Open edX Primer

Welcome! Thanks for your interest in the Open edX platform and community. “Open edX” refers both to the, free to use, open source software platform that powers thousands of learning sites across the globe (including the edX website) and the vibrant open source community that develops and maintains that platform. Axim Collaborative stewards the open source project, but it is the global community of contributors that sustains and advances the software platform.

If you are just getting started with the Open edX platform there are multiple paths to get you where you want to go.

If you are just learning about the platform our newly refreshed Demo Course is the place to start.  The demo course covers platform tools, content creation, assessments, social learning, and community stories.  The course moves progressively from introductory material to advanced topics helping the uninitiated ramp up quickly.

For those organizations that are ready to start using the Open edX platform, there are several partners in our eco-system who can support you, depending upon your needs. For example, if you require full service support, including course creation and management, e-commerce, and marketing, partners in the installation and hosting category can support those needs.  If, on the other hand, you have internal IT capabilities but seek platform customization support, we have partners who specialize here. Rest assured that there is ample support available across the community as well as commercial support offerings. You can find a list of vendors who support services from hosting, to customization, to course development in the Open edX marketplace. We invite you to reach out to us and one of our team members can help you find the right partner for your needs.

Working with a vendor partner is, by no means, required.  Many organizations opt to join the community directly, learn from ecosystem experts, and become contributors themselves.  For these organizations there are many opportunities for you to participate, and we’ll welcome you with open arms.  

Community members contribute depending upon each member’s expertise and goals.  Contributions span developing the software, writing documentation, conducting UX research, translating the platform into different languages, and much, much more.

A great way to get started in the community is to join a working group that aligns with your interests.  The active working groups are listed in our wiki and we have a public calendar of project meetings.

For asynchronous communication we use Discourse for conversations that provide enduring value across the community and Slack for quick questions and more “real time” coordination.

These resources will help you get started with the Open edX platform whether you are just learning the basics or an experienced user of the platform.  If you need further support, you can find much more information about the project and the software on our website, If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at