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Wednesday, May 30
 

1:25pm EDT

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 EDT
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

1:25pm EDT

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.

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

1:25pm EDT

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.We... Read More →


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

1:25pm EDT

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
AI-driven learning ecosystems for NVIDIA, IBM, NYU and more.
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 EDT
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:10pm EDT

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
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Samuel Boyarsky

Global Knowledge
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Jason Goodell

Senior Software Engineer, Global Knowledge


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

2:10pm EDT

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

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University
avatar for Miguel Amigot II

Miguel Amigot II

CTO, IBL Education
AI-driven learning ecosystems for NVIDIA, IBM, NYU and more.


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

2:10pm EDT

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
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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 EDT
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:10pm EDT

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 EDT
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

3:15pm EDT

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 EDT
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

3:15pm EDT

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
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Elliott VISCONSI

Chief Academic Digital Officer, Notre Dame


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

3:15pm EDT

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.

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David Mackensie

Crystal Delta


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

3:15pm EDT

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 EDT
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada
 
Thursday, May 31
 

10:00am EDT

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 Learning Technologies
avatar for Miguel Moreira

Miguel Moreira

Project Director, IAM



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

10:00am EDT

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 EDT
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

10:00am EDT

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

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 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.We... 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 →


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

10:00am EDT

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
NO

Naoaki Okazaki

Tokyo Tech
ZR

Zarina Rakhimberdina

student, Tokyo Tech


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

10:45am EDT

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.

Speakers
ID

Ignacio Despujol

Universitat Politècnica de València
LS

Leonardo Salom

Universitat Politècnica de València
CT

Carlos Turro

Universitat Politècnica de València


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

10:45am EDT

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 EDT
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

10:45am EDT

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.We... Read More →


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

10:45am EDT

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 EDT
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

11:30am EDT

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 EDT
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

11:30am EDT

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 Camilo Montoya

Juan Camilo Montoya

CEO, 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 juan... 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 EDT
Granby Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

11:30am EDT

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

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 or... Read More →


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

11:30am EDT

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 EDT
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:20pm EDT

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 EDT
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

2:20pm EDT

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
CN

Chinmay Nivargi

Program Manager, Applied Materials
NS

Niharika Sharma

Applied Materials


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

2:20pm EDT

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
MF

Maxi Fernandez

Appsembler


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

2:20pm EDT

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
KS

Kshitij Sobti

Open-Source Developer, OpenCraft


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

3:40pm EDT

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 EDT
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

3:40pm EDT

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

Manager Course Design and Development, 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 EDT
Sherbrooke Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

3:40pm EDT

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.: i don't always... Read More →


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

3:40pm EDT

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 EDT
L’Oréal Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada

4:25pm EDT

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

Open edX Product Specialist, Instructional Designer, OpenCraft
I work at OpenCraft, an open source-focused service company that specializes in the Open edX learning management system. I'm interested in discussing how we can increase the presence of free and open source software in the educational sphere. Come say hi! : )


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

4:25pm EDT

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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Ravdeep Ahuja

Global Portfolio Director, IBM
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Leon Katsnelson

Director & CTO, IBM Developer Skills Network, IBM Developer Skills Network


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

4:25pm EDT

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
SB

Steven Burch

OpenEdX Technical Lead, Stanford


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

4:25pm EDT

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 EDT
Lévis Room, Decelles Building, HEC Montreal 5255 Avenue Decelles, Montréal, QC H3T 2B1, Canada