6 January 2016

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

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EdX LMS

  • A new Bookmarks feature allows learners to add a bookmark to any unit page so that they can easily find the page later. On the My Bookmarks page, learners can see the list of bookmarks they added either in the individual unit, or throughout the course. For more information, see Bookmarking Course Content in the EdX Learner’s Guide or Bookmarking Course Content in the Open edX Learner’s Guide.
  • The “legacy” Instructor Dashboard is no longer available.
  • The video player now includes closed captions. Users can view closed captions and transcripts either separately or at the same time. Currently, closed captions and transcripts use the same file.
  • To increase accessibility, color contrast has been enhanced for some elements of the Instructor Dashboard and the learner Progress page. (AC-177 and AC-178)
  • In the video player, users can now press the Enter key or the space bar to show or hide transcripts. (AC-296)
  • A problem that prevented the Staff Debug window from opening for some problems has been fixed. (TNL-2896)

EdX Studio

  • In the HTML component visual editor, the Heading 1 and Heading 2 options have been removed. The Heading 3 option remains available, and the Heading 4, Heading 5, and Heading 6 options have been added. For more information, see Use Best Practices for HTML Markup or The Visual Editor in Building and Running an edX Course, or see Use Best Practices for HTML Markup or The Visual Editor in Building and Running an Open edX Course.
  • Course teams can now specify additional rules and exceptions for proctored exams. An Advanced tab has been added to the settings for the subsection that contains the proctored exam. For more information, see Proctored Exams. (PHX-161)
  • The graphical slider tool is no longer available. (TNL-3923)
  • Courses that only have an audit track no longer have an option to create course certificates. (ECOM-3117)

Mobile

Version 2.0.2 of the iOS app is now available. This version adds the ability to view HTML content and complete some types of assessments.

EdX Website

The latest course in the edX Learning Series is now available. You can enroll in the Creating Video for the edX Platform course on edx.org.

EdX Documentation

Documentation for edX Partners

Building and Running an edX Course

  • Guidance for the most appropriate heading levels to use in HTML components has been added to the Working with HTML Components topic.
  • Information about adding rules and exceptions in proctored exams has been added to the Proctored Exams topic.

EdX Learner’s Guide

The Bookmarking Course Content section has been added.

EdX Research Guide

Bookmark event information has been added to Bookmark Events.

Documentation for Open edX Users

Building and Running an Open edX Course

Guidance for the most appropriate heading levels to use in HTML components has been added to the Working with HTML Components topic.