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  • January 6, 2016
    Happy new year from edX! We're excited to begin 2016 and we have a lot of new features and updates in store for the year. Before we talk about upcoming features, though, we'd like to let you know what we were up to in December. New Features We've introduced several new features over the past few weeks. Office Mix The Office Mix tool, an open source contribution from Microsoft, is now available in Studio. Office Mix extends PowerPoint so that course teams can create interactive...
  • December 16, 2015
    ​ EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. Data packages prepared for partner institutions now include the SQL tables that store open response assessment data. For more information, see Open Response Assessment Data in the EdX Research Guide. Changes to the Analytics data exporter have been made to improve the quality of the SQL table data that partner institutions receive. These...
  • December 8, 2015
    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. New courses on edx.org can offer two types of certificate: verified and Xseries. Honor code certificates are no longer available for new courses; instead, learners can audit courses without a fee. In addition, learners now have the option of applying for financial...
  • December 1, 2015
    Happy December from edX! We're excited to announce some new enhancements to our platform that we're sure you'll enjoy.  EdX Insights Two improvements to edX Insights will help you more easily access and interpret information about the way your learners are interacting with your course. Video Preview When you view a graph of learners' viewing patterns for a video, a new preview feature allows you to play that video right above the graph. Additionally, you can...
  • December 1, 2015
    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. Course teams that use Microsoft Office Mix to create interactive online lessons can now embed mixes into their courses using the new Office Mix tool in Studio. For more information, see the Office Mix Tool topic in the Building and Running an edX Course...
  • November 17, 2015
    EdX is not issuing a platform release this week. Instead, edX has completed an upgrade of Django, the web framework that edX uses to develop Studio, the LMS, and Insights. This upgrade does not result in any user-visible changes. For more information about the Django upgrade, see the edX Release Notes. You can access the weekly release notes, as well as all other edX documentation, at docs.edx.org.
  • November 10, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. In edX Insights, you can now see course start and end dates and follow LMS links to the courseware or Instructor Dashboard. Also in edX Insights, you can now, while reviewing a graph of learners' viewing patterns for a video, select Expand Preview to immediately play that video. For more information, see Engagement with Course Video in Using edX...
  • November 4, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. EdX now offers timed exams. Course teams can configure a course subsection so that learners have a set amount of time to complete and submit all problems in that subsection. For more information, see Timed Exams in Building and Running an edX Course. In edX Insights, metrics for learner engagement with course content are now presented both as...
  • November 2, 2015
    Hello again from edX! We've been busy for the past few weeks, enjoying the Open edX Conference and developing new features and capabilities for you and your learners. Open edX Conference We had a wonderful time at Open edX Con this year! Over 200 attendees gathered to enjoy presentations and exchange ideas over two days on Wellesley's beautiful campus. The two-day hackathon that followed generated 23 projects from 75 participants. Many thanks to all those whose time and effort...
  • October 27, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. After you generate certificates for your course, you can find information about the certificates or download a .csv file of all certificates from the Instructor Dashboard. For more information, see Reporting Certificate Data in Building and Running an edX Course or Reporting Certificate Data in Building and Running an Open edX Course....
  • October 21, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. Course teams can now add Oppia explorations to course content. Oppia explorations are interactive tutorials that encourage exploration and experiential learning. For more information, see the Oppia Exploration Tool in the Building and Running an edX Course guide. Web certificates now include the following additional...
  • October 9, 2015
    Warmest greetings from edX! We've spent the past few weeks working on some exciting new capabilities to help you improve your courses—including partial credit for problems, detailed graphical data about course videos, and the ability to create and generate course certificates without the usual wait. Open edX Conference But first: Open edX Con is only three days away! We had a great time at last year's conference, and we can't wait to collaborate with and learn from other...
  • October 1, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. You can now set up checkbox, multiple choice, numerical input, and write-your-own-grader problems so that learners can receive partial credit for a problem if they submit an answer that is partly correct. For more information, see Awarding Partial Credit for a Problem in the Building and Running an edX Course guide. For numerical input and text...
  • September 23, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. The sign in process for edX Insights is significantly faster. For edX.org courses, course teams can no longer update enrollment end dates and times. Course teams can contact their edX partner managers to update this information.  For more information about the changes in this release and in our previous releases, see the edX...
  • September 22, 2015
    Hello from Cambridge! As a new season begins here in New England, we want to keep you up to date on ways we've been working to improve the Open edX platform. These changes are currently visible in non-named versions of edX and will be included in Dogwood, scheduled for November 2015. Open edX Conference As you may have heard (because we're just a little bit excited about it), the second annual Open edX Conference is taking place October 12–13 at Wellesley College. With...
  • September 17, 2015
    Security Alert Severity: High Category: XSS Affected Projects: edx-platform Reporter: self-reported Permanent URL: https://open.edx.org/CVE-2015-6960 During an internal code-review of the edx-platform code it was discovered that a bug allowed user submitted content to contain JavaScript that would execute in an end-user's browswer. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned...
  • September 16, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. In a pilot implementation, the edX Edge site is now being used as a learning tool interoperability (LTI) tool provider. Course teams use this feature to present content from edX courses, including advanced problem types and videos, in their on-campus learning management systems. Support for this feature is currently provisional as edX works with our...
  • September 8, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. You can now download a report of all learner submissions for a specified problem from the Data Download page of the Instructor Dashboard. Previously, you downloaded this report from the Legacy Instructor Dashboard. For more information about this report, see Student Answer Submissions in the Building and Running an edX Course guide. The drag...
  • September 1, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. In problems that contain hints or feedback, answer choices can now contain HTML. Previously, the <choicehint> and <demandhint> XML tags caused HTML and some other content to be invisible. On the Instructor Dashboard, the Course End Date field in the Basic Course Information field now contains...
  • August 26, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. Problems can now be configured so that learners who submit answers that are partly correct receive partial credit for their work. The following problem types now offer this partial credit option. Checkbox Dropdown Multiple Choice Numerical Input Write-Your-Own-Grader For information about awarding partial credit, see the...
  • August 25, 2015
    Security Alert Severity: Medium Category: Internal Data Exposure Affected Projects: edx-platform Reporter: Internal Review Permanent URL: https://open.edx.org/CVE-2015-6671 During internal review, we discovered that instances using SAML for single sign on store secrets in the database. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2015-6671 to this issue....
  • August 18, 2015
    Security Alert Severity: High Category: XSS Targeting Admin Users Affected Projects: edx-platform Reporter: Internal Review Permanent URL: https://open.edx.org/CVE-2015-6253 During routine internal testing, an XSS vulnerability in the Studio listing of courses was discovered. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2015-6253 to this issue. This is an...
  • August 17, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. Cypress, the third named release for the Open edX platform, is now available. Features for learners, course teams, and developers are described in the Open edX Cypress Release Notes. On the edx.org website, learners who pursue verified certificates can now pay course fees by using their PayPal accounts or credit cards. This feature enables more...
  • August 4, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. Links to courses that are not yet live now direct to learner dashboards. Previously, learners would receive a "Page not found" error message. EdX has fixed several bugs in Studio and the LMS, including the following problems. When a user deleted a unit in Studio, the unit remained in the LMS until the user re-published the...
  • July 29, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. A new preview mode in the LMS allows course team members to see the courseware as a specific learner would see it.  Information previously available on the Analytics page of the Instructor Dashboard has been replaced by a link to edX Insights. You use edX Insights to access all of the data analytics for your course. For...

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