Online Learning Update

June 13, 2013

EdX Goes Open Source To Woo MOOC Online Learning Developers

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:11 am

by Michael Fitzgerald, Information Week

EdX, the massive open online course (MOOC) consortium started by MIT and Harvard, has released its full source code, a decision the backers hope will accelerate advances to the platform. “We want contributors,” said Rob Rubin, edX’s VP of engineering. “We’d welcome any company’s contributions and any peoples’ use of the edX platform. We’re in the very early days in the development of the technology to support learning and research about learning. Let’s all contribute to the open-source effort to be able to rapidly evolve that for the benefits of the student.” Much of the code was available previously. EdX had announced the open source of its core architecture, XBlock, in March. Stanford already has two courses hosted on edX code. 10gen, which manages the MongoDB open source database tool, developed training courses with edX source code.

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