Quick Start

Available to: Students, Faculty, Staff, Departments

Cost: No charge

edX is a learning management system that is used for approved programs and courses at Boston University. Instructors and course teams can post content, assess students, facilitate class discussion and engagement, and provide feedback.  Students in those programs can access these course materials at any time and from any computer with an internet connection.


edX offers structure, convenience, and flexibility central to Boston University’s online programs.  Instructors and course teams manage all course materials online, where they are available to students. Instructors can post documents, make announcements, send e-mail, create online assessments, and more. Students can access course documents, send files to their instructor, and access grades directly. Course materials are available 24/7, from any location, allowing students to learn when and where they like.

Key Features

  • Online course management for convenient access to course materials
  • Self-paced or instructor led delivery
  • Easy document sharing and assignment collection
  • Assessment tools and grading for student evaluation

What to Expect

This service normally will be available 24 by 7 except for standard change windows, as described in IS&T’s standard policies, procedures, and schedules for making changes.

Getting Started

Interested in taking a course on edX? Visit Boston University's edX courses.

Faculty and departments are encouraged to reach out to Digital Learning Initiatives if you are interested in:

  • learning more about BU offerings on edX.org
  • creating a course or a Program on edX.org
  • piloting innovative approaches to serve lifelong learners, involving alternative credentials, such as digital badges; new credit pathways such as MicroMasters; and shorter, more agile programs and credentials to meet the demands of the contemporary learners.