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Every month we release new features and updates to improve your experience in knowbly. The wonderful thing about being in the cloud is that we upgrade continuously without changing your cost. Stay tuned to find out everything new, in progress, and on the horizon for knowbly.

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 after content you can mark all content before the Progress block, or just the immediately before the Progress block, 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.

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.

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. In the near future, we’ll make this feature optional in themes, and add an option for zoom controls. 

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.

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

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. 

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.

Course Comments Log


Extending our support for commenting and real-time collaboration we’ve added the Course Comments Log, which gives you a birds-eye view of all comment threads in a course. Coupled with an intuitive and powerful search you will never miss a beat or fall behind in the conversation.

  • Browse, edit, reply, and manage all comment threads throughout an entire course in one space.
  • Filter all course comments by @Me mentions, your comments, resolved, or unresolved comments.
  • Search all course and filter by date, user, or thread status. 
  • Search and immediately navigate to the block linked to your results.

Course Commenting Notifications


Control the flow of communication with our new notification tools. Notifications let you stay on top of feedback. Easily manage tasks while authoring by ensuring you know when and where change needs to happen in your content.

  • Notifications are triggered when a comment is made in a course you created or when another user replies to a thread you’re engaged in.
  • @mentions make it easy to directly notify another user and grab their attention.
  • Notification emails give you a snapshot of the content and the latest update in a thread without having to log in.
  • A global notification panel lets you keep track of and manage updates across all of your courses.
  • Notification deep links take you directly to where the action happened at the block level.
  • Turn down the volume any time by disabling notification emails on your account page.

Course Commenting Tools


Immediately get more insight and feedback from your team with real-time collaboration and commenting. Our new commenting and review tools integrate directly into your team workflow, ensuring you can iterate rapidly and keep an open record of changes.

  • Leave comments directly in the design at the block level so changes can happen quickly.
  • Threaded comments let you organize conversations and keep an ongoing history.
  • Comment and review with your team in real time while changes are being made.
  • Resolve or unresolve comment threads, when changes are completed or need to be rolled back.
  • Threads are preserved at the block level, so even if your comments move in your course you never lose your notes.
  • Admins and Managers can delete comments from other users for fine control.
  • Add emojis to your messages for flavor and amusement.
  • GDPR compliant, thread data is archived and available upon request.

Accessing Course Structure


We’re paving the way for new actions and features in panels. To do this, we’re standardizing panel menus. In the ‘Structure’ panel, to access the editable course structure click on the menu button and select ‘Edit structure.’

Course Structure Clarifications


We’ve removed some redundant metadata at the top of the course structure list and in its place provided direction on how to add new elements to your course. Also, to help guide you, we’ve included an exposed ‘Add’ button so you can quickly add any structural element to your course anytime.

Collaboration Notifications


We’ve simplified and standardized lock and refresh notifications within courses and widgets. When you’re on a page that’s occupied by another user, you’ll see a simple lock notification in the header of the page and in the ‘Structure’ panel. When changes to content occur, you’ll now see a clickable ‘Refresh’ notification indicating that you should refresh the page to see changes made by another user.

Page Locks when Editing Structure


Just like the updated collaboration notifications, when you’re editing a course’s structure, there’s a clear indicator that the page is being edited by another user. Pages that are being edited are now locked and cannot be copied or deleted.

Course Download Behavior


We’ve fixed the course download redirect. Now, even if you’re logged out, when you click on the download link from the course download email, as soon as you log in you’ll be redirected to the download page for your new course.

Open Course Behavior


Skip the start page and go straight to editing. Now when you open a course you’ll go right to the first editable page rather than landing on the cover page.

Interactive Video Mobile


An eLearning industry first, we’re proud to announce our fully responsive, mobile-first, interactive video and video assessment experience. We’re dedicated to providing responsive accessible interactivity, and felt it was vital to give our users a truly responsive experience unlike any in our industry.

As our users know, we continue to expand the capabilities of interactive video templates with exciting updates coming for floating layers, hotspots, and branching narrative paths.  Every month we’re releasing improvements to our widgets and new templates. This month includes:

  • Fully responsive interactive video player with a mobile-first navigation.
  • Responsive interstitial layers that look good on any mobile device, including: annotations, bookmarks, multiple-choice, multiple-select, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and short answer.
  • Full-screen interactive mobile experience video with closed-caption controls and inputs in the authoring experience.

Element Accessibility Inputs


We’re dedicated to expanding our accessibility tools with the goal of a complete set of features for authoring WCAG 2.0 compliant content. This month we’re happy to announce the release of our accessibility input and Content Manager tools for media and widget elements.

  • Manage alt text, long description, and closed captioning for elements within courses or at the asset level within the Content Manager.
  • Identify and organize AA Accessible-ready assets from within the Content Manager.
  • Edit accessibility inputs from within the Content Manager and copy changes within courses.
  • Upload and manage WebVTT Closed Captioning files for video assets.

1.14 Bug Fixes

Bug Fix

Fill in the Blank > Drop-Down Mode Updates

  • Fixes to the responsiveness of selected dropdown text.
  • Selected and submitted drop down responses now correctly inherit ‘Response’ element properties configured at the Basics or Widgets level in Templates.

Course Packaging Timeouts for Large Courses

  • Course publishing service performance improvements for courses larger than 5GB.
  • Resolved publishing service timeout issues for large courses.

Add and Manage ‘File’ Asset Types


Upload and manage common document, presentation, and spreadsheet ‘File’ assets including: Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and PDF files from your desktop to the knowbly Content Manager.

  • Tag and organize ‘File’ assets (Document, Presentation, Spreadsheet, PDF).
  • A PDF preview is generated for all files you upload.
  • Download your original files at any time.
  • Preview and edit metadata for ‘File’ assets within the Content Manager.
  • Filter by individual ‘File’ asset types in the Content Manager.

Attachment Elements


Within courses you can attach ‘File’ assets so your learners can download documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and PDFs as reference materials.

  • Add ‘Attachment’ elements to any block type.
  • Attach Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and PDF files to Lessons and Courses.
  • Learners can download file attachments directly from courses once the course is published.

Progress Theme Property


Under Themes > Navigation > Course Navigation you can override the default progress color set in the Basics tab.

  • After selecting colors in the Basics tab, you can override the default course progress color by modifying the ‘Progress Indicator’ under Themes > Navigation > Course Navigation

Record Audio


Easily record and edit audio within courses or the content manager. With our new audio recording tools it’s quick and simple to provide supplemental audio instructions within a course or create a standalone audio recording.

  • Record up to 30 minutes of audio per recording.
  • Add recorded audio to courses, interactive activities, and assessments.
  • Edit audio recordings.
  • Record audio directly into a course while you’re authoring.

Audio Narration


Narrate your lessons in our course editor with our new Audio Narration tools. Record or upload narrative audio to individual Cards that playback as learners navigate your lessons.

  • Attach narrative audio to any lesson, activity, or assessment page in a course.
  • Record your own audio narration directly within a page.
  • Upload any audio track to a page as audio narration.
  • Test audio narration for desktop and mobile in Preview mode.

Improved Course Exits


You spoke and we listened. Course navigation has been improved with a more mobile-friendly interface that accommodates our Audio Narration features.

  • New styleable sticky course navigation header that scrolls with content
  • Course navigation header supports the audio narration player
  • Progress indicators at the header level displays learner page progress.