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About Open edX

Open edX

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What is Open edX™?

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, created by founding partners MIT and Harvard University, joined by over a hundred leading global institutions and used by millions of engaged online learners worldwide.

You can find out more about Open edX at https://open.edx.org or experience it first hand by taking one of the great courses available for free at edx.org/courses.

What is it made of?

The Open edX platform for online learning, includes several components, such as:

  • The Open edX LMS (Learning Management System)
  • Open edX Studio (A Content management system or authoring platform for Courses and libraries)
  • Discussion forums. (A ruby application that implements the Comments Service CS)
  • Open edX Insights. A data analytics tool to provide valuable information about student activity, enrollment, geography, demographics, Engagement, Grades, etc.
  • E commerce. (A django based implementation for adding ecommerce capabilities to Open edX)
  • Open edX Mobile apps. (Android and iOS native apps for mobile devices).
  • The ORA2 XBlock, which implements an open response assessment problem type
  • XQueue. An interface for the LMS to communicate with external grading services
  • The capa_module XBlock, which implements a set of problem types that are based on LON-CAPA problem types

Experience it yourself…

Visit eduNEXT’s Open edX feature Showcase site to see everything working nice and easy from the learner’s perspective.

Go to the Demo Site

Experiment in eduNEXT’s Open edX SandBox to log in as an author or instructor and play around with lots of powerful features.

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Open edX documentation

You can always choose one of eduNEXT’s Software as a Service Subscriptions to get all the power of Open edX effortlessly. However, if you want to find out more, or get it all up and running on your own, these are the most useful online resources to explore:

What is the latest version?

Open edX™ is a very innovative platform. The engineering teams at edX and the open source teams at edX and elsewhere are always working towards adding new and exciting features and improving the platform. In order to keep innovating, and still have a common ground to collaborate from, there is a roadmap and a set of stable releases or named releases that see the light every 4-6 months. All these releases are named after a tree species and so far, there have been six of them. You can take a look at the history of the open edX ‘forest’ here.

The current named release is called Hawthorn and you can find out more about it in our resource center or in the Open edX Hawthorn official release notes.

What about the Open edX community?

Open edX has a growing and active community of developers, learning experts, translators and more, that contribute to this open source project, and eduNEXT has been a very proud member of this community since the very beginning.

There are several channels and resources for the community to stay in touch and to collaborate with each other.

The Open edX community also meets in regional and international events at least once every year. The open edX conference, gathers developers, contributors, service providers, organizations and and individuals that are interested in the open edX project. eduNEXT takes pride in participating in every event as part of our long term commitment with this initiative. Take a walk through all the international gatherings by visiting the open edX event gallery.

Ready to take your online learning to the next step?

Open edX Software as a service subscriptions

Get started with eduNEXT’s Open edX as a service subscriptions. You can always start small and adapt your platform in several ways as you grow.

Consulting services

Get our team of open edX experts to work on your online learning infrastructure, custom developments, custom theming, mobile apps, or training for your staff.