Open edX® Tutorial: Get Started with the Open edX® Studio

The Open edX course management system (CMS) is named Studio. Inside Studio you can find all the tools you need to create, organise and manage your Open edX online courses. In this tutorial you will learn an overview of the basic features of Open edX Studio, and how to access your Open edX Studio. 

A Quick Overview of the Open edX Studio Features

Build and Organise Your Course Structure Using Drag and Drop:

Studio offers an Outline editor, providing a simple hierarchy and an easy-to-use drag and drop feature to help you keep your course organised. Studio uses a simple hierarchy of sections and subsections to organise your content.

Save Your Draft Progress or Publish to Learners Right Away:

You can draft your outline and build content anywhere. Simple drag and drop tools let you reorganise quickly. You can work on developing your course content anytime, then simply save your progress if you are not yet ready to publish it live to learners.

Release All Sections to Learners Immediately or Release Certain Sections on a Specific Date/Time:

You don’t have to build you course all at once, instead you can take your time building your course. Inside Studio you will find settings that enable you to release your entire course at once, or alternatively you can build and release sections to your students incrementally at your own pace by setting specific release dates. These settings are conveniently named “Self-Paced Course” or “Instructor Paced Course”. When you’ve finished a section, choose when you want it to go live and Studio takes care of the rest.

Use Different Types of Multimedia and Content Groups with Cohorts to Create Unique Learning Paths:

Studio lets you weave your content together in a way that reinforces learning. Insert text, images, PDFs, videos, discussions, and a wide variety of exercises with just a few clicks.

A Visual Editor to Help You Work Quickly:

Work visually and see exactly what your learners will see by using the “Preview” button to preview how your content will appear to your learners.

A Broad Library of Problem Types:

It’s more than just multiple choice. Studio supports more than a dozen types of problems to challenge your learners.


Create Course Teams and Work with Colleagues:

Studio works like most other web applications you already know, yet understands how you build your curriculum. Instant publishing to the web when you want it, incremental release when it makes sense, and with Course Teams you can have co-authors or your entire team building a course, together.

Instant Editing:

Discovered a bug or spelling mistake in your course? No problem, you can edit your course at any time. When you want to save your edits you just click Save, or else click Publish to immediately make the update live to learners.

How do you Access Studio?

Step 1: Navigate to the Studio URL in Your Web Browser

If you don’t know how to access your Studio URL then ask your Open edX service provider for the link. It is usually something like or which is the secret digital port that sends web traffic to and from your Studio. You use your normal web browser, for example Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. The Studio login page looks like this:

Image: Screenshot of the Open edX Studio login page:

Image of Open edX Studio Homepage


Step 2: Click Sign In

If you are already registered on the Open edX platform associated with the Studio, then you can simply sign in by clicking the Sign In button. Else you will first need to register by clicking the Sign Up button. The Studio Sign Up and Sign In buttons look like this:

Image: Screenshot of the Studio Sign Up and Sign In buttons:

Image of Open edX Studio Sign In Buttons


Ready to Get Started with Open edX?