To Register

Registration for the 2017 edX Global Forum is open to current edX partners only.

Please REGISTER HERE and then follow these prompts:

  • On the edX Global Forum event page, enter the required password 2017EDXGF that was sent to partners via email *
  • You will see a green TICKETS button on the next page. Click that button to register.

* Problems registering? Contact Erin Brown directly at

Conference Schedule

Monday, December 4: Arrival and pre-meetings

Tuesday, December 5: Conference Day 1

Tuesday Evening: Reception at the Roundhouse (via gondola)

Wednesday, December 6: Conference Day 2

Wednesday Evening: Reception at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Thursday, December 7: Departures from Whistler

Please note that edX training will be held on the UBC campus in Vancouver immediately following the edX Global Forum. Transportation will be provided from Whistler to UBC on Thursday morning.

  • Thursday, December 7: 1:00-4:30pm local time
  • Friday, December 8: 9:00am-3:00pm local time

In this Experienced Course Author Training session, participants will learn about new Studio features, learner engagement activities, and advanced uses of tools. Previous experience in edX Studio is recommended. Learn more and register for training in Vancouver.

Program at a Glance

We have an exciting array of topics that we’ll be covering at this year’s event, among them:

Plenary: EdX Learners on Career Outcomes

Hear directly from learners how edX courses and credentials have helped to advance their careers and improve their lives. We’ve gathered a group learners from diverse backgrounds, who have taken a variety of edX courses and programs, to appear live on our main stage. We’ll hear what they look for when choosing courses and what keeps them engaged and committed to seeing courses through to the end.

Partner Talks: Program Innovations

MicroMasters programs, Professional Certificate programs, and other credentials are changing the way learners approach online education. We have invited a group of edX partners to the plenary stage to talk about their innovations with regards to program offerings, and to share details on how they are making these programs successful. Presentations will include one on MIT’s pioneering Supply Chain Management MicroMasters program, which was the pilot program for the MicroMasters initiative.

Plenary: How Organizations Learn

Today’s online learners will make up tomorrow’s global workforce. Increasingly, employers are using online learning content and tools to keep current staff on the path to success – a trend that offers opportunity for all of us as content providers. A distinguished group of experts from industry and universities who understand how organizations learn will discuss the impact.

Plenary: Pioneers Panel

EdX began five years ago. As we look back at the successes we’ve seen as a community, what have we learned? What will the next five years bring? Join what should be a provocative talk between edX CEO Anant Agarwal and a group of senior leaders and innovators who helped carve our path to success to date.

Plenary: Why Humanities Matter in a STEM-Focused World

As STEM-focused jobs become more prevalent, there is a growing parallel discussion around the importance of a humanities education and critical thinking development for today’s learners and future workers. An exciting and diverse group of thought leaders will meet on our plenary stage to discuss how to break through education silos to educate the well-rounded learners that the world needs today.

Second Annual EdX Prize Finalists Ceremony

For the second year, some of the best educators from across our partner community will be honored as finalists of this year’s EdX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning. The prize acknowledges the innovations of MOOC teachers around the world whose passion and dedication are helping to drive change and engage learners worldwide.

Please stay tuned for a detailed schedule for the 2017 edX Global Forum. In the meantime, check out the 2016 program schedule on





Location: Whistler, British Columbia

Hotel and Conference Venue: Fairmont Chateau Whistler


The conference will be held at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Conference attendees also should plan to stay at the Fairmont, where discounted room rates for edX Global Forum attendees have been secured.

Book Your Room Here

Please note that discounted room rates of $209-$239 CAD extend for three days before and after the event. You can book these extra days via the above link.

 Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel



The recommended airport is Vancouver International Airport (YVR), which is 2+ hours from Whistler.

Please use Ridebooker to secure your ground transportation between YVR and the Whistler resort, as this is the preferred method of transportation for our event. In winter, the road to Whistler requires snow tires, which many rental cars do NOT have. For this reason, we recommend the Ridebooker bus shuttle service.

How to book: Once you have your flights, click on the Ridebooker link. Attendees should hit the "book now" button and add their specific flight information to secure transportation to and from YVR directly to the resort. Payment for this service can also be made via this link.

To participate in the full list of events, we suggest this travel schedule for edX Global Forum attendees:

  • Monday, 4 December: Fly into Vancouver; secure Ridebooker from YVR to Whistler
  • Tuesday, 5 December: Conference day 1 (8:00am start; includes evening event)
  • Wednesday, 6 December: Conference day 2 (full conference day; includes evening event until 8:00pm)
  • Thursday, 7 December: Secure Ridebooker from Whistler to YVR; fly out of Vancouver

*For those attending pre-meetings on 4 December or edX training on 7-8 December, you should adjust your travel accordingly.

Adding extra days?

Whistler Blackcomb makes it easy for UBC Edx attendees to pre-purchase exciting winter products and are pleased to offer fantastic pre/post conference savings on Lift Tickets, Rentals and Snow School Programs from December 2 – 9, 2017.

UBC Edx will also receive VIP cards for 10% off regular priced retail, Coca-Cola Tube Park, Fresh Tracks Mountain Top Breakfast, along with ski tuning & repair.

Please view this PDF that shows discounted rates on lift tickets and other services from Whistler Blackcomb.


The edX Global Forum is an interactive, energetic conference that brings together the entire edX community. Partners from across the world gather each year to share knowledge, discuss progress in online learning, and better understand how our collective course offerings meet the needs of today's learner.

Our dynamic partner community includes senior leaders from universities, corporations, and non-profit organizations, as well as faculty, course teams, instructional technologists, researchers, marketers, data czars, and online learning visionaries and innovators of all stripes. The annual edX Global Forum provides an opportunity for this international group to meet in person to share knowledge, exchange ideas and views, and learn from each other. Attendees can expect provocative plenaries, informative breakout sessions, small group meetings, dynamic networking opportunities, and exciting evening event venues.

The 2017 event celebrates edX's fifth year of working with partners to expand access to education worldwide. Please join us so we can explore the future of education together!


The edX Global Forum is a conference for leaders in the online learning space. The audience is made up of senior leaders at universities and organizations, as well as their teams. All current edX partners are welcome to attend (the event is closed to non-partners). A list of our partner organizations can be found at