edX Edge Instructor Guide

edX Edge is a learning platform that allows you to present online course content in a highly organized sequence of modules and pages. The layout options encourage you to develop interactive content that seamlessly combines multiple elements like text, images, videos, multiple-choice questions, and more advanced components (e.g., peer instruction questions, polls) into discrete units of learning.edX Edge can be used for regular UBC credit courses, while edX.org offers a platform for UBC MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). This guide will focus on using edX Edge.

Cost Yes Free.
Bandwidth Yes Low demand on internet connections.
Canvas Integration No None.
Privacy Partial Verified by UBC’s Privacy Impact Assessment process, provided you follow the additional steps noted below.
Similar UBC-Supported Tools Y Canvas is also centrally supported for presenting online course content in modules, and it offers better support for graded activities.

What can I use it for?

You can use edX Edge to host many aspects of your course online:

  • Sharing course content using a variety of formats in an integrated layout
  • Asking students to submit practice assignments and quizzes
  • Enabling students to engage in student peer assessment and self-assessment

Note that we discourage using edX Edge for high-stakes graded work at UBC, due to the complexities of working within privacy restrictions and working with the edX Edge grading interface.

A note about edX Edge

edX Edge is privacy-compliant, if you take proper steps to protect students’ personal information. Please provide the following information to your students:

  • In this course, we will be using edX Edge, which is a tool to help deliver course content. When creating an account in edX Edge, you will be asked to provide personally identifying information. Please know you are not required to consent to sharing this personal information with the tool, if you are uncomfortable doing so. If you choose not to provide consent, you may create an account using a nickname and a non-identifying email address, then let your instructor know what alias you are using in edX Edge.

What do I need to use edX Edge?

A supported web browser

edX Edge runs in your web browser. For best performance, we recommend using the latest version of Chrome or Firefox. edX Edge also supports the latest version of Microsoft Edge or Safari, but will not work with Internet Explorer.


An edX Edge course

edX Edge courses must be requested and created through the LT Hub, as outlined below.

Tips

  • We encourage using edX for MOOCs rather than for UBC credit courses. edX offers robust teaching options for open and mass-scale courses; however, its options for grading are limited.
  • edX Edge is best used in credit courses only for content delivery and self-assessment. For building credit courses with more options and streamlined grading, we suggest using Canvas, UBC’s primary learning platform.
  • You can download edX Edge mobile applications for iOS and Android. However, not all features will work properly in the app.

How do I use edX Edge?

Note that this guide is for instructors using edX Edge to host credit courses for students at UBC. You will first request a course, then build content in it using the edx Edge Studio.

Click any bar below for instructions and tips for using edX Edge.

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Request an edX Edge account and course

You will need an edX Edge account to request an edX Edge course.

  1. Create an edX Edge account, if you have not used edX Edge before:
    • Go to studio.edge.edx.org.
    • Click Sign In in the top right corner.
    • Leave the text fields blank, and select Institution/campus credentials.
    • Select University of British Columbia from the list.
    • Sign in with your UBC CWL (Campus-Wide Login). It is important to note that no personal information from your CWL account is passed to edX Edge.
    • Fill in the form fields for your edX Edge account with the personal information you wish to use, then click Create Account.
  2. If there are any other instructors, teaching assistants (TAs), or support staff who will be part of the teaching team, please ask them to also follow the steps above to create edX Edge accounts.
  3. Access our LT Hub contact form and complete the following:
    • Under "Support Requested", select edX.
    • Under “New edX Edge Course”, click Yes.
    • Under “How can we help you?”, specify details about the course. Please include course identifiers (i.e., course name, code, number, section, session/term) and any staff members who should be part of the course (i.e., any instructors, TAs, support staff).
    • Fill out the rest of the required fields, and click Submit.
  4. Once the edX Edge course is created, we will email you. Then you can begin setting up your course.

Set up your edX Edge course

Once you've requested and received your edX Edge course, you will build your course content in what is called the edX Edge Studio.

  1. Access the edX Edge Studio:
    • Go to studio.edge.edx.org.
    • Click Sign In in the top right corner.
    • Leave the text fields blank, and select Institution/campus credentials.
    • Select University of British Columbia from the list.
    • Sign in with your UBC CWL.
    • Click your course from the dashboard.
  2. Logging in this way will open your edX Edge course in "Studio" view, meaning you will be able to edit it.
  3. Start by setting the course start, end, and enrollment dates. In the top navigation bar of your course, click Settings, and select Schedules & Details.
  4. Under "Course Schedule", enter the dates you would like to use:
    • Start and end dates are the first and last dates that your students can access the edX Edge course content. By default, the start date is set in 2030, to ensure your course does not open before you are ready.
    • Enrollment dates are the dates during which students can self-enrol in your course.
  5. Customize any other settings, then click the Save Changes button in the pop-up that appears at the bottom of the screen.
  6. In the top navigation bar of your course, click Content, and select Outline. Now you can start adding content and interactive elements in the sections and sub-sections or your course.

Tips

  • In edX Edge, "Studio" view differs from "Live" view, which is what your students see when they engage with the course. "Live" view is also where you can manage some aspects of edX Edge grading.
  • You can toggle between "Studio" view and "Live" view. From the course outline page, click the "View Live" button in the top right corner to open the "Live" view. To switch back, look for a "Studio", "View In Studio", or similarly-worded button.
  • You can use the edX Edge course checklists to guide your course setup. In the top navigation bar of your course, click "Tools" and select "Checklists" to see what edX Edge recommends for getting started and following best practices.
  • You can take a self-paced edX 101 online course to learn more about how to build courses in edX Edge.

Understand your options for building courses in edX Edge

You will build your course content in what is called the edX Edge Studio. You can add core or advanced components, depending on your pedagogical goals.

Note that we discourage using edX Edge for high-stakes graded work at UBC, due to the complexities of working within privacy restrictions and working with the edX Edge grading interface.

Course outline

The course outline is where you will add and organize your course content into sections, subsections, units, and components.

Updates and handouts

The course updates and handouts let you post announcements for students and share important files with them, such as syllabi.

Videos

Using video lets you upload and embed video content, along with closed-captioning or transcripts.

Discussions

With discussions, you can add both standalone discussion forums and discussion components integrated into the course (e.g., a sub-forum for discussion of a video or problem set can be embedded on a page with that video or problem set). Posts in a discussion may be pinned, filtered, rated, and followed.

Problem questions

Options for problem questions range from multiple-choice, drop-down, and text to more advanced question types allowing for image-mapped input, math expressions, and peer instruction. Certain question types can also offer hints and targeted feedback, as well as enable answer randomization and multiple attempts.

Problem question: Open Response Assessments (ORA)

Open Response Assessments are a type of problem question that allow for peer- and/or self-assessment. Students first submit their response, then view and evaluate their peers' (and optionally their own) responses, using a rubric developed by you.

Content libraries

Similar to question banks in Canvas, content libraries let you create randomized question sets for a quiz.

Wiki

The internal course wiki is a shared learning space that enables students to create and edit student-generated content.

Cohorts

Cohorts are a way of forming smaller communities in your course to group students for smaller discussions. Within cohorts, students can communicate privately only with other members of their group.

Grading

You can do limited grading for any graded items of your course (e.g., quizzes, staff-graded assignments). Students can access these grades from their "Progress" page in edX Edge.

However, note that a) edX Edge limits grade adjustments, b) you may not be able to easily identify your students if they use aliases, and c) grades you enter in edX Edge are not pushed to any other grading system at UBC (e.g., Canvas). We recommend using Canvas for graded work in credit courses, as it has a more robust gradebook and a wider variety of grading features.

You can add some advanced components yourself in the Settings/Advanced Settings area of your course. To use others, you may need to contact us in the LT Hub to enable them and understand the requirements.

Peer Instruction tool

The Peer Instruction tool was developed at UBC and is based on Eric Mazur’s "Peer Instruction" teaching method, to enhance student engagement and understanding. This tool adds another level to the typical multiple-choice questions that students answer and get feedback on.

Use of the tool is divided into three steps:

  • STEP 1: Students answer a multiple-choice question (with or without a right answer) and provide an explanation for their initial choice.
  • STEP 2: Students review a set number of answers from their peers and read their explanations. You set how many answers or examples are shown to the students; the peer answers and explanations are always presented anonymously.
  • STEP 3: Students answer the same multiple-choice question a final time. In doing so, they can either revise their initial answer and explanation or leave as-is, based on the peer responses they have read.

Polls

You can use polls to create multiple-choice questions that engage students with the course content or ask for their feedback.

Word cloud

Create a question that will generate a colourful word cloud graphic from the student responses.

Add TAs and other instructors to your edX Edge course

We will attempt to add any TAs, other instructors, or support staff included in your initial request for an edX Edge course. However, if we are unable to find edX Edge accounts for those individuals—or if you want to add people later—you can make additions yourself.

  1. Ensure anyone you want to add has an active edX Edge account linked to their UBC CWL. They can create one by logging in to edX Edge at least once, before you attempt to add them. You will need to know the email address they used to create their account.
  2. Access the edX Edge Studio:
    • Go to studio.edge.edx.org.
    • Click Sign In in the top right corner.
    • Leave the text fields blank, and select Institution/campus credentials.
    • Select University of British Columbia from the list.
    • Sign in with your UBC CWL.
    • Click your course from the dashboard.
  3. In the top navigation bar of your course, click Settings and select Course Team.
  4. Select New Team Member in the top right corner.
  5. Enter the email address associated with the person's edX Edge account, then click Add User.
  6. Repeat steps 4-5 for any other team members you wish to add.

Add students to your edX Edge course

Students can self-enrol in your edX Edge course, once you provide them with a link.

  1. Before you invite students to self-enrol, please provide the following information to them:
    • In this course, we will be using edX Edge, which is a tool to help deliver course content. When creating an account in edX Edge, you will be asked to provide personally identifying information. Please know you are not required to consent to sharing this personal information with the tool, if you are uncomfortable doing so. If you choose not to provide consent, you may create an account using a nickname and a non-identifying email address, then let your instructor know what alias you are using in edX Edge.
  2. Access the edX Edge Studio:
    • Go to studio.edge.edx.org.
    • Click Sign In in the top right corner.
    • Leave the text fields blank, and select Institution/campus credentials.
    • Select University of British Columbia from the list.
    • Sign in with your UBC CWL.
    • Click your course from the dashboard.
  3. In the top navigation bar of your course, click Settings and select Schedules & Details.
  4. Copy the link under “Course Summary Page”, and paste this link somewhere secure for your students to access.
  5. After clicking this link, students will be directed to your edX Edge course’s "About" page. You can provide them the following instructions to go along with the link:
    • From the course "About" page, click Enroll Now.
    • Click Sign In in the top right corner.
    • Leave the text fields blank, and select Institution/campus credentials.
    • Select University of British Columbia from the list.
    • Sign in with your CWL.
    • Fill in the form fields for your edX Edge account. This step is where you can create an account using a nickname (or keep the auto-generated public username) and non-identifying email address, if you choose. It is important to enter a valid email address, since it will be used to activate your account.
    • Click Create Account.
    • You will receive a confirmation email from edX Edge to activate your account. Click Activate your account in the email to complete registration and access the edX Edge course.

edX Edge FAQ

Click any bar below to find UBC-specific answers to frequently asked questions.


edX has two ways of delivering course content:

  • edX: edX.org, for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and professional education courses
  • edX Edge: edge.edx.org, for universities to provide traditional campus courses

These are completely separate websites, with separate platforms, databases, servers, and login credentials. Many courses on edX are open to the public at large. Courses on edX Edge are exclusive to those enrolled through the related university, and students must know your course URL to register.

Note that the steps in this guide guide are for instructors using edX Edge to host credit courses for students at UBC.

To run a UBC MOOC on edX.org, you can start by applying for UBC funding for a flexible learning project through the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.

Next steps would then include receiving approval for a MOOC team and MOOC course on edX.org. The LT Hub does not support MOOCs, but UBC Extended Learning offers support for all UBC MOOCs on edX.

edX Edge is not intended to replace any other learning tool at UBC. Rather, it is meant to offer a supplementary way of delivering course content. At this point, edX Edge lacks some core functionality required to be a complete learning platform like Canvas; we encourage using edX Edge for content delivery and self-assessment at UBC rather than for any high-stakes graded work.


Where can I get more support with edX Edge?

Technical support

If you have trouble with edX Edge:


Pedagogical support

  • UBC's Online Teaching Program Module 2.3 on “Common elements in an online course” can help with online course design, with an emphasis on creating teaching presence, clarifying expectations, and providing communication guidelines. These elements apply to any online course, regardless of the platform used.

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