2. Introduction

The purpose of this guide is to help with your transition to online learning. The guide answers common questions about topics like getting started, participating in course discussions, and completing some of the exercises you may see in your course.

For more information, see the following topics.

  • Exploring Your Dashboard, Settings, and Profile - Provides an overview of the learner dashboard and includes information about how to change account settings and create a profile.
  • The edX Video Player - Contains an illustration of the edX video player and its features.
  • Entering Mathematical and Scientific Expressions - Offers detailed information about how to enter mathematical and scientific formulas when you work through exercises in your course.
  • Open Response Assessments - Contains a detailed description of open response assessment problems, including how to submit a response, perform each step of a self or peer assessment, and access your score.
  • Course Discussions - Provides information about how to participate in the discussions for your course, including how to add a post, respond to a post, and comment on another student’s response.
  • The Course Wiki - Covers information about an edX course wiki.

This guide is still under development, and we encourage you to submit feedback to docs@edx.org.

2.1. A Note about Time Zones

As you work through your course, you’ll see dates and times when new materials are released and when homework assignments and exams are due. It’s important to remember that edX lists all times in universal coordinated time (UTC). When you see a time in your course, we recommend that you use a time zone converter to convert the UTC time to your local time. You can any converter that you want, including one of the following time zone converters.

Time and Date Time Zone Converter

Time Zone Converter