How to Create a Lesson in a Lesson Builder

With the drag and drop lesson builder, you can create a media-rich lesson. Use a variety of multimedia elements to help your students perceive information better: audio and video lectures, text instructions, lesson summaries in downloadable documents, samples, and so on.

In this article, we will look at how to add and configure each element, change students’ access status, and modify the order of lessons.

Go to the "EDU" section in the "Courses" tab, and select the created course to which you want to add a lesson.

Click Add Lesson.

You can also proceed to create a lesson using the drag and drop lesson builder. Click on the top left menu, and below the lesson list, click on the arrow, and select "Add Lesson."

Choose the Name of Your Lesson

Enter the name of your first lesson.

Add Elements

Select an item in the left panel, and drag it to the workspace for further customization.

In the drag and drop lesson builder, you can use six elements to create a lesson: text, gallery, audio, file, line, and indent.

Text

This element is used to add a text block to a page.

To change the formatting, click on the text — you will see the text editing panel. Change the color and font to highlight your keywords and headings.

You can also add a link, format the text as a list, and add your code using <>.

We recommend you dilute the text with pictures, divide it into paragraphs, and add headings and bulleted lists. This way, your texts might be easier to perceive.

You can also change the text style in the right panel and select some predefined fonts.

To customize the font for each heading separately, click Customize.

This element is used to visualize data and add multimedia elements to the page: image, image carousel, and video.

Image

The “Image” element displays a single image, stretching it to the content area width.

Select an image from the image manager, or upload a new one.

You can also round the corners of the picture by setting the desired value in the "Rounding" section. To customize the image, click on the gear icon.

You can add the following elements to the picture:

Alternative text (allows you to get the information about an image when the display of images is disabled in the browser or during their download).

Link (adds a link to the page the user will go to when clicking on the image).

Description (adds a text over the image. You can enter up to 100 characters and customize the text: choose the size, color, background, and position of the text).

To replace the picture, click on the upload icon. To delete it, click on the trashcan icon.

Note that deleting an image does not mean deleting the element. To delete an element, click on the trashcan icon below the element.

The “Gallery” element can also be used to scroll through multiple images.

The process of uploading and editing each picture is the same as for the "Gallery: Image" element.

To add more pictures, click Add.

With the "Carousel Height" option, you can adjust the height of all pictures — choose the initial height of the image itself or set your own size. Your images will be stretched to the full height.

With the "Swipe speed" option, you can set the speed at which the pictures in the carousel will be scrolled automatically. If you select the “Manual” option, the pictures will not be scrolled, and your students will need to do this themselves.

Video

With the “Video” element, you can add a video tutorial. You can upload the file to an image manager or add a video link to YouTube or Vimeo.

Please note that when adding a link to a third-party service, make sure you select the right platform you are linking from, e.g., select YouTube for YouTube videos and Vimeo for Vimeo videos.

In the workspace, you can view the video and use the video service’s viewing options.

When uploading a video to SendPulse, the student can stop and scroll the video, change the playback speed, adjust the volume, and open the video in PiP mode (the video will be displayed as a small window pinned to the lower right corner of the screen and shown on top of all tabs) or full screen.

When uploading a video from YouTube, the student can also save the video to their “Watch Later” folder, share the video, and view recommendations.

When uploading a video from Vimeo, the student can also save the video and enable subtitles.

To replace the uploaded video, click on the upload icon. To delete it, click on the trashcan icon.

Audio

This element is used to upload audio content.

Audio lessons are a good option for busy people, as lectures can be listened to on the way to work or university.

In the workspace, you can listen to the audio and view all the options available to the student: rewind the track, adjust the sound, and modify the playback speed.

To replace the uploaded audio, click on the uploaded icon. To delete it, click on the trashcan icon.

File

This element is used to upload other file types that don't play directly on the lesson page, so students will need to download them.

For example, you can upload an Excel spreadsheet with data that you analyze during your lesson, a mindmap on the structure of your course, or a summary of the material covered in PDF.

You can also customize the display of the file list (row or column).

Indent and Line

They are used for visual organization of free space and semantic separation of blocks on the page.

You can select the line type, size, and color and customize the size of the indent.

Actions with Elements

You can also select an element that you have already added and copy it along with all the settings. To do this, click on the copy icon under the element.

To delete an item, click on the trashcan icon.

To change the order of your elements, select the element you want to move, hold down the green square, and drag the element to the desired location.

Provide Access to Your Lesson

Click on the top left panel to expand the list of lessons, and select "Lesson Settings" from the drop-down menu of the desired lesson.

Select lesson access:

Open — the lesson is available to the student. With a non-linear lesson order, they will be able to view it immediately, and with a linear one, they will be able to view it only after completing the previous lesson.

Closed — the lesson will not be available to the student. You can prepare new lessons in advance.

Click Apply.

Customize the Order of Your Lessons

You can also change the order in which your lessons are shown. To do this, click on the desired lesson, and drag it up or down without releasing the mouse button.

Use course sections to structure your lessons.

Save Your Lessons

After creating the lessons, click Save and Exit.

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