2.1. Getting Started with edX#

The following topics provide an introduction to edx.org and edX Edge, and describe steps for getting started on edX websites.

This information is intended for course teams. The EdX Learner’s Guide also includes information about creating and activating accounts and about the edX Demo course. You might want to share pointers to information in the EdX Learner’s Guide with prospective learners, along with your own course- or institution-specific details about the registration process, such as password policies or the use of campus credentials.

For information about enrolling learners in a course, see Options for Enrolling Learners in a Course.

2.1.1. Introducing edx.org and edX Edge#

To explore edX courses or create edX course content, you can register an account on the edx.org website, the edX Edge website, or both. These sites are visually and functionally similar, but their content and purposes are different.

  • edx.org hosts massive open online courses (MOOCs) from edX institutional partners. To publish a course on edx.org, you must have an agreement with edX and specific approval from your organization. Courses on edx.org are publicly listed in the edX course catalog and are open to learners from around the world.

  • Edge, at edge.edx.org, is a more private site. Courses on Edge are not published on edx.org. Any member of a partner course team can create and publish courses, including test courses, on Edge without receiving approval from edX or a partner institution. You can also host small private online courses (SPOCs) on Edge.

    However, Edge does not have a course catalog, and courses cannot be found through search engines such as Google. Only learners whom you explicitly invite or who have the URL for your course can participate in your course on Edge. Note that you can invite an unlimited number of learners to participate in an Edge course. Edge courses do not offer certificates.

2.1.2. About edX.org and edX Edge Accounts#


The user accounts on edx.org and edX Edge are separate. To access or create courses on both websites, you must complete the account registration process on each of the two sites.

When you create an edx.org or edX Edge account, you associate an email address with your edX account. EdX strongly recommends that you use your organizational email address or select an existing account (such as a campus account) that is set up to use your organizational email address.

For information about creating accounts and troubleshooting sign-in issues, see learners:Register on edX and learners:Troubleshooting signin in the edX Learner’s Guide.

2.1.3. Learning About the edX Experience#

EdX provides the edX Demo course and Overview of Creating an edX Course to help familiarize you with the experience of taking, and creating, edX courses.

  • The edX Demo course allows learners who are new to online education, or to edX, to explore different types of content and learn how to take a course. EdX recommends that you become familiar with the way learners experience an edX course before you begin building your first course.


    You can include information about the edX Demo course in your course materials, and recommend that new learners take the edX Demo course before proceeding with your course.

  • Overview of Creating an edX Course is an example of an edX course that was built with Studio. It is a self-paced walk-through of planning, building, and running your own online course.