Week of 14 March 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 crowdsource hinter XModule is no longer available as a course tool. This XModule was a prototype version that was not fully supported by edX. It has not been used since July 2013.

A new crowdsource XBlock is currently under development.

EdX LMS

New Report of Learner ORA Responses

A new report for ORA assignments is now available on the Instructor Dashboard. For each ORA assignment in the course, the report includes each learner’s response, assessment details and scores, the final score for the assignment, and any feedback provided by the learner about the peer assessment process. Learners are identified by anonymized ID in this report.

For more information, see Generate a Report for ORA Assignments in the Building and Running an edX Course guide, or, for Open edX installations, Generate a Report for ORA Assignments in the Building and Running an Open edX Course guide.

Other Changes

  • This release corrects errors that occurred after a course team member deleted student state for an ORA assignment submission. After student state was deleted, information about the submission continued to appear in the Staff Debug dialog box. In addition, when the learner attempted to submit a new response, the attempt failed. These errors now longer occur. (TNL-3880)
  • This release includes several updates to the user interface for peer instruction problems. These updates include a change to the problem heading, which now reads “Peer Instruction Question”, and the addition of an “Explain to other students why you chose this answer” cue for the final answer text box.

Open edX

Packaging Change for Dogwood

A patch to Open edX Dogwood was released on 9 March 2016. This patch only corrected a problem in the packaging of the release. If you have already installed Dogwood, there is no need to reinstall it.

CourseTalk for Course Reviews

Installations running the latest version of Open edX can now add the CourseTalk widget to their instances of Open edX. The CourseTalk widget allows learners to post course ratings and reviews that then appear on the course’s About page. When you add the CourseTalk widget to an Open edX instance, the widget is enabled for every course on that instance.

Updates to E-Commerce Checkout

For installations running the latest version of Open edX, this release includes updates to the user interface on the Checkout page that is presented by the the edX e-commerce service. The functionality of this page has not changed, and learners can continue to check out using their credit cards or PayPal.

For more information about the edX e-commerce service, see Adding E-Commerce to the Open edX Platform in the Installing, Configuring, and Running the Open edX Platform guide.

Other Changes

Previously, the course About page included an unnecessary heading labeled overview. This release removes the overview heading. (OSPR-1146)

EdX Documentation

Documentation for Open edX Users

A new section, “Adding E-Commerce to the Open edX Platform”, is now available in the Installing, Configuring, and Running the Open edX Platform guide. Two versions of this guide are available on the docs.edx.org website.