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The latest features and updates to Knowbly

xAPI Publishing

We are pleased to announce support for xAPI (TinCan) course and widget outputs. Now in Knowbly, you can export full courses or individual widgets as xAPI packages with standard interaction reporting. This is our initial release for xAPI and we have subsequent releases planned around: connecting LRS endpoints within Knowbly, extending xAPI statements, and supporting custom statement profiles. 

We want to hear how you’re using or plan on using xAPI. To configure your LRS with your LMS please refer to: https://github.com/RusticiSoftware/launch/blob/master/lms_lrs.md

New Feature
January 2020

App Navigation Updates

It's been a year since we launched Knowbly and the new application navigation is the culmination of feedback gathered from our users. We've streamlined navigation into a single menu, which is always available wherever you are in application.

  • New 'Menu' icon persists in the upper left corner of the header and can be accessed from anywhere in the application.
  • 'Back' button appears to the right of the menu button when opening one editor from within another, e.g. opening the widget editor from within the course editor.
  • User menu has moved to the bottom of the navigation menu drawer.
  • Hovering over the user avatar exposes menu options.
  • New icon identifies courses
  • New icon identifies content manager
  • 'Templates' application space renamed 'Themes'
December 2019

Code Editor

A nice add on, we've integrated an HTML code editor in courses and widgets. This allows you to switch to 'Code View' in rich text fields. When editing HTML for a rich text element be careful!

  • Code view exposes editable HTML view for rich text elements
  • HTML editor accepts inline code updates for the text element but does not affect surrounding blocks, layers, or containers.
New Feature
December 2019

Inline Editing

You'll quickly notice that the static formatting toolbar has disappeared in the course and widget editors. Don't fret, we've made all toolbars inline. To access formatting options, simply place your cursor in a rich text field or select the element you want to edit.

  • Placing your cursor in a rich text field or selecting text, prompts a full, inline, rich text formatting toolbar.
  • Selecting an image or video element in a rich text field prompts inline toolbars for the selected media type.
  • Image and video toolbars in rich text fields now have an inline option for editing accessibility inputs.
  • Override the applied theme's font family, size, and line height in rich text fields with new inline styling options.
  • Wiris Math editor is now available in rich text fields.
December 2019

Interface Updates

In addition to all our new features and updates, we've cleaned up some of the interface to make things easier to use. As you log back into Knowbly you'll notice a variety of changes and improvements. Here are some of the most notable:

  • Updated search experience in dashboards: courses, content manager, themes, with a wider search input and applied searches maintained in the field.
  • Updated, condensed, filters in dashboards: courses, content manager, themes.
  • New course tiles with selectable color overlays and more space for longer course titles.
  • New application namespace labels to identify where you are: Courses, Themes, Content Manager.
  • White dashboard backgrounds for higher contrast.
December 2019

Navigation Block

The 'Navigation' block provides a non-linear way for learners to navigate courses. Configure and place Navigation blocks in a Lesson linking to different sections of the course.

  • Navigation block is a Lesson > One Column block available in the course editor.
  • Navigation block links may be linked to any Module, Activity, Assessment, or Lesson other than the Lesson containing the Navigation block.
  • Each Navigation block may have up to four links to sections of the course, in any order.
  • Navigation block labels inherit label text from their linked section but can be edited in the Elements panel.
  • Navigation block buttons can be customized under Theme > Elements.
  • Unlinked navigation links are omitted upon export of a course.
New Feature
December 2019

New Editor Panels and Tabs

We've made more room for you to design content. To do this, we consolidated the panels in the course, widget, and theme editors. We also moved the 'Edit' and 'Preview' tabs in the course and widget editors into the header to create more vertical space.

  • All Edit mode editor panels: course, widget, theme, now run vertically in collapsible tabs on the left.
  • 'Edit' and 'Preview' tabs have moved to the header in the course and widget editors.
  • Widget editor panels now open in both Edit and Preview mode.
  • 'Publish' button in the theme editor has moved to the header.
December 2019

Course Publishing Update

In the first of two parts, we’ve expanded our course publishing options allowing you to set individual scoring weights for each Lesson and Activity in a course, as well as set the completion threshold separate from the passing score. In our next release, we’ll introduce version control, course hosting/syncing, and course embeds. 

  • Completion threshold (%) may be set separately from passing score
  • Lesson and Activity cards may be individually weighted toward the passing score. 
  • All empty cards are omitted upon publication.
New Feature
November 2019

Required Structure

Our simple ‘Required Structure’ settings now offer content creators a way of enforcing learner progress. In the course structure manager, you can mark a section of your course as required: module, lesson, activity, or assessment. Designating a section as ‘required’ will disable forward navigation beyond the required section and force the learner to complete all content within the section before progressing in the course. 

  • Make individual cards: Lesson, Activity, Assessment, or all content within a module required. 
  • Require block progress required to enable (unlock) course navigation.
  • Required cards make every block type within the card required to complete.
New Feature
November 2019

Image Editor

Now you can edit selected images in rich text fields with Toast Image Editor. This includes the ability to annotate, crop, flip, rotate, draw on, add shapes to, mask, or filter images you've added in a course or widget.

  • All images in rich text fields are editable in both the course and widget editors.
  • When changes are applied to a placed image, a copy of the modified image replaces the source image in the field and is stored in the content image.
  • Canceling out of the image editor while editing discards changes and the source image remains in the rich text field.
  • For more features of the Toast UI Image Editor, see: https://ui.toast.com/tui-image-editor/
New Feature
November 2019

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