Week of 15 August 2016

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

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  • Course teams that add non-English videos to a course and want to provide English transcripts can now select English from the transcript language list. (TNL-4763)

  • This release includes the following improvements to drag and drop problems.

    • A new, optional assessment mode requires learners to drop all draggable items before receiving feedback, and allows course teams to restrict the number of attempts.
    • Draggable items can now match more than one target zone.
    • Target zones can now align draggable items after learners drop them.
    • Draggable items no longer accept numeric input when learners drop them on target zones.

    For updated documentation, see Drag and Drop Problem in Building and Running an edX Course or Drag and Drop Problem in Building and Running an Open edX Course.

  • To ensure that course IDs are unique identifiers, the edit check performed for new courses is now case insensitive. As a result, you can no longer create an “edx demox 1” course if an “edX DemoX 1” course already exists. (ECOM-4890)


  • In account settings, after learners specify their country or region and then select the time zone field, the time zones are now sorted to show time zones applicable to the selected country at the top of the list. (TNL-4791)
  • The learner dashboard now displays programs of any type. Course runs listed on the dashboard link to related programs, and program cards are no longer limited to XSeries only. (ECOM-4638)
  • For some courses, course teams reported that selecting a discussion post failed to show its responses and comments as expected. The defect that caused this problem in the course discussions has been corrected. (TNL-5173)
  • An error in the way that some numerical input problems appeared to learners has been corrected. Trailing text is now responsive, meaning that it appears next to the response field if there is sufficient space. Trailing text appears below the response field only if the browser window or mobile device screen is too narrow to show them side by side. (TNL-4584)
  • Learners were unable to use the Safari browser to verify their identification. This error has been corrected. (ECOM-5149)


  • In Insights, all dates are now reported in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Previously, time zone differences could cause apparent discrepancies between the dates used by tooltips, charts, tables, and .csv downloads. (AN-5991)
  • In Insights, all x-axis labels for dates now include the year value and appear in DD Mon YYYY format. (AN-4035)

Open edX

A new --settings parameter is now available for the i18n_dummy task. Previously, this task always used the devstack settings file, and as a result could not be used on fullstack instances.