Week of 25 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

  • In problems with Check buttons, learners must now enter or select an answer before they can use Check or Final Check to find out if their answers are correct. This change applies to checkbox, dropdown, multiple choice, and text, numerical, or math expression input problems. (OSPR-1240)
  • In the learning sequence in the LMS, when learners hover their pointers over, or have screen readers read, the tooltip for a unit, only the unit’s display name is now displayed or read. Previously, the display names of the unit and all of its components were displayed or read. (MA-2188)

EdX Studio

New Drag and Drop Problem Type

A new drag and drop problem type is now available. This mobile-ready, accessible version replaces the older drag and drop problem type and should be used in any new course development. Existing courses that use the older drag and drop problem type are not affected. However, if you re-run a course that uses the older drag and drop problem type, you should replace these problems with the new version.

For more information, see Drag and Drop Problem in the Building and Running an edX Course guide. Analytics events for the new drag and drop problem type are described in Drag and Drop Events in the EdX Research Guide.

Other Changes

  • Previously, if course teams added more than one ORA component in a single unit in Studio, learners were not able to correctly submit responses. This issue is now resolved. (TNL-4155)
  • In the ORA data report that is generated from the Data Download page of the instructor dashboard, comments that are added during peer or staff grading of responses now display in the order that they appear in the ORA assignment. (TNL-4352)
  • In the problem grade report that is generated from the Data Download page of the instructor dashboard, problems now display in the order that they appear in the course. (OSPR-1203)

Analytics

With the release of the drag and drop problem XBlock, five new events have been added to data packages. Among these events are edx.drag_and_drop_v2.item.picked_up and edx.drag_and_drop_v2.item.dropped. For more information, see Drag and Drop Events in the EdX Research Guide.

Documentation

New Drag and Drop Problem Type

The Building and Running an edX Course and Building and Running an Open edX Course guides now include information about the new drag and drop problem type. This new drag and drop problem type is more flexible and accessible, and should be used instead of the deprecated version. For more information, see Drag and Drop Problem in the Building and Running an edX Course guide or Drag and Drop Problem in the Building and Running an Open edX Course guide.

Analytics events for the new drag and drop problem type are described in Drag and Drop Events in the EdX Research Guide.

Open edX sites can customize the styling of the new drag and drop problem type. For more information, see Styling Drag and Drop Problems in the Installing, Configuring, and Running the Open edX Platform guide.