Open edX e-Learning Site

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Open edX

Open edX is an open source online learning platform originally conceived by edX, a nonprofit online learning destination founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

Freely available and able to support thousands of courses and hundreds of thousands of learners, Open edX provides a range of authoring tools to help educators create effective course materials and build vibrant online learning communities.

Write to us and ask for your credentials to the admin interface of an Open edX Demo Environment. Your credentials will be valid for 1 day after which the Demo Environment will reset itself.

Teaching and Learning Tools

EdX has developed and enhanced tools for our partners to create, teach, and manage their courses, student experiences, and learning outcomes.

EdX aimed to increase instructor and student satisfaction by demonstrating continuous incremental progress on tools and workflows.

Digital Course Certificates

Course team members edit a certificate configuration in Studio to create certificates for their course.

Digital certificates do not rely on the complex manual workflow of PDF certificates, and can be previewed by course team members in Studio.

Cohort-specific discussion experiences

Course staff can provide for different course discussions for different groups of learners.

Cohort-Specific Content

Course teams can now create different course experiences for learners in different cohorts.

Student Notes

Student notes enable learners to highlight and make notes on courseware text.

Randomized Content Blocks

Course teams can use randomized content blocks in their courses to deliver sets of randomized problems to learners.

Studio interface for creating peer assessment problems

Course team members can now add a peer assessment to a course in Studio by selecting the Peer Assessments problem type on the Advanced tab in a problem component.

Studio now presents an editor for the Peer Assessments problem type.

User experience redesigned for editing and publishing course content

In Studio, the process for creating, releasing, and updating content has been streamlined and simplified.

Enhancements for course discussions

Several changes were made to improve student and staff experiences with course discussions.

Content experiments and graded course content

The edX platform now supports content experiments that include problem components in graded subsections and grade exports.

Including Google Drive files or a Google calendar

You can now embed a Google calendar or a Google Drive file in your course so that students see it in the courseware.

Libraries for delivering randomized content

In Studio, you can now create libraries from which content for randomized assignments is randomly drawn.

Course prerequisites and entrance exams

You can now make sure that prospective learners have certain skills or knowledge before they take your course by requiring a prerequisite course, an entrance exam, or both.

Multiple prompts in ORA assignments

Multiple prompts in ORA assignments support short-answer use cases where one ORA assignment contains multiple prompts and response areas.

Bulk email template improvements

Improve the usability, accessibility, and mobile compatibility of our existing bulk email template used for course emails.

Video pre-rolls

Enables course teams to add a short video (3-10 seconds) to the beginning of course videos to promote the organization that created the course.

Tags for Notes

Learners can add tags to notes so that they can more easily find their notes and course material.

Certificate and Track Information in Course Grade Reports

New certificate and track columns have been added to the grade report that course teams can download from the instructor dashboard in the LMS.

Digital Badges

Digital badges provide a way for learners to share their course achievements.

Learners receive a badge at the same time as they receive a course certificate, and have the option of sharing their badges to a badging site such as Mozilla Backpack.

Learner Profiles

The new edX Profile feature allows learners and staff to share personal information including an identifying image, demographic information, and a descriptive paragraph with other members of the edX community.

New Per-Problem Grade Report

Course team members now have access to details about learners' performance at the problem level.

A new problem grade report that course team members can download from the instructor dashboard shows, for each learner, the earned vs. possible score for each graded problem in the course.

Professional Education

EdX has enabled its partners to offer courses for professional development and career advancement while managing their own brand and marketing through a white-label hosted solution.

EdX has invested in a registration and payment flow that optimizes for professionals and their employers purchasing classes in business environments.

Bulk Course Enrollment Purchases for Organizations

Organizations can purchase multiple enrollments for a course in one transaction.

The organizations receive enrollment codes that they distribute to learners, who can then enroll in the course.

Support for custom URLs

The Professional Education team will add support for customizable web addresses.

Data and Analytics

EdX has enhanced data visibility and analysis capability for the customers, with specific focus for the year on course teams, instructors, and researchers.

For course teams and instructors, edX Insights tool has been released to greatly increase optics into student demographics, behavior, and performance.

For researchers, the analytics platform will be developed continously to make data trackable and queryable.

For the Open edX community, the guarantee is to maintain the code as open-source and work to support contributions of new reports and analyses.

Student performance on graded problems in edX Insights

To help you assess the difficulty of graded problems, and the completeness of your questions and answers, edX Insights now includes a Performance feature.

Enrollment history broken down by honor code and verified certificates in edX Insights

Course staff can now learn which track learners enrolled in in edX Insights.

Tracking logs of student event data available daily

To alleviate problems relating to the size of the cumulative, weekly event logs, daily log files of event data are now available for download from the Amazon S3 storage service.

EdX Insights, our course analytics product, is now available

EdX Insights uses visualizations, key metrics, and tables to present data about who your students are and what they do while interacting with your course.

Student demographic data added to edX Insights

Self-reported age, education, and gender data is now available for enrolled students.

Performance on ungraded problems in edX Insights

Learn more about analyzing learner performance on ungraded problems in edX Insights.


In the past years, the mobile application has evolved from a video companion application for edX courses to another way to complete courses on the go.

The Mobile application now lets you view most basic assessment types, text components, and course discussions.

Improvements have been made that allow learners to view courses prior to registering and incorporated learner profile avatars into the discussion forum.

In the upcoming years there will be a focus on improving the video experience within courses, providing more controls and settings for learners with limited data, improved application performance, support for multiple languages, as well as other improvements that come up occasionally in mobile app review feedback.

Improved workflow for uploading source videos

Enable course authors to upload source courseware videos directly through Studio.

The edX mobile app for Android and iPhone

With the edX mobile app, learners can read announcements and handouts, and download video lectures for their courses and watch them anytime, without an Internet connection.


EdX has defined a set of policies and procedures and continues to improve its level of compliance with well established web accessibility guidelines.

The emphasis is on learner facing interfaces and eventually expand to include content management.

Current documentation and course team training will expand to include more practical guidance in an effort to make course teams self sufficient in producing accessible content and identifying accessibility defects.

EdX is looking for opportunities to introduce accessibility checkpoints and requirements into key business processes.

Enhance Accessibility Documentation

EdX has enhanced and expanded accessibility guidelines for course teams and edX Platform developers.

Open edX and Platform Investments

EdX has fostered the evolution of a vibrant community of edX platform contributors to drive innovation in teaching and learning.

edX has developed an ecosystem of providers and consumers who support the community as well as open communications channels to provide transparency on edX initiatives and education on integration points and best practices.

This initiative also entails continued engineering investments in core platform capabilities to ensure scalability, performance, and extensibility.

Deliver the Birch Release

The Open edX team has delivered the second named Open Source release of the edX Platform.

Right to Left Language Support

The Platform team has developed and delivered right-to-left language support in the edX Platform.

(The Mobile applications are not yet right-to-left enabled.)

Phase 1 of edX Platform Theming

EdX delivered Phase 1 of the Open edX Theming project.

Creative Commons Licensing for Courses and Videos

Course staff can specify All Rights Reserved or a Creative Commons license for a course and for individual videos in a course.

Your Virtual Machine Specs

Your Open edX Server will be running on an isolated and secure Virtual Machine with the following configuration 1 :

  • CPU: 1 vCPU on 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7260U Physical Processor(s)
    • Base Frequency: 2.20 GHz
    • Max Turbo Frequency: 3.40 GHz
  • Memory: 6144 MB on 32 GB DDR4-2133 Physical Memory Chip(s)
    • DDR4-2133 1.2V SO-DIMM
    • Max Memory Bandwidth: 34.1 GB/s
  • Disk Size: 26.16 GB on 1TB M.2. SSD Physical Storage Chip(s)
    • M.2 Solid-State Drive (SSD)
    • Sequential Read: 530 MB/s
    • Sequential Write: 510 MB/s
    • Random Read IOPS: 92 K
    • Random Write IOPS: 83 K

Note 1 : Virtual Machine Resources are already optimized for performance. Under extreme usage or circumstances, more resources can be easily acquired via our Add-ons section.

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