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Collaborative learning with the new course player experience

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In this blog, we will in depth all of the features of the new course player along with the entire user journey.

Defining the problem statement

KloudLearn’s product teams analyzed the learner workflow data to look at the previous user journeys and workflows. in the previous course player. We also talked to several customers and got their feedback on what would be improved.

The feedback was on a familar theme

  • how can learners collaborate with the instructor as well as with other learners
  • Can KloudLearn track my progress on specific learning assets
  • Can it understand completions. I.e. can KloudLearn understand completions and mark learning assets as completed when actually completed.
  • Can it allow me to annotate videos

The new course player experience

The new course player consists of 3 distinct sections.

  • navigation on the left
  • the content or learning asset in the center
  • the notes listing on the right.

Each one of them has a clear and distinct purpose.

Course navigation

The course navigation menu on the left shows us the following

  • list of all lessons and learning assets within them
  • completion status (shown with a tick mark when done)
  • the progress made thus far, this also allows users to resume from where they left off.

Course content

The content in the center is any learning asset. This could be a video, pdf, text article or any office document.

For videos a small navigation bar will appear showing annotations. When notes are added to videos, they are called annotations (explained later).

Course notes

A note is a short text / article within the context of what the user is learning.

Examples of course notes include

  • a note during the 15th minute of a video (notes can be annotated against a particular time within a video)
  • a note on a PDF file explaining the context of that file.
  • a note on a ppt file explaining the content of the ppt.

What are the use cases for notes

  • instructor would like to create a FAQ for each learning asset
  • instructor wants to make announcements
  • learners who want to create notes for their own reviews can create notes.
  • learners who are sharing their knowledge between peers can use notes feature to create

What are the differences between course notes and annotations

Within KloudLearn, course notes and annotations are one and the same thing. There’s a small difference though. When you create a note while a video is playing, the time on the video is attached to the note, allowing you to directly jump to the point in the video using the note. This note also appears during video playback. Such a note which has a times

How many notes can be added to the course

There are no limits to the number of notes that can be added.

Are notes typically attached to a course or to a learning assets.

Notes can be currently added only from within a course player and they are tagged to specific learning assets within the course. This means a note belongs to some course, and some specific learning asset such as a video within the course.

Note privacy settings

Learners can create notes that are private to them. Or Learners can choose to inherit the course permissions by setting it as “same as course” which will allow the course to be visible to all learners who have access to that course.

Who can create notes?

The instructor, and any learner who has access to the course can create notes. tamp attached is sometimes referred as an annotation.

What is the review mode?

The review mode is a feature that allows you to see a list of all notes in the current learning asset and review / expand to study them in more detail.

Review mode is also useful for playing back annotated notes on videos. While the video is playing back, the notes will appear on the UI based on the timeline it was set.

Have more questions?

We’d be happy to answer any questions if necessary. To get in touch, write to support[at] or simply chat with us on this page.

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