Take the All-New Course Outline Block for a Spin!

Updated on October 7, 2020

We’ve been hard at work developing our first block for Sensei LMS — the course outline block! This block streamlines the course building experience, and enables you to make simple design changes to the course outline that is displayed on the course page.

Although the block is not yet released, we’re making it available now on our test site for you to experiment with. We’ll use your feedback to make further improvements to the block prior to its release.

If you’re interested in trying it out, please continue reading or jump to How to Try the Course Outline Block to get started now.

Course Outline Block

After logging into our test site and creating a new course, you will see the course outline block, where you can choose to create a module or a lesson:

Clicking on Create a module updates the block with a view that enables you to add a module, module description, and lesson. You can add as many modules and lessons as needed for your course:

Fundamentally, the course outline block helps you to develop the basic structure of your course. Once you save your changes, any modules or lessons that have been added to the block are automatically created behind the scenes. Similarly, any changes you make to the block for an existing course are carried over to the individual modules and lessons.

Block Settings

The course outline block offers a variety of settings that enable you to adjust styles, colors, typography and other design elements:

Future Blocks

The course outline block is the first of several blocks we are planning to build for the course page. Blocks currently in development include:

  • Take this Course button
  • Contact Teacher button
  • Course progress bar

We will add these blocks to the test site as they become available. In the meantime, these elements continue to be rendered on the site using the existing PHP template.

How to Try the Course Outline Block

To try the course outline block, follow these steps:

  • Register for a user account on our test site*. Your account will be created with the Teacher role.
  • Once you’ve logged in, create a new course. The course outline block will already be added to the page.
  • Add modules and lessons, change the block settings, and see what the block looks like as a learner.
  • Once you’re done, navigate back to the Courses page and click the link in the notice to share your feedback with us:

*Important: The test site integrates with Smartlook to record your visit. We will use the screen recordings to identify block functionality that may be confusing to use, and to make improvements that help make the block more intuitive. Smartlook is GDPR compliant out of the box, and any recordings will be deleted automatically after 1 month.

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