After creating a course in the admin panel, you can start creating topics and lessons in Content Authoring Tools (CAT), which helps you develop learning content easily and fast. Continue reading this article or watch the videos below to learn how to create topics and lessons.
1. Add a new topic
A topic contains lessons with the same subject or learning objectives. Before you can add a lesson, you need to create a new topic by clicking the +Add Topic button on the upper-left side of the window. Type a title for the topic and then click the button to create it. If you want to change it, double-click the title to do so.
2. Add a new lesson
After creating a topic, add a new lesson by clicking the +Add Lesson button on the upper-left side of the window. Select one of the five lesson types to continue: Read, Watch, Document, Quiz, and Exam. Click here to learn more about these lessons.
3. Add a Read lesson
Read is a bite-sized lesson consisting of stacks of cards that contain the learning material. There are six card types in this lesson: Cover, Image, Text, Picture, Collapsible, and Exercise. Click here to learn more about these card types.
When you create a Read lesson, it will automatically add a Cover card. This card contains general information related to the lesson, including its author, title, and the topic of the lesson. The maximum file size for cover cards is 1 MB and their recommended resolution is 392x212.
A Read lesson mainly consists of Image cards, which contain text and an image. Click the button to upload an image from your device and add it to the card. The maximum file size for image cards is 1 MB and their recommended resolution is 392x212.
As the name suggests, a Text card only contains text, but it gives you more space to write.
In a Collapsible card, you can write up to three points along with their descriptions. Add this card if you want to explain a definition of terms or break down a segment of a lesson into several points.
Exercise is a short educative activity available in a Read lesson. Adding an Exercise will automatically create a Transition card between the previous cards and the Exercise Card. The Transition card serves as an invitation for users to do an exercise, and it consists of a text and a button that leads users to the exercise.
3.1. Add a stack of cards
A stack of cards ideally contains a single idea or topic, similar to a paragraph. Click the button on the top left side of the window to add a new stack. You can choose whether you want to start the stack with an Image, Picture, or Text card.
You can rearrange the cards by clicking the Upward and Downward button located on the top side of the window. You can also switch between the cards by clicking the and button located below the card. If you want to delete or duplicate a card, click the Delete Card and Duplicate Card button located on the top left side of the window.
Note: You can find the Format Toolbar above the card where you can make the text bold, italicize or underline it, and add a hyperlink.
3.2. Customize the background of the lesson
You can customize the background of the Read lesson by changing its color and pattern. Simply select one of the available colors and patterns to customize it. To preview the background you customize, click the Preview Course button at the top right side of the window.
4. Add a Watch lesson
Watch is a lesson delivered in a form of video hosted on YouTube or Microsoft Stream. To add a video, copy the link of the YouTube or Microsoft Stream video and then paste it into the Insert YouTube or Microsoft stream link box on the right side of the window. Click the button add it to the card.
You can write the title and description of the video to inform users about the content. It's recommended to upload a video with a maximum length of 5 minutes to keep users engaged with the video.
Note: To learn how to copy the link of a Microsoft Stream video, click here.
5. Add a Document lesson
In a Document lesson, you can upload a PDF file that contains learning materials. This lesson is notably useful if your organization already has ebooks or PDF files that can supplement other lessons in the course. To upload the file, click the button or drag and drop it to the designated box.
enrich the course with existing learning materials.
6. Add a Quiz lesson
A Quiz is a set of multiple-choice questions designed to test users' understanding, and it can be taken repeatedly. After answering all questions, they will receive a score calculated based on the correct and wrong answers they get.
Write the question on the green text box and the answers on the white text boxes. You can also write the answers on the Sidebar Editor located on the right side of the window. Set a correct answer and a wrong answer by clicking the True and False buttons respectively.
If you want to add more questions, click the button located on the top-left side of the window or the button located next to the current card.
7. Add an Exam lesson
An Exam is a set of multiple-choice questions that users need to complete in a given amount of time, and they can only take it once. After answering all questions, they will receive a score calculated based on the correct and wrong answers they get. Set the time limit of the exam by entering the numbers in the Set Exam Duration box.
Write the question on the green text box and the answers on the white text boxes. You can also write the answers on the Sidebar Editor located on the right side of the window. Set a correct answer and a wrong answer by clicking the True and False buttons respectively. If you want to add more questions, click the button located on the top-left side of the window or the button located next to the current card.
8. Create more topics and lessons or publish the course
You can create multiple topics for a course. To create a new topic, click the button on the right side of the name of the current topic. After you finish adding topics and lessons, publish your course by clicking the button on the top-right side of the window.
After creating and publishing your course, you can add missions or start enrolling users in it. Click one of the links below to continue: