NextThought Quick Start Guide

You’ve just partnered with NextThought and are ready to get started. Where do you begin?

In this guide we will take you through a brief explanation of your new site and how to create a course and add content. We will also provide a checklist to visit before you go live.

Let’s get started!

Your Site

Although you’ve probably already seen an example of our site, let’s take another look:

When your clients first arrive at your URL, they will view your login page.


After your clients log into your site, they will land on the homepage. From this page they can click “+Add” to view the catalog and add a new course or training.


Once the course has been added, it will appear on their homepage. Clicking on it will launch the course.


You will also see a community on the homepage. Think of the community as a public meeting room or forum for users to gather and discuss trends, hot topics, best practices, ask questions, and more. Click on the community to view it.


Your Admin Tools

Now, if NextThought added you as an “Admin,” you will have administrative access to your site. You can view your admin dashboard detailing analytics about the site, as well as create new courses.


See this dashboard here? Click on the first icon to view your dashboard. Click on the second icon to create a new course. Did you know you can also grant users admin access to help you manage your site?



Find out more about your admin tools here:

Create a Course

Let’s create your first course.

  1. Click on the “Create” button in the upper right-hand corner of your admin account.
  1. Select “New Course” in the dropdown menu.
  1. Now, add the course title, a course ID, and a description. Click “Continue.”

Now, you’ve landed on your Course Info page within the newly created course. Scroll through the page and click “Edit” as needed to edit a field. You can also add instructor access from this page.


Don’t forget to check your course settings by clicking on the “Make Changes” button in the upper right-hand corner! We will talk more about this in the Launch and Go Live! section below.



Learn more about course creation here:

Add Course Content

From your Course Info page, click on over to the “Lessons” page. In the bottom right-hand corner, click “Start Editing.”


Now, click “+Add Unit” in the bottom left-hand corner. Type in a unit name, and press the “Enter” key.


Click “+Add Lesson.” Type in the lesson name, and press the “Enter” key.


Click “+Add Section.” Type in a section name. Click “Add to Lesson.”


Click “+Add Content” to begin adding content to your course.

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Once you’ve built out an entire lesson, don’t forget to publish or schedule your lesson so it’s visible! The publish button can be found in the upper right-hand corner of the lesson in Edit Mode.



Learn more about building your course and adding content here:

Launch and Go Live!

You’re ready to launch the site and begin marketing your courses. Before you do, use this checklist to see if you’re ready:

  • Your site is branded with your logo in the upper left-hand corner.
  • The community on the homepage has a name and image.
  • Click into the course you want to launch and make sure you see the lessons you expect to see while previewing the course.
  • Make sure assignments are available and not in “draft.”
  • Check that your courses are set to the right visibility. Click into each course from the homepage. Click on the “Course Info” page. Check the start date. Now, click on the “Make Changes” button. Check the visibility and preview settings.
    • Discoverable in Catalog: This toggle allows you to place the course in the catalog publicly (“On”), or keep the course private (“Off”). If a course is private, users will only enroll using a redemption code. Private courses will be by invitation only.
    • Course Status Draft: This option makes the course invisible to learners while you create and edit your course; however, if you want to allow early enrollment, you can set the course Status to “Draft” and Discoverable to “On.” This will allows learners to enroll, but the content will remain invisible.
    • Course Status Published: This option allows the course to be fully available to users.
    • Course Status Publish on Start Date: This option sets the course to be in course preview mode until the defined start date and time, at which time it will then become fully available to users.

If you’ve completed the items above, CONGRATULATIONS! You’re ready to launch!