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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Within courses you can attach ‘File’ assets so your learners can download documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and PDFs as reference materials.
Under Themes > Navigation > Course Navigation you can override the default progress color set in the Basics tab.
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.
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.
You spoke and we listened. Course navigation has been improved with a more mobile-friendly interface that accommodates our Audio Narration features.