What is Open edX?

What are MOOCs?

MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses. These courses can be taken by learners anywhere at any time. A MOOC is the ideal way to teach a large global audience.

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Open edX® is a powerful open source learning management system (LMS) used by organizations from all over the world to host Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as well as smaller classes and training modules. The edX® organization, a nonprofit founded by Harvard and MIT, designed and released the Open edX platform in 2013 with the goal of making it possible for universities and institutions to deliver high-quality courses to learners everywhere. The project has received massive funding and continues to grow every year. Open edX today has upwards of 1,500 instances installed that offer courses in 34 languages to 35 million users located in at least 64 countries. 


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The Open edX platform operates on your web browser and provides an easy yet robust experience to learners and instructors alike. It can be used to create courses for a few learners and be scaled for millions of users. It also offers a great mobile experience, either through its responsive web app or with its dedicated mobile apps.

Studio Authoring tool

The Studio authoring tool is used to create and organize courses. Instructors can quickly integrate content ranging from videos, documents and complex HTML, to a variety of assessment activities such as multiple choice questions, interactive exercises (like drag-and-drop problems, polls, vector-drawing problems, and many others), and essay-style assessments. It can also integrate external content packages and learning tools using LTI, HTML, and iFrames.

Open edX LMS

The Open edX learning environment provides a pleasant and streamlined learning experience with features that help learners stay engaged and keep track of progress. It’s also a social learning environment with tools and features that learners and instructors can use to form a genuine learning community.

Organizations using Open edX can choose to generate certificates for learners who pass a course. Learners can view, print, and share their certificates. An optional e-commerce platform allows course providers to offer paid certificates, using popular payment gateway options such as Paypal or Stripe. Open edX also supports Single Sign-On with a variety of identity providers.

Learner Analytics

Open edX features easy-to-use data reporting tools.
The optional edX Insights tool provides in-depth learner analytics, allowing instructors to collect data about learner activity, background, and performance throughout a course.

The power of open source

As open source software, Open edX can be expanded to suit different needs. 

The look and feel of Open edX can be themed to match your brand. 

Open edX can be customized to integrate with 3rd party software and includes a suite of APIs that allow the building of applications for that purpose. Integration with LTI tools, Content Management Systems, and Customer Relationship Management software are a few popular examples. 

Open edX’s component architecture is called XBlock. Users can develop XBlocks of many forms, such as new functionalities, innovative exercises, interactive simulations, or collaborative learning experiences, and contribute them to the XBlock library.

As open source software, Open edX is backed by a strong community of users comprising developers, stakeholders, instructors and learners, and led by the edX organization. Members of the community regularly improve and contribute features to the platform, which are then integrated in future releases. OpenCraft participates in every Open edX Conference as a major sponsor and presenter.