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Stanford and edX Collaborate on Development of Open Source Learning Platform

Stanford University and edX recently announced their collaboration to advance the development of edX’s open source learning platform and provide free and open online learning tools for institutions around the world. edX is a not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). edX will release the source code for its entire online learning platform on June 1, 2013.

In support of that move, Stanford will integrate features of its existing Class2Go platform into the edX platform, use the integration as an internal platform for online coursework for on-campus and distance learners, and work collaboratively with edX and other institutions to further develop the edX platform.

edX and Stanford will collaborate along with others around the globe on the ongoing development and refinement of the edX online learning platform. As of June 1, developers everywhere will be able to freely access the source code of the edX learning platform, including code for its Learning Management System (LMS); Studio, a course authoring tool; xBlock, an application programming interface (API) for integrating third-party learning objects; and machine grading API’s. edX will support and nurture the community of developers contributing to the enhancement of the edX platform by providing a rich environment for developer collaboration as well as technical and process guidelines to facilitate developer contributions.

The edX learning platform source code, as well as platform developments from Stanford, edX, and other contributors, will be available on June 1, 2013 and can be accessed from the edX Platform Repository at https://github.com/edX.

Source: edX



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