The building blocks used to compose your awesome courses in knowbly are called...Blocks.
This help article will introduce the tools and settings you need to get started working with blocks.
- Getting Started with Course Blocks
- General Block Tools
- Specifics about Text Blocks
- Specifics about Widget Blocks
- Specifics about Image Blocks
- Specifics about Video Blocks
- Specifics about Audio Blocks
- Specifics about Table Blocks
- Specifics about Attachment Blocks
- Blocks and Page Types
Getting Started with Course Blocks
While in edit mode in your course, select the page you wish to edit.
Click into the body of the course, and hover over the section where you wish to add a block of content. Click the green plus-sign that appears to insert a placeholder for the block.
In the left nav, the Blocks tools will display.
First, choose the type of block you wish to insert. Block types include Text, Widget, Image, Video, Audio, Tables, and Attachments.
After you select the type of block, next select the type of layout you want for the block.
- One Column - Creates a single block that spans the width of the page.
- Two Columns - Creates a block with two columns, equal in width.
- Minor Major - Creates a block with two columns - one smaller in width and one larger.
Note: Layout options vary by Block Type. Widgets, for example, are always one-column.
General Block Tools
Once you've added a block there are several actions you can take on any block using the general block tools:
- Replace the block with a different block type.
- Duplicate a block.
- Delete a block. (Note this action cannot be un-done.)
- Move a block up or down
- Use knowbly's Collaboration Tools. Add a comment or access comments from team members.
- Access the settings specific to this block.
Block settings for most blocks include. Some specifics are described below.
- Background Fill
- Background Border
- Background Image
- Background Image Overlay Opacity.
Specifics about Text Blocks
When you add a text block, place-holder content is added. You can replace the sample text with your own content.
Use the editing toolbar for standard editing functions. You may also insert links and images into your text block.
Access the block settings using Settings icon.
Specifics about Widget Blocks
When you choose to add a Widget Block, you must add a single column block. You are then give the option of choosing a new widget template to add or choose an existing widget from the content manager.
Select a widget and click the Add button. The widget is inserted into the block. If you choose a new template, placeholder content will be added which you can replace with your own content.
Click the Edit Widget icon to edit your widget.
Access the block settings using Settings icon.
Block settings for Widget Blocks vary depending on the widget type. Learn more about the settings for each Widget Template.
Specifics about Image Blocks
When you add an image block, you have the following layout options:
Once the block is added, a place-holder image will be displayed. To replace the sample image with your own image, click on the Settings icon and then the Elements tab. Use the Replace media icon to select another image.
Specifics about Video Blocks
When you add a Video block, you have several choices for layout, including:
Once the block is added, a place-holder video will be displayed. To replace the sample with your own content, click on the Settings icon and then the Elements tab. Use the Replace media icon to select another video.
Specifics about Audio Blocks
When you add an Audio block, you have many layout options including the following
Once the block is added, you will have the option to Add an audio file (by uploading from the Content Manager or Recording a new clip. Learn more about Recording Audio.
To replace an audio clip with a different file, click on the Settings icon and then the Elements tab. Use the Replace media icon to select another audio file.
Specifics about Table Blocks
When you add a table block you have several layout options including the following:
Placeholder content will be displayed.
Click anywhere inside the table to activate the table editing menu. You can then adjust your table columns, rows, cells, and headers.
You can also use the standard text editing tools and add images to your table cells.
Specifics about Attachment Blocks
When you add an Attachment block you have several layout options including the following:
Once the block is added, you will have the option to Add an attachment file (by selecting from the Content Manager or uploading a new file. Learn more about Supported Asset Types.
Once you have uploaded the file, don't forget to add the displayed name of your file in the selected block.
To replace an attachment file with a different file, click on the Settings icon and then the Elements tab. Use the Replace media icon to select another audio file.
Blocks and Page Types
Note that different page types support different block compositions:
- Lesson pages can have any number of blocks and any type.
- Activity pages will have just one block that is an activity widget.
- Assessment pages will have just one block that is a gradeable assessment widget.
These page types are developed to support granular tracking and scoring in your LMS.