Week of 3 October 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 contrast used on the sign in page for Open edX sites has changed. When visitors move their cursors onto a course tile on this page, the contrast used for the Learn More link that appears now meets accessibility standards. AC-586
  • In the survey tool, available response options are now correctly associated with their respective text labels and with the survey question. Additionally, when a response is accepted from a learner who uses a screen reader, focus moves to the beginning of the survey so the learner can review the survey results. For more information about the survey tool, see Survey Tool in Building and Running an edX Course or Survey Tool in Building and Running an Open edX Course. SOL-2059
  • When learners select Help in an edx.org course, the EdX Learner’s Guide now opens to a related topic.


The open learning XML (OLX) <label> and <description> elements, which apply to the core CAPA problem types, can now include HTML tags for paragraph separation, font styling, and other indicators of meaning. TNL-5557

Open edX

Third party authentication providers are now configured by site. You can now configure each of the sites that are set up for your Open edX installation to use a different third party authentication identity provider.

If you have configured your Open edX installation to act as a SAML service provider, when you upgrade to this release all configuration settings apply only to the default site. You must now configure each of your other sites separately. For more information, see Enabling Third Party Authentication.


  • Insights now uses the edX Pattern Library.
  • Accessibility: title element updates on learner page change.
  • Bug fix: Display correct sort arrow direction on learner roster table load.
  • Bug fix: An issue with internationalization prevented users of certain languages from loading graphs or tables.
  • Add support for a Download CSV button to the learner roster. This feature is disabled by default on all installations, including edx.org.
  • Add support for a Problem Response Report Download button to the course home page. This feature is disabled by default on all installations, including edx.org.
  • Updates to third-party libraries and other minor bug fixes.