The NextThought application allows instructors to build their own course with our authoring tools. The authoring tools allow you a wide range of functionality including building the course outline (lessons, units, sections), adding course materials (readings, videos, discussions, links, files), creating assignments, creating readings, and more.
Getting Started: Content Organization
All NextThought courses have an organizational layout that includes units, lessons, and sections.
- Unit: A “unit” simply acts as a header for several lessons. Each unit contains one or more lessons. Units can be further organized into lessons.
- Lesson: A “lesson” is the main content module for the course. When a learner enters a course from the homepage, they will be viewing the first course lesson. Lessons can be further organized into sections.
- Section: A “section” is the lowest level organization for course materials. Sections divide and organize materials within the lesson with a section header.
Course Default View
When you enter your course from the homepage, it opens into the Lessons View. You will be viewing the course as if you were a learner.
To modify course content, click on the “Start Editing” button in the lower right-hand corner to switch to Edit Mode.
Note: The Start Editing button is only available on the Lessons View.