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Intro to the Open edX Project & Contributing

A short introduction to the Open edX project, including how to contribute.

About This Course

This course is intended for anyone new to the Open edX project, or anyone interested in learning more about the project's background and how to contribute. It covers many basics of the project, including what it is, the history, and the community.

In the course we provide an introduction to contributing to the project. We're always eager to have more people in various roles - coders, project managers, translators, product managers and more!


Nothing! Anyone from anywhere is welcome to take this course.

Course Staff

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Sarina Canelake

Sarina has been working on the Open edX project since 2012. She is the administrator of the Core Contributor program and the Engineering Manager of the Axim Engineering Team. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, you can usually find her grilling, watching Deep Space 9, setting up elaborate Christmas light displays, or playing with her cats: Rupert, Arthur, and Ashley.

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Maria Grimaldi

Maria has been working on the Open edX project as a software engineer since 2020. Since her first contribution to the Open edX project, she has made it her mission to stay close to the open-source community since she knows firsthand its impact on the educational systems in places like her native Venezuela.

In 2022 she joined the Core Contributor program as a coding CC. Right now, she's helping the project increase its quality and impact across communities. Maria works for eduNEXT, a Colombian-based Open edX provider.

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Jorge Londoño

Jorge has worked as part of the eduNEXT team for 5 years, as a project manager, scrum master, and engineering manager. He is based in Colombia and recently got a new, very cute, kitten.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to know how to code to contribute to the Open edX platform?

Not at all! The project needs you! Whatever your skill set - for example: UX designer, marketing specialist, project manager, writer (technical documentation, blog posts, etc), and many more - there is a place for you within the Open edX project.

Is this course open source?

This course is released under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution-Share Alike Non-commercial license. This means that you are allowed to use these materials, in the following ways:

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

The source for this course is available as a .tar.gz file on GitHub.

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari.

See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.

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