8 December 2015

The following information reflects what is new in the edX Platform this week.

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EdX Studio

New LTI Component

Course staff can now configure the way that learning tools interoperability (LTI) components open when learners use them. You can configure LTI components to open in a modal window, in a separate web browser window, or embedded in a course page.

To use this new LTI functionality, you must enable the lti_consumer advanced module. This new advanced module replaces the lti module. The lti advanced module continues to work, but does not provide the new options for launching behavior.

For more information, see LTI Component in the Building and Running an edX Course guide or LTI Component in the Building and Running an Open edX Course guide.

EdX LMS

This release includes the following accessibility improvements.

  • Alert notifications for course wiki articles have been updated to increase contrast between the background color and the alert text. (AC-220)
  • On course pages in the LMS, buttons for Staff actions such as View Unit in Studio and Staff Debug Info, which were previously blue, are now pink. This change increases the contrast between the text and the gray background when these buttons are in a default state. (AC-253)

EdX Website

As of the December 8 release, new courses on edx.org can offer two types of certificate: verified and Xseries. Honor code certificates are no longer available for new courses; instead, learners can audit courses without a fee. In addition, learners who want to earn verified certificates have the option of applying for financial assistance to help cover the cost of the verified certificates.

If learners earned honor code certificates in earlier courses, they can still access their certificates on their dashboards. For more information about these changes to course certificates, see News About edX Certificates.

EdX Mobile

With the release of the latest version of the edX app for iPhones, learners who access edX courses using iPhones will now have a more complete course experience. They can now use the app to view HTML and text components, and complete assignments that consist of the basic assessment types (checkbox, dropdown, multiple choice, and text or numerical input).

For more information, see If You Use the edX Mobile App.

EdX Documentation

Documentation for edX Partners

Building and Running an edX Course

  • Added information about enabling the new implementation of the LTI component (lti_consumer) and about configuring the way that LTI components launch to the LTI Component topic.
  • Added “mobile-ready” to the Support column in the table of exercises and tools in the Problems, Exercises, and Tools section.

Documentation for Open edX Users

Building and Running an Open edX Course

  • Added information about enabling the new implementation of the LTI component (lti_consumer) and about configuring the way that LTI components launch to the LTI Component topic.

Installing, Configuring, and Running the Open edX Platform

Added the Changing the Appearance of Open edX Sites section.

Open edX

Initial Version of Comprehensive Theming

This release introduces the initial version of comprehensive theming, which gives sites that are running Open edX the ability to create and use themes to change how their sites look.

Using the comprehensive theming system, Open edX site administrators can change the default branding of the system to present their own brand. Logos, page headers and footers, and other templates and assets that control the way a site looks are now organized into specifically named directories and files that can be replaced easily and without coding changes.

For more information, see Changing the Appearance of Open edX Sites in the Installing, Configuring, and Running the Open edX Platform guide.