课程搜索网站CourseTalk

Open edX Eucalyptus版本中加入了对CourseTalk Widget的支持。学习者可以在Widget里面写入对课程的评价,然后这个评价会在CourseTalk网站以及它的所有Widget中显示(包括其它学习平台)。

CourseTalk成立于2012年,是供学习者搜索,发现和分享这个星球上提供最广泛的在线课程的领先网站。CourseTalk不仅连接学生到单个课程,也与高校,教授和其他学生通过引人入胜,社交和互动的用户体验连接。CourseTalk的核心是一个综合性的MOOC搜索,帮用户找到免费提供给任何人的公开报名课程。通过该网站,学生可以报名参加课程项目,与教授和其他学生沟通,给课程打分和评论。。该网站是教授得到在线课程真实反馈,以及大学和培训机构接触到渴望未来的学生的的理想场所。

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2016年春季北美LMS市场数据

本文数据来源于

http://mfeldstein.com/state-higher-ed-lms-market-spring-2016/

http://edutechnica.com/2016/03/20/lms-data-spring-2016-updates/

2016年春季LMS市场发生了一些显著的变化。ANGEL的数量持续减少,Canvas有不错的增长,BB则稍微下降。Moodle仍然保持稳定的第二位。

 

  • 增长最快的的LMS是Canvas。
  • Blackboard 持续的减少市场份额,而最多客户选择放弃的是 ANGEL。
  • Pearson宣布 LearningStudio’s 将于2017年末结束服务。
  • “其他”类型的系统包括少于50个应用的系统,例如Jenzabar, Edvance360, LoudCloud Systems, WebStudy, Schoology和 CampusCruiser。

Open edX2016年8月更新

学生的改进

We want your learners to focus on your course content instead of logistical details. To that end, we’ve added the ability to specify local time zones to the Account Settings page. No more mental gymnastics while learners convert from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to their own time!

Additionally, on-the-go learners can stay up to date with the new versions of our Android and iOS apps. Version 2.5.1 for Android and version 2.5.0 for iOS allow learners to participate in course discussions as they move through course units instead of having to go to the Discussions page. These versions also include a bug fix so that learners see the number of votes their posts have received. You can download the edX app from Google Play or the App Store.

教师的改进

Course teams who want to hide exams and other content from learners after the due date are in luck! We’ve just introduced subsection hiding, which allows course teams to hide the contents of a subsection after the subsection’s due date has passed—without affecting grades. Learners can still see the titles for hidden subsections in the course navigation, but they can’t access the content. For more information, see Hide a Subsection from Learners in Building and Running an Open edX Course.

LMS showing a subsection with the message "The due date for this homework has passed".

Have you ever created a text input problem in the advanced editor and left the answer attribute blank by mistake—so that learners can’t answer the problem correctly? We’ve updated Studio so that it no longer allows course teams to save a text input problem that has an empty answer attribute.

Better data leads to better courses, and we’ve updated Insights so that  enrollment information now includes specific numbers for each of the enrollment options for your course: audit, verified, verified with credit, and professional. (Courses that ended before December 2015 might also include honor code enrollments.) For more information, see Enrollment Activity in Using edX Insights.

可用的提升

As part of our commitment to make the edX platform as accessible as possible, we’ve made improvements to the website, the LMS, and Studio. We’ve organized the social media site links in the website footer into lists to help people who use screen readers. We’ve increased color contrast in both the LMS and Studio to make elements clearer. And we’ve updated the edX tabbed component to make navigating pages without a mouse easier and more intuitive.

系统管理和开发的提升

The edX engineering team has been hard at work, improving performance in loading the learner Progress page by 75% as part of improving the overall performance of computing grades—just in time for the Eucalyptus release. We’ve also made changes to validation in the coupon creation process.

If you’ve been updating your installation of Open edX with each edX release, you may have noticed that we’re transitioning the XBlockDisableConfig model and its associated settings to the XBlockConfiguration andXBlockStudioConfiguration models. This transition is still in progress. When it is complete, we will delete the XBlockDisableConfig model and associated settings. The Eucalyptus release will not include these changes.

We’ve updated our documentation to include information about popular Open edX topics. In addition to instructions for serving course assets from a content delivery network (CDN), now available in Installing, Configuring, and Running the Open edX Platform, you can find information about using the XBlock URL to render an XBlock in HTML without the LMS user interface in two places: Rendering XBlocks with the XBlock URLin the Open edX Developer’s Guide and Rendering XBlocks with the XBlock URL in the Open edX XBlock Tutorial. If you find this content useful, please drop us a line at docs@edx.org!

即将到来

We’re planning lots of improvements during August—including more updates to coupons and a streamlined About page creation process. Stay tuned!