September 4, 2014

The following information reflects what is new in the edX Platform as of September 4, 2014. See previous pages in this document for a history of changes.

edX Website

  • Users who signed up for a verified course sometimes saw an incorrect price. This bug has been fixed. (ECOM-113)
  • A problem with auto-registration sometimes prevented verified courses from appearing on a user’s dashboard. This bug has been fixed. (ECOM-199)

edX Learning Management System

  • This release includes changes that improve student and staff experiences with course discussions. These new features take effect immediately in all courses.

    • When a discussion participant adds a post, the participant must now identify the post as either asking a question or starting a discussion.
    • Controls for actions that discussion participants can take on posts, responses, and comments have moved to the top right of each contribution.
    • Informational labels such as “Staff” and “Following” have been redesigned and relocated.

    For more details, see our End of August Product Announcement.

  • Students can now submit their usernames and email addresses to a third party by using an LTI interface. (BLD-1250)

  • The bulk email feature is now available for all Studio-backed courses on the edx.org site. With this feature, you can send email messages to course participants directly from the Instructor Dashboard before, during, and after the course run. For more information, see Bulk Email and Example Messages to Students.

Coming Soon

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

  • Course teams will soon be able to access data about their courses on a dedicated dashboard for course-specific data. By providing insights into who your students are, and what they do while interacting with your course, the data available on this dashboard can validate choices you’ve made, reveal unexpected patterns, and inform plans for changes to the course.