Dear Open edX Community,
With a heavy heart, I bid farewell. This week is my last with Open edX.
I am impressed by how far our community has come and thrilled to see our continued growth.
The growth in energy and activation of our community, especially since the 2020 launch of our tri-fold Open edX flywheel strategy of Core Contributors, Blended Development, and Preferred Providers, is inspiring.
We committed to investing in our platform architecture, with extension frameworks (link, link), eventing design patterns (OEP-41, OEP-50, OEP-52), and standards integrations (xAPI/Caliper - OEP-26, LTI, Common Cartridge). These fundamental advancements are directionally aligned with our architecture principles and building blocks of our architecture strategy (aka BEES).
We revived and initiated multiple vibrant working groups who are making strategic impacts on our brand, our platform capabilities, our developer experience, and our ecosystem.
The latest news of the 2U acquisition and the birth of a new non-profit to secure our future is a fantastic milestone and a testament to our collective efforts. This new phase will bring forth even further investments and strong collective leadership.
I am truly grateful to have been on this journey with you.
It has been a pleasure to be a part of this warm, welcoming, and supportive Open edX community. I have learned much from you about leadership, technical strategy, collaborative development, and open source. I have had the opportunity to meet with wonderful people who drive with a purpose to better this world and who value the journey as much as the destination.
I am moving on and will miss you terribly.
After nearly 8 years, I am stepping away. I will be joining a consulting organization (ThoughtWorks) that leads organizations in their own digital transformations. With me, I will bring along a bit of each of you, who have helped me with my growth and my grit, as I guide other organizations in our global community.
Time together tomorrow and staying connected
If you have time, join me tomorrow for an hour of final words and Q&A. I will share my thoughts on the Education part of EdTech, the Technology part of EdTech, and the People part of EdTech.
Thank you, everyone. I will continue to root for the success of our platform and our community. Looking forward to staying connected.
With a heavy heart, I bid farewell.
This week is my last with Open edX.
Proud of what we have achieved thus far,
Excited for future successes and more.
I thank you all for what you have given me.
A purpose no smaller
Than changing lives of learners,
Opportunities to build for scale and foster our community.
And through it all, lasting friendships to keep with me.
How lucky I am to have something so precious,
That makes saying goodbye so bitingly onerous.
The leaves will soon fall at no perfect hour,
Too, my humming bees flit from your flower.
Friends, ere we part, wish me good luck.
As I embark on a path
I have not tread in the past.
To ThoughtWorks I go, to what exactly I don’t know,
Missing you terribly, that I do know.