edX

edX is an online platform used to design and host online courses. Faculty can use the edX domain to create courses intended for the general public. Faculty can also use the edX Edge domain to develop blended learning content for their on-campus course or to design material for their online/distance learning course. 


The difference between edX and edX Edge

edX is used to create courses intended for the general public, which are known as massive open online courses (MOOCs). 

edX Edge is used to create private courses. UBC faculty use this domain to create courses intended for UBC students enrolled in their courses. 


The difference between edX Edge and Canvas

Unlike Canvas, edX Edge is not a learning management system, so it is not connected to UBC’s student registration system. However, it can be integrated with Canvas, allowing grades to be synced to the Canvas Gradebook. Click here to learn how to embed edX Edge content into Canvas. Please note that there are limitations with certain features such as the Gradebook (it cannot calculate grades using complex formulas) and the creation of problem questions (basic knowledge of HTML/XML is required to build advanced questions).


Designing a course in either edX or edX Edge will take time and resources. A good starting point would be to complete edX’s self-paced online course edX 101: Overview of Creating an edX Course to get an overview of the platform. 

Creating a Course in edX

To support the creation of a publicly accessible MOOC in edX, you can apply for funding through the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund. Refer to the TLEF website and Faculty of Science Skylight support webpage for more information about the TLEF process and application.

Creating a Course in edX Edge

To create a course in edX Edge, you will need to first request access to the platform by completing the Learning Tool Setup Request Form. After you receive confirmation that a course site has been created for you, you can start building your course by logging into Studio—the course building tool for edX Edge (and edX)—at http://studio.edge.edx.org. For information on creating a course in Studio, please read the edX user guide chapter "Getting Started with Studio"  or take edX’s free course (select “Audit This Course” to have free, unlimited access to course content and discussions). 

Learning technology support

If you have any questions or if you would like to report an issue regarding a learning technology, please don’t hesitate to contact us at LT.support@science.ubc.ca. For in-person support, please join our LTRs at one of our drop-in sessions.