v1.9 is a big release for us. This means we’re out of beta and live with our first publicly available version of knowbly™. This release incorporates the fantastic feedback our beta community has shared, along with some critical features we’ve been working on for the last quarter.
We want to express our gratitude for the hundreds of beta participants who tested knowbly™ and have helped us make the product better. Our customers are what drive our product, and your insights and candid help has been invaluable.
knowbly™ represents the promise of complete course and interactive authoring built into one. There are a lot of new features and improvements in this release, so please reach out and ask a lot of questions. We’re happy to help.
This release introduces significant new options within course structure. We’ve added new elements in courses that allow you to pace and highlight points of interaction and interest in the course narrative. There are now three primary structural elements in a course: Lessons, Activities, and Assessments (with more options on the way).
Lessons are what you’re accustomed to in standard authoring tools. They’re free form content for conveying concepts and essential learning in a course. Our Lessons allow for above-average customization and the addition of interactive content.
Activities are pages focused on a single interactive exercise used to highlight or expand on an objective. They’re useful for emphasizing instructional goals or concepts within a module. Weighted scores can be applied to Activities when publishing a course.
As the name suggests, Assessment pages are focused on testing the learner. Unlike assessment widgets in a Lesson, Assessment pages have individually configurable scoring settings at the course level. These pages can contain a single assessment composed of any combination of question types.
This is a big feature. We researched, tested, and refined to get it just right. When publishing a course, you can now configure the scoring settings for your LMS based on a number of conditions and combinations within the content.
First, we always let you choose your format—never inserting custom code into your outputs. Next, we let you set the scoring thresholds for a course and weighted values for assessments, as well as progress requirements for your learners. Choose from SCORM 1.2, all editions of SCORM 2004, or download a web standard .zip containing all course code and assets.
LMS admins should be excited with the selection of options we now offer, but that doesn’t mean we stop here. Look for more controls and detailed settings in forthcoming releases. In fact, we want to hear from you!
Course progress features have come a long way. Now each widget in a Lesson awards progress proportionally to content that’s been viewed, along with the other widgets in the Lesson. In addition to this basic of definition of progress, Activity and Assessment pages will track progress based on their widget elements.
Both new elements in course structure: Activity and Assessment page types, are intended to give instructors focused options in the course narrative, where they can engage learners, as well as evaluate comprehension and mastery.
We’re already hard at work on additional options for modifying linear (and non-linear) course progress. Look for updates in each release, along with new tools for challenging and engaging your learners.
We’ve simplified course details with a unified screen for managing course metadata and publishing settings. This new central hub for a course provides you all the tools you need to manage your course in a single space. Look for future updates including versioning and comment logs.
You asked, we listened. Each page now has a dedicated title element anchored at the top. Titles help identify the page in the course and update dynamically as the structure is modified. Very simply, page titles help locate the instructor and the learner.
Within a Theme, you can now set up preset Page Title elements, block padding, and other settings so that the entire look and feel of courses can be elegantly updated with a single click.
It’s finally here! This is something you’ve wanted to see all along, as have we. Now you can place NEW widgets within a course and start editing without having to return to the content manager. This is designed to make everything easier so that you can stay focused on the content in front of you.
Widgets are now more comprehensive instructional elements with the addition of optional introduction and caption fields. Contextualize points of interaction for your learners by providing them introductions to exercises and assessments. Annotate immersive experiences with captioned highlights. All of this information travels with the widget, which can be reused, updated, or published outside of a course.
Your course cover now maps to the start page of a course. Add a cover image to your course, or the start block of the course, and they are one in the same.
A number of general updates and improvements for widget templates are included in this release.