— Congratulations to the 2020 Open edX Prize Winners!

This year we announced the inaugural Open edX prize to celebrate the most impactful work by the Open edX community of engineers and instructors. Though the Open edX Conference was cancelled due to COVID-19, we received a number of compelling nominations from the community.  Two juries of representatives from edX were formed to evaluate the nominations in the categories of:

  • The most important technical project
  • The most important project in instruction or learning design

We were so impressed by the quality of the nominations and the work of the dedicated and innovative Open edX community, and we thank everyone for their nominations and contributions to the Open edX platform.

Without further ado, we are excited to announce the winners of this year’s Open edX Prize. 

Technical project Prize

Congratulations to Robert Lue, Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and UNESCO Chair on Life Sciences and Social Innovation, Gaurav Vazirani, Managing Director of LabXchange, Braden MacDonald, CTO of OpenCraft, Usman Khalid, Senior Open Source Developer at OpenCraft, and David Ormsbee, Staff Software Engineer at edX, for winning the 2020 Open edX Prize in creating the most impactful technical Open edX project, with their platform LabXchange. 

About the Project:    

LabXchange is a free online platform which allows its users to establish an online community for personalized learning, sharing, and collaboration. The LabXchange platform is powered by Open edX software and integrates with edx.org. Students employ a single account to learn on both labxchange.org and edx.org, and the same LMS technology powers both sites. LabXchange has contributed several major new Open edX features such as Blockstore, a new XBlock Runtime, and a new visual assessment editor.             

Instructional design Prize

We would also like to congratulate Yvain Demollière, CEO of MOOCit, Maxime Granata, Video Producer, and Leslie Huin, Instructional Designer, of MOOCit, for winning the 2020 Open edX Prize in the category of best instructional design, with their Open edX learning platform Les Copros Vertes.                        

About the Project:             

Les Copros Vertes was established by Qualitel and FNAIM to create an awareness training program for over 50 thousand French citizens, related to house building projects and eco-friendly renovation models. 

MOOCit collaborates to provide Open edX platform implementation, customization and hosting, as well as instructional design and video production. Les Copros Vertes represents an innovative use of the Open edX platform, through the creation of a targeted audience and serving such an audience well. Les Copros Vertes contains thoughtful changes to the Open edX UI to enhance site navigation, while concurrently delivering high production value. Additionally, the learning platform features engaging presenters, posters to summarize key points, as well as frequent knowledge checks to validate the users learning and understanding of the course content presented. Online learning discussion forums are used, as well as a mobile app, and automatic emails, which are accessible via MOOCit, to further engage the learner base. 

Please join us in congratulating the Open edX Prize winners for their exceptional contributions and ongoing commitment to providing learners everywhere with access to high-quality online education and an engaging online learning experience!