Week of 11 April 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 LMS

Signing in with Microsoft Online Accounts

Learners can now sign into the LMS using their Microsoft® online accounts. The Microsoft sign in button is available along with buttons for signing in with Facebook® and Google® online accounts.

EdX Studio

Randomized problems that are sent to an external grader now include the random seed value that was used to initialize the randomization. For more information, see External Grader for edx.org course teams and External Grader for Open edX course teams. (OSPR-1202)

Open edX

Badges for Custom Course Events

In addition to offering badges for course completion, Open edX instances can now award badges to learners for customized course events. Examples of course events are: enrolling in a certain number of courses, completing a certain number of courses, or completing a specific list of courses. For more information, see Create Course Event Badges for Your Open edX Instance and Enable or Disable Badges for Your Course.

Deprecated REST APIs

The mobile, course structure, and profile images REST web services are deprecated.

  • Use the /api/courses/v1/courses/ web service instead of the deprecated mobile and course structure web services.
  • Use the /api/user/v1/accounts/ web service instead of the deprecated profile image web service.

For more information about supported and deprecated web services, see Open edX Platform APIs.

EdX Documentation

Configuring the CourseTalk Widget

The Installing, Configuring, and Running the Open edX Platform guide now includes information about the CourseTalk widget. For more information, see Adding the CourseTalk Widget.

Enabling Badges

The Installing, Configuring and Running the Open edX Platform guide now includes information about creating and configuring badges for custom course events. For more information, see Create Course Event Badges for Your Open edX Instance.

Viewing Badges

The Open edX Learner’s Guide now includes information for learners about viewing badges they have earned in their profile, if badging is enabled on the platform. For more information, see Viewing Earned Badges in Your Profile.