Using the course builder

Overview

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The LifterLMS Builder allows you to manage the structure and outline of your courses.

From the course builder you can create new sections and lessons, manage their order, and edit their titles. You can also delete lessons and sections from the course builder.

The builder was added in LifterLMS 3.13.0 and replaced the “Course Outline” metabox found on the course editing screen in all previous versions of LifterLMS.

Getting to the builder

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You can get to the builder from three different places on the admin panel.

  1. From the course editor screen. Locate the “Course Builder” metabox on the right side of the screen. Click the “Launch Course Builder” button.
    Launch the course builder
  2. From the course’s list screen. Hover over the title of a course and click the “Builder” link from the displayed actions list.
    Launch the course builder
  3. From any lesson editor screen. Locate the “Course Builder” metabox on the right side of the screen.
    Launch the course builder

Creating Sections

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Sections, the building block of a course, are created and managed only from within the builder.

To create a new section you can click the “Section” button under “Course Elements”

A new section added via clicking will be automatically added to the end of the course.

A new section may also be dragged into the main course builder area and dropped into the highlighted blue drop-zone.

Create a section drag

Creating Lessons

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Lessons hold the main content of your course and can be added to the course via the builder just like a section.

To create a new lesson you can click the “Lesson” button under “Course Elements”

Create a lesson

A new lesson added via clicking will be automatically added to the end of the last section in your course.

A new lesson may also be dragged into the main course builder area and dropped into any section, highlighted by the blue drop-zones.

drag a lesson

Reordering Sections and Lessons

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Both sections and lessons can be reordered within a course by using either the “shift” buttons or by grabbing them by their drag handles and dropping them into their new position.

Hover over a section or lesson title to reveal their drag handles and shift buttons.

drag and shift

Clicking the up-arrow shift button will move the lesson or section one position up and the down-arrow shift button will move the element one position down.

In addition to reordering within a section, lessons may also be moved between sections. When dragging a lesson, it can be dropped into another section and you can use the “Next” and “Previous Section” buttons to move a lesson with a click.

lesson move actions

All the section and lesson numbers are automatically calculated and saved when you create and reorder lessons!

Editable Titles

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The titles of the course and all sections and lessons are editable from within the course builder.

To edit any title simply click on the title and edit the title in the field. The new title will be saved automatically when you hit the “Enter” or “Tab” keys or when you click out of the field with your mouse. If you want to revert to the previous title after making changes you can press the “esc” key before leaving the field.

Deleting Elements

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You can delete both sections and lessons from within the builder.

To delete a section or lesson click the Delete Icon after hovering over a section or lesson header.

delete icon

Only empty sections (a section with no lessons) can be deleted.

When deleting lessons and sections the deletion is permanent and the content of your lesson will be removed from the database and cannot be recovered!

Expanding and Collapsing Sections

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Sections can be expanded and collapsed on the builder in order to make management of large courses easier.

Click the Plus icon to expand a collapsed section:

expand section

Click the Minus icon to collapse an expanded section:

collapse section

You can expand and collapse all sections in one click by using the “Expand All” and “Collapse All” buttons on the sidebar.

expand & collapse all

 

Saving

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All data is automatically saved as changes are made to your course. Pay attention to the saving indicator icon and make sure you don’t close the tab or navigate to a new page on your site without waiting for saving to complete!

Save status indicator

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