2017 Release Notes

December 21, 2017

Course reports available in admin tools

Now, course reports can be centrally found in the admin tools. Using a site admin account, navigate to the admin toolbar. Select “Courses” and select a course. Now, click on “Reports.”


Add code blocks in assignments

Now, an editor and instructor are able to add code block within assignments. Add code to assignment descriptions, or within the question text itself.

While in the description field or question text field, click on the brackets at the bottom of the window to initiate a code block. Click in the code block and begin typing.

When editing:


When published:


December 7, 2017

Admin tools for site management

NextThought offers a new role, the site admin, alongside a suite of new tools and reports to create and manage courses, view site-wide analytics, mangage users, and view user analytics. For site admin accounts, the toolbar is located in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage.

Please see the new Site Admin Guide to learn more! (Coming soon.)

New course catalog

The new course catalog retains the same purpose, but offers new visualizations, better navigation, a search field, and course categorization. The new course catalog displays a featured courses banner, and all public courses display below. Courses can be organized into categories based on course tagging. A new tab, the “History” tab, allows users to review their enrolled courses.


Add code blocks to a reading

An editor or instructor can now select a code block while creating a reading. When selected, the code block editor will display within the reading. Select the code you are using in the upper right-hand corner dropdown and add your code.


Once published, it will render according to the code selected.


November 16, 2017

New Roles Defined

With additional new course facilitation features, we have redefined and added roles to our platform. The current roles are as follows:

  • Course Facilitator: The term for course roles: instructor, assistant, and editor
  • Course Instructor: Instructor and editor
  • Course Assistant: Instructor role only (no editor capabilities)
  • Course Editor: Editing only (no instructor capabilities)
  • Site Admin: Can view site-wide admin tools and create and edit all courses on the site


Course facilitator roles can be assigned by other course facilitators. Admin roles are assigned to users by NextThought.

Edit course information

Instructors and editors can now edit course information within the Course Info tab. (Site admin can do so from the site admin tools.)


Fields that can be edited include:

  • Course Video
  • Course Name
  • Course Description
  • Course Tags
  • Course Assets (Thumbnail, Landing, Background)
  • Start and End Date
  • Meeting Times
  • Facilitators

Course Tagging

Courses can now be tagged with one or multiple tags (e.g., “English Literature”). This is the first step in allowing users to navigate the course catalog by tags.


Manage Course Facilitators

The Course Info tab now allows an editor/instructor/admin to add new course roles and toggle visible and hidden facilitators.

  1. Click on the Course Info tab

  2. Scroll to the Facilitator section

  3. Click “Edit”

  4. Add new facilitator:

    • Click “Add a Facilitator”
    • Search user(s) by name
    • Assign a role (Instructor, Assistant, or Editor)
    • Click “Visible to Learners” if you’d like this facilitator to show on the Course Info page and homepage
  5. Edit current facilitator:

    • Locate facilitator on list
    • Toggle “visible” or “hidden” via the dropdown
    • Toggle role using the role dropdown
    • Remove a facilitator by clicking the “x”
  6. Click “Save” within the course facilitator section to save your changes.

Add block quotes to a reading

The block quote feature is now available within a reading. To create a block quote, first click “Block Quote” under “Types” in the editor. Then, either type or paste text.


September 21, 2017

Editors can create discussion assignments through Lessons View

Editors can now create discussion assignments while creating their lesson in Lessons View.


Add transcripts to videos in readings

An editor can now add transcripts to videos within a reading.


Delete videos from course files

An editor can now delete videos within their course files.


August 31, 2017