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Tuesday, May 29
 

9:00am

Getting Started with Open edX Development
So you want to become an Open edX developer? This workshop will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge for understanding all of Open edX's moving parts, and how to get started customizing and deploying your own Open edX site. See the latest slides at https://appsembler.github.io/2018-openedx-developer-workshop/

Speakers
avatar for Nimisha Asthagiri

Nimisha Asthagiri

Principal Architect, edX
Hey all! I look forward to meeting you and working together to develop an impactful shared vision for the future of Open edX architecture.
avatar for Nate Aune

Nate Aune

CEO/Founder, Appsembler
I'm the CEO and Founder of Appsembler, a Boston-based company providing services around Open edX, an e-learning platform for easily authoring and delivering online courses. I like to talk with folks about Docker, PaaS, Open Source, Open edX, e-Learning, Django, jazz.



Tuesday May 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Saint-Hyacinthe Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

9:00am

Learner Engagement: Mix it up!
Quality learning experiences don’t happen by accident - they take time, creativity, and evidence-based practices. In this workshop, you’ll learn ways to boost learner engagement in a MOOC by leveraging active learning and peer learning opportunities.

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 Council... Read More →



  • Optional Account Registration fo Attendees may register for an LMS account to complete activities. Click "Account Registration" button above.

9:00am

Learning interoperability standards support in Open edX
Developing high quality learning materials is hard. It becomes even harder if it is not possible to reuse and extend already existing ones. In this workshop we'll discuss a few major learning interoperability standards such as SCORM and LTI and take a look at their support levels in Open edX.

Speakers
avatar for Eugeny Kolpakov

Eugeny Kolpakov

Senior Open Source Developer, Opencraft


Tuesday May 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Rimouski Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

9:00am

Running and Developing Open edX in Devstack - Docker Edition
Learn how to use the latest release of devstack (on Docker!) to run Open edX and perform common development tasks.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Bowman

Jeremy Bowman

Principal Software Engineer, edX
I'm passionate about education, educational technology, and developer productivity. I especially welcome conversations involving testing, static code analysis, Docker, Django, and Python packaging.


Tuesday May 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada
  • Requirements for this workshop Docker on Windows not supported. If using Windows, please run Docker inside a Linux VM.

10:40am

Maintainable Open edX Extensions
This workshop will show attendees how to add modular features to Open edX. There are a variety of ways to customize Open edX depending on the use case. We will go over a few different modern methods of extending or adding new features to Open edX.

Speakers
TG

Tomasz Gargas

Senior Open Source Developer, OpenCraft
JM

Josh McLaughlin

Senior Open Source Developer, OpenCraft


Tuesday May 29, 2018 10:40am - 12:10pm
Saint-Hyacinthe Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

10:40am

Open edX from scratch
With how complex the Open edX configuration repository has become, it is easy to lose track of what is going on during a playbook run to install Open edX. In this workshop we outline how to set up Open edX from scratch, without using the Ansible playbooks, to get a better understanding of the requirements and mechanics of an Open edX installation. This knowledge helps designing custom Open edX hosting solutions.

If you want to participate in the hands-on exercises, you will need to download and install some software well before the workshop.  Please do this before the conference, since you probably won't be able to download this via the local wifi at the conference venue.

Speakers
avatar for Sven Marnach

Sven Marnach

Senior Open Source Developer, Opencraft
avatar for Joseph Mulloy

Joseph Mulloy

DevOps Engineer, edX



Tuesday May 29, 2018 10:40am - 12:10pm
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

10:40am

Should I be a Video?
Video is resource intensive and is only one of the delivery methods for online course content. In this workshop, Clayton Hainsworth (Content Production Manager, edX) and Ben Piscopo (Learning Designer, edX) will provide you with diagnostic tools that you can use when making decisions about videos in a MOOC.

Speakers
avatar for Clayton Hainsworth

Clayton Hainsworth

Content Production Manager, edX
Clayton Hainsworth is the Content Production Manager for edX. He manages a team of video producers and editors at edX. He has been involved in all aspects of academic video production and distance education for the past 17 years of his career. He attended Emerson College in Boston... Read More →
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 Council... Read More →


  • Optional Account Registration fo Attendees may register for an LMS account to complete activities. Click "Account Registration" button above.

10:40am

Studio Frontend - Develop on the edX Platform Using Modern Frontend Technology
Have you wanted to develop using modern front end tooling within the Open edX platform? Studio-frontend offers (for the most-part) a Python-free experience for developers to build pages outside of the edx-platform using modern FED technologies, including React, Redux, and ES6. The pages can then be installed as an NPM package. In this workshop, we'll show you how to do this in Studio. Bring your computer and follow along!

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Hallada

Tyler Hallada

Software Engineer, edX
avatar for Dennis Jen

Dennis Jen

Software Development Manager, edX



Tuesday May 29, 2018 10:40am - 12:10pm
Rimouski Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

1:20pm

Advanced uses of ORAs
Interested in taking your Open Response Assessments to the next level? Join Udo Ouwerkerk (Instructional Designer, TU Delft) and Ben Piscopo (Learning Designer, edX) for a workshop that will prepare you to setup and administer ORAs for high-quality MOOCs.

Speakers
UO

Udo Ouwerkerk

Instructional designer, Delft University of Technology
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 Council... Read More →


  • Requirements for this workshop All attendees must register for an LMS account beforehand! Click "Account Registration" button above

1:20pm

Building Custom Analytics Tools using D4M
The Open edX platform provides very rich data that can be used for tracking student progress, improving content, and answering research questions. Many of these goals can be accomplished using the Open edX Insights tool, but occasionally more custom tools are required. This tutorial will show how to build custom analytics tools using the open source D4M library.

We are aiming to make this tutorial hands-on! The code, notebooks, and data used in this tutorial is available through github. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop and follow along! All dependencies and setup instructions are detailed on the github page and we ask that those following along download and install the dependencies ahead of time.

Click here for the code and material for this tutorial.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Milechin

Lauren Milechin

Research Staff, MIT


Tuesday May 29, 2018 1:20pm - 2:50pm
Saint-Hyacinthe Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

1:20pm

Deployment For Small Institutions
We'll be taking a deep-dive on how to install, configure and support small single-server implementations for budget-constrained institutions. We'll focus on how to successfully deploy and support the Open edX platform in cases where there are only one or fewer dedicated IT resources assigned to the project and the operating budget for the platform is in the hundreds of dollars per month.

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence McDaniel

Lawrence McDaniel

Full Stack Developer, lawrencemcdaniel.com
I am a freelance developer specializing in responsive web and mobile app development using Angular, Ionic, Wordpress and Amazon Web Services. I know about data science, machine learning, business analytics, forecasting systems and predictive analytics. And in a parallel universe I... Read More →



Tuesday May 29, 2018 1:20pm - 2:50pm
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

1:20pm

Embedded Video Questions
Do you want to make questions or links pop up during your learner's videos? Of course - we all do! I'll show you how. This workshop dives into the javascript functions that control the edX video player and how to access them. Examples (including pop-up questions) will be shown. This session is ideal for those who do not control their own version of edX - all methods shown work within the existing core platform without adding XBlocks or changing any of the platform code.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Fredericks

Colin Fredericks

Sr. Project Lead, HarvardX
Dissatisfied with a life devoted exclusively to medicine, this speaker perfected a wide range of skills. He designed and drove high-powered automobiles. He studied bujutsu and particle physics. His skill with a sixgun was reputed to eclipse that of Wyatt Earp. He spoke a dozen languages... Read More →


Tuesday May 29, 2018 1:20pm - 2:50pm
Rimouski Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

3:00pm

iOS & Android Application InstallFest
Here at Appsembler, my job is to launch and maintain iPhone and Android applications for many course websites. In this workshop, I'll walk you through building and releasing your first mobile application to your learners.

Speakers
avatar for J'aime Ohm

J'aime Ohm

Software Engineer, Appsembler
Mobile apps for iOS and Android


Tuesday May 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Rimouski Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

3:00pm

Open edX 101 - Basic course authoring
Aimed at beginners, this session covers the very basics of creating a course in Open edX, managing it and creating content using the most basic of components. You'll work with us to create something that loosely resembles part of a course, and hopefully have some fun along the way. We'll set you up with an Open edX site to use on the day, so just bring yourself and a laptop, and get ready to collaborate.

Speakers
avatar for Cody Carson

Cody Carson

Customer Success Manager, Appsembler
As a part of the Customer Success team at Appsembler, I'm all about helping folks achieve their learning and training goals. I love learning and doing what I can to help others learn. I'm also a musician and if it's mainstream nerdy, I'm into it, so we should chat about those things... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Harrington

Matthew Harrington

Customer Success Manager, Appsembler
I'm all about how we enable instructors to create fun, effective learning experiences. I'm a fan of trying to fit as much as possible about everything into my brain - if you have something interesting to tell me about, I want to learn about it! Outside of that, I'm an avid gamer... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Pierre

Valerie Pierre

Project Manager, Appsembler
Talk to me about innovative learning solutions built on Open edX, new ideas for making learning experiences that will be impactful for learners! Let's share stories about the implementation journey of those solutions and measures of success.


3:00pm

Running Open edX in production with Docker
We will share our experience of deploying and running Open edX in production with Docker on several "white label" instances.

We strongly invite you to participate in the hands-on exercises. We'll had soon instructions to setup a working environment on your laptop.

Speakers
avatar for Julien Maupetit

Julien Maupetit

Senior developer, GIP FUN MOOC
Scientist, Developer, constantly willing to promote the Open-* movements. | | * = (Science|Source|Data|Education)
SP

Samuel Paccoud

CTO, GIP FUN MOOC


Tuesday May 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada
 
Wednesday, May 30
 

8:30am

10:00am

Reimagine Education
Anant Agarwal is the founder and CEO of edX, helping bring quality education to everyone, everywhere, and MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His keynote will address how we are working to reimagine education with edX and Open edX and what we hope to accomplish in the next 5 years

Speakers
avatar for Anant Agarwal

Anant Agarwal

CEO, edX
Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several comp... Read More →


10:30am

Keynote: MOOCs 2025
Fiona Hollands is the Associate Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Over the past 20 years, she has conducted research and evaluation on how technology impacts teaching and learning. Recent studies focused on MOOCs, on automated detectors of affect and engagement, on how decisions about acquiring education technology are made in higher education, and on the costs and benefits to learners of earning alternative credentials such as MicroMasters. She is the author of “MOOCs: Expectations and Reality,” “MOOCs in Higher Education: Institutional Goals and Paths Forward,” and “EdTech Decision-making in Higher Education.”

In her keynote, Dr. Hollands will present her most recent research findings on MOOC's and online learning initiatives, placing it in the historical context of MOOC trajectory. She will look back at past predictions about MOOCs that turned out to be right - and wrong - with possible explanations and suggestions for future developments and predictions for where MOOCs will go in 2025.


Speakers
avatar for Fiona Hollands

Fiona Hollands

Associate Director/Senior Researcher, Teachers College, Columbia
Fiona Hollands is the Associate Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Over the past 20 years, she has conducted research and evaluation on how technology impacts teaching and learning. Recent studies... Read More →


11:00am

The State of Open edX
In this keynote, we'll talk about the highlights from the past year in Open edX and all of the exciting plans we have for the coming year. From software architecture and platform to community and developer ecosystem, this talk will give you a snapshot of where things stand.

Speakers
avatar for Berkay Baykal

Berkay Baykal

Director of Open edX Business, edX
Berkay Baykal is the Director of Open edX. He has extensive experience in leading edge product and market strategy. 
avatar for Mark Haseltine

Mark Haseltine

CPO, edX
As Chief Technology Officer at edX, Mark leads our overall technology strategy and engineering efforts. Prior to joining edX, Mark was CTO, Afternic at GoDaddy where he led the development of their domain aftermarket products. He served as CTO at NameMedia which GoDaddy partially... Read More →
avatar for Adam Medros

Adam Medros

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 →
avatar for John Mark Walker

John Mark Walker

Open edX Community Lead, edX
John Mark Walker is the Open edX Community Lead for edX. He has been an open source community and ecosystems expert for 2 decades, starting with VA Linux Systems and SourceForge.net. He was the Gluster Community Leader at Red Hat, and was the product and community owner for ViPR Controller... Read More →


12:00pm

1:25pm

Building blocks for adaptivity: a modular architecture for adaptive learning implementation and research
We demonstrate a modular architecture for adaptive learning, with the goal of lowering the barriers for using and doing research on adaptive learning. As part of ALOSI (Adaptive Learning Open Source Initiative), we developed the Bridge for Adaptivity and the ALOSI adaptive engine, two open source applications supporting a common framework for experimentation that integrates several modular components. We will demonstrate the use of this system with the Microsoft MOOC on edX, "Essential Statistics for Data Analysis Using Excel", how we used various advanced features of Open EdX (LTI provider, course blocks API, import/export, content experiments) and discuss our vision for how this architecture can support compatibility with multiple learning management systems.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Ang

Andrew Ang

Research Data Engineer, Harvard University


Wednesday May 30, 2018 1:25pm - 2:00pm
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

1:25pm

CANCELLED: The Secret Life of Data in Education
In the last decades, the power of data and analytics has transformed instruction in education. Increasingly, large-scale data is available on student learning and interaction online. Much of this data represents student behavior, allowing researchers to model and track many elements of student learning that were not previously feasible at scale: engagement, affect, collaborative skill, and robust learning. In turn, these models can be used in prediction of long-term student outcomes, and to analyze the factors driving long-term success of students.

All of my research is using aggregated data from the Open edX Platform.

Speakers

Wednesday May 30, 2018 1:25pm - 2:00pm
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

1:25pm

Content is King: Making Open edX beautiful
Lessons from the frontline. This talk explores the value of creating a visual identity for courseware and using graphic systems to aid learning. It will also cover the steps needed to deliver high quality video content while staying on-brand. Finally, we'll share tools and techniques such as templating that can be used to ensure consistency when working with a large production team.

Speakers
avatar for Krishan Meetoo

Krishan Meetoo

Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Proversity
I am a Founder of Proversity, born out of a passion to leverage the disruptive power of digital learning to transform individuals and organizations, globally. | | We partner with Higher Education, Government and Enterprise to create bespoke and engaging digital learning experiences... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 1:25pm - 2:00pm
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

1:25pm

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Lessons Learned from Launching a Global Enterprise Learning Platform Based on Open edX
On September 21, 2017, Global Knowledge launched an enterprise-grade learning platform based on Open edX with over 100 courses. In this talk, we'll tell you about our experience — the good, the bad, and the ugly — covering organizational challenges, process considerations, and how we extended and integrated Open edX as part of a broader global business transformation and IT modernization initiative.

Speakers
avatar for Miguel Amigot II

Miguel Amigot II

CTO, IBL Education
Building data-driven online learning platforms at scale
avatar for Michelle Lockard

Michelle Lockard

Director of Product, Global Knowledge
avatar for Paul Tocatlian

Paul Tocatlian

Director of Engineering, Global Knowledge
Looking forward to meeting Open edX and it's developer/partner community as Global Knowledge forges ahead with its learning platform initiative. | | Global Knowledge is the world's leading learning services and professional development solutions provider. We deliver learning solutions... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 1:25pm - 2:00pm
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:10pm

Extending Open edX to Support Integration with your Enterprise Systems
Each institution has its own unique business requirements; processes which are specific to that business' operations. For those unique processes, the user interactions may occur in the context of Open edX, but the processes belong to the wider enterprise platform systems that Open edX is a member of.  This talk will explore the strategy we used to extend Open edX for integration into our enterprise systems, and what the resulting architecture became.

Speakers
SB

Samuel Boyarsky

Global Knowledge
JG

Jason Goodell

Senior Software Engineer, Global Knowledge


Wednesday May 30, 2018 2:10pm - 2:45pm
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:10pm

Jupyter-based courses in Open edX: authoring and grading with notebooks
We present the technology and design parameters of courses created from a collection of Jupyter Notebooks. The solution involves two Open edX extensions: one for loading content from a Jupyter Notebook, and one for grading student work submitted as an uploaded notebook.

Speakers
avatar for Lorena A. Barba

Lorena A. Barba

Associate Professor, George Washington University
avatar for Miguel Amigot II

Miguel Amigot II

CTO, IBL Education
Building data-driven online learning platforms at scale


Wednesday May 30, 2018 2:10pm - 2:45pm
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:10pm

Partnering for success – Microsoft's journey with Open edX on Azure
Join the Microsoft Learning team as they share their journey with the partner eco-system using Open edX on Azure. They will discuss strategic projects, scale and opportunity to join the movement.

Speakers
SP

Saravanan Palaniyandi

Sr Software Engineering Manager, Microsoft
avatar for Jhansi Reddy

Jhansi Reddy

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I am Engineering Program manager from Microsoft Worldwide Learning team providing world class learning experiences for our customers, employees and partners. I work on Learning as a Service program where we are enabling our Learning Partners to deploy Open edX on Azure and deliver... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 2:10pm - 2:45pm
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:10pm

Teachers Training Micro-Learning Innovative Model: Opportunities and Challenges
For 70 years teachers in Israel used to acquire their professional development in synchronous interactions only, mostly face-to-face. This session will overview an innovative pilot of 31 teacher training MOOCs based on a model developed by Digital Promise and implemented in Israel on Campus-il, Israel's National Online Platform.

Speakers
avatar for Eran Raviv

Eran Raviv

CEO, Campus-il
As the director of Israel’s national online education platform base on Open edX technology, Eran is nowadays establishing Israel’s MOOCs ecosystem with academia, government ministries and civil society. The establishment of the platform is an initiative of Israel’s National... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 2:10pm - 2:45pm
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:45pm

3:15pm

BigBlueButton: Integrating real-time collaboration for increased engagement
This talk will demonstrate the speakers' work to integrate BigBlueButton, an open source web conferencing for online learning, into the Open edX platform to provide student tutoring, student collaboration, video assignment submission, and fully live online sessions.  The talk will discuss integrating analytics from from the live sessions back into openedX and the road map ahead.

Speakers
avatar for Nate Aune

Nate Aune

CEO/Founder, Appsembler
I'm the CEO and Founder of Appsembler, a Boston-based company providing services around Open edX, an e-learning platform for easily authoring and delivering online courses. I like to talk with folks about Docker, PaaS, Open Source, Open edX, e-Learning, Django, jazz.


Wednesday May 30, 2018 3:15pm - 3:50pm
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

3:15pm

Building an online M.S. with Open edX
This talk describes how Notre Dame created a for-credit graduate program on Open edX (with some attention to our NeXus social layer) to leverage the capabilities of the platform, enhance our autonomy and focus squarely on student learning.

Speakers
EV

Elliott VISCONSI

Chief Academic Digital Officer, Notre Dame


Wednesday May 30, 2018 3:15pm - 3:50pm
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

3:15pm

How we built a comprehensive Online University
From building an Open edX based digital learning ecosystem for Australia's biggest University to planning India's biggest digital learning portal - millionlights.org - and running our own TV channel, we demonstrate how Open edX powers these initiatives and more. This talk is a brief Introduction to Crystal Delta's Xenops offering and how we plan to change the way universities and organizations use Open edX to provide a complete out of the box solution.

Speakers
DM

David Mackensie

Crystal Delta


Wednesday May 30, 2018 3:15pm - 3:50pm
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

3:15pm

State of the Open edX Frontend
Big things are in the works for the Open edX UI. As always, we aim to provide a flexible, design-driven frontend that serves all users. Come learn about the projects we're undertaking to support this goal, including architectural standardization, reusable UI components, and explicitly versioned theming support to place more power in developers' hands. Find out what these initiatives mean for the Open edX community at large and learn how you can get involved.

Speakers
avatar for Ari Rizzitano

Ari Rizzitano

software engineer, edX


Wednesday May 30, 2018 3:15pm - 3:50pm
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

4:00pm

Keynote: Georgia Tech's Online MOOC-based Master Program
In May 2013, Georgia Tech together with its partners, Udacity and AT&T, announced a new online master’s degree in computer science delivered through the platform popularized by massively open online courses (MOOCs). This new online MS CS— or OMSCS for short — costs less than $7,000 total, compared to a price tag of $40,000 for an MS CS at comparable public universities and upwards of $70,000 at private universities.
 
The first-of-its-kind program was launched in January 2014 and has sparked a worldwide conversation about higher education in the 21st century. President Barack Obama has praised OMS CS by name twice, and over 1,000 news stories mentioned the program. It’s been described as a potential "game changer" and "the first real step in the transformation of higher education in the US.” Harvard University researchers concluded that OMSCS is “the first rigorous evidence showing an online degree program can increase educational attainment” and predicted that OMSCS will single handedly raise the number of annual MS CS graduates in the United States by at least 7 percent.
 
To ensure program quality and rigor, Georgia Tech started in 2014 with small enrollment of 380; in January 2017 enrollment exceeded 6,360; about 7500 are expected to enroll in the Fall.  So far 895 students have graduated from OMSCS; over 300 will graduated in May. The program has also paved the way for a number of similar, MOOC-based MS programs.
 
The talk will describe the OMSCS program, how it came about, its first four years, and what Georgia Tech has learned from the OMSCS experience. We will also discuss its potential effect on higher education.

Speakers
avatar for Zvi Galil

Zvi Galil

Dean, Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing
Dr. Zvi Galil, Dean of the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He earned BS and MS degrees in Applied Mathematics from Tel Aviv University, both summa cum laude. He then obtained a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University. After... Read More →


5:00pm

 
Thursday, May 31
 

9:00am

10:00am

APDC Digital Academy: the Tech Human Learning Platform
The APDC Digital Academy is a new learning method, addressing the challenges of rapid change in the structure of work and the professions. Its inspiration comes as a new wave of thinking regarding education, based on personalization, human interaction, and fast practical application. APDC uses digital technology as a tool for higher engagement with the students, and effectiveness of learning, leveraging the Open edX Platform for custom course development using Open edX Studio and engaging activities using gamification techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos Gomes

Carlos Gomes

CEO, BridgeLK
avatar for Miguel Moreira

Miguel Moreira

Project Director, IAM



Thursday May 31, 2018 10:00am - 10:35am
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

10:00am

Future Directions of Open edX Architecture
The current Open edX platform has evolved organically over the last 6 years, now collectively offering about 15 thousand courses to nearly 30 million learners worldwide. This is a commendable feat built upon the edX mission and the enduring support of the Open edX community. Looking toward the coming years and our ambitious goals, our path forward is met with challenges of time-to-value and an impeding intricate monolithic architecture. Therefore, edX is investing in a strategic initiative to rebalance our platform development with Intentional Architectural direction in addition to Emergent Design by autonomous teams. In this talk, we will share our vision of a platform architecture where SOLID design principles reign and our current thoughts on how to get there.

Speakers
avatar for Nimisha Asthagiri

Nimisha Asthagiri

Principal Architect, edX
Hey all! I look forward to meeting you and working together to develop an impactful shared vision for the future of Open edX architecture.


Thursday May 31, 2018 10:00am - 10:35am
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

10:00am

Mastering Open edX development across four continents
Campus-il, the Israeli National MOOCs Platform, In collaboration with edX, Proversity, and OpenCraft, Campus-il has created an innovative development process to produce highly custom developments while minimizing the risk of code drift to enable more contributions to the Open edX community.

Our panel will discuss best practice & lessons learned from one of the most ambitious projects in the Open edX ecosystems.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Lifshits Agmon

Anna Lifshits Agmon

CTO, Campus-il
avatar for Xavier Antoviaque

Xavier Antoviaque

Founder, 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 or... Read More →
avatar for Krishan Meetoo

Krishan Meetoo

Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Proversity
I am a Founder of Proversity, born out of a passion to leverage the disruptive power of digital learning to transform individuals and organizations, globally. | | We partner with Higher Education, Government and Enterprise to create bespoke and engaging digital learning experiences... Read More →
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John Mark Walker

Open edX Community Lead, edX
John Mark Walker is the Open edX Community Lead for edX. He has been an open source community and ecosystems expert for 2 decades, starting with VA Linux Systems and SourceForge.net. He was the Gluster Community Leader at Red Hat, and was the product and community owner for ViPR Controller... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 10:00am - 10:35am
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

10:00am

What can be learned from Natural Language Processing of MOOCs?
Using Natural Language Processing (NLP) and a newly developed webcrawer, we analyzed 75 of edX's most popular MOOCs. The crawling tool extracted course's textual data from readings (html), video transcripts and assessments available in the Open edX learning management system (LMS). Secondly, through statistical analysis we discovered interesting patterns from the course materials. Finally, we perform text readability assessment based on word embeddings and compare the courses using clustering.

Speakers
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Nopphon Keerativoranan

Student, Tokyo Tech
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Naoaki Okazaki

Tokyo Tech
ZR

Zarina Rakhimberdina

student, Tokyo Tech


Thursday May 31, 2018 10:00am - 10:35am
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

10:45am

From MOOC to SOOC an Unexpected Journey
We will explain a process that we have created to export edx courses to offline html to be able to use them in developing regions with no internet access. We will show the courses, the GitHub code and explain a case of use in the Sahara desert.

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Ignacio Despujol

Universitat Politècnica de València
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Leonardo Salom

Universitat Politècnica de València
CT

Carlos Turro

Universitat Politècnica de València


Thursday May 31, 2018 10:45am - 11:20am
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

10:45am

Gamification in Learning
This talk focuses on Open edX enhancements for meeting the increasing demand for gamification in learning, including credentials, badging, leader boards, etc. We'll showcase a number of tools and developments around gamification and analyse the impact of these not only on the engagement and enjoyment of learning but for success factors for the platform and Open edX community.

Speakers
JA

José Antonio González Rodriguez

Lead Software Engineer, Proversity


Thursday May 31, 2018 10:45am - 11:20am
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

10:45am

Global Learning - Social Impact, Social Responsibility
How Open edX is supporting Global Learning strategies and understanding the scope and scale for success. We will showcase the power of Open edX platforms on Global Learning with 2 case studies (University of Oxford and PATA) demonstrating how the encouragement of peer network expansion, promotion of problem solving and global think tank approaches, can enhance accountability of social issues e.g. climate change, human rights, humanitarian need.

Speakers
avatar for Krishan Meetoo

Krishan Meetoo

Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Proversity
I am a Founder of Proversity, born out of a passion to leverage the disruptive power of digital learning to transform individuals and organizations, globally. | | We partner with Higher Education, Government and Enterprise to create bespoke and engaging digital learning experiences... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 10:45am - 11:20am
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

10:45am

Map and overview of all technologies used in Open edX
A fast walk through all components you will find in Open edX's code when you start extending it. The goal is to cover a bit of everything and to discover useful tools, interesting packages, what the different acronyms you will be encountering mean. You will understand how the individual Open edX pieces connect together. Lots of new stuff!

Speakers

Thursday May 31, 2018 10:45am - 11:20am
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

11:30am

Corporate Blended Learning and Open edX
We'd like to present how we can manage blended learning project using our Triboo platform (Open edX). Our latest large-scale project as a business case will illustrate the topic. We will present the ILT XBlock we developed to manage a blended learning project using Open edX.

Speakers
avatar for Raphaël Droissart

Raphaël Droissart

Chief Technology Officer, Learning Tribes


Thursday May 31, 2018 11:30am - 12:05pm
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

11:30am

Integrating open edX with your Website or CMS
In this talk we'll present some the advantages of integrating Open edX with an external CMS tool to manage the web contents that are not strictly courseware and get into the details of how to do it for a popular CMS system such as wordpress or drupal and how to use Open edX API and services such as course discovery.

Speakers
avatar for Juan Montoya

Juan Montoya

Cofounder, eduNEXT
Join me to talk about the endless possibilities we can achieve using open edX. | My company provides world class open edX professional services and we are leaders in providing open edX as a service and on premises for all kind of online learning initiatives. | You can reach me at... Read More →
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 31, 2018 11:30am - 12:05pm
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

11:30am

Keeping Maintenance Under Control - Contribute All The Changes!
Making changes to Open edX carries a price: every time you want to upgrade to a new version of Open edX, the changes have to be adapted to the new version. After doing this for a while, the changes accumulate, and every new stable release requires weeks of work, sometimes months. To avoid this, we suggest an approach that will benefit both you and the project: make sure that your changes are designed in a way that is useful to the larger community, and contribute them all to Open edX. If the community is also using your changes, then new developments will take them into account and you won't have to maintain them by yourself. In this way, new stable versions of Open edX will already include them.

Speakers
avatar for Xavier Antoviaque

Xavier Antoviaque

Founder, 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 or... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 11:30am - 12:05pm
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

11:30am

Openly Deploying Open edX at MIT Open Learning
At MIT Open Learning we have built a deployment strategy that lets us release changes to production with minimal downtime and a high degree of confidence. We have also created a test environment that supports multiple concurrent versions of Open edX with shared resources and minimal configuration changes. This talk will guide you through the stages of a release and the freely available code that we use to do it.

Speakers
avatar for Tobias Macey

Tobias Macey

Dev/Data Ops Manager, MIT Open Learning


Thursday May 31, 2018 11:30am - 12:05pm
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

12:15pm

1:25pm

Lightning Talks: Analytics
Analytics: Collecting and using data on Open edX

  • edx–Figures, a lightweight analytics app for Open edX, John Baldwin
  • OpenedX Learners Global Analytics (OLGA), Sergiy Movchan
  • Show me the reports – How is Microsoft leveraging Power BI for Open edX Reporting?, Jhansi Reddy & Kunal Desai
  • Simplified Insights, Sergiy Cujba
  • Optimizing the emails for students. Analysis of the student's email address domain for a broad MOOC population, Ignacio Despujol & Carlos Turro

Speakers
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John Baldwin

Senior Software Engineer, Appsembler
I'm part of the engineering team at Appsembler. I'm working on a lightweight analytics app which I'm slotted to give a lightning talk
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Kunal Desai

Microsoft Corp
ID

Ignacio Despujol

Universitat Politècnica de València
avatar for Sergiy Movchan

Sergiy Movchan

CEO, Raccoon Gang
Hi! Thanks for stopping by :) | | We at Raccoon Gang are helping companies and institutions to adopt and improve their e-learning efforts. I'm very interested in sharing experience, hearing about new approaches of using Open edX to address real-world problems. | | P.S... Read More →
avatar for Jhansi Reddy

Jhansi Reddy

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I am Engineering Program manager from Microsoft Worldwide Learning team providing world class learning experiences for our customers, employees and partners. I work on Learning as a Service program where we are enabling our Learning Partners to deploy Open edX on Azure and deliver... Read More →
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Carlos Turro

Universitat Politècnica de València


Thursday May 31, 2018 1:25pm - 2:10pm
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

1:25pm

Lightning Talks: Authoring
Authoring: Best practices for creating courses

  • Authoring Courses outside of edX Studio. Why? How?, Christopher Schunke
  • CMS Backend for Online–Courses based on Open edX, Lars Walther
  • Scorm XBlock, Natalia Vynogradenko
  • Great Use Cases of Adaptive Learning in Open edX, Krishan Meetoo

Speakers
avatar for Krishan Meetoo

Krishan Meetoo

Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Proversity
I am a Founder of Proversity, born out of a passion to leverage the disruptive power of digital learning to transform individuals and organizations, globally. | | We partner with Higher Education, Government and Enterprise to create bespoke and engaging digital learning experiences... Read More →
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Christopher Schunke

Manager of Multimedia Development, Global Knowledge
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Lars Walther

novareto GmbH


Thursday May 31, 2018 1:25pm - 2:10pm
Rimouski Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

1:25pm

Lightning Talks: Learner Experience
Learner Experience: Finding courses, issuing credentials, social tools

  • Digital Credentials: Present and Future, Bill DeRusha
  • Documentorum: using the power of blockchain for academic accreditation, Luiz Aoqui
  • A CMS for Open edX based on Django CMS, Mehdi Benadda
  • Developing a course portal using course-discovery, David Truong & Pierre Mailhot
  • Slack for Open edX, José Antonio Gonzalez

Speakers
avatar for Luiz Aoqui

Luiz Aoqui

Lead Software Engineer, IBM Canada
MB

Mehdi Benadda

Developer, Freelance @ FUN-MOOC
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 Pierre Mailhot

Pierre Mailhot

MOOC System Admin, Université de Montréal / EDUlib
Masters in Computer Science. | | Worked as Unix sysadmin for a long time (1989-2001) in both educational and business settings. | | Worked as a security professional (CISSP / CEH) for a long time too (2001-2014) with emphasis on telecom and banking industries. | | Back in a sysadmin... Read More →
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José Antonio González Rodriguez

Lead Software Engineer, Proversity
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David Truong

Analyst, Université de Montréal


Thursday May 31, 2018 1:25pm - 2:10pm
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

1:25pm

Lightning Talks: Real World
Real World: Institutional and domain-specific experience running Open edX

  • NAU Project, Rui Ribeiro
  • Are Massive Open Online Course useful in medical education? The clinical reasoning process MOOC as an example., Nathalie Caire Fon
  • What does it mean to be a Learner First organization?, Harry Klein
  • Extended Education to Reduce the Digital Divide, Bhaskar Gadeapally & Raju Goteti
  • Is Digital Learning forgetting a generation and missing an opportunity?, Carl Dawson

Speakers
avatar for Carl  Dawson

Carl Dawson

Chairman and Head of Partnerships, Proversity
edX advocate in the corporate and K12 spaces
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Nathalie Caire Fon

Department head Family Medicine, Université de Montréal
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Bhaskar Gadepally

Founder, Lokakalyan=3E Foundation
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 innovative... Read More →
avatar for Rui Ribeiro

Rui Ribeiro

NAU Project Manager, FCT|FCCN


Thursday May 31, 2018 1:25pm - 2:10pm
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

1:25pm

Lightning Talks: Teaching Tools
Teaching Tools: XBlocks and tools for teaching

  • Serverless LTI Learning Tools on AWS Lambda, John Zornig
  • Fad versus Value Add, Krishan Meetoo
  • Rapid Response xBlock: an Open edX replacement for "clickers", Peter Pinch
  • Teaching Linux and C programming in MOOCs with a scalable in-browser and 100% client-side Linux IDE, Rémi Sharrock, Petra Bonfert-Taylor, & Michael Goudzwaard
  • Why should you care about mobile?, Albert St. Aubin Jr

Speakers
avatar for Michael Goudzwaard

Michael Goudzwaard

Digital Learning Designer, Dartmouth College
Mike Goudzwaard is a Learning Designer at Dartmouth College where he works with faculty to empower student learning through community engagement, emerging instructional pedagogy, and educational technology. Mike is the Lead Designer and Developer for Dartmouth's digital learning initiatives... Read More →
BK

Bob Keeley

Proversity
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Rémi Sharrock

Associate Professor, IMT, Telecom ParisTech, LTCI, Paris Saclay
avatar for John Zornig

John Zornig

Director UQx, The University of Queensland
John Zornig is Director of UQx at University of Queensland (UQ). Located in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI), UQx represents UQ’s engagement in edX the non-profit MOOC platform and provides online learning expertise across the institution. John has over... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 1:25pm - 2:10pm
Saint-Hyacinthe Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

1:25pm

Lightning Talks: Technical
Technical: Development and operations

  • Reduce Open edX Mongo Disk Usage by 70%, Elton Carr & David Ormsbee
  • Building a future–proof and fully modular React LMS frontend, Matej Grozdanovic
  • Fonzie an Open API for Open edX, Julien Maupetit
  • Keeping up with Open edX releases while maintaining dinosaur browser support, Bryan Wilson
  • Microsoft LaaS boarding cases, Sergiy Movchan & Peter Koblyakov

Speakers
avatar for Elton Carr

Elton Carr

Microsoft, Inc
MG

Matej Grozdanovic

Software Engineer, Appsembler
avatar for Eugeny Kolpakov

Eugeny Kolpakov

Senior Open Source Developer, Opencraft
avatar for Julien Maupetit

Julien Maupetit

Senior developer, GIP FUN MOOC
Scientist, Developer, constantly willing to promote the Open-* movements. | | * = (Science|Source|Data|Education)
avatar for Sergiy Movchan

Sergiy Movchan

CEO, Raccoon Gang
Hi! Thanks for stopping by :) | | We at Raccoon Gang are helping companies and institutions to adopt and improve their e-learning efforts. I'm very interested in sharing experience, hearing about new approaches of using Open edX to address real-world problems. | | P.S... Read More →
DO

David Ormsbee

Lead Architect, edX
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Bryan Wilson

Software Engineer, Appsembler


Thursday May 31, 2018 1:25pm - 2:10pm
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:20pm

Collaborative-based Personalization On Campus and Online
This talk will be an overview of the roles adaptivity and personalization have played in computer tutoring systems and examples of how these concepts have been applied for both within course supports in edX and course selection at UC Berkeley.

The instructor's own domain model of subject matter informs the organization of a course's syllabus; however, significant differences can exist between the ideal domain model and the ideal pedagogical model for a given audience. In this talk, we'll show how data from previous offerings of a course can be used as a type of syllabus refinement, creating an adaptive course sequencing by way of personalized suggestions to each learner based on her path [1]. I will also cover how big data approaches are being adopted at UC Berkeley to surface personalized information to students about courses and progressing towards goal-based course sequence recommendation [2]. 

Speakers
avatar for Zachary Pardos

Zachary Pardos

Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley
Particularly interested in connecting with open edX operators and course teams interested in taking advantage of one of several adaptive course plug-ins such as (1) communicator dashboard for targeting emails to learners based on their engagement statistics (2) next page recommendation... Read More →



Thursday May 31, 2018 2:20pm - 2:55pm
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:20pm

Course Recommendation Systems with Open edX Data
Course recommendation systems that learn from course and learner attributes can be important tools for course discovery in a rapidly evolving course catalog. In this talk, we will present methodology and results from content-based and learner-based recommendation systems that we built and deployed for Open edX courses, using course and learner data. We will cover challenges faced in implementing such systems with the available Open edX data and hope to have a discussion on how such systems could be extended, or could inform data formats and course analytics strategies.

Speakers
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Chinmay Nivargi

Program Manager, Applied Materials
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Niharika Sharma

Applied Materials


Thursday May 31, 2018 2:20pm - 2:55pm
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:20pm

Multi tenant Open edX
What are the challenges of running a multi-tenant Open edX deployment? What are the integration challenges? How do you guarantee privacy and security to each microsite when integrating it with external systems? How do you start to build microsite aware APIs? This talk will provide an overview of current efforts to make Open edX more multi-tenant.

Speakers
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Maxi Fernandez

Appsembler


Thursday May 31, 2018 2:20pm - 2:55pm
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:20pm

Navigating the Docker Devstack
This talk will explore the Docker devstack, where it comes ahead, where all it falls short. and what you can do when it does fall short. We'll talk about the unique challenges when it comes to working with multiple branches, and volumes, and will end with some ways to improve the devstack for your own needs.

Speakers
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Kshitij Sobti

Senior Open Source Developer, OpenCraft


Thursday May 31, 2018 2:20pm - 2:55pm
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:55pm

3:40pm

Analytics from Scratch: Harnessing your data to learn from your learners
Learn to use your existing data to create metrics to better understand the learners on your site and their behavior. Want to identify rockstar courses, or how to suggest the next course learners should take? We'll show you how to make this happen, and provide code examples.

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Thursday May 31, 2018 3:40pm - 4:15pm
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

3:40pm

Designing Tools to Scaffold Collaborative Learning within MOOCs
UQx has developed a range of domain-specific and generic open source LTI tools to extend the social polling and collaborative tools available within the Open edX platform. In this presentation, the tools UQx has built to encourage decision making, enhance learner sense of community, improve critical thinking and reflection, and facilitate the co-creation of knowledge will be discussed.

Speakers
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Aneesha Bakharia

The University of Queensland
avatar for John Zornig

John Zornig

Director UQx, The University of Queensland
John Zornig is Director of UQx at University of Queensland (UQ). Located in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI), UQx represents UQ’s engagement in edX the non-profit MOOC platform and provides online learning expertise across the institution. John has over... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 3:40pm - 4:15pm
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

3:40pm

SSO in Open edX
Each Open edX platform has SSO integration. Raccoon Gang will show how it's made with specific use cases. These SSO use cases include SAML, LDAP, oAuth, Open edX as identity/service provider, Auth0, and KeyCloack.

Speakers
avatar for Sergiy Movchan

Sergiy Movchan

CEO, Raccoon Gang
Hi! Thanks for stopping by :) | | We at Raccoon Gang are helping companies and institutions to adopt and improve their e-learning efforts. I'm very interested in sharing experience, hearing about new approaches of using Open edX to address real-world problems. | | P.S... Read More →


Thursday May 31, 2018 3:40pm - 4:15pm
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

3:40pm

Using neuroscience to evaluate the influence of media richness on the cognitive and emotional engagement in MOOCs
The objective of this study is to evaluate the extent to which media richness of videos in MOOCs is likely to influence the emotional and cognitive engagement of students. In a laboratory experiment, we compared two versions of a 12-minute MOOC segment (high and low media richness) in a between-subject experiment. Our results provide empirical evidence of the critical role of rich video formats in generating student engagement in distance learning.

Speakers

Thursday May 31, 2018 3:40pm - 4:15pm
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

4:25pm

An instructional designer's POV : a love letter to Open edX and how to make it better
This talk will be about what instructional designers love about Open edX, but also how we could improve it from a pedagogical perspective. Ideas from various sources will be discussed, including contributions from the audience.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel D'Amours

Gabriel D'Amours

Product Specialist, OpenCraft


Thursday May 31, 2018 4:25pm - 5:00pm
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

4:25pm

Building a scalable, blockchain-enabled multi-site skills network on Open edX
In this session we will share our journey in building an Open edX powered skills network that spans over a million users and dozens of websites. With several hundred thousand users actively taking courses, we were faced with several challenges and came to an inflection point a couple of years ago. We needed a platform that could scale to millions of users. Because of our focus on practical learning, we needed to integrate and embed our hands-on lab environments within courses. Our clients and partners wanted our content but with ability to customize and whitelabel the platform and define access controls. And there were also requirements for enterprise and SSO integrations, issuing IBM Open Badges, etc. We will also talk about our plans to evolve the skills network with Blockchain based digital credentials and contributing back to Open edX.

Speakers
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Leon Katsnelson

Director & CTO, Strategic Partnerships, IBM Digital Business Group


Thursday May 31, 2018 4:25pm - 5:00pm
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

4:25pm

Git Off My Lawn! or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Fork
This is a deep dive into how Stanford's engineers have managed and maintained a forked codebase: what worked, what hasn't, and what we've learned over the years. While Open edX continues to add new integration points for extending the codebase, there are still a number of things we can only accomplish via a fork. We will attempt to answer such questions as "Why did we fork?", "What did we fork?", "What should or shouldn't be forked?", and "How can you make the process easier on yourself?"

Speakers
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Steven Burch

OpenEdX Technical Lead, Stanford


Thursday May 31, 2018 4:25pm - 5:00pm
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

4:25pm

MOOC-PILOT, MOOC Analytics: Students/Learners Automatic Follow-up Analytics
In the framework of a French research project named FLIRT, funded by ANR, a national Research Organization, we developed methods and applications to cover advanced follow-up of students during the progression of a MOOC. The goal is to give teachers and CEOs innovative, simple, accurate tools for student follow-up. The applications and tools monitor the pace of progression during the course's homeworks, exercises and help forum management.

Speakers
avatar for MICHEL Plantié

MICHEL Plantié

Assistant Professor, LGI2P/ IMT Mines Ales


Thursday May 31, 2018 4:25pm - 5:00pm
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada