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v1.11 delivers video upload and management tools and improvements to widget elements in courses

New Features

Video Upload

  • Upload and convert video for ready reuse in courses and widget templates.
  • Manage video metadata and organization within the Content Manager.
  • Uploaded HD videos optimized for performance.
  • Generating widget embed codes prevented with uploaded (non-streamable) video sources.
  • Layer level warnings in widgets containing unpublishable video sources.

Caption Elements

  • Add optional captions for all media and widget elements in a course.
  • Style captions at the theme level to make changes to all course element caption styles.
  • Quick action for copying asset description metadata into captions elements.
  • Caption input removed from widget editor.

Course Widget Title Elements

  • Add or remove optional titles to widgets in courses without modifying the title of the widget asset.
  • Style Heading 2 elements at the theme level to make changes to widget title styles.
  • Quick action for copying asset name metadata into title elements.

Improvements

Improved Media Players

  • Updated UI and streamlined controls for audio and video players.
  • Updated UI and streamlined controls for interactive video player in Annotated Video and Video Assessment widgets.
  • Better mobile responsiveness.
  • Audio poster images usable in players.
  • Editable audio Track Title and Author (Artist) metadata under Rights & Sources in the Content Manager.
  • Configurable display options for audio Track Title and Author (Artist) in Templates.

Access Theme Editor within Courses and Widgets

  • Open and edit theme properties for every element without leaving the course or widget editor.
  • Improved UX for applying themes in courses and widgets.

Expanded SCORM 1.2 Reporting Options

  • Updated options for SCORM 1.2 reporting combinations including: Completed/Failed and Passed/Incomplete.

Simplified Text Properties in Widget Themes

  • Removed individual text element options from Theme Editor > Widgets panels. All widget text properties are now inherited solely from the general text element settings of the theme.

Clearer Widget Icons

  • Updated lighter set of widget icons that render more clearly on small screens.

Updates to Default Sans Theme

  • Color and button property updates to the default “sans” system theme.


v1.10 brings improved tools for asset management and a new matching interactive exercise.

New Features

Asset Auto-tagging, Batch Tagging, and new Tagging UI

The ability to auto-tag images (only)

  • Images will be auto-tagged when added to the Content Manager.
  • Manage all suggested tags while adding content or from within the Content Manager.
  • The ability retroactively auto-tag to images.
Images uploaded to is auto-tagged with suggestions using image analysis.

New Batch Tagging

  • New batch tags modal for managing tags within a selection.
  • Batch selecting assets allows for batch tagging.
  • Apply a group of tags to the entire batch selection at once, as well as modify individual tags within the selection at the asset level.
Quickly and easily manage batch tags for any number of assets.

New Asset Tagging UX

  • Manage tags from the asset info panel.
  • New focused Add Tags modal for managing an assets individual tags.
Shared tag suggestions and metadata across users and teams.

New Add Assets Experience

Add Assets Interface

  • New add media modal allows users to upload or add assets by URL in the same tab
  • All assets can be batch added via upload, URL, or stock asset selection simultaneously as part of the same batch in the Content Manager.
Add assets to you portfolio from multiple hosted, stock, and local sources.

Tag Screen

  • After adding new assets, you can click Add Tags to tag each asset or auto-tag images.
  • Ignoring tag options during the Add Assets process, will auto-tag images regardless.

Grid View / List View

Updated Grid View

  • Grid view now expands to six columns on a larger screen

New List View

  • Assets can now be browsed in List view instead of Grid view.
  • All asset level and batch actions are the same between list and grid view.
Like list view for easier viewing? Manage assets in the perspective you prefer.

Updated Asset Selection Behaviors

Selection States: Default, Hover, Active

  • Default, hover, and active states have been updated and now have clarified UI.
  • The Active state reverses out the tile/list metadata to provide a contrast on selection.
  • The hover state exposes the action menu and Preview/Edit button.
Clearer selection states and actions make asset management easier.

Deselection Behavior

  • Clicking outside of asset tiles or list items now deselects the selection.

Updated Multi-Select Behavior

  • The multi-select target has been removed.
  • The multi-selection action can be triggered in three ways via holding SHIFT and making a selection, holding CTRL and making a selection, or a sustained right click and drag.
  • To deselect assets a user can click on the grid/list background.


New Filters and Search

New Asset Filters

  • New ‘Asset’ filter the asset grid/list by asset family or individual asset type regardless of whether or not a search has been applied.

New Show Filters

  • New  ‘Show’ filter allows you to view your assets, courses, or themes (by default) or ‘All’ assets, courses, or themes at once.
  • The ‘Show’ filter is set to show the user’s own assets, courses, or themes by default when they navigate to an application space.

Improved Search Experience

  • Filter persist across searches.
  • Search applies to a broader range of asset metadata.
  • Search input queries tags and metadata.
  • Simpler search UI in all dashboard headers: Content, Courses, Templates.


Updated Asset Management Tools

Updated Asset Metadata Panels

  • Cleaner asset metadata panel UI.
  • Editable tag options within the asset metadata panel.
  • Panel button has been moved out of the asset action menu and into the sub-header next to the filters so it may be opened/closed more easily at any time.
Don't sweat the details with tools for efficiently managing metadata.

Download Asset Option

  • All asset types can now be downloaded.

Asset Usage Visibility

  • A new asset-level action allows the user to view which widgets and courses the asset is currently used in.
Before you modify an asset, easily double check where it's being used.

New Matching Widget (Assessment)

  • New widget template that allows a user to create a scored multimedia matching exercise where a definition must be matched to a term.
  • The widget can be started in presentation mode to display the correct matches.

Improvements

Hotspot Mobile Behavior

  • On mobile hotspots open full screen for a better experience with a close button.
  • Concurrent hotpot behavior defaults to one-at-a-time on mobile.

Audio and Video Removed from Course Rich Text Fields

  • Rich text fields can no longer contain audio or video elements within them to avoid resizing these elements to a narrow width at which the players are unusable.
  • Images in rich text fields is now fully % based and may only be set to a range of percentages between 50% and 100% in 10% increments.
  • Images will always render at 100% width in mobile or viewports less than 480px in visible space

Standardized Widths for Media in Widget Rich Text Fields

  • Media in rich text fields is now fully % based and may only be set to a range of percentages between 50% and 100% in 10% increments.
  • Media will always render at 100% width in mobile or viewports less than 480px in visible space

Screen Width Warning

  • Warning is shown at widths less than 1024px to use the application on a widger screen

Spell check enabled

  • Text editor spell check is now enabled.

We're Live! Announcing the Release of v1.9

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.

New Course Structure Elements

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

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

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.

Assessments

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.


SCORM Scoring

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!  

Send us your suggestions.

Course Progress

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.

  • Activities track learner progress based on the number of layers (points of interaction) reviewed by the learner. This helps reinforce concepts and awards progress for actionable engagement from the learner.
  • Assessments track learner progress based on score, as well as progress through questions (if the assessment is for completion only).

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.

New Course Details and Publishing Screen

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.

Editable Page Title Elements

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.

Themes: Pages Tab

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.

Add NEW Widgets to a Course

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.

Widget Introductions and Captions

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.

Course Covers

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.

General Widget Improvements

A number of general updates and improvements for widget templates are included in this release.

  • Standard Questions: Multiple Choice, Multiple Select, Fill-in-the-Blank, True/False, and Short Answer, now have multi-column layouts.
  • Widget metadata inputs: Edit widget titles, introductions, and captions all from the top of the widget editor.
  • Collapsed layer behavior: smoother UI for collapsing and managing layers in widgets.
  • Persistent feedback in assessments when switching assessment modes and question types.