Explore the Universe of possibilities powered by the Open edX® platform

Open edX® is an advanced open source technology to deliver online learning. Created by Harvard and MIT and used by millions worldwide.

Open edX™ is an online platform for creating, delivering, and analyzing online courses. It is the open source platform that powers the edx.org initiative but also thousands of other online learning initiatives across the world. The Open edX world is complex, rich and diverse.

Open edX components

The Open edX platform far from a monolithic application has a number of different applications that are generally referred to under the umbrella name “Open edX”, than can or not be integrated into an online learning initiative.

To create and run online courses, you’ll need at least to know the two basic applications:

The Open edX LMS

This is the Learning Management System, where learners sign up for the site and log in to enroll and access and complete their courses. Instructors also use the Open edX LMS in order to access some management tools such as course stats, manual enrollments, gradebook management, course reports, certificates configuration, email, and more.

Open edX Studio

This is the content management system where authors create, configure, and manage their courses and course libraries. As authors can add and organize courseware, add and configure activities, upload course files, and configure course policies and settings.

Learn more about the Open edX platform

Check out our in depth article describing more details about the Open edX platform.

Check out a searchable list of features that will let you quickly figure out the kind of functionality that is available.

One of the great advantages of the Open edX platform is that it can be extended in different ways by using third party tools and integrations. Check out the curated list of extensions to find out more.

Experience it yourself, as a learner and as a course author

Learner’s Site

Log in as a learner to browse different course option and explore the types of course activities and resources available.

Course Author’s Lab

Explore the STUDIO platform and experiment on an existing course.

Discover more about the Open edX platform

What’s new in Open edX Juniper

The latest version of the Open edX ® platform is called Juniper,
It comes with a number of changes and improvements over Ironwood. Let’s dive into the major changes for the different roles interacting in the Open edX platform.

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Discover What is New in Open edX Ironwood

Ironwood will be the ninth release of the Open edX platform and will include improvements over the current Hawthorn.2 version. We installed and tested this version as soon as it was available, and here is a detailed description of the most relevant changes we’ve found.

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Open edX Hawthorn Brings New Improvements

The latest Open edX Hawthorn Release brings a wide range of improved convenience and usability features for learners as well as authors empowering them to make full use of the open edX platform’s strengths to deliver effective learning.

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