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  • May 10, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates and enhancements. The cohort management section of the instructor dashboard now displays status information to help course teams determine whether the feature is enabled and working properly. For Open edX sites, a change to the courseware_studentmodulehistory database table requires a new database configuration and offers an optional data migration....
  • May 3, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates and enhancements. Accessibility improvements have been made to Skip to Content links and to edX templates so that keyboard and screen reader users can more easily navigate through courses. A problem that occurred when users selected the "next" arrow button has been resolved. The "next" arrow button is no longer available if the learner does not have...
  • May 2, 2016
    Hello again from edX headquarters! Another month has flown by, and we want to let you know what we've been up to for the past few weeks. Improvements for Learners Learners asked, and we listened! One of the most requested features has been enabling the arrow buttons on all unit pages so that learners can more easily navigate both forward and backward through the course. No more getting stuck on a unit page at the end of a subsection—learners can just select the arrow button...
  • April 27, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates and enhancements. A new version of the drag and drop problem type is available. This mobile-ready, accessible version replaces the older drag and drop problem type and should be used in any new course development. Existing courses that use the older drag and drop problem type are not affected; however, if you re-run a course that uses the older drag...
  • April 27, 2016
    As part of an effort to improve the visibility of XSeries Programs within the learning experience, we are working on a new area of the learner dashboard that will convey learner progress toward programs.  XSeries Programs Today Today, learners enrolled in any course that is a part of an XSeries Program see a message that links to the page for that XSeries Program, where learners can find more information about the XSeries and its courses. In addition to these association...
  • April 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 and enhancements. When you add a course update in Studio, the system now validates the Date value that you specify. The closed captions for a video are now movable. You can drag the captions and drop them onto another part of the video player screen. To sort discussion posts by recent activity, the LMS now uses the correct date value. The Open...
  • April 14, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates and enhancements. Several improvements have been made to LMS navigation. Learners can now use the left-pointing and right-pointing arrow buttons at the ends of the learning sequence to move to the previous or next unit. When learners hold their mouse pointers over or have screen readers read each unit in the course sequence, only the...
  • April 6, 2016
    Over the past few months, we have done, and are continuing to do, a lot of work to modernize how edX builds front end applications. These upgrades will enable us to bring in more modern libraries and tools to the edX platform. At the same time, it introduces some amount of risk, despite all the testing that we do. To minimize risk, we will roll out these changes incrementally, starting with the least complex upgrades. However, course teams that use custom XBlocks and/or custom JavaScript should...
  • April 4, 2016
    Happy April from Cambridge! We hope you had a great March, and that you'll enjoy the latest features we've added to the edX platform. Improvements for Learners We want to help your learners move through the e-commerce workflow successfully! To improve the user experience, we have updated our Checkout page. This page offers the same functionality as the former page, but is streamlined and more intuitive. For more information about e-commerce in edX, see Adding E-Commerce to the Open edX...
  • March 29, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates and enhancements. The latest versions of the edX mobile apps for both iOS and Android are now available. These new versions make creating and editing user profiles available on the edX mobile apps. The edx.org website now includes an All Subjects page and breadcrumb navigation. The Underscore.js JavaScript library has been...
  • March 22, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates and enhancements. Learners on edx.org and edX Edge can now highlight text and take notes while they progress through a course. For more information, see Notes Tool in the Building and Running an edX Course guide, or Taking Notes in an edX Course in the EdX Learner’s Guide. The LMS now supports internationalization (i18n) and localization (l10n)...
  • March 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 and enhancements. A new report for ORA assignments is now available. This report includes learner responses to an ORA assignment, assessment details and scores, and any feedback provided by the learner. For more information, see Generate a Report for ORA Assignments in the Building and Running an edX Course guide, or Generate a Report for ORA...
  • March 8, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates and enhancements. The LMS dashboard now displays information about more than one XSeries for courses. If a course is part of more than one XSeries, information about each XSeries appears in the dashboard section for that course. The search feature for edX documentation includes two improvements. One improvement is that you can now include punctuation...
  • March 3, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates and enhancements. Accessibility improvements were made so that screen readers can now correctly retrieve tooltip text from the course sequence navigation. In courses that use teams, links to some topics discussions were broken due to the formatting of the topic URL. This issue is now resolved. ​For more information about other changes in this...
  • March 3, 2016
    Greetings from edX headquarters! March is upon us, and with a new month come a number of changes and new features designed to help you and your learners make the most of the edX platform. Improvements for Learners We've recently introduced changes to make navigating through a course more intuitive. Instead of seeing Courseware and Course Info pages when they sign into a course, learners now see Home and Course pages. The Home page contains all the content that appeared on the Course...
  • February 24, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following updates and enhancements. Open edX platform users can now configure the number of days before OAuth tokens expire. For more information, see Configure OAuth Token Expiration in the Installing, Configuring, and Running the Open edX Platform guide. The randomize component, a little-used and provisionally supported tool, is now deprecated. Course...
  • February 17, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following features and enhancements. The Dogwood version of Open edX is now available. For information about features and other changes in this release, see the Open edX Dogwood Release notes, or read the Dogwood blog post on the Open edX portal. To enhance accessibility, updates have been made have been made to the labels and on-screen help text that appear on the...
  • February 9, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following features and enhancements. The LMS Home page replaces the Course Info page. It will open automatically when the learner signs in and selects a course. In addition to course updates and news, the Home page will feature important course dates. Home is now the first page option for learners. Course is the new name for the Courseware page. It will be located to...
  • February 2, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following features and enhancements. The latest version of the edX for Android (version 2.0.0) is now available. In addition to watching course videos, learners who access edX courses using Android smartphones can now use the app to view HTML and text components, and complete assignments that consist of the basic assessment types (checkbox, dropdown, multiple choice...
  • February 2, 2016
    A change is coming to the learner experience next week! This change affects the names and order of two pages in the learning management system (LMS), and its goal is to help learners navigate through your courses more easily. First, the name of the current Courseware page is changing to Course, and the name of the Course Info page is changing to Home.  The Course page will contain the same content as the former Courseware page. Only the name is changing.  The new...
  • February 1, 2016
    Hello once again from Cambridge! All of the edX engineers have been hard at work all through January, which means you and your learners are in for some new tools and exciting improvements to existing features. Note: These new tools and improvements are available in the latest release of the Open edX platform. They are not yet available in a named release. Video Course in the EdX Learning Series We know that you work hard to create excellent videos for your course. ...
  • January 26, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following new features. With the new peer instruction tool, course teams can create multiple choice questions that allow learners to select an answer, provide an explanation for the answer that they select, and then view answers and explanations from their peers before they submit a final response. For more information about how to create these problems, see...
  • January 20, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following new features. A teams feature is now available to support small group interactions and projects for the learners in your courses. When this feature is enabled and team projects are defined, a learner can browse the project topics and then create a team to take part in group activities for a chosen topic.  For more information, see Including Teams ...
  • January 12, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following enhancements. An error that prevented the "View as a specific student" feature from presenting course content has been resolved. System administrators can now add custom fields to the registration page for their Open edX instances. Fields can be of different types, including drop-down and text entry. For more information, see Adding Custom Fields to...
  • January 6, 2016
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes a number of new features and improvements. The changes include the following enhancements. The new Bookmarks feature allows learners to add a bookmark to any course page, and adds a Bookmarks page that lists all the bookmarks a learner has created in a course. For more information, see Bookmarks in the EdX Learner's Guide or Bookmarks ...

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