What is the difference between edX and Edge?

EdX has two domains from which it serves content:

These are completely separate domains, with separate resources, databases, servers, login credentials, and authoring platforms -- in particular, yes, there are two Studios!

The difference between the domains is that edX is the home for the large official courses, with discoverability and resource support, while Edge is the fringe, exploratory domain, where you can create your own courses and get to know the platform in a safe, low-visibility environment.

Here are some other differences:

  • You can create your own courses in Studio on Edge. You cannot create new courses in Studio on edX without approval, but you can author existing ones. The goal here is be able test-drive new courses on Edge and, when they are ready for global consumption, get them promoted to official courses on edX.
  • Unlike edX, Edge does not have a catalog page. Edge is "security-by-obscurity": there is no discovery process for courses. Students will have to know your course URL to register for it.

Now, while most courses in the future are intended to start out on Edge and eventually graduate to be official edX courses, there are a number of already existing courses on edX which are being authored in Studio, without having gone through Edge. We strongly recommend that all new Studio authors try out the platform in a safe lower key environment before jumping in and changing live content for a 50k student class!

If you are a beginning author, we invite you to create an account with Studio on Edge, create a test course, add some material, and share it with students or other authors.

Note that your Instructor account on one domain is the same as your Student account for that domain; however, accounts between Edge and edX are separate. This means that if you are authoring or registering for classes on both domains you will need to create two accounts -- one for edX, and one for Edge.

If you have other questions or would like further clarification, please start a new discussion.