The Open edX platform is designed to involve students and teachers in an interactive, modular learning way.

This technology allows instructors to create engaging sequences interweaving videos, readings, discussions, wikis, collaborative and social media tools, exercises and materials with automatic assessments and instant feedback.

As a result of it, students will move at their own pace following a self-regulating learning process.


The Open edX software includes two main applications: one for taking courses –the LMS or Learning Management System– and another one for creating them –“Studio,” the CMS or Content Management System.

An Open edX course organizes course content through a three-level hierarchy of sections, subsections and units. Sections and subsections appear on a vertical navigation bar on the left and units appear sequentially on a horizontal navigation toolbar. This navigational structure is effective, engaging, and results in a great learning experience.

Units contain components such as discussions, HTML, problems and video.

One of the most powerful technologies native to the Open edX platform is the multiple ways in which course staff can express problems. It allows for multiple-choice questions, checkboxes, dropdowns, textual, numerical and mathematical inputs as well as many other types of advanced problems, using custom Python and JavaScript to evaluate answers and display the results.

The video player, which is based around the YouTube player with custom extensions, is excellent: students can follow click-on transcripts to move along the video, adjust their speeds, download them, and even view transcripts in other languages.

A course can have cohorts, HTML pages, textbooks, wikis.

There are endless ways to structure course materials within an Open edX course.