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EdX Updates for the Week Ending 20 January 2017

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EdX follows a continuous release model. Updates are released to the platform on edx.org and edX Edge each day.

The following changes were released during the week ending 20 January 2017.

  • Course teams can now address email messages to all learners in a particular enrollment track by selecting a single addressing option. For courses that have more than one enrollment track, each enrollment track is now available as a separate recipient group on the Email page of the instructor dashboard in the LMS. Track-based recipient groups will not exist for courses that include only a
    single enrollment track. When course teams select multiple recipient groups, learners who belong to more than one of the selected groups do not receive more than one copy of the message.

    For more information, see Sending Email Messages to Learners in Different Enrollment Tracks in the Building and Running an edX Course guide or Sending Email Messages to Learners in Different Enrollment Tracks in the Building and Running an Open edX Course guide.

  • Navigating within a course using the navigation bar at the top of the course page is significantly improved for keyboard and screen reader users.

    Keyboard users can now use the left and right arrow keys to move through the components in the top navigation bar, and the tab key to move from the current selected tab directly into the main course content area. Note that if the Bookmarks feature is enabled for a course, the first focusable element in the main course content area is the link for Bookmark this page.

    For screen reader users, the elements of the navigation bar are now correctly identified by role (such as "tab list", "tab", or "tab panel"). Screen reader information for individual tabs now also includes their current state ("collapsed" or "expanded and selected").

For more information about these and other changes for the week ending 20 January 2017, see the edX Release Notes. You can access the weekly release notes, as well as all of the edX documentation, at docs.edx.org.