Stanford University adds significant, new contributions to Open edX

How does Stanford use Open edX?

An engineer from this University, Sef Kloninger, has shared a snapshot of the features Stanford has built on its own Open edX’s instance.

So far we knew that those contributions included “real-time chat, bulk email, new installation scripts, operations tools and integration with external survey tools”,  according to Stanford’s website.

The all-new features Stanford has built on Open edX are:

  1. Shibboleth integration
  2. Chat for on-campus courses
  3. Shopping cart / Cybersource payment for paid courses
  4. Bulk email
  5. Authoring tool improvements (e.g. view this unit in Studio, check all captions)
  6. Basic analytics (metrics tab)
  7. Theming
  8. Targeted feedback
  9. Option shuffling
  10. LTI 2.0 (multiple submissions)
  11. Send anonymized user_id to external tools (e.g. Qualtrics)
  12. Time delay between problem set attempts
  13. Assist with new peer assessment system
  14. Incremental cert generation
  15. Unauthenticated, deep linking
  16. Stanford-specific checklist

Beyond this description, Mr. Kloninger’s talk at the University of Zurich, on June 3, focused on the process behind Stanford Open edx’s instance: servers, code management and developing features.  Click here to download the slides from Mr. Kloninger’s talk.

The Stanford Open edX platform is being developed by a team of engineers as way to support research and experimentation in interactive instructional learning. This platform is being used for residential education and MOOCs.

Recently a report from Stanford University examined the use of online technology and methods for delivering education to improve course material for on-campus students, distance learners in professional education programs and lifelong learners around the world.

This “Stanford Online: 2013 in Review is a key document to understand how technology is advancing teaching and learning.