8 July 2015

The following information reflects what is new in the edX Platform as of 8 July 2015.

Studio

New Poll and Survey Tools

You can now include two new types of components in your courses.

  • Use the Poll tool to pose a question to learners and have them select an answer from a set list.

    For more information, see Poll Tool in the Building and Running an edX Course guide.

  • Use the Survey tool to pose multiple questions to learners and have them select an answer for each question from a set list.

    For more information, see Survey Tool in the Building and Running an edX Course guide.

When you include polls and surveys in a course, you can analyze the responses and also choose whether to let learners see the aggregate answers for the class.

Original ORA Problems Deprecated

When you access a course that contains an open response assessment created using the original version of this assignment type (ORA 1), Studio now displays the message, “This course uses features that are no longer supported.”

A newer version of the open response assessments feature (ORA 2) was released over a year ago, and the ability to add ORA 1 problems was removed from Studio in May 2014.

LMS

Open response assessments that were created using the original version of this assignment type (ORA 1) no longer appear in the LMS. A newer version of the open response assessments feature (ORA 2) was released over a year ago, and the ability to add ORA 1 problems was removed from Studio in May 2014.

Website

To improve accessibility of the edx.org sign in and registration page, instructions that provide additional context for screen reader users are now included.

Analytics

The following events are now emitted when learners interact with polls and surveys.

  • xblock.poll.submitted
  • xblock.poll.view_results
  • xblock.survey.submitted
  • xblock.survey.view_results

For more information about these events, see Poll and Survey Events in the EdX Research Guide.

Documentation

Documentation for edX Partners

Building and Running an edX Course

The Problems, Exercises, and Tools section now includes details for the new poll and survey tools.

Documentation for Open edX Users

Building and Running an Open edX Course

In the latest version of this guide, the Problems, Exercises, and Tools section includes details for the new poll and survey tools.

Open Response Assessments

The original version of the open response assessment problem type, sometimes referred to as ORA 1, has been deprecated. A newer version of open response assessments, (ORA 2) was released over a year ago, and the ability to add ORA 1 assessments was removed from Studio in May 2014. This release includes the following additional steps to discontinue use of the ORA 1 problem type.

  • When you access a course that contains an ORA 1 assessment, Studio now displays the message, “This course uses features that are no longer supported.”
  • ORA 1 assessments no longer appear in the LMS.

For information about adding ORA 2 assessments to a course, see Create an Open Response Assessment Assignment.