Week of 26 January 2016

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

The edX engineering wiki Release Pages provide detailed information about every change made to the edx-platform GitHub repository. If you are interested in additional information about every change in a release, create a user account for the wiki and review the dated release pages.

EdX Studio

  • The peer instruction tool is now available. With this tool, you set up a multiple choice question and provide a sample explanation for why each of the answer choices might be the correct one. Learners then select an answer, provide their own explanation for the answer they selected, and then view the answers and explanations that other learners have provided before selecting a final answer.

    For more information about how course teams set up these assignments, see Peer Instruction Tool in Building and Running an edX Course or Peer Instruction Tool in Building and Running an Open edX Course.

  • A problem that occurred when the course image URL was removed from the Schedule and Details page has been fixed. (ECOM-3384)

EdX LMS

  • The peer instruction tool is now available. With this tool, learners select an answer for a multiple-choice question and provide an explanation for the answer that they select. Learners can then review the answers and explanations that other learners have provided for the same question, and can change their answers before they submit a final response. Histograms provide information about the answers that learners select.

    For more information about how learners complete these assignments, see Explaining Multiple Choice Answers in the EdX Learner’s Guide or Explaining Multiple Choice Answers in the Open edX Learner’s Guide.

  • When a learner used the edX platform in a right-to-left language, such as Arabic, the draggable options in drag and drop problems were not visible. This problem has been fixed.

Analytics

  • A problem caused broswers to emit many play_video events when a video was buffering. This problem has been fixed. (TNL-2178)
  • Events that identify when a peer instruction component is accessed, and when an initial answer or a final answer is submitted, have been added to course data packages. For more information, see Peer Instruction Events.
  • The audit_notpassing and audit_passing statuses have been added to the certificates_generatedcertificate table. For more information, see Columns in the certificates_generatedcertificate Table.

Documentation

As of 1 January 2016, the edX documentation team no longer maintains an individual change log for each guide. These release notes provide a weekly summary of platform changes, and include links to more complete documentation when it is available. If you are interested in detailed information about every change made to the edX documentation set, the edx-documentation repository on GitHub provides a complete record.

Documentation for edx.org Users

Guides described in this section are intended for audiences that are using, or learning about, courses on the edx.org or edge.edx.org websites.

Building and Running an edX Course

The Peer Instruction Tool topic is now available.

edX Learner’s Guide

The Explaining Multiple Choice Answers topic is now available.

EdX Research Guide

  • The Peer Instruction Events section now lists events that identify when a peer instruction component is accessed, and when an initial answer or a final answer is submitted.
  • Information about the new audit_notpassing and audit_passing statuses has been added to the EdX Research Guide. For more information, see ref:data:certificates_generatedcertificate.

Documentation for Open edX Users

Guides described in this section are intended for audiences that are using, or learning about, courses on an Open edX instance.

Building and Running an Open edX Course

The Peer Instruction Tool topic is now available.

Open edX Learner’s Guide

The Explaining Multiple Choice Answers topic is now available.