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
- Entering Mathematical and Scientific Expressions - Offers detailed information about how to enter
mathematical and scientific formulas when you work through exercises in your
- 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
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