Top organizations, such as edX, MIT, Harvard, IBM, Microsoft, XuetangX, and Global Knowledge, use Open edX software
Open online course provider edX has launched a new marketing-oriented website for its open source software Open edX, which powers its educational portal and is freely available on GitHub.
This website, open.edx.org, has been developed with an investment of $30K under the direction of Berkey Baykal, a business manager on edX, reports IBL News.
On the home page, the Open edX is described as a software trusted and used by top organizations, such as edX, MIT, Harvard, IBM, Microsoft, XuetangX, and Global Knowledge, among others. Overall, there are over 20,000 courses built on the Open edX software and over 40 million learners.
Difference between edX and Open edX
To clear the confusion between edX and Open edX, the home page also carries an explanation which reads, “edX is the online learning destination co-founded by Harvard and MIT. Open edX is the learner-centric, massively scalable learning platform behind it.”
Originally envisioned as a MOOC platform, Open edX has evolved into one of the leading learning platforms catering to Higher Ed, enterprise, and government organizations alike.
edX claims that Open edX is a single platform for all your learning needs, and has been built to showcase the latest in learning sciences and instructional design. The learning platform is driven by edX’s community of developers, technology partners, research teams, and users.
In its about page, edX said its mission is to “increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere; enhance teaching and learning on campus and online; advance teaching and learning through research.”