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Teaching and Learning Tools Features

EdX will develop and enhance tools for our partners to create, teach, and manage their courses, student experiences, and learning outcomes. We aim to increase instructor and student satisfaction by demonstrating continuous incremental progress on tools and workflows.

  • Course team members edit a certificate configuration in Studio to create certificates for their course. Digital certificates do not rely on the complex manual workflow of PDF certificates, and can be previewed by course team members in Studio.

    Released, Open edX Only
  • Course staff can provide for different course discussions for different groups of learners.

    Released
  • Course teams can now create different course experiences for learners in different cohorts. 

    Released
  • Student notes enable learners to highlight and make notes on courseware text. 

    Released, Open edX Only
  • Course teams can use randomized content blocks in their courses to deliver sets of randomized problems to learners.

    Released
  • Course team members can now add a peer assessment to a course in Studio by selecting the Peer Assessments problem type on the Advanced tab in a problem component. Studio now presents an editor for the Peer Assessments problem type. 

    Released
  • In Studio, the process for creating, releasing, and updating content has been streamlined and simplified. 

    Released
  • Several changes were made to improve student and staff experiences with course discussions.

    Released
  • The edX platform now supports content experiments that include problem components in graded subsections and grade exports.

    Released
  • You can now embed a Google calendar or a Google Drive file in your course so that students see it in the courseware. (Released to Open edX; planned release on edx.org in March 2015.)

    Released
  • In Studio, you can now create libraries from which content for randomized assignments is randomly drawn.

    Released
  • You can now make sure that prospective learners have certain skills or knowledge before they take your course by requiring a prerequisite course, an entrance exam, or both. (Released to Open edX; planned release on edx.org in March 2015.)

    Released
  • Multiple prompts in ORA assignments support short-answer use cases where one ORA assignment contains multiple prompts and response areas.

    Available on edx.org - 18 Mar 2015

    Released
  • Improve the usability, accessibility, and mobile compatibility of our existing bulk email template used for course emails. 

    Released, edx.org and Open edX
  • Enables course teams to add a short video (3-10 seconds) to the beginning of course videos to promote the organization that created the course.

    Released, edx.org and Open edX
  • Learners can add tags to notes so that they can more easily find their notes and course material. 

    Released, Open edX Only
  • New certificate and track columns have been added to the grade report that course teams can download from the instructor dashboard in the LMS.

    Released, edx.org and Open edX
  • Digital badges provide a way for learners to share their course achievements. Learners receive a badge at the same time as they receive a course certificate, and have the option of sharing their badges to a badging site such as Mozilla Backpack.

    Released, Open edX Only
  • The new edX Profile feature allows learners and staff to share personal information including an identifying image, demographic information, and a descriptive paragraph with other members of the edX community.

    Released, edx.org and Open edX
  • Course team members now have access to details about learners' performance at the problem level. A new problem grade report that course team members can download from the instructor dashboard shows, for each learner, the earned vs. possible score for each graded problem in the course.

    Released, edx.org and Open edX