[Conference Themes] The 2022 Open edX Conference will be hosted in-person in Lisbon, Portugal, from Apr. 26-29. You should register as soon as possible – the early bird rates end on Feb 28th!

The Open edX team is putting together an ambitious program: the conference will present innovative uses of open source technology in higher education and inside corporations, across a global scale. Attendees will participate in exciting talks about advancements in platform features, instructional design, course production, and technical sessions for operating, extending, and enhancing the Open edX platform. All members of the OpenCraft team have submitted proposals — we’re looking forward to seeing you at our sessions! Stay tuned for the conference program reveal next month.

->  Schedule outline, travel guidelines, and more

[Keynote Speakers] The Open edX team have announced this year’s keynote speakers for the Open edX Conference:

  • Paula Marques, Executive Director at NOVA School of Business and Economics. Paula’s work focuses on how humans learn, in order to adapt learning methodologies in executive learning.
  • Anant Agarwal, Chief Open Education Officer at 2U. Anant is a professor at MIT, one of the earliest MOOC creators, and the former CEO of edX, where he directed the platform’s evolution into one of the world’s leading online learning destinations.
  • Tobie Langel, founder at UnlockOpen. Tobie is a world-leading consultant and expert on open source and standardization, who helps Big Tech build open and sustainable ecosystems that carefully balance private and public interests in pursuit of the common good.

Keynote speeches will take place on the mornings of April 27th and 28th. Additional details about the tutorials and workshops will be announced in the coming weeks.

-> Read the full announcement

[Core Contributors] After a successful pilot, the Core Contributor Program has officially been defined, reviewed, and adopted as an Open edX Proposal (OEP-54) by the community. Victory! 🎉  

The foundational document defines Core Contributors, explains its motivations, details all roles and processes involved (such as nominating new Core Contributors), and features a change log. Our tCRIL friend Sarina Canelake will soon publish an article on our blog that further details the history and key items of the Program.

As a reminder, Core Contributors is a program that grants rights to individuals in the Open edX community that allow them to actively participate in defining and deciding the direction of the platform. At the time of writing, 11 members of the OpenCraft team are Core Contributors, along with many more members of the community from around the world. 

We would also like to take the opportunity to welcome newcomers Jorge Londoño, Maria Grimaldi, Andrés Gonzales, JayRam Nai, and Dean Jay Matthew to the Program. Congratulations on your Core Committer nomination, and welcome aboard! : )

-> Core Committers Program definition

[Translations] The Translations Working Group was formed with an initial focus on improving platform translation for ten languages: Spanish, French, Arabic, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, Mandarin, and German. The group needs additional translators for Arabic, Hindi, Russian, and Ukrainian — please let us know if you’re interested!

[Contribute To This Newsletter] We would love to turn this newsletter into a community effort. Do you have any news about Open edX that you would like us to share? Please let us know by going to the Newsletter threads on either OpenCraft’s public discussion forum or the Official Open edX forum!