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  • October 4, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. In the core CAPA problem types, the open learning XML (OLX) <label> and <description> elements can now include HTML tags for formatting text. In the survey tool, available response options are now correctly associated with their respective text labels and with the survey question. Additionally, non-visual learners are now...
  • October 3, 2016
    Happy October to our Open edX community! We're excited to share what we've been up to over the past month, and we hope you'll enjoy these updates too. Improvements for Learners At-your-fingertips help has arrived in the LMS! At the top of every page, including the learner dashboard, learners can select Help and instantly access the Open edX Learner's Guide. We hope that learners can now easily find answers to their questions! Other improvements for learners include updates to...
  • September 28, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. The edX video player has been updated to make options for downloading videos, transcripts, and handouts more accessible. For more information, see Watching Videos on the edX Video Player in the EdX Learner's Guide or Watching Videos on the edX Video Player in the Open edX Learner's Guide. In discussions, the list of topics and the controls available...
  • September 26, 2016
    We are excited to share initial steps around course navigation improvements that our team is working on at the moment. We expect the first wave of changes to arrive in about three weeks, with additional changes a few weeks after that. The following post is a summary of the improvements, as well as some details on how to preview these changes and provide any additional feedback you may have.  Course Navigation Today Today, a learner’s course experience centers around a single primary...
  • September 21, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. EdX, with its partner organizations, has now launched MicroMasters programs. Developed to advance careers, and based on the master's programs of leading universities, each MicroMasters program is a series of higher-level courses that are recognized by companies for real job relevancy, and may accelerate a master's degree. For more information, see...
  • September 7, 2016
    Learner Analytics in Insights Insights now includes Learner Analytics, which tracks individual activity metrics for enrolled learners in your edX course. By reviewing these metrics, you can identify cases in which you may want to reach out to individual learners. Identifying Struggling Learners Learner Analytics allows you to identify struggling learners. The roster view shows summary activity metrics for the past 7 days, and highlights learners in the 15th percentile and below with...
  • September 7, 2016
    Hello once again from edX headquarters in Cambridge! It's back-to-school time in many parts of the world, and we've been working on lots of improvements for all the new learners who will be taking your courses this academic year. Improvements for Learners First up: Most of your learners are eager to see their progress, and we've recently made changes that significantly reduce Progress page loading times. The graph to the right shows loading times before and after we implemented...
  • August 31, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. Support Level Icons in Studio for Exercises and Problem Types In Studio, the support level for each exercise, problem type, or tool is now represented with an icon when you select Advanced, HTML, or Problem to add a new component to your course. The edX Support Levels link next to the legend opens the documentation describing the support levels....
  • August 23, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. Several improvements have been made to the Discussion page in the LMS. A list of topics, rather than posts, appears by default, and the Search All Posts option has been relocated. For more information, refer to this "Coming Soon" announcment for edX partners or the Open edX community. A series of incremental improvements to grade...
  • August 16, 2016
    Edx just released a security fix for the ecommerce service The patch removes the public access to the ecommerce catalogue directory and it’s content. A user before the fix can take advantage of the visibility and use any edx course coupons to checkout enrollment seats. Please see the fix here https://github.com/edx/ecommerce/commit/5ddce0941bc9521bd52b0bd68d531daf04500942 Thanks, and please let us know if you have any questions!
  • August 16, 2016
    Our team is very excited to announce that we will shortly release improvements for our standard CAPA problems (multiple choice, drop down, etc) within the next 1-2 weeks. At a high level, these improvements will streamline and enhance how screenreader users and keyboard users are able to interact with these key problem types. As part of this work, we will updating OLX and markdown for CAPA problems, summarized below: Generic changes that affect all CAPA problems   For the...
  • August 16, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. Several improvements have been made to drag and drop problems. Draggable items can now match more than one target zone, and you can now include an optional assessment mode to require learners to drop all draggable items before they receive any feedback. For more information, see Drag and Drop Problem in the Building and Running an edX Course guide...
  • August 9, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. In the LMS, course updates, including those added on the same date, now appear in reverse chronological order (most recently added at the top). In the LMS, when CAPA (computer assisted personalized approach) problems display in right-to-left languages, math equation response fields now correctly allow learners to input mathemetical or...
  • August 8, 2016
    Update - The enhancements for standard problem types will be live the week of October 11, 2016.   We are thrilled to announce enhancements to the learner experience for our standard problem types (often referred to as CAPA problems). Based on feedback, we’ve included these updates to simplify the learner experience: The “Check” and “Final Check” buttons will be consolidated, and relabeled “Submit”. ​ Secondary actions (e.g., hint, save, reset, show...
  • August 3, 2016
    As part of an effort to improve the navigation of the Discussions application within the learning experience, we are working on updates to the navigation that should help learners more easily find discussions they are interested in. This is the first step on a path of numerous improvements to the discussion forums, the nexts steps for which are also detailed below.   Discussion Navigation Today Today, when learners land on the discussion forum they are presented with a list of...
  • August 2, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. In Insights, the Daily Student Enrollment chart and the Enrollment Over Time report now include separate counts for each of the enrollment options for your course—including audit, verified, verified with credit, and professional. Courses that ended before December 2015 might include honor track enrollments. For more information, see Enrollment...
  • August 1, 2016
    Greetings again from the edX home office! As the temperatures have risen here in Cambridge, we've been working on some cool new features for you. Improvements for Learners We want your learners to focus on your course content instead of logistical details. To that end, we've added the ability to specify local time zones to the Account Settings page. No more mental gymnastics while learners convert from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to their own time! Additionally, on-the-go...
  • July 26, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. Course teams can now hide the contents of a subsection after the subsection’s due date has passed without affecting earned grades. Subsections that are hidden in this way remain in the course navigation, but after the subsection due date, learners cannot access the content. For more information, see Hide a Subsection from Learners in Building and...
  • July 20, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. Version 2.5.1 of the edX app for the Android platform and version 2.5.0 of the edX app for the iOS platform are now available. These versions add improvements to the video player and to course discussions. You can download these versions of the app from Google Play or the App Store. To improve accessibility, edX has updated the...
  • July 20, 2016
    Security Alert Severity: Medium Category: Email Verification Vulnerability Affected Projects: edx-platform Reporter: self-reported Permanent URL:   During an automated security audit of the edX platform code, we discovered a bug in the email verification and account activation process.  This bug allows a malicious user to activate an account with an unverified (invalid or someone else’s)...
  • July 13, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. In the LMS, the Progress page now includes a message for learners who are auditing a course to clarify that the audit track is not certificate-bearing. In course discussions, an error that caused responses to remain marked as correct even after a response was unmarked has been corrected. In Studio, an edit check has been added to the...
  • July 1, 2016
    Salutations from summery Cambridge! July is here, and with it are some new features for you and your learners to enjoy. Improvements for Learners We want all of our learners to get the most out of their online learning experience! At the beginning of our learner's guide, we've added a Learning in a MOOC topic to help our learners know what to expect from an online learning environment and to answer some of the questions we hear most often. This new "Learning in a MOOC" topic contains...
  • June 28, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. ​For more information about other changes in this release, see the edX Release Notes. You can access the weekly release notes, as well as all of the edX documentation, at docs.edx.org. Changes to the grading process have improved the performance of grade calculation for the Progress page. Changes include ending support for the XBlock field...
  • June 21, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. The edX video player now renders all transcript files as plain text. All HTML markup is removed from the transcript file before the transcript plays. In addition, the indication for the selected speed and transcript language is now clearer when a user's operating system is in high contrast mode. In course discussions, a problem in...
  • June 15, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates. Cohorts have been added to bulk email Send to options. In addition to existing groups, course teams can now send bulk email messages to one or more of the cohorts in their courses. For more information, see Message Addressing in Building and Running an edX Course or Message Addressing in Building and Running an Open edX Course. The learner Account...

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