Open edX Universities Symposium Adds Kenneth Koedinger, Barbara Oakley and Charles Severance as Speakers


Open edX Symposium’s organizing committee has announced the opening keynote. It will be delivered by Kenneth Koedinger, professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.

Prof. Koedinger’s research aims to understand human learning and create educational technologies that increase student success. He is widely known for developing Cognitive Models and Cognitive Tutors: computer simulations of student thinking and learning, and software applying artificial intelligence to guide students through problem-based learning.

He recently co-authored the paper “Learning is not a spectator sport: doing is better than watching for learning from a MOOC” supporting the “learning by doing” movement.

The first Open edX Universities Symposium will be celebrated on November 11, 2015 at The George Washington University, in Washington DC.

This one-day event will bring together faculty, technologists, and leaders of higher education to share experiences and reflect on innovative uses of open-source technologies like the Open edX platform for online and blended learning, including degree-accruing, open, and professional education.

The inspiration for this symposium has come from an interest in having conversations with others who are thinking about owning and controlling their online content and platforms via open-source solutions.

The conversation will be structured around topics of general concern in online learning:

— Web-enhanced learning and pedagogy
— Learning analytics
— Inter-institutional collaboration


In addition, the organizing committee has setup a special pre-symposium event on November 10, 3-5 PM, with two prominent speakers:


Barbara Oakley, instructor of one of the most popular MOOCs of all time, “Learning How To Learn,” with more than a million registered so far, will give an updated version of her Harvard talk “Lessons from a basement studio: how to make a riveting online class.”

Charles Severance (Dr. Chuck), instructor of the legendary course “Programming for Everybody” will give a special presentation titled “Creating student-teacher connections at scale.

for the event is open to anyone at, although space is limited.


[Disclosure: IBL is part of the Organizing Committee and a Technical Partner of the Symposium]