WHAT IS THE EDX GLOBAL FORUM?
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!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
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 edx.org/schools-partners.
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: edX Course Author Training
Friday, December 8: edX Course Author Training
HOTEL, VENUE AND TRAVEL INFORMATION
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.
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.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TRAVELING TO WHISTLER
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?
Save up to 25% on Lift Passes!
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.
The 2017/18 Winter Season rates are due to be released this summer, so please stay tuned for updates and the UBC Edx booking code!