesn't answer? In this talk, we will provide an overview of Insights and the Analytics pipeline, discuss the data that drives it. We'll present a use case from Harvard Kennedy School for their recent contributions to Insights and the Analytics pipeline. Finally, we'll discuss best practices for designing and contributing large changes to the Open edX platform.

Speakers
avatar for Jillian Vogel

Jillian Vogel

Senior Open Source Developer, OpenCraft
BW

Brian Wilson

Data Engineer, edX



Wednesday May 24, 2017 13:45 - 14:20
4.1.E06

13:45

Digital Learning 2.0: Learning that sticks
How can you create digital learning that sticks? For online learning to yield tangible results, a number of elements need to be deployed in parallel and constantly adjusted throughout the learner’s journey. In this session we will examine the 7 key success factors which ensure that learners are not only engaged, but also transfer their learning into meaningful actions in their professional and personal contexts

Speakers
avatar for Paul Hunter

Paul Hunter

Director, Corporate Learning Network, IMD


Wednesday May 24, 2017 13:45 - 14:20
4.1.D03

13:45

Muckup night: MOOCs – Mistakes from Marketing to Materials
What are the top ten mistakes people make when developing MOOCs? As a national platform which brings together courses from a wide range of academic institutions, Campus-IL has been able to identify the most common mistakes in MOOCs. In this highly practical session, attendees will learn how to avoid these errors and develop successful courses.

Speakers
avatar for Eran Raviv

Eran Raviv

CEO, Campus-IL


Wednesday May 24, 2017 13:45 - 14:20
Salon de Grados

14:25

Adaptive Learning in an edX Course
Researchers and course designers from Harvard, in partnership with Tutorgen, implemented an adaptive learning approach in the edX course, Super-Earths and Life. This session will discuss several technological and research components of our work: development of an LTI tool for adaptive sequencing of course components based on real-time activity, integrating resultant learner data with edX research data, and the general incorporation of adaptivity into course design. Results from our Super-Earths experiment will be highlighted in terms of learner outcomes and engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Ang

Andrew Ang

Research Data Engineer, Harvard University


Wednesday May 24, 2017 14:25 - 15:00
Salon de Grados

14:25

Internationalization at edX
Speakers
avatar for Bill DeRusha

Bill DeRusha

Engineering Manager, edX
I am an engineering manager on the Learner team at edX. I am currently working on our internationalization roadmap. Happy to talk about i18n, micro-services or anything regarding our engineering roadmap!
avatar for Jasper Ho

Jasper Ho

Product Manager, edX
I'm a product manager on the edX Learner team and currently working on internationalization (i18n) & localization (l10n) of our marketing site !


Wednesday May 24, 2017 14:25 - 15:00
4.1.D03

14:25

Using peer assessment and peer instruction to improve competence and instigate real change in online corporate learning
Presentation of a design solutions that improves competence and instigate real change in corporate online learning using the Open edX’s peer assessement and peer instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Henrik J. Mondrup

Henrik J. Mondrup

Henrik J Mondrup
I am interested in creating MOOCs that integrates social learning.


Wednesday May 24, 2017 14:25 - 15:00
4.1.E06

15:00

Coffee
Wednesday May 24, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Auditorio Lobby

15:30

Creating Synergies Among Institutions in Higher and Continuing Education: Flipped Classrooms and Project-Based Learning with Open edX
IONISx is the online learning branch of IONIS Education Group, the leading private higher education group in France (20 schools, 23,000 students). IONISx began developing MOOCs in 2013. Starting in 2014, IONISx turned its focus to degree-granting programs, creating flipped classrooms for over 5,000 undergraduate engineering and business students and project-based learning for continuing education master’s degrees. Producing collaborative modular content in Open edX and carefully designing learning scenarios proved to be the keys to success.
In our talk, we’ll look back on these experiences and show you some of the tools and methods we recommend.

Speakers
ID

Isabelle Druet

Pedagogical Engineer, IONISx
avatar for Badi Ibrahim

Badi Ibrahim

Director of Digital Learning, IONISx
Managing Director @IONISx, Director of Digital Learning @IONIS Education Group


Wednesday May 24, 2017 15:30 - 16:05
4.1.D03

15:30

EdX Enterprise: endeavour into corporate learning
“Lifelong Learner” is a concept embraced by most modern educational institutions and from the corporate sector - more and more enterprises encourage their employees to obtain new skills and knowledge. This talk will introduce how Open edX and edx.org are evolving to support increasing demand in this sector - the edx-enterprise (aka ENT) project.

Speakers
avatar for Brittney Exline

Brittney Exline

Senior Software Engineer, edX
avatar for Eugeny Kolpakov

Eugeny Kolpakov

Open Source Developer, OpenCraft
avatar for Jesse Shapiro

Jesse Shapiro

Senior Open Source Developer, OpenCraft


Wednesday May 24, 2017 15:30 - 16:05
4.1.E06

15:30

Seamlessly Deploying A Scalable, High Availability Open edX Solution on Microsoft Azure
Hosting an enterprise grade infrastructure for Open edX on Microsoft Azure is not only possible but straight forward and cost effective. Learn how the Microsoft Learning Engineering team achieved this, what thinking led to the design and configuration, and the resources and tools we're sharing with the community.

Speakers
avatar for Elton Carr

Elton Carr

Microsoft Inc


Wednesday May 24, 2017 15:30 - 16:05
Salon de Grados

16:15

Keynote - Vincent Zimmer, founder, Kiron
Speakers
avatar for Vincent Zimmer

Vincent Zimmer

CEO / Co-Founder, Kiron gGmbH
Vincent Zimmer is a Co-Founder of Kiron Open Higher Education, a blended learning educational platform for refugees. He completed two master’s degree study programmes, “International Economics” at the Georg-August-University Göttingen and “Public Policy and Administration” at the London School of Economics. Vincent Zimmer has a lot of experience in the startup area, and has been already involved in several foundings. Furthermore he worked in a consultancy... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Auditorio

17:00

Reception
Wednesday May 24, 2017 17:00 - 18:30
Courtyard
 
Thursday, May 25
 

09:00

Registration / Breakfast
Thursday May 25, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Auditorio Lobby

10:00

Solving Online Learning's Next Big Challenge
Speakers

Thursday May 25, 2017 10:00 - 10:05
Auditorio

10:05

Keynote - Nick van Dam, Global CLO, McKinsey & Co. - LEARN or LOSE
Speakers
avatar for Nick van Dam

Nick van Dam

Global Chief Learning Officer, McKinsey & Co.
Nick is an internationally recognized advisor, author, speaker, and thought leader on Corporate Learning & Development.  | | He is a partner, Global Chief Learning Officer and Client Advisor at McKinsey & Company. Nick is a visiting professor at Nyenrode Business University and... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:05 - 10:40
Auditorio

10:45

Canal Fundación ONCE @ UNED: Open edX accessibility in practice
In this session we will introduce the project in which Fundación ONCE and UNED, the second largest university in Europe, have improved the accessibility of UNED’s Open edX Dogwood instance. One of the most relevant milestones of the project is the plan to contribute with the evidence-based findings back to the Open edX community.

Speakers
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Vicente Goyanes

CEO, TELTEK Video Research
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Alejandro Rodriguez-Ascaso

Lecturer, Universidad Nacional Educación a Distancia (UNED)


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:45 - 11:20
4.1.E06

10:45

Case Study: Microsoft Open edX for Corporate Learning and Professional Training Syndication
Learning is an important attribute of the Microsoft culture and growth mindset and our business of learning supports our broader Microsoft mission by providing technical skills to enable every person to achieve more. Our work to support employee, partner and customer readiness and enable digital transformation leverages Open edX. We’ll share how we use Open edX to expand our reach through partners and to innovate Learning experiences for internal training for employees, for our partners and end customers.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Lesser

Carolyn Lesser

Director of Engineering, Microsoft Corporation


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:45 - 11:20
Salon de Grados

10:45

Xblocks and beyond: Extending Open edX
This talk presents our findings about best practices for extending the use of Xblocks to accomplish certain goals in open edX courses while keeping your code clean, and maintainable through open edX releases.

We will go in deep into examples of extensions to the platform that use xblocks to create new course pages, that in turn access more than only the xblock scoped data. For example course grades and certificates information.

Type of questions this answers:
what kind of info can I access in an xblock?
what can I do when the info I want is not in the list?
how to best cross the line in the xblock vs app discussion to access more data?
requirements and consequences of crossing the line
how to keep my codebase modular and extend the platform beyond the course content into the course pages?
how to keep complicated extensions to the LMS through xblocks sane and easy to port to newer named releases?

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.


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:45 - 11:20
4.1.D03

11:25

Evolution of edX LMS and Studio Architecture
The LMS and Studio architecture has evolved in many ways over the last few years and we are actively developing its future.

We'll touch upon the evolution of:
* our current technology-concerned monolith towards a business-centric monolith
* django-independent xBlock runtimes to django-dependent xBlocks
* decoupling of LMS and Studio via extensible Block Transformers
* synchronous REST APIs to asynchronous message passing / batch processing
* grades architecture
* containerization of devstack 

Speakers
avatar for Nimisha Asthagiri

Nimisha Asthagiri

Architect, Principal Engineer, edX
I'm currently on the Educator team at edX. Recent major projects include Robust Grades, Block Transformers, and Monolith Taming.


Thursday May 25, 2017 11:25 - 12:00
4.1.E06

11:25

Open edX out of context: The Open University approach
At the Open University we have taken an alternative approach and used Open edX to develop and deliver substantial, fully-online courses to students on degree programmes, rather than MOOCs. We have achieved a high degree of enthusiasm amongst academics for directly authoring in Open edX. This, in turn, has revolutionised the materials we have delivered to students and enhanced their learning experience.

Speakers
avatar for Chantine Bradstock

Chantine Bradstock

Senior Project Manager, The Open University
I am the Senior Project Manager for an innovative technologies project at The Open University. I am responsible for reviewing our current working practices against how we work with the new technologies that we trial. | | I believe change is constant and practice a systemic a... Read More →
avatar for Angela L. Coe

Angela L. Coe

Senior Lecturer, The Open University
Academic at The Open University, UK. Passionate about preparing engaging and effective teaching materials. Experienced Earth scientist, with expertise in distance education, writing text books and leading and conducting teaching and scientific research projects. Led and authored... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Harrington

Matthew Harrington

Learning Environments Specialist, The Open University
Dabbler newbie developer, game designer, composer, hat wearer. | | Responsible for (amongst other things) training academic and support staff in using Open edX at the Open University in the UK as part of Project Minerva, a strategic project investigating new methods of curr... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 11:25 - 12:00
4.1.D03

11:25

Panel discussion: Recent Innovations in Corporate Learning
Attendees will gain insight from leading Open edX practitioners about how they achieved their strategic business goals through innovative uses of the platform. This will include how they used Open edX to drive revenue, cost savings, customer engagement, and other goals.Panel discussion with organizations on the cutting edge of e-learning deployment exploring the Innovations they made to achieve strategic goals using Open edX. Panelists will provide:

Project description
Top three lessons learned (success and failures)
Strategic impact
Revenue uplift
Cost savings
Other useful success metrics
Projections for the next twelve months

Speakers
avatar for Harry Klein

Harry Klein

VP of Customer Success, Appsembler
I head up Customer Success for Appsembler. Let's talk about innovative ideas about how people are using Open edX to accomplish their strategic goals. Attendees will gain insight from leading Open edX practitioners about how they achieved their strategic business goals through in... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 11:25 - 12:00
Salon de Grados

12:00

Lunch
Thursday May 25, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Cafeteria

13:00

Lightning talks - Engagement track
Implementing Open edX for personalised Executive Education
Vincent du Sordet, Alberto Brigneti, IMD international

Why Global Knowledge has opted to utilize edX for 250,000 IT technology
Kevin Pawsey, Global Knowledge

Enabling Gamification to drive User Engagement and Course Completion
Chinmay Nivargi, Aneesh Nainani, Eyal Shelly, Rahul Shenoy, Applied Materials

How to implement marketing and communication techniques with Open edX
Eduardo Serrano Luque, BeDjango (Emergya) & INTEF Educalab

Social Engagement Framework for MOOCs Sustainability in Higher Education
Nor Fadzleen Binti Sa don, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 

From chalk and talk to anywhere, anytime learning
Pedro Moneo, Opinno

Thursday May 25, 2017 13:00 - 13:40
Salon de Grados

13:00

Lightning talks - Localization & technology track
Localized Math on the edX Platform
Omar Al-Ithawi, Edraak

Javascript tools to enhance a language MOOC
Carlos Turro, Leonardo Salom, Ignacio Despujol, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia

Building a multilingual platform
Pierre Mailhot/Robert Gérin-Lajoie EDUlib/Université de Montréal

edX cookiecutter templates
Eugeny Kolpakov, Opencraft

XBlocks vs LTI's: The Winner is Both
Dr Aneesha Bakharia, The University of Queensland

Open edX and OAuth2: Scalable Extensions to the Platform
Miguel Amigot Jr, IBL Education
 

Thursday May 25, 2017 13:00 - 13:40
4.1.E06

13:00

Lightning talks - Video track
Open edX Video XBlock
Peter Koblyakov, RaccoonGang and Nate Aune, Appsembler

Rich-video recording and management solution for Open edX
Vicente Goyanes de Miguel, TELTEK Video Research

Videofront: a self-hosted Youtube
Régis Behmo

Producing state-of-the-art videos in a studio using the latest educational techniques
Michael Amigot, IBL Education

TokyoTechX’s Effective TA MOOC Training Program: Utilizing Online Resources
Saya Goto and Jeffrey S. Cross, Tokyo Institute of Technology 

Experience of Controlling of Examination Process
Taras Pustovoy, National Platform of Open Education of Russia:


Thursday May 25, 2017 13:00 - 13:40
4.1.D03

13:45

Applying Blooms Taxonomy to Open edX
Teach First is a social enterprise registered as a charity which aims to address educational disadvantage in England and Wales. Using Open edX we have developed a series of courses to deliver professional development across the whole of the UK.

This is an update to Bloom's Revised Taxonomy specifically for an Open edX world which attempts to account for the new behaviours and actions emerging as technology advances and becomes more ubiquitous.

Bloom's Revised Taxonomy describes many traditional classroom practices, behaviours and actions, but does not account for the new processes and actions associated with advances in technology. 


Thursday May 25, 2017 13:45 - 14:20
4.1.E06

13:45

Open edX and edX.org Strength Together--Partnering for Success
Speakers
avatar for Sasha Norkin

Sasha Norkin

VP Marketing and Communication, edX.org
About edx.org and the in-demand and valuable courses and programs edx.org offers.


Thursday May 25, 2017 13:45 - 14:20
4.1.D03

13:45

The wild west of High Availability in Open edX
When the time comes to setup an Open edX deployment that needs to achieve 99.99% uptime, you're on your own. In this relatively high level talk, we'll discuss a variety of solutions for solving common operations problems when running a Highly Available Open edX deployment.

Speakers
avatar for Feanil Patel

Feanil Patel

Devops Engineer, edX Inc.


Thursday May 25, 2017 13:45 - 14:20
Salon de Grados

14:25

Closing Global Achievement Gaps in MOOCs: Creating Psychologically Welcoming Learning Environments
Our research demonstrates practical, scalable techniques that close persistence and completion gaps for marginalized learners by creating a psychologically welcoming learning environments. Specifically, we experimentally tested brief social psychological interventions in two MOOCs (total N = 3,451), which effectively closed persistence gaps by reducing social identity threat. These interventions require less than ten minutes for learners to complete and can be delivered at scale with high fidelity in almost any online learning environment.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Saltarelli

Andy Saltarelli

Senior Director, Teaching Design & Practice, Stanford University
Andy Saltarelli, PhD is an instructional designer for the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning (vpol.stanford.edu). He provides expertise in online course development and design to faculty from all disciplines. Andy has extensive experience in learner-based course desig... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 14:25 - 15:00
Salon de Grados

14:25

Delivering an online master's degree program on Open edX
University of Notre Dame recently announced their first online masters degree program and it will run on Open edX. ExtensionEngine, an edX partner, is customizing Open edX to create a branded experience that supports the program's pedagogy. Furqan Nazeeri, partner at ExtensionEngine, will discuss the program and how Open edX is being customized and deployed to support it.

Speakers
avatar for Furqan Nazeeri

Furqan Nazeeri

Partner, ExtensionEngine
Furqan Nazeeri is a Partner at ExtensionEngine, a consulting services firm that specializes in online education platform and course content development. With a team of over 200, Furqan has worked with universities, corporations and other learning organizations including Harvard... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 14:25 - 15:00
4.1.E06

14:25

Extending Open edX to support blended learning at MIT
In this talk, we would like to share our experience using Open edX for blended learning at MIT. We will talk about the tools we use to accomplish this, how we support our faculty, course teams, and students, and then present examples of innovations in teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Peter  Pinch

Peter Pinch

Associate Director of Engineering, Office of Digital Learning, MIT
I work for the Office of Digital Learning at MIT, which is at the crossroads of MicroMasters, OpenCourseWare, MOOCs and experimental digital learning.
avatar for Saif Rayyan

Saif Rayyan

Digital Learning Scientist, MIT
avatar for Shelly  Upton

Shelly Upton

Manager of Educational Technology, MITx, MIT


Thursday May 25, 2017 14:25 - 15:00
4.1.D03

15:00

Coffee
Thursday May 25, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Auditorio Lobby

15:30

EdX Kickstarter: Crowdfunding and Collaborating on Open edX & edX.org Contributions
Is there any functionality or tool you are currently missing in Open edX or edX.org? This talk will show you how organizations using Open edX collaborate, to ensure the functionalities they need get developed and contributed to the project -- quickly, and at a fraction of the total development cost.

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... Read More →
avatar for Yoav Caspin

Yoav Caspin

CTO, Digital Israel, Campus-IL
Hi there! | we @ Digital Israel (Israel's National Digital Bureau) are building Campus.gov.il, our national online learning platform (based on open edX). | | The open edX con is a wonderful place to hear, learn and share ideas about the future of online education, roadmaps... Read More →
avatar for Julie Goff

Julie Goff

Director of Engagement / Digital Learning, Davidson College
avatar for Peter  Pinch

Peter Pinch

Associate Director of Engineering, Office of Digital Learning, MIT
I work for the Office of Digital Learning at MIT, which is at the crossroads of MicroMasters, OpenCourseWare, MOOCs and experimental digital learning.
avatar for Eran Raviv

Eran Raviv

CEO, Campus-IL


Thursday May 25, 2017 15:30 - 16:05
Salon de Grados

15:30

How we Beautifully and Quickly engage students on iOS and Android
Here at Appsembler, my job is to make it easy for organizations to launch iPhone and Android applications for their course websites. Today, I’ll tell you a bit about what pieces we’ve simplified so far and what we’re doing next, to make it even easier.

Speakers
avatar for J'aime Ohm

J'aime Ohm

iOS & Android Developer, Appsembler
Mobile apps for iOS and Android


Thursday May 25, 2017 15:30 - 16:05
4.1.E06

15:30

What's new in Studio? Assessments & Content Libraries
In this session we will review the most recent functionality course authors can use to assess their learners. These features will enable course authors to add more rigor to their assessments, and help guard against dishonesty. 

Topics include:
- Peer Instruction
- Drag and Drop
- Prerequisite Subsections
- Timed Exams
- Content Libraries 
 

Speakers
avatar for Ben Piscopo

Ben Piscopo

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



Thursday May 25, 2017 15:30 - 16:05
4.1.D03

16:10

From funnel to tunnel: a new Open edX distribution
We are creating a distribution of Open edX, for providing a hybrid learning experience, including an integrated facility for face-to-face video interaction between groups of learners and respective mentors. This distribution will be built on Open edX as the core, will incorporate configurable microsites, and will enhance assessment framework through XBlocks.
This talk deals with extending and integrating the platform. It will benefit those attendees, who wish to offer such courses and wish to use the extended platform, with useful enhancements providing required features.

The distribution will contain:
1. Configurable Drupal Microsite to act as Open edX Frontend
Configurable CMS for creating and modifying information and promotion pages for Open edX platform. Content Managers can configure, add, modify, view and delete information pages. It comes along with handbook with simple changes to Open edX settings to integrate with Drupal. It will mostly work independent of Open edX platform releases.
2. MIS Interface for Local Monitoring - Microsite
In a hybrid offering, a local teacher/mentor wishes the learners to learn from both, the MOOC offering and the face-to-face interaction.
An online interface where the mentor tags his/her cohort and views the progress of cohort members in the MOOC. The interface will contain information for course team on how various cohorts are progressing. These cohorts can be defined over and above the cohorts that exist in the Open edX courses.
3. Enhancement of assessment framework
The assessment framework is being enhanced to meet the needs of those courses where assessment cannot be done through conventional means. These include cases requiring assessments of correct usage of tools and techniques, measurement of precision, unconventional modes of submission of assessment responses such as audio clips, videos or photographs, or customization of the assessment environment.

Speakers
avatar for Dr Deepak Phatak

Dr Deepak Phatak

Professor, IIT Bombay
Dr Phatak is a teacher, working with IIT Bombay since 1971


Thursday May 25, 2017 16:10 - 16:45
Salon de Grados

16:10

The Evolution of Open edX Theming
We will look at available approaches to theming Open edX sites and how the approaches have been changing over the history of Open edX. We will look at motivations, benefits, and drawbacks of each technique with a focus on the most recent ("comprehensive theming") approach.

Speakers

Thursday May 25, 2017 16:10 - 16:45
4.1.E06

16:10

What's new in Studio? Learner Engagement
In this session we will cover the newest Studio functionality that supports learner enagement. These features enable course authors to create focused discussion areas for learner collaboration, and to differentiate content for different audiences' needs through cohorts and content groups.

- Teams
- Cohorts
- Content Groups
- Peer Instruction


Speakers
avatar for Ben Piscopo

Ben Piscopo

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



Thursday May 25, 2017 16:10 - 16:45
4.1.D03
 
Friday, May 26
 

09:00

Project day

This year, we will host a "project day" where edX and community engineers can share their project ideas, collaborate on designs, pair program and get feedback. We will have a short kickoff and wrap-up to share your project ideas and what you accomplished and learned during the day. Share your idea for a project on the Open edX conference wiki.



Friday May 26, 2017 09:00 - 16:30
Library

09:00

Introduction to Studio
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Sorry but this training session is full!

This training session is for new course authors and instructors who want to design and develop a course in Studio, edX's course authoring software. The onsite training builds on pre-work that will be distributed to registrants in advance. After completing the assignments and training, you will have the skills and tools necessary to build and deploy your own course.

You must have access to an edX Studio environment and bring your laptop as this is a hands-on training. If you are an edX partner, you can use the Edge environment to use Studio; and if you are an Open edX partner you can use the installation of Studio that you can access. 

Who Should Attend?

 If your role includes any of the following activities, then this training is for you.

  • Design and hands-on course development
  • Running a course in the edX platform 
  • Administration and maintenance
Please register at the registration link below - not through Sched - to be added as a training participant and receive the pre-work assignment.

Questions? Please email imorris@edx.org.

Register for Training Here





 

Speakers
avatar for Ben Piscopo

Ben Piscopo

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



Friday May 26, 2017 09:00 - 16:30
Library