Developer Community

A key goal of TLT was to cultivate a robust academic developer community around component development that complements core technologies.

This community primarily focused on sharing ideas, best practices, processes and products regarding development in the teaching and learning space within Harvard. We also engaged with developers in the teaching and learning space across schools and universities using Canvas and / or LTI tools. Our collective work included:

  • Development of LTI tools that can be used with Harvard Canvas courses, HarvardX learning experiences, and potentially with other schools and universities
  • Contribution of code that is accepted into the Canvas platform
  • Contribution of code that is accepted into the edX platform

There were many ways to get involved:

  • Attend TLT's bi-weekly sprint demos, alternate Wednesdays at 10am at 125 Mt. Auburn Street 5th floor conference room
  • Join a TLT quarterly demo day
  • Attend a monthly academic developer community lunch-and-learn meeting (better yet, present at one)
  • Participate in TLT's annual fall hackathon
  • Use the Penzance open source repository for relevant projects within TLT and publicizing its existence within the LTI community across Harvard and beyond

For more information, contact David Heitmeyer, TLT Senior Manager, Academic Platform Development and Open Source Community Lead.