We are upgrading one of our e-learning platforms KEEP Open edX to the latest Ficus Release. The new release provides improved accessibility and a number of useful interactive functions that enrich the learning experience. The upgrade would be performed from 5 to 7 am on 31 Oct 2017 (Tue), during which the platform is inaccessible.
You will notice that the interface is similar to the original one while the minor touches will allow you to navigate more intuitively through courses. When you finish reading a topic or just want to go back, try using the Next and Previous buttons, without going back to the Main page. Now they work across sections.
The Discussion interface is also enhanced with a post listing view that shows not only post titles, but also the first line of each post. Why not preview the discussions and join the ones that interest you? You can also see indications for unread posts, comments, and responses. No worries, you won’t miss anything.
Play with the new interactive question types designed for a better learning outcome. Peer Instruction tool allows you to view the ideas from the others before submitting your final answer (yes, you can change your mind!). The Drag and Drop Problem is re-engineered to be mobile-friendly.
Course teams can now set questions that award partial credits to learners if they submit an answer that is partly correct. Timed exams can also be set, so be reminded to watch the timer and finish all the questions before time's up.
Know your students using edX Insights, with their backgrounds and performances summarized for you to analyze teaching effectiveness. Set prerequisite courses and entrance exams for your advanced courses, matching knowledge of a higher level with learners who are ready to delve more deeply.
Talk to a selected group of users with bulk emails. Important announcements to the whole class, comments to specific project groups and teaching guidelines to your colleagues only - all delivered in a few clicks. Why not enjoy some coffee and refine your teaching in the saved time?
A rewarding learning path
KEEP provides recognition and encouragements to keen learners. Check the Badges you get after having certain milestone achievements, say enrolling in a certain number of courses. Get your Certificate upon course completion, and share your accomplishments to social platforms - let your peers know what you have learned!
We hope you enjoy the enhanced teaching and learning experience brought by this upgrade. Let us know if you have any questions - just drop an email to email@example.com and we would contact you then.