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Open edX Conference Cancelled, Coursera Conference Goes Virtual

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, a number of conferences are being cancelled or moved online.

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Early this week, the Open edX team decided to cancel their annual conference due to concerns related to COVID-19. The 2020 Open edX conference was scheduled to take place on May 19–22, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Now, the organizers are contemplating making the conference virtual. They plan to make an announcement next week.

This isn’t the first time edX has to cancel a conference for reasons out of their control. In 2019, the edX Global Forum — edX’s partner conference — was cancelled for safety reasons.

The 2019 Global Forum was going to be hosted in November at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The 2020 Global Forum is planned to be hosted in the fall in New York City by Columbia University.

Another conference that has decided to go virtual is Coursera’s Partners Conference. Originally, the conference was supposed to take place on April 20–21 in Chicago, Illinois. Now, it will be a one-day virtual conference free of cost (for Coursera partners) held on April 21, 2020.

For a comprehensive list of digital learning conferences in 2020, check out Class Central’s compilation.

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