Harvard Graduate School of Education – Diary XBlock and Open edX® site Platform ContributionsColleges and Universities
Harvard Graduate School of Education is one of the top schools of education in the United States. HGSE hired OpenCraft to assist them in deploying a course about change management. We deployed an Open edX instance with a customized theme to match their branding and were contracted for course authoring work. HGSE also had OpenCraft develop and implement a brand-new XBlock for their course called the Diary XBlock, which allows learners to write, save, and edit text for evaluation and feedback. The course was very successful with more than 100,000 enrollments, and the Diary XBlock was very well received.
A corporate client hired OpenCraft to develop Open edX®’s Completion API, which provides the often-requested ability to track a learner’s progress through each course by marking learning units as complete. Along with visual indicators developed by edX, this feature helps learners keep track of their progress and allows them to resume their course at the last unit they completed. The Completion API was introduced in the Hawthorn version of Open edX.
OpenCraft led the development work for Open edX®’s Content Library feature, which allows instructors to create a library to build a pool of HTML components, problems, and video components for use in randomized assignments in their courses.
OpenCraft was hired by a client to develop what would become the popular Drag and Drop XBlock V2, a visual exercise where the learner drags items to zones on a target image. OpenCraft was then enrolled by the edX team to integrate the Drag and Drop V2 exercise as a standard problem type in Open edX® and to make it mobile-optimized.
OpenCraft led the development work of the Image Explorer XBlock, a visual course component for Open edX® that prompts learners to explore an image containing hotspots and click the hotspots to display custom content.
EdX hired OpenCraft to develop a large part of Shibboleth and SAML Single Sign-On support for Open edX®, allowing users to authenticate on the platform using a variety of identity providers.
The Australian National University, Australia’s foremost public university, hired OpenCraft to develop a project called the XBlock Reporting Tool. The tool improves reporting functionalities for XBlocks, allowing course instructors to get more data about learners’ responses to problems and to preview and download detailed reports. OpenCraft also provides consulting services as needed for ANU’s in-house deployment of Open edX®.
Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government is one of the United States’ foremost public policy and public administration school. HKS hired OpenCraft to deploy and maintain their Evidence for Policy Design Online Learning Platform (EPoDx) based on Open edX. The blended learning platform, utilizing custom data reports from Insights and the Analytics Pipeline, has been a success, bringing evidence-based teaching to thousands of public servants and policymakers so far.
Harvard University hired OpenCraft to develop advanced learning tools for Open edX® through their HarvardX online learning initiative. We developed the Atlas XBlock, a visual tool that aggregates survey results and displays them on a world map. We also rewrote and improved Dalite, a tool for asynchronous peer instruction which identifies discussion arguments for students to revise or defend, enabling peer instruction at scale in online courses.
France Université Numérique (FUN) is the French national platform for promoting the use of massive open online courses, which is based on Open edX®. OpenCraft has helped FUN deliver an adaptive learning project which enabled the use of adaptive learning activities, accessible content, enhanced videos, and real-time interactions in MOOCs. We have also provided support for FUN’s Open edX instance in terms of version upgrades and analytics.