Part of Open edX
Dashboard to display course analytics to course teams
Warning: You must have NPM version 5.5.1. Using another version might result in
package-lock.json file. Committing those changes might break our
deployments which use NPM 5.5.1 and expect no changes after running
npm install. nodeenv or
n are tools that you can use to work on different
Node.js and NPM versions than your system installed versions.
We have a TODO to set-up the development environment with a Docker container so that you will not have to manage Node and NPM versions yourself.
Get the code (e.g. clone the repository).
Install the Python/Node requirements:
$ make develop
Setup your database:
$ make migrate
Run the webpack-dev-server:
$ npm start
If you plan on running the Django development server on a different port or
host, make sure to set the
DJANGO_DEV_SERVER environmental variable. For
$ DJANGO_DEV_SERVER='http://localhost:9000' npm start
In a separate terminal run the Django development server:
$ ./manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0:8110
By default the Django Default Toolbar is disabled. To enable it set the environmental variable ENABLE_DJANGO_TOOLBAR.
Alternatively, you can launch the server using:
$ ENABLE_DJANGO_TOOLBAR=1 ./manage.py runserver
Visit http://localhost:9000 in your browser and then login through the LMS to access Insights (see Authentication & Authorization below for more details).
Site-wide announcements are facilitated by pinax-announcements. Use the admin site to manage announcements and dismissals.
$ ./manage.py waffle_switch name-of-my-switch on --create
See the Waffle documentation for details on utilizing features in code and templates.
The following switches are available:
|show_engagement_forum_activity||Show the forum activity on the course engagement page|
|enable_course_api||Retrieve course details from the course API|
|enable_ccx_courses||Display CCX Courses in the course listing page.|
|enable_engagement_videos_pages||Enable engagement video pages.|
|enable_video_preview||Enable video preview.|
|display_course_name_in_nav||Display course name in navigation bar.|
|enable_performance_learning_outcome||Enable performance section with learning outcome breakdown (functionality based on tagging questions in Studio)|
|enable_learner_download||Display Download CSV button on Learner List page.|
|enable_problem_response_download||Enable downloadable CSV of problem responses|
|enable_course_filters||Enable filters (e.g. pacing type) on courses page.|
|enable_course_passing||Enable passing column on courses page.|
$ ./manage.py waffle_flag name-of-my-flag --everyone --create
The following flags are available:
|display_learner_analytics||Display Learner Analytics links|
By default, this application relies on an external OAuth2 provider (contained within the LMS) for authentication and authorization. If you are a developer, and do not want to setup edx-platform, you can get around this requirement by doing the following:
Truein your settings file. (This is the default value in
Falsein your settings file.
http://localhost:9000/test/auto_auth/to create and login as a new user.
Note: When using OAuth2, the dashboard and provider must be accessed via different host names (e.g. dashboard.example.org and provider.example.org) in order to avoid issues with session cookies being overwritten. (This was true with the use of the removed Open ID Connect, but is untested since.)
Note 2: Seeing signature expired errors upon login? Make sure the clocks of your dashboard and OAuth servers are synced with a centralized time server. If you are using a VM, the VM's clock may skew when the host is suspended. Restarting the NTP service usually resolves this issue.
In order to work with translations you must have you must have gettext installed. gettext
should be available via your preferred package manager (e.g.
When adding or updating code, you should ensure all necessary strings are marked for translation. We have provided a command that will generate dummy translations to help with this. This will create an "Esperanto" translation that is actually over-accented English.
$ make generate_fake_translations
Restart your server after running the command above and update your browser's language preference to Esperanto (eo). Navigate to a page and verify that you see fake translations. If you see plain English instead, your code is not being properly translated.
Once development is complete, translation source files (.po) must be generated. The command below will generate the necessary source files and verify that an updated is needed:
$ make validate_translations
If not automated, the generated files located
analytics_dashboard/conf/locale/en/LC_MESSAGES should be uploaded to the
at Transifex where translators will begin the translation process. This task can be completed using the Transifex
$ tx push -s
Once translations are completed, run the commands below to download and compile the translations:
$ make pull_translations
Note that only the following files (for each language) should be committed to this repository:
Static files are managed via webpack.
To run the webpack-dev-server, which will watch for changes to static files
.underscore, etc. files) and incrementally recompile
webpack bundles and try to hot-reload them in your browser, run this in a
$ npm start
Alternatively, you can compile production webpack bundles by running (runs webpack using the prod config and then exits):
$ make static
$ npm run lint -s
$ npm run format
formatting of all of our files yet. Edit the directory list in
We presently have support for basic branding of the logo displayed in the header and on error pages. This is facilitated
by including an additional SCSS file specifying the path and dimensions of the logo. The default Open edX theme located
static/sass/themes/open-edx.scss is a good starting point for those interested in changing the logo. Once your
customizations are complete, update the value of the yaml configuration setting
INSIGHTS_THEME_SCSS with the path to
your new SCSS file. If running Webpack manually, you will have to set the environmental variable
THEME_SCSS to your
file before running Webpack.
Developers may also choose to further customize the site by changing the variables loaded by SCSS. This is most easily accomplished via the steps below. This will allow for easily changing basic colors and spacing.
1. Copy `static/sass/_config-variables.scss` to a new file (e.g. static/sass/_config-variables-awesome-theme). 2. Modify your variable values, but not the names, to correspond with your theme. 3. Update `static/sass/style-application.scss` to load your file immediately after loading `config-variables`.
We welcome contributions from those interested in further expanding theming support!
The code in this repository is licensed under version 3 of the AGPL unless otherwise noted.
LICENSE.txt for details.
Contributions are very welcome, but for legal reasons, you must submit a signed individual contributor's agreement before we can accept your contribution. See our CONTRIBUTING file for more information -- it also contains guidelines for how to maintain high code quality, which will make your contribution more likely to be accepted.
The complete unit test and quality suite can be run with:
$ make validate
The Python portion of this project uses
nose to find and run tests.
pylint are used to verify code
quality. All three can be run with the command below:
$ make validate_python
$ make validate_js
The commands above will generate coverage reports the
build directory. Python reports are located in
build/coverage-js. Both should have a Cobertura
coverage.xml file and an
html directory with a human-readable HTML site.
The acceptance tests are designed to test the application as whole (contrasted with unit tests that test individual components). These tests load the application in a browser and verify that data and elements appear as expected.
The Bash script
runAcceptance.sh will start the Django server and run the tests against the server. After the tests
are run the server will be shutdown. Simply run the command below:
If you already have a server running, there is also a make task you can run instead of the script above.
$ make accept
The tests make a few assumptions about URLs and authentication. These can be overridden by setting environment variables when executing either of the commands above.
|DASHBOARD_SERVER_URL||URL where the dashboard is served||http://127.0.0.1:9000|
|API_SERVER_URL||URL where the analytics API is served||http://127.0.0.1:9001/api/v0|
|API_AUTH_TOKEN||Analytics API authentication token||edx|
|DASHBOARD_FEEDBACK_EMAIL||Feedback email in the email@example.com|
|TEST_USERNAME||Username used to login to the app||edx|
|TEST_PASSWORD||Password used to login to the app||edx|
|APPLICATION_NAME||Name of this application||Insights|
|SUPPORT_EMAIL||Email where error pages should firstname.lastname@example.org|
|ENABLE_COURSE_API||Indicates if the course API is enabled on the server being tested. Also, determines if course performance tests should be run.||False|
|GRADING_POLICY_API_URL||URL where the grading policy API is served||(None)|
|COURSE_API_URL||URL where the course API is served||(None)|
|COURSE_API_KEY||API key used to access the course API||(None)|
|ENABLE_OAUTH_TESTS||Test the OAUTH sign-in process||true|
|ENABLE_AUTO_AUTH||Sign-in using auto-auth. (no LMS involved)||false|
|ENABLE_COURSE_LIST_FILTERS||Tests on filtering the course list||false|
|ENABLE_COURSE_LIST_PASSING||Tests on the passing learners column in the course list||false|
$ DASHBOARD_SERVER_URL="http://example.com" API_SERVER_URL="http://api.example.com" API_AUTH_TOKEN="example" make accept
In addition to the standard acceptance tests, there is also a script to validate all course pages and report their HTTP status codes. Use the command below to execute this script.
$ make course_validation
Please do not report security issues in public. Please email email@example.com.
You can discuss this code on the edx-code Google Group or in the
edx-code IRC channel on Freenode.