Please join us on Friday, May 19th, 2023 at 10 AM (EDT) for an informative session on how Arizona State University and XIM University are leveraging the Open edX Platform to provide education at scale. You can register to this free event in Eventbrite.

As the nation’s most innovative university eight years in a row, Arizona State University has pioneered many types of educational technology and practices. In recent years, ASU has adapted the Open edX platform to meet educational challenges for a broad range of projects.

During the Open edX meetup, Elizabeth Gordon, Assistant Director & International Instructional Designer and Brian Nethero, Project Manager at ASU, will present 3 innovative projects: a suite of personal and professional development courses in multiple languages for employees of a multinational corporation; a college and career readiness platform empowering Emirati and Arab youth and a social, professional learning community for young African leaders.

Following the ASU presentation, Professor of Strategy & General Management at XIM University, Dr. S. Senthil Ganesh, will present an Open edx Peer Learning Experiment: Integrating Anonymous Feedback and Face-to-Face Team Analysis for Maximizing Learning Outcomes.

In his MBA Business Ethics course, Dr. S. Senthil Ganesh uses the traditional case method to explore ethical dilemmas and theories through Socratic and Problem Method teaching. However, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the university to close its campus in 2020, prompting professors to seek alternative methods for engaging their students offline. Dr. S. Senthil Ganesh utilized polls, discussion forums, and anonymous peer assessments of assignments, through the Open edX learning management system, to facilitate effective learning. As the campus reopened in 2021, he became curious about the potential effectiveness of peer learning in a flipped classroom setting.

To explore this, Dr. S. Senthil Ganesh conducted a pedagogical experiment integrating anonymous peer feedback on individual case analysis, through the learning management system with subsequent face-to-face team case analysis in a proctored setting. The objective of the experiment was to understand the efficacy of peer learning with and without proctoring in two different phases.

The insights from the experiment can guide faculty in designing peer learning components using the Open edX learning management system, enabling students to analyze cases at their own pace and provide feedback to co-learners within a set timeframe, resulting in increased student interest, engagement, and achievement. Moreover, this approach provides an excellent opportunity for faculty to use classroom time effectively to explore decision-making styles among individuals and teams and discuss key principles and concepts related to the subject matter.