August 28, 2014

The following information reflects what is new in the edX Platform as of August 28, 2014. See previous pages in this document for a history of changes.

edX Studio

  • This release further expands the recently redesigned Studio publishing process. These features are available on the Course Outline page.

    • You can now publish all unpublished content in an entire section or subsection in a single step: on the Course Outline page, click the “Publish” icon.

      The Course Outline page showing an expanded section and subsection with a unit that contains unpublished content.

      The “Publish” icon is also available for individual units on the Course Outline page.

    • You can now hide all of the content in an entire section or subsection on the Course Outline page. To ensure that students cannot see a part of the course, select the “Settings” icon and in the dialog that opens select Hide from students. The same feature is available for individual units.

    For more details, see our most recent edX Product and Engineering Newsletter.

  • You can now build content experiments (also known as A/B tests or split tests) entirely within edX Studio. With a content experiment, you show different course content to different groups of students. Research teams can compare the performance of students in different groups to gain insights into the relative effectiveness of course content.

  • A defect in the drag and drop feature for course content on the Course Outline page has been fixed. Dropping a unit into a collapsed subsection now adds the unit without changing any existing content in that subsection. (TNL-56)

edX Learning Management System

  • When you click Sent Email History on the Instructor Dashboard Email page, a new Sent By column in the list of messages identifies the sender of each message.
  • The Instructor Dashboard no longer displays instructions for accessing the older version of the dashboard. However, users can still select Revert to Legacy Dashboard to access the older version.
  • The computations for demographic distributions that are reported on the Analytics page of the Instructor Dashboard have been updated. The level of education and gender distributions are now computed for currently enrolled students only. Previously, these distributions were computed for all students who were ever enrolled in the course. (LMS-11228)

Coming Soon

We’re pleased to announce these changes, which will be released in the next few weeks:

  • In addition to the existing Discussion post type, course discussions will soon include a new Question post type. Students and course teams will also be able to filter posts to find unanswered questions easily.
  • A new design for course discussions is coming! New controls will provide consistent ways to take action on posts. Additionally, a set of colorful badges will make identifying posts easier.
  • To make the process of registering faster and easier, students will soon be able to both register and log in to the edX.org and edX Edge web sites with their existing Google or Facebook accounts.