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  • July 27, 2015
    Security Alert Severity: High Category: Arbitrary Code Execution by Privileged Users Affected Projects: edx-platform Reporter: Third-party Security Auditor Permanent URL: https://open.edx.org/CVE-2015-5601 During a scheduled, third-party security audit of the edx-platform code it was discovered that a bug allowed certain categories of privileged users to execute arbitrary code as the user of the...
  • July 24, 2015
    Note:  This issue is now resolved in the Open edX Cypress release. At the end of July, the YouTube Data API v2 will be deprecated. At that time, YouTube videos in courses on your instance of Open edX will fail to play. EdX is working on a fix, which hosting providers will need to add to existing Open edX instances. This fix will also be included in the upcoming Open edX Cypress release. For more information and to keep up to date on this issue, see the discussion in the edx-code...
  • July 17, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org. Note: This release is not yet deployed on edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. Course team member role names have been made consistent in the LMS and in Studio. In the LMS, on the Instructor Dashboard Membership page, the "Course Staff" role is now labeled "Staff", and the "Instructor" role is now labeled “Admin”. The "Staff" and "Admin" roles are the same, whether you assign them...
  • July 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 include two new types of components in your courses: polls and surveys. Information about these new components has been added to the partner and open edX guides for course teams.  Courses that include any ORA 1 assessments, which were deprecated in May 2014, now present a warning message when...
  • July 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 add feedback, hints, or both to common problem types, including dropdown and text input problems. The appearance of common problem types has changed to make these problems more mobile friendly. Several documentation updates were also made. A new Processing Video Files section in the Building and Running an edX...
  • June 23, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of edX Insights on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. Learner submissions for problems that have more than one part are now counted only once, for the entire problem, rather than once for each part of the problem. In the performance graphs for graded content and ungraded problems, the number of correct and incorrect submissions received is now averaged by the number of problems. Several...
  • June 15, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. An issue with YouTube videos not emitting a pause_video event as well as a stop_video event at the end of the video has been fixed. In bulk emails sent to learners by course staff, the course title no longer appears in the subject line. In the edX Enrollment API, a new GET parameter includes expired course modes. For a list...
  • June 10, 2015
    You can now register for Open edX Con 2015 using Eventbrite. The conference will be October 12-13th, at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. The conference focuses on the development and use of the Open edX platform, free and open source course management system (CMS) originally developed by edX . The Open edX platform is used all over the world to host Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as well as smaller classes and training modules. This conference is for developers, system...
  • June 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. An automated spell checker is now available when you add an HTML component to a unit in edX Studio. Courses that run on edx.org can now include 5-10 second long pre-roll video messages. For more information, see Adding a Pre-Roll Video to Your edX Course in Building and Running an edX Course. Course teams for invitation-only courses...
  • June 2, 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 problem on edx.org that prevented users from using screen readers or the tab key to activate the Continue to Payment button during the verification process has been fixed. The calculator help window in the Learning Management System has been updated to meet edX accessibility standards. When learners...
  • May 28, 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 problem that prevented users from using keyboard shortcuts to verification photos has been fixed. Creative Commons licensing information has been added to courseware. If specific content in a course, such as a video, has a different license than the overall course license, the content includes an indication of its license...
  • May 18, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. For any course, you can now calculate grades for problems and generate a report that can be downloaded from the instructor dashboard. This new report includes, for each graded problem, a learner’s earned and possible points, and their total score, expressed as a decimal. For more information, see Generate a Problem Grade Report for Enrolled...
  • May 12, 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 grade report now includes new columns for certificate status and enrollment track information. For more information, see Interpret the Grade Report in Building and Running an edX Course. Course teams can now preview course content in the LMS before that content is released. For more information, see Preview Course Content in Building and Running...
  • May 12, 2015
    We are opening up the Open edX Con 2015 call for presentation proposals! Between now and July 6th please submit proposals to us using this Google form. We have not finalized the date and location of the conference, but it will be in the Boston area in mid-October. More details to follow soon. Talks will be 30 minutes in length. Like last year, there will be three ​parallel tracks at the conference. Please do not submit more than two talks. You can read last year's schedule for inspiration. We'...
  • May 5, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. New templates are available in edX Studio for HTML components and several problem components. Bug fixes have been made in the LMS to assure that user interface elements appear correctly in different browsers and operating systems.  For a list of the changes in this and previous releases, see the edX Release Notes. You can access the...
  • April 28, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. Several LMS updates were made to support right-to-left languages. A problem with linking to other units in the same subsection was fixed.  For a list of the changes in this and previous releases, see the edX Release Notes. Additionally, the following documentation has been updated. For more information, see the change log in the...
  • April 22, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge. This release includes the following changes. Learners and course team members can now add personal profiles. Personal profiles, which are optional, can include an image and a biographical statement, and are accessible through the course discussions. Learners and course team members can now keep their edX account information up to date on the new Account Settings page...
  • April 15, 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 use edX Insights to access student performance data for both graded and ungraded exercises. Beta testers can now access and submit responses to open response problems before those problems are released. Three new Open edX APIs are available, including the Course Structure API. Several accessibility...
  • April 2, 2015
    Read edX's important announcement on its agreement with the US Department of Justice below. We encourage you to review our current guidlines for creating accessible content here. We will be updating these guidelines within the next 90 days to further expound on best practices and recommendations for course development. edX continues to solicit feedback on our accessibility guidelines from our partner institutions--please feel free to reach out to...
  • April 2, 2015
    We are pleased to welcome Mark Haseltine to the edX team. Mark joins edX from the domain name aftermarket division of GoDaddy. Previously, Mark served as CTO of NameMedia and VP of Engineering for several organizations, including Gerson Lehrman Group, AltaVista and Context Media. Mark’s experience using open-source technology to solve real problems every day will help edX continue to grow our open-source platform and our engineering organization as we work to transform the future of...
  • April 2, 2015
    We are pleased to welcome the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as a new edX member. W3C is the global organization that sets standards for the Web, and for 14 years they have developed and hosted open-source tools used every day by millions of Web developers. W3C’s first course on edX, HTML5 Part 1, is now open for enrollment. The standard language of the Web, HTML5 was crafted by W3C and the Web community. This course will offer students an opportunity to learn from the...
  • March 31, 2015
    EdX has just released the newest version of the edX Platform on edx.org and edX Edge.  This release includes the following changes. Several accessibility improvements to the Learning Management System were implemented. A bug fix in course discussions allows learners to search for usernames. Several documentation updates were made to Building and Running an edX Course and the edX Guide for Students. For a list of the changes in this and previous releases...
  • March 24, 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 now use the new Cohorts tab on the Instructor Dashboard to manage their student cohorts. Instead of defining some settings in Studio and some in the LMS, you now complete all cohort management tasks on the Cohorts tab. For more information, see the Including Student Cohorts chapter in the Building and Running an edX Course...
  • March 18, 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 include randomized content block components in their courses to randomly select problems from a library and present them to learners. Libraries can be used across an organization's courses, so course teams can work collaboratively to add problems to the library. For more information,...
  • March 12, 2015
    Security Alert Severity: High Category: Cross Domain Referer Leakage Affected Projects: edx-platform Reporter: Smit B. Shah & Nikhil Srivastava from Techdefence Labs Permanent URL: https://open.edx.org/CVE-2015-2286 On January 11, 2015 a security vulnerability was reported by Smit B. Shah and Nikhil Srivastava that caused password reset tokens to be forwarded to third-party social networks in the...

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