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New in Knowbly

The latest features and updates to Knowbly

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

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

Embed Block

Our new 'Embed' block opens up a world of possibilities. From within a Lesson, you can now add any embeddable web-based content, e.g. games, maps, charts, interactive activities. All you have to do is paste in a valid source, watch your content appear, then configure the width and height

  • Embed block is a Lesson > One Column block available in the course editor.
  • Embed any web-based content from a valid HTTPS embeddable source.
  • Embed source accepts HTTPS URL or iframe embed code.
  • Configure the width and height of the embed from URL in the Elements panel.
  • Configure the width and height of the embed from iframe code in the Code field of the block.
  • Width values can be px or %.
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

Theme Editor > Elements Tab

We’ve done a bit of tidying up in the Theme Editor and consolidated all CSS settings for media, tables, attachments, and the new Progress block into a single space. 

  • Table and Media tabs have been removed from the Theme Editor 
  • All media element settings: Video, Audio, Images, can be configured within the Elements tab
  • Attachment elements now have configurable CSS under the Elements tab
  • Progress and Table elements both are configurable via the Elements tab
New Feature
October 2019

Progress Blocks

Progress blocks are a new inline course mastery tool that allows you to break up content within a Lesson based on progress milestones. By placing a Progress block in a Lesson you can mark all content before the Progress block, or just content in the block immediately before, as required to complete. When enabled, learners are prohibited from progressing past the Progress block until the required content preceding it is completed within the Lesson. 

  • Place progress blocks anywhere in a Lesson as a gating mechanism.
  • Require all content preceding the Progress block, or only a single block directly before the Progress block, to be completed. 
  • Limit course navigation beyond Lessons where Progress block requirements have not been met.
  • Hides content below the Progress block on the card, until the progress threshold of the block is met
New Feature
October 2019

Simulate Progress

Within course preview, we’ve added an option to ‘Simulate Progress’ which when enabled emulates the progress restrictions you put in place via the required structure or structure blocks. This feature allows you to experience course mastery restrictions exactly as the learner will when the course is published. 

  • In preview enable ‘Simulate Progress’ to limit course progress based on required cards and progress blocks implemented in the course editor. 
  • Turn off ‘Simulate Progress’ at any time to preview the course without course mastery restrictions in place. 
New Feature
October 2019

Image Enlarge

Within courses and widgets, we’ve introduced a default behavior that allows the viewer to enlarge an image on click.

  • For any image element in a course or image in a rich text field within a widget, clicking on the image will enlarge it in the browser for the learner.
October 2019

Placeholder Elements

Designed to make course creation faster, we removed all fallback media and widgets when authoring new courses. Fallback assets have been replaced with placeholder elements you can easily update when authoring a Lesson. With the placeholder element experience you’ll be able to outline an entire course without having to replace pre-populated content.

  • Placeholder elements for videos, audio, and images replace default media when adding new media.
  • Placeholder elements for all widgets replace default widgets when adding new widgets.
  • All placeholder text has been removed from new text and table elements.
  • Empty placeholder elements are excluded from courses on export.
  • Widgets must be named when adding them in a course.
  • Publish warning updated to include omission notification for empty placeholder elements.
August 2019

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