Open edX 2018 Conference ended and a lot of interesting things happened during the event. Raccoon Gang was excited to be a keystone sponsor of this conference, and below is our brief summary of the event’s outcomes and insights.
The 5th in a row Open edX Conference 2018 was remarkable eLearning event, which attracted over three hundred developers, educators, and business professionals. All participants attended the keynotes, lightning talks and multiple conversations in spacious lecture halls of HEC Montréal University.
Open edX in general achieved astonishing results over these 5 years:
More than 35 million learners on edx.org and multiple Open edX installations in total
More than 1500 sites running Open edX instances worldwide (700 appearing within the last year)
More than 7,000 courses published on these sites (2,000 added within last year)
Reimagine Education Goals for 2022
Open edX not only puts and achieves its goals but also makes eLearning more accessible every year. Anant Agarwal, CEO of EdX.org, singled out 5 main areas of work for the next 5 years:
Education Access - expanding access to education on the truly global scale; reaching to 100M learners with further platform internationalization
Quality Education - leveraging the power of digital technology for learning (AI powered personalized learning, VR and AR), and deploying analytics for learner engagement.
Lifelong Education - establishing life-learning for all community of learners
Omnichannel Education - transforming the delivery of education through an omnichannel approach
Modular Education - building a fully modular model for education with MicroMasters programs and mentoring services
Delivering a keynote at Open edX 2018 conference, Columbia’s Researcher Fiona Hollands presented her recent study “MOOCS 2025”, where she made two predictions about the future of MOOCs in general:
Long-awaited Open edX Hawthorn release was announced at the conference. The main insights of release were presented by Marco Morales, edX Product Manager:
Open edX and SSO
Sergey Movchan, CEO @ Raccoon Gang, explained why Single-Sign On is so important in eLearning environment and how Raccoon Gang implements SSO in Open edX:
Lightning Talk: What’s new in SCORM Xblock
Natalia Vynogradenko, Instructional Designer @ Raccoon Gang, described the best practices of SCORM Xblock settings in Open edX platform:
Lightning Talk: Open edX Learners Global Analytics (OLGA)
Sergey Movchan, CEO @ Raccoon Gang presented the tool that is able to collect global Open edX instances and learners statistics:
Lightning Talk: RG analytics 1.0
Sergiy Movchan presented the new analytics tool for Open edX, which gives not only rich insights about learners performance but also gives the opportunity to detect content related issues:
We are really satisfied with the outcomes of this conference. We met old partners and made new friends. We learned a lot of new interesting ideas and showed what we are capable of. We’ll definitely take part in Open edX Conference 2019 which will be at the University of California at San Diego on March 26-28, 2019. See you there!
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