Open edXⓇ - What is CMS?


CMS: It is a powerful tool which is useful for the content providers and course teams. This is also called studio, because all the stuff that we show to the learners is created and edited here. Below are some of the things that the content providers and course teams do using CMS.

Developing Course Building Blocks:

Studio enables us to create building blocks like as mentioned below.

  • The course outline is the container for all of your course content. The outline contains one or more sections.
  • The course section is at the top level of your course and typically represent a time period. A section contains one or more subsections.
  • The course subsection is part of a section, and usually represent a topic or other organizing principle. A subsection contains one or more units.
  • course unit is a lesson in a subsection that learners view as single pages. A unit contains one or more components.
  • course component is an object lesson in a subsection that learners view as single pages. A unit contains one or more components.

Adding Files like Images to a Course:

Content providers manage mostly files for the course, including image files, on the Files & Uploads page available.

Creating and Adding Video Content:

For courses, you upload your videos to the Video Uploads page available in studio. The edXⓇ video process then creates multiple formats and sources for your videos.

Adding Problems, Exercises, and Tools:

You can add a wide variety of different types of problems, exercises, and tools to the course outline.

Developing Course Components:

A component is the part of a unit that contains your actual course content. A unit can contain one or more components. By default, Studio includes four basic types of components for you to add to your course.

  • Discussion components provide discussion spaces in the body of your course. Learners can explore ideas about a lesson with their peers in a discussion space.
  • HTML components allow you to add text, images, and some types of learning tools to your course. Content in HTML components is formatted as HTML.
  • Problem components enable you to add many different types of exercises and problems to your course, from simple multiple choice problems to complex circuit schematic exercises.
  • Video components contain the videos that you want to include in your course.


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