A fully loaded Learning Management System (LMS) with killer features, the Open edX platform makes learning easier and studying faster.
This software platform, created by MIT and Harvard University, is designed to engage students and teachers in an interactive, modular way. It promotes active learning by using video snippets, interactive components and game-like experiences.
Results on both student learning outcomes and student satisfaction from the use of the Open edX technology are compelling.
The Open edX system provides superior pedagogy.
What makes Open edX unique is that it is the only last-generation, fully-featured, open-source platform for online learning.
An Open edX course organizes course content through a three-level hierarchy of sections, subsections and units.
Sections and subsections appear on a vertical navigation bar on the left and units appear sequentially on a horizontal navigation toolbar. This navigational structure is effective, engaging, and results in great usability.
Units contain components such as discussions, HTML, problems and video.
Powerful Features: Assessments and Video
One of the most powerful technologies native to the Open edX platform is the multiple ways in which course staff can express problems.
The Open edX video player, which is based on YouTube’s embeddable video player, is excellent: custom extensions to this player allow students to follow click-on transcripts to move along the video, adjust video speeds, download both the video and the transcripts, and even view transcripts in other languages.
A course can have cohorts, HTML pages, textbooks and wikis.
There are endless ways to structure course materials in an Open edX course.
Advanced analytics, badges and certificates are also part of our custom Open edX platform.
Backed by Top Universities and Corporations
The Open edX software was created by MIT and Harvard University, and was quickly supported by universities such as UC Berkeley, Georgetown, and Stanford, and companies such as Google and Microsoft.
The Open edX project is a global success. It powers major MOOC initiatives, hosting blended and online courses all around the world.
Top universities in China, the Middle East, Indonesia, Japan, France, India and Spain, among other countries, have embraced it for MOOCs.
- It powers edx.org’s MOOC portal with more than 6 million users, 600 available courses and 50 involved international universities and business organizations.
- Stanford University uses it at stanford.edu for both on-campus students and distance learners.
- MIT has made its private installation of the Open edX platform its central on-campus LMS, with nearly 200 courses and 80 percent of students using it.
- Harvard University uses it for online teaching and learning.
- Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Amnesty International, International Monetary Fund, MongoDB and other top international companies are creating Open edX-based courses.
- Davidson College, the College Board, and edX have launched AP courses on edx.org intended for high-schoolers. EdX’s High School Initiative highlights this focus as well.
- Arizona State University is offering all freshman year college courses through edx.org.