• What is edX?

    EdX is the online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012. It is also the largest instance of the Open edX platform, serving the needs of learners all over the world.

  • What is Open edX?

    The Open edX platform is a free, open source learner management system (LMS) that was 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.

  • Why should I use Open edX?

    We have an outstanding learning platform that is widely adopted throughout the world. We encourage you to learn about Open edX, try it and compare it to alternatives.

  • How can I try out Open edX?

    To try out Open edX, head to the Get Started page and choose from Self Managed (based on a distribution of your choice) or Fully Managed (Open edX as a service).

  • What services does edX offer for Open edX?

    edX invests heavily in the Open edX project by supporting the community, but does not provide direct services to users of Open edX. 

  • Is Open edX a product?

    Yes. Unlike many other "open source" projects, Open edX is a complete and deployable product with close to 2,000 instances deployed in 90 countries.

  • What is included with Open edX software?

    Open edX software includes the authoring tool called "Open edX Studio" for course creation, the learner management system (LMS), which is the site your learners see, and XBlocks, which are plugins to extend the platform.

  • What is Open edX Studio?

    Studio is the Open edX tool that you use to build your courses. You use Studio to create the course structure and then add course content, including problems, videos, and other resources for learners. You also use Studio to manage the course schedule and the course team, set grading policies, publish each part of your course, and more. You use Studio directly through a browser. You do not need any additional software.

  • What is the Open edX LMS?

    The LMS is the Open edX tool that learners use to access course content, including videos, textbooks, and problems, and to check their progress in the course. The Open edX LMS can also offer a discussion forum and a wiki that both learners and course team members can contribute to. For course team members, the LMS includes an Instructor Dashboard, with options to enroll learners, produce reports, and administer a course as it runs. You use the LMS directly through a browser. You do not need any additional software.

  • What is an XBlock?

    XBlock is the component architecture for the elements of an Open edX course. Software developers build XBlocks to create independent course components that work seamlessly with other components in an online course. For example, you can build XBlocks to represent individual problems, or text strings, or HTML content. In addition, XBlocks are composable: you can build XBlocks to represent larger structures such as lessons, sections, and entire courses. By combining XBlocks that serve a wide variety of purposes, from delivering text and video content, to presenting multiple choice and numerical questions, to supporting sophisticated collaborative and interactive learning laboratories, course teams can create rich and engaging courseware. A primary advantage to XBlocks is that they are deployable. The code that you write can be deployed in any instance of the edX Platform or other XBlock runtime application, and then used by any course team using that system.

  • Can I schedule a demo on Open edX?

    You can experience Open edX on edX.org. Check out the DemoX and StudioX courses.

  • Is Open edX free?

    Yes. The code necessary to install and run Open edX on a server is free. However, you will be paying for the hosting, maintenance, and support of your site.

  • Can I host and deploy Open edX myself?

    Yes, provided that you have a technical team in place. Need help? Join the Community or check out the Marketplace to find a service partner.

  • Can Open edX be deployed on any cloud infrastructure?

    Yes. The edX platform utilizes AWS and Microsoft, IBM's distribution uses their respective cloud offerings, and Bitnami's distribution runs all cloud infrastructures.

  • Can Open edX be deployed on OnPrem servers?

    Yes. Due to security and governance rules, some organizations choose to run Open edX on their infrastructure.

  • What integrations are available to extend the Open edX platform?

    edX believes in meaningful integrations with 3rd party products. Check the Marketplace to find out more about our technology partners.

  • Is there a certificate program for developers?

    There is currently no Professional Certificate program for developers.

  • Where can I find open source extensions to Open edX?

    The Open edX Development page has many open source projects. Search Github using keywords "Open edX" and "Xblock."

  • Does edX have a commercial Open edX license?

    No. We understand that some organizations are averse to using open source products with an AGPL license. Please contact us for your specific needs.

  • Does edX qualify service partners listed on Open edX?

    edX does not have a qualification process for our service partners. Like many other Open source projects, we utilize a merit-based system to rank our partners in terms of their contribution to this project.

  • Is there a certificate program for course builders?

    Yes, check out the Course Creator Professional Certificate program on edX.org.

  • How can I get content for my Open edX site?

    edX does not provide any content. For content and licensing requests, please contact organizations that have Open edX instances.

  • Can I offer my own courses on my Open edX site?

    Yes. With Open edX, you can easily create your own course from your web browser.