Week of 25 July 2016

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

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  • Learners can now specify their local time zones in their account settings. If a learner sets a time zone, that learner sees all course dates and times displayed in the specified time zone rather than in UTC. In Studio, course teams continue to set dates in UTC. (TNL-4594)
  • Program cards on the learner dashboard’s Programs page now link to program details pages. On these new pages, learners will be able to view more information about a specific program, enroll in program courses, view any certificates that they have earned, and view their progress through the program. (ECOM-3193)
  • The How it Works, Find Courses, and Schools & Partners links no longer appear on the Account Settings page for learners. Courses and Programs are now the only links at the top of the Account Settings page. (ECOM-4787)
  • This release resolves an error that prevented learners from seeing the number of votes that their own discussion posts had received. (TNL-5011)


  • Course teams can now hide the contents of a subsection after the subsection’s due date has passed without affecting earned grades. Subsections that are hidden in this way remain in the course navigation, but after the subsection due date, learners cannot access the content. For more information, see Hiding a Subsection from Learners in Building and Running an edX Course or Hiding a Subsection from Learners in Building and Running an Open edX Course. (TNL-4906)
  • This release resolves an error that affected course exports made from edx.org from 13 July through 26 July 2016. Discussion posts were not exported correctly, and erroneous titles were given to the discussion components. Any export file made for an edx.org course between those dates (inclusive) should be replaced with an export file created either before or after that date range. (TNL-5001)