Week of 8 February 2016

The following information summarizes what is new in the edX platform this week.

The edX engineering wiki Release Pages provide detailed information about every change made to the edx-platform GitHub repository. If you are interested in additional information about every change in a release, create a user account for the wiki and review the dated release pages.


The Home page replaces the Course Info page. It will open automatically when a learner signs in and selects a course. In addition to course updates and news, the Home page will feature important course dates. Home is now the first page option for learners.

Course is the new name for the Courseware page. It will be located to the right of the Home page.

For more information, see the Changes to Main LMS Page Coming Soon announcement on the Partner portal or Changes to the Main Open edX LMS Page Coming Soon announcement on the Open edX portal.

EdX Studio

Subsection Prerequisites

Course teams can now control the visibility of subsections based on the scores that learners earn in other subsections. You can use the subsection prerequisite control to prevent learners from viewing content before they earn a minimum score in the exams for previous content. For more information, see Prerequisite Course Subsections in Building and Running an edX Course or Prerequisite Course Subsections in Building and Running an Open edX Course.

Accessibility Enhancements for HTML Component Templates

This release includes additional changes to HTML components to ensure that all headings on a course page are rendered correctly by screen readers. Following the removal of the Heading 1 and Heading 2 options from the HTML component visual editor, all of the templates for HTML components have been updated to include headings beginning with Heading 3. This release also includes styling and scalability changes to the toolbar icons in the HTML component visual editor.