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Open edX: an Open-source MOOC Platform

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Open edX is an open-source platform for delivering online courses. It’s in use by the 31 member universities of (Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, etc), as well as Stanford, Google, and many other colleges and universities.

We are still in early days of education online. MOOCs are the latest in teaching people over the internet, but we still have much to learn about what works best. EdX has a dual mission of teaching the world, and learning how people learn online.

We’ve open-sourced our software so that others can use it to author and run courses, and to help us find what works best. By widening our potential contributor pool, we hope to accelerate the development of the best teaching technology.

This talk will describe the platform and show you ways to participate, as a course author, tool developer, or offering institution.

James Tauber


James Tauber is an Australian web developer and entrepreneur now based in Boston. He has been involved in open source, Web standards and Python for over 15 years.

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David Baumgold


David Baumgold is a web developer and open source advocate based in the Boston, Massachusetts area. He enjoys teaching, learning, and connecting interesting people with each other. He genuinely believes that everything will all work out in the end, somehow.