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
- Specifics about Progress Blocks
- Specifics about Navigation Blocks
- Specifics about Embed 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 new 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 the following options. Read below for specifics related to different types of blocks.
- Background Fill
- Background Border
- Background Image
- Background Image Overlay Opacity.
Specifics about Text Blocks
When you add a text block, click inside the textbox to start adding 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 given 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, you will be asked to name your widget to begin.
Follow the online prompts or 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 several options for layout including those shown below:
Once the block is added, follow the online prompts to add your content.
To replace an already-placed image with something different, 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 those shown below:
Once the block is added, follow the prompts to add your content.
To replace an already-placed video with something different, 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:
A blank table will be created in your block.
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 display 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.
Specifics about Progress Blocks
With a Progress block you can set a requirement for a learner to complete specified content in a lesson before they can proceed.
Each individual Progress block has configurable settings and labels. You can control the completion threshold of the Progress block, as well as messages that display. (Access these settings from the Elements tab.)
Specifics about Navigation Block
With a Navigation Block you can add links to other sections of your course to allow students to navigate in a non linear manner. You can add up to 4 links to other sections of the course (via the Elements tab). Users can only navigate ahead if there are no progress blocks or required sections they need to complete. This block is one column only.
Specifics about Embed Block
With an Embed Block you can add 3rd party web content to your course. You can add 3rd party content via URL or iframe embed code. You can adjust sizing via the Elements tab. This block is one column only.
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 trackable assessment widget.
These page types are developed to support granular tracking and scoring in your LMS.