EdX is part of "the evolving ecosystem of learning technology platforms, tools and applications on campus" (see UBC edX Partnership). This provides edX.org as a platform for UBC MOOCs, and also supports a platform called Edge that can be used for regular UBC courses. Edge can be used to provide a blended learning experience for campus-based courses, it can also be used to support UBC online and distance courses. Both edX and Edge provide a course authoring tool called Studio.

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Faculty examples How are faculty using this tool?


Astronomy 311 on edX/Edge

UBC is trying to increase its distance education course offerings in order to meet the needs of students throughout the province and internationally and also to offer more flexibility to students in Vancouver as well. Instructor Jeremy Heyl decided to take up the challenge with his Exploring the Universe: Stars and Galaxies course (ASTR 311). Read More...

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Research Methods course on edX/Edge

Find out how Ruth Martin, Instructor of Distributed Health Research Methods (DHRM C11), used edX/Edge for her research methods course. Read More...

Getting started How do I get started?

simple overview of differences between edX MOOC courses and the edX Edge environment

You can begin by taking the self-paced "edX 101" online course Overview of Creating an edX Course for instructors, which will orient you with the platform.

If your course is intended for residential students at UBC, you will set it up on edX Edge. You will need to first request a course via the Learning Tool Setup Request Form, and then you will author it using studio.edge.edx.org.

If your course however is intended to be a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), you can apply for funding for a flexible learning project administered through the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund. You will set it up on edX. You will need to first be part of an approved MOOC team, before authoring the MOOC course using studio.edx.org.

edX has well-maintained documentation to help you get started with a course on either site.

First-time users should also note:

What tools can I use with this?

edX offers a variety of tools that will help you design and manage your course effectively on edge:

edX provides more advanced features to help you customize your course further:

edX content can also be embedded in Canvas.

Available support What support is available?

Support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub and individual instructional support units.

Frequently asked questions FAQ

What is the difference between edX and edX Edge?

EdX has two domains from which it serves content:

These are completely separate websites, with separate resources, databases, servers, login credentials, and authoring platforms. The difference that edX is the home for the MOOCs and Professional Education courses, while Edge is used by universities to provide material for their on-campus or other traditional students (and students must know your course URL to register).

What role does edX play in UBC's learning technology ecosystem of tools?

edX is not intended to replace any other learning tool. Instead edX is simply one platform integrated into an evolving ecosystem of learning technology platforms, tools and applications on campus. Excerpt from: UBC edX Partnership. At this point, edX lacks some core functionality required to be a complete LMS, although UBC and the other edX partner schools are actively working to enhance the platform. The edX and Edge environments may look very different in the future and now is an exciting time to experiment in that space.

What does it mean that edX Edge is a "cloud-based platform"?

In order to be compliant with FIPPA (privacy laws), UBC can not pass student personal identity information to edX Edge due to its cloud-based nature. However, CWL authentication is still available. When a user logs in using with a CWL, a non-PII (Personally Identifiable Information) identifier is passed to edge.org and associated with the student's edX username on Edge. UBC programmers are able to map this identifier to the student's UBC ID for grading and tracking purposes. A separate instructor-facing application is being developed for release in 2016 that will allow instructors to unmask student accounts on demand.

Can I use CWLs with edX Edge?

Yes. Faculty, staff, and students are able to log in to edX Edge using their CWL. A first time user will create an edX account after they have logged in with their CWL. Subsequently, they will be able to log in with their CWL directly. see how »

Can I embed edX Edge content?

Yes. The edX Edge site has been configured to be a learning tool interoperability (LTI) provider, allowing instructors to embed content, problem types, videos, etc. from edX Edge courses into courses in an LMS such as Canvas. When this is enabled in a course, marks from gradable content are passed back from edX Edge to the grade center. see how »