Open edX Launches Adaptive Learning Working Group

by Furqan Nazeeri | August 17, 2015

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Yesterday we had the kick-off meeting of the Open edX adaptive working group. Given the topic, the group was unsurprisingly large and diverse including participants from around the globe and from both academia and industry.

The group is co-chaired by Scott Dunn, Director of Engineering  and yours truly, Furqan Nazeeri, Partner at ExtensionEngine.

The group’s charter is threefold:

  1. Guide the development of the Open edX adaptive learning roadmap
  2. Contribute engineering resources to develop adaptive learning features
  3. Test and adopt new adaptive learning features

One of the main focuses of the group to begin with is identifying key use cases that the platform could and should support and then helping define the MVP functionality as well as the short term adaptive learning product roadmap. In the kick-off meeting, there was quite a bit of discussion around a myriad of use cases. In fact, one of the main deliverables for the group in early September is to draft a list of potential use cases so now would be a great time to share those if you have some!

For us this isn’t theoretical...this is real! In fact, we are currently working with a major international financial services organization on a R&D project to prove out an adaptive approach using Open edX and Knewton.

We have previously described how adaptive learning is quickly becoming table stakes in online learning. What is most exciting to me is that almost all of the adaptive learning platforms available today are proprietary solutions and Open edX is poised to be one of the first, if not the first, open source solutions.

If you are interested in participating or contributing, join the Google Group Open edX Adaptive Learning to find out how you can help. Alternatively you can reach out to me directly at

Furqan Nazeeri

Furqan Nazeeri is a Partner at Extension Engine. He regularly speaks on innovation in online learning and has 20+ years of experience building and managing high-performance teams. Prior to Extension Engine, Furqan was a founder/CEO of VC-backed Pivot Inc. (acquired by NASDAQ:CME) and EIR at Softbank Capital. He has a BSE in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard University.

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