Explore the Universe of possibilities powered by the Open edX® platform

Open edX® is an advanced open source technology to deliver online learning. Created by Harvard and MIT and used by millions worldwide.

Open edX™ is an online platform for creating, delivering, and analyzing online courses. It is the open source platform that powers the edx.org initiative but also thousands of other online learning initiatives across the world. The Open edX world is complex, rich and diverse.

Open edX components

The Open edX platform far from a monolithic application has a number of different applications that are generally referred to under the umbrella name “Open edX”, than can or not be integrated into an online learning initiative.

To create and run online courses, you’ll need at least to know the two basic applications:

The Open edX LMS

This is the Learning Management System, where learners sign up for the site and log in to enroll and access and complete their courses. Instructors also use the Open edX LMS in order to access some management tools such as course stats, manual enrollments, gradebook management, course reports, certificates configuration, email, and more.

Open edX Studio

This is the content management system where authors create, configure, and manage their courses and course libraries. As authors can add and organize courseware, add and configure activities, upload course files, and configure course policies and settings.

Learn more about the Open edX platform

Check out our in depth article describing more details about the Open edX platform.

Check out a searchable list of features that will let you quickly figure out the kind of functionality that is available.

One of the great advantages of the Open edX platform is that it can be extended in different ways by using third party tools and integrations. Check out the curated list of extensions to find out more.

Experience it yourself, as a learner and as a course author

Learner’s Site

Log in as a learner to browse different course option and explore the types of course activities and resources available.

Course Author’s Lab

Explore the STUDIO platform and experiment on an existing course.

Discover more about the Open edX platform

Dogwood. The next named Open edX release.

The Dogwood named release, being the 4th release of the open edX platform by edX, is planned to be out there before the end of 2015. One of the main engineering challenges for this release will be migration of the Django framework from 1.4 to Django 1.8.

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Open edX named releases

Aspen, First named Open edX release

In order to make it easier for people in the Open edX community to collaborate and share knowledge over the Open edX codebase, edX has created a strategy of named releases, that will provide stable points for the Open edX initiative around the world to start working from. The first one of such named releases is called Aspen.

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Open edX Datajam 2013

In December 2013 the State Department hosted alongside with Harvard, MIT and edX a meeting to propose ideas for using technology to improve the current state of higher education. This turned out to be the first ever Open conference, named edX Datajam 2013.

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