Register to vote!

Voter registration for the 2023 Open edX Community TOC elections is open! To be eligible to vote this year you must either be:

  • An Open edX Core Contributors or Open edX Maintainer
  • An Instructor using the Open edX platform to deliver a course, including Teaching Assistants (TAs) and course content authors

Only instructors are required to register at this time. Core Contributors and Maintainers are already registered because of their status in the project and will receive ballots directly. Instructors may register here.

The community is called to elect 3 members of the new core decision-making body of the Open edX project – the Technical Oversight Committee (TOC). The 3 elected community representatives will join the TOC, along with the 3 members from tCRIL and the 3 members from 2U.

The 3 elected community representatives have the mission to represent the community as a whole, but with each a specific focus:

  • Operators & core community representative, which is elected by the project’s core contributors and maintainers
  • Instructors representative, which is elected by all individuals producing or running a currently active course on Open edX 
  • Learners representative, which represents everyone using Open edX to learn; for this election round, it is elected by the instructors, but the representative will be responsible for reaching out to the learners, and helping to involve learners in the project & its elections.

If you are running a currently active course on Open edX, please register to vote! This includes any form of contribution to the authoring of a course, and particularly Teaching Assistants (TAs).

Voter registration is open until September 30th, and the election will be held in October.

Help reaching out to eligible voters!

We also need the whole community’s help to let all eligible voters know that they can vote. Since we are an open source project, our community is spread over many individual Open edX sites. Many learners, instructors, TAs and operators will not be following the news here – so if you know any, or have any way to get the news of the election registration published where users of Open edX will see it, please help! 

Blog posts on Open edX related sites or educational news sites are of particular relevance. Reach out to oscm@tcril.org.

Become a candidate

If you would like to apply as a candidate for the election, see the forum thread for candidates nomination

Note that in order to qualify for becoming a TOC member, if you aren’t already a core contributor, you will need to go pass the core contributor review process, which takes about 2 weeks. In order to complete the review on time, you will need to submit your candidature for core contributor by September 12th – please reach out now without waiting though, to help prepare you.

Learn more

For more details about the election, see the TOC Community Election Charter which has been recently enacted by the TOC, after community review. This is still an experimental process, which the TOC might adjust based on the experience gained running the elections.

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