2019 Release Notes

December 19th, 2019

Mobile Support for File Upload Assignments

File upload assignments are now supported on mobile devices.

Improvement to Identify Newly Copied Courses

Now, when courses are copied, the copied course will display “[Copied]” text within the title. This text can be later modified or removed on the Course Info page.

December 5th, 2019

Customize Site Branding and Login Page

Customized Site Branding and Login Page is now available to site admins.

Within the “Configuration” tab of the admin tools, site admin can update the

  • Library Theme (dark/light)
  • Site Branding Color
  • Search and Navigation Icon Theme
  • Site Name
  • Logo Assets
  • Email Header
  • Favicon
  • Sign In Logo
  • Sign In Headline, Description, and Subtext
  • Login Button Color
  • Login Button Imagery

To add and update the library, go to the site administration tools in the upper right-hand corner on your homepage. Click on the “Configuration” tab, and select the “Library Branding” subtab to the left.

The Library Styling menu allows you to change the Library Theme from light (nearly white background) to dark (black background). The Branding Color can be changed to any hex color and changes the color of the top navigational bar (when on home screen). Search Bar and Navigation Icons can also be changed to the light or dark theme.


The Site Details menu allows you to change the site name. The site name displays across the platform within emails as well as reports.


The Logo Assets menu allows you to change your Site Logo that appears in the upper left-hand corner, your Email Header that appears in all emails from the platform, and the Favicon that appears within your browser’s tab.


To apply any changes you’ve made, click the “Preview and Apply” button in the upper right-hand corner. This button will only appear if changes have occurred.


Review your changes and click “Apply Changes.” To return to the previous state before your updates, click “Cancel.” To reset the branding to default, click “Reset to Defaults” at the bottom of the menus.


To add and update the sign in page, go to the site administration tools in the upper right-hand corner on your homepage. Click on the “Configuration” tab, and select the “Sign In Branding” subtab to the left.


To update or add your logo, click on the “Change” button under “Logo” and choose your file.

To update the headline, description, or subtext (optional), click into the text field and edit.

To update the Login Button color, click on the color gradient and choose either the color or define the hex color.

To change the Background or Overlay, click on the “Change” button and select your file.

To apply any changes you’ve made, click the “Preview and Apply” button in the upper right-hand corner. This button will only appear if changes have occurred. Review your changes and click “Apply Changes.” To return to the previous state before your updates, click “Cancel.” To reset the branding to default, click “Reset to Defaults” at the bottom of the menus.


New Login Page Design

The login page now features a new design that allows for customization.


November 7th, 2019

Stability and performance improvements.

October 3rd, 2019

Additional Button for Adding Individuals to Site Community

Previously, when searching for an individual in the manage membership window of a site community, clicking on an individual would immediately add them to the community. Now, clicking on an individual will add them to a list. Then you must select the “Add #” button to add the individual(s) to the community.


September 20th, 2019

Site Community Creation and Management

Site communities can now be edited, managed, and created by Site Admin.


Site Community Overview

The site community offers a space for site-wide collaboration and engagement. Site communities can be exclusive or public, and allow members to post topics and comment on others’ posts. Members can also share notes from their courses to the site community page.

Creating a New Site Community

In order to create a new site community:

  1. Click on the “Create” button.
  1. Select “Create a Community.”
  2. Type a community name, and toggle Auto-Subscribe. (You can edit this later.) Auto-Subscribe will automatically join all individuals that create an account on the site. Please note that learners already on the site will have to be manually added.
  1. Click “Create.”

Site Community Name and Description

You can edit the community name and description of any existing community on your site.

To edit the name or description:

  1. Click into the community.
  2. Click the “Edit” button under the community name.
  3. Click into the “Title” field to edit the title.
  4. Click into the “Description” field to add or edit the description.
  5. The description will display below the name of the community within the community page.
  1. Click “Save.”

Site Community Channels

Channels offer community organization and allow separate focused spaces for collaboration. To create a new channel:

  1. Click into the community.
  2. Click the “Edit” button under the community name.
  3. Click “Create a New Channel.”
  4. Type a new title and description.
  5. Note that the All Activity channel will remain by default.
  1. Click “Save.”

Site Community Auto-Join New Users

Channels allow auto-joining of learners on the site upon account creation. Please note that previous learners will not automatically join unless manually added. See Site Community Membership to learn more.

To toggle Auto-Join:

  1. Click into the community.
  2. Click the “Edit” button under the community name.
  3. Click the toggle “Auto-Join New Users” to desired state.
  1. Click “Save.”

Site Community Image

Change the main image or background image for your community. To add or edit images:

  1. Click into the community.
  2. Click the “Edit” button under the community name.
  3. Click on the “Edit” button for either the main (front) image or background (back) image.
  1. Choose image, solid, or gradient.
  1. Make selections or upload your image after selecting “Change.”
  2. Click “Save.”

Site Community Membership

Manage site community membership by adding or removing individuals, or adding or removing everyone.

To edit membership:

  1. Click into the community.
  2. Click “Manage Members.”
  3. In this window, you can add and remove learners from the site community.

Search for an individual, and click on their name to add them to the community.


Click into the search field and select “Everyone” to add all site learners to the community.


Check their name in the list and select “Remove” to remove a member.


Click on the ellipsis next to the number of members to “Remove All Members” from the community.


August 30th, 2019

Course Community Feature

Purpose and Location

The Community tab allows people to track and view all activity within a course, displaying discussions and course activity.


The Community tab replaces the Discussions tab and appears in the same location.


Previously created forums and discussions appear here. Forums take on a new name, now called “channels.” All content and activity will remain.


Channels are listed on the left side of the Community tab. Only facilitators and admins can create new channels.

New courses have a single channel called “All Activity.” Unlike other manually-created channels which only display course discussions, All Activity displays users’ interaction within the course. Activities such as comments, replies, and other course-wide social interactions shows here.


To create or edit a channel:

  1. Click on the “Edit” button on the channel list.
  2. Make edits within the “Edit Community” menu.

Within the “Edit Community” menu, you can add, delete, reorder, or edit channels, as well as add a channel description.



Discussions can be created within any channel by clicking into the “Write something…” field.


This will bring up the normal discussion prompt.



Switching to “List View” from “Tile View” provides a familiar layout to those who are more comfortable with the original Discussion tab. For this view, click on the “List View” option in the top right-hand corner of the Community tab.



You can sort channels by Most Recent, Recent Activity, Comment Count, and Like Count. Simply click on the sorting options on the right-hand side of the view.


Site Admin can now view and comment on content and activity

Previously, site admin could not see learners’ comments nor activity within a course. Now site admin can view activity as well comment and reply.

August 8th, 2019

Added Helper Text to Course Info Page

Now explanation text displays to facilitators on the Course Info page.

Alert Symbol in Gradebook when Learner Completes Assignment Unsuccessfully

An alert symbol displays to learners in his or her gradebook when s/he completes an assignment unsuccessfully.


July 18th, 2019

Performance Improvements

General performance related improvements.

June 27th, 2019

Add SCORM Packages as a Lesson Activity

SCORM packages can now be added as a single content piece within a lesson. Other lesson content can be built around it, contextualizing the SCORM content within a larger offering. SCORM content can be required and count toward course completion. The SCORM package defines what counts as completion, and NextThought will display if the learner has met the requirements for completion or not.

To add SCORM packages/content to a lesson:

  1. Click on “+Add Content.”
  1. Click on “SCORM Package.”
  1. Drag and drop a SCORM package file, or select “Upload a SCORM Package.”
  1. Select a SCORM package from your computer.
  2. Select the SCORM package you’d like to add to a lesson.
  1. Add a title, description, and thumbnail, and click “Add to Lesson.”

Viewing SCORM packages/content within a lesson:

  1. Click on “Open” on the Lessons page.
  1. Click on the right-hand side button of the viewer window to open the SCORM content.

Add an LTI Tool from within the Content Selector Window

Previously an LTI tool could only be added through the Course Info > Advanced admin tools. Now, the button to add an LTI tool also appears in the content selector while adding content to a lesson.


Redemption Code Explanation Text added on Course Info Page

Text was added to clarify that learners will not be able to view the redemption code.


May 30, 2019

Course Info Page Facilitator Changes

Now, role selection reads “Full Access,” “Editing Access,” and “Grading Access.” These descriptive titles map to Instructor, Editor, and Assistant respectively.


Hidden facilitators will now display to admin and facilitators while viewing the Course Info page. They will remain hidden for learners.


The visible title of facilitators is now editable. (By default, their title is the role selected: Instructor, Editor, or Assistant.)


Course Category Suggestions

Now when a facilitator or admin clicks into the Course Category field, suggestions will appear based on existing course categories on the site. As text is entered, the suggestions will filter. If a category that doesn’t exist is entered, it will prompt to create a new tag. This will reduce typo errors that prevent courses from being categorized together.


Removed Activity Page from Courses

The Activity Page, the first tab within a course, has been removed.

Hide Non-Authorable Content Types from Authoring Window

Now, the “Choose a Content Type” authoring window only features the content types that are authorable for the user, unless content has been created by NextThought and is ready for placement.


Improved Section Deletion Alert

When a user selects to delete a section, the wording is more descriptive of the action that will take place and includes the number of content items that will be deleted.


May 9th, 2019

Updated Mobile Navigation

The mobile version of the platform now has updated navigation. The up arrow and down arrow from the previous update has been added into the content view. As well as the “Up Next” near the bottom of the content window.

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April 19, 2019

Updated Course Navigation and Content Windows

Previously, when clicking on any of the course content, it would redirect the user to a new page, aside from a few exceptions. The only way to continue to go through the course would be to go back to the course view and click on a new piece of content.

With this update, the entire course navigation has been overhauled. When clicking on a piece of content, a content window will appear with the content inside. There are several different parts to the interface:


Exit Button

In the top right corner of the window is a button with an “X” on it. Clicking on this will return the user back to the current lesson they are on.



If the user had progressed or went back to other lessons using the Navigation arrows, the button will exit them to that lesson they are currently on.

Navigation Bar

Next to the navigation arrows is the Navigation bar. The Navigation bar will fill up the length of the window as a user progresses through a lesson. It will show the user the percentage of content they are into the lesson, as well as how many items are in the lesson and how far deep into the lesson they are.



This does not show the completion of the lesson, just where a user is in a lesson.

Navigation Arrows

The two arrows at the top of the content window. The one pointing up will direct the user to the previous content, while the one pointing down will direct the user to the next content


If it is the first piece of content in a course, the “Up” arrow will be grayed out, implying that there is no more content to view in this direction. If it the last piece of content in a course, then the “Down” arrow will be grayed out.


The arrow buttons will still work to cross through different lessons.

Up Next Section

At the bottom of the content window is a section displaying the next piece of content in a lesson or the next lesson if the user is at the end of a lesson. Activating it will move the user to the next content window. This has the same effect as activating the “Down” arrow.

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Discussions and Instructions

Discussions and instructions now appear as boxes outside of content window. Their functions are still the same.



Activating a video will now open a video content window. The video title will appear below the video along with its run time. With this redesign,the transcript appears below the video.


Clicking on the transcript wording will allow for the video to skip to the part of the video. If the transcript is long enough to scroll down, the video will shrink and follow the user in their window. If a user desires to see the default Media Viewer, the option to view the video in this mode is right below the video.


Display Learners in Sidebar on Discussions

Learners who have commented in a discussion now display on the right-hand sidebar while viewing the discussion.


Februrary 21, 2019

Allow Multiple Attempts on Assignments

Add Multiple Attempts:

Instructors and Admins can now set the number of attempts a learner can take on an assignment.

To set the number of attempts, select the “Options” button while editing an assignment, and scroll down.


Both a value and passing score must be defined in order to add multiple attempts.

Choose between one attempt, multiple attempts, or unlimited attempts.


To select a range between two and twenty attempts, select the middle dropdown option.


Select a value to set the desired number of attempts.


Assignment Completion:

Successful completion of an assignment can be defined as:

  • Submission Only (Once the learner submits the assignment, the assignment is marked as complete.)
  • Passing Score (The learner must gain a passing score.)
  • Excused (If the facilitator excuses the assignment, the assignment will be marked as complete despite any other parameters.)
  • No Submit Grade (A no submit assignment type cannot have multiple attempts. For no submit assignments, adding a grade will act as a “submission.”)

Multiple attempts can be added in order to allow the learner multiple attempts to gain a passing score, and thus multiple attempts for successful completion of the assignment. The displayed score on the assignment will be the highest score achieved of all attempts. Once the learner achieves the passing score or above, no more attempts will be allowed.

To learn more about this feature, click here! https://help.nextthought.com/editorguide/assignment.html#adding-multiple-attempts

Enrollment Management in Course Roster

The course roster now has an option for site admins to enroll or drop users from the Course’s Admin Tools > Course Roster.

Selecting ”Manage Enrollment” will open a window displaying all site users and a search bar. Search for learners within the search bar and select a learner.


After selecting a learner, the learner’s current course enrollment status will display. If they are not enrolled, you can select “Enroll User” to add them to the course.

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If the learner is enrolled, the “Enrolled” text and course information will display. The enrolled user can be removed from the course by selecting the “Remove User” button.


Advanced Enrollment Options

Each site will have a defined set of user enrollment scopes. The “Advanced” dropdown will allow admins to enroll a learner into a specific scope.

For example, a university site may have two defined scopes: “enrolled” and “open.” By default learners may be enrolled into the “open” scope; however, using the advanced dropdown, and knowing the scopes allowed on the site, you can define the user as “enrolled” to enroll them in that scope.


Please ask your project manager if you’d like to enroll a learner into a specific scope.

Add and Remove Group Members

Site admins have the ability to add site users to a group.

After selecting “Create a Group,” you will be presented with a window to type a group name, and automatically add group members across the site. Select “Create” to create the group.


You can also choose to edit a group, and add or remove group members. Click “Save” to save your changes.


January 31, 2019

Calendar Notifications

Calendars will now notify the user when events are created or modified and are directly related to the user. The notifications will be sent on the platforms as well as by email.

Passing and Failing Assignments Based on Scores

Assignments can now be set to pass or fail based on grade. The grade will be determined by the percentage of points earned in the assignment.

To activate this feature on an assignment, open an assignment in edit mode. At the top of of the screen click on the “PASSING SCORE” field and click the checkbox labeled “Passing Score”. Enter the desired passing percentage to set the passing score.



Please note, you must have the value field set for this feature to activate. If you do not, a prompt will direct you to set a value.

Once you have saved and published the assignment, the learner can view the passing score requirement by opening up the assignment and viewing the top of the assignment for the newly designed field. The learner will now have to not only complete the assignment, but have a passing score in order to complete assignment and, thus, the course.


Course Switcher

Site administrators can switch between different sections of a course by using this new feature. To use the Course Switcher, the admin should navigate to the desired course and then click the arrow beside the course name. The drop down menu will contain all other sections as well as other options such as a course visibility option, a delete button to delete the course and a link to edit the course information.


January 10, 2019

Calendar URL

You can now export and sync the NextThought Calendar to your personal calendar using the provided URL within the calendar feature. Click the ellipsis icon to reveal the dropdown.