eduNEXT – 8 steps guide

STEP 1. Style up your LMS site

The first thing you can do to make your LMS site look great is visiting the look and feel configuration page in the eduNEXT Management Console at https://manage.edunext.co/settings/style.
You’ll be able to select the colors for you site, a main logo, your banner image, and change a few of the LMS homepage’s captions. You’ll also be able to add links to the header menu, and some links and captions to the footer as well.
Just be aware that after you save your changes, it takes a 3-5 minutes for them to appear in your LMS site.

At the end of this step your LMS site will look the way you want, but it will still only have a demo course that comes by default.

STEP 2. Create a course of your own

To create your first course, log in to the STUDIO course authoring tool at https://studio.edunext.co/. Once you sign in, you will see a green button on the top right that reads “+ New Course”. The course creation process is very simple, it only requires you to enter a course name, a course id and a course run id.
You can read about the course creation process in the official edX documentation here.

Once your course is created, it will be mostly empty and it will have only the default settings. You’ll need to go to Settings – > Schedule and details and maybe add a short description for your corse, add a course image, and a course introductory video.
You can also change the “Course overview” field, but keep in mind that this will be HTML markup, so you have to make sure your changes conform to this format. If you are not too confortable with making changes in HTML, you can simply change the captions in black, which correspond to the text that will be displayed on the course’s about page.

STEP 3. Create your course outline and add basic course contents to your course’s units

From anywhere in the course in studio, go to Content – > Outline and start adding the sections and subsections for your course. Note that the course contents will always be arranged in sections, that contain subsections, and those subsections will containg units, which are the actual course content pages.
Section and subsectios that only have empty units will not be seen in the LMS site, so you’ll have to start adding some basic components to your units.
The simplest components to add, are the videos, and the HTML components, so you should start with those, and after you have added some components to your unit, you can click on “PUBLISH” to make sure your changes are visible on the LMS side. The documentation about adding components to your course can be found here.

STEP 4. Add basic problems

Now that you have a course that is seen in the LMS site, you can go ahead and add some new components to it. One of the best features of the open edX platform is the rich array of possibilities you have with problem components.
You should try to add a few simple problems, such as Multiple choice questions, but then also add some advanced configuration options to each component to try out the possibilies and different tools.
The documentation about adding problems to your course can be found here.

STEP 5. Add discussions

This one should be simple. Discussions can be added as a component in any of your course’s units. There is very little configuration needed. Please note that learners will be able to read the discussion and add post to that particular discussion from the course unit, but also will be able to search through all the discussions and add posts in the general “Discussions” tab of the course. The official documentation about discussions can be found here.

STEP 6. Add advanced problems

You can add active, constructive and interactive learning components to your courses using the advanced problems.
Make sure you test at least the following:
• Image mapped input
• Drag and Drop
• Peer Assesments
• Math expression input
You can find detailed instruccions on how to use each type of component here.

STEP 7. Add the grading configuration

Since your course now has gradable components in some of its subsections, you can now test the grading configuration options at Settings -> Grading.
You should start by setting a passing threshold for your course and then creating a few Assignment types.
Make sure that the weight of total grade for all your assignment types adds up to 100.
After creating the assignment types, you have to go back to the course outline at Content-> Outline and make some of your subsections gradable, by selecting one of the assignment types you’ve created.
All the detailed information about grading in open edX can be found here.

STEP 8. Test some of the advanced features

The final step of this introductory guide, would be to test and experiment with some of the advanced features in open edX, for example:

Team discussions
Timed exams
Extra pages
Subsection prerequisites
Using libraries and randomized questions banks
• Other Xblocks (advanced components)