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The Stages of Lessons

All lessons by default are set to "draft lessons" after creation.

There are three stages of the lesson lifecycle:

  1. Draft

  2. Published

  3. Published (unpublished)

When a user with content creation permissions creates a new lesson, it starts out as a "Draft" lesson until it has been published. Once published, if the lesson is updated at any point in time it moves into the "Published (unpublished)" state. This creates a new version of the lesson. Any changes made to a lesson are not reflected in the live lesson until the content has been published again.

Important Note

There can only be one version of a lesson being edited at a time. Meaning if two users are editing a recently published lesson, they are editing the same draft version and can see each other's changes reflected.

What is a Draft Lesson?

For any new lessons created, the content starts out as a draft and needs to be published before it is able to be directly assigned, added to an existing path, or added as optional learning.

If the content creator exits the lesson builder without selecting "Publish" the lesson stays in the draft state.

What is a Published (unpublished) Lesson?

If a lesson has been published and a content creator navigates to the lesson overview page and selects "New Draft" a new version is created.

While in the lesson builder, if the content creator exits the lesson builder without first selecting "Publish" the content moves into the "Published (Unpublished Draft)" state.

When a lesson is in this state, it means any updates made to the lesson are not yet live for users currently accessing the content.

For any new updates to the content to appear for users, the lesson needs to be published.

What is a Published Lesson?

A published lesson is content ready to be directly assigned to users or made available as optional learning.

A published lesson is notated on both the Content page and the lesson overview page.

Published lessons can be edited at any time by content creators.

How to Update a Lesson Title

Similar to making edits to the body of the lesson, when editing the title of the lesson the content creator needs to select "Publish" for the new title to appear in the live version of the lesson.

How to Discard Lesson Edits

While in the lesson builder the content creator can discard their edits at any point by selecting "Discard Draft."  This removes any changes made and places the lesson back to the original published state.

Important Note

After selecting discard, there is no way to restore the edits made.

Copied Lessons

When copying a lesson, the copied lesson starts in the "Draft" state. To make the lesson available to be assigned or set as optional learning, a content creator needs to go into the lesson builder and select "Publish."

When copying a lesson in the "Published (unpublished Draft)" state this copies the draft content, and does not bring over past versions of the original lesson.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can SCORM lessons have drafts or versions?

No. However, you can replace SCORM files if need be. Check out this article to learn more about SCORM file lessons.

2. When publishing a new/updated version of a lesson, does anyone get any notifications about the changes?

No, when updating a lesson users do not receive a notification of the update. 

3. How is the users' data shown with versioning of lessons?

The most recent published version in terms of question analysis is shown on the lesson overview page.

4. I changed the title of a lesson in the unpublished draft, but it isn’t showing up on the content page or lesson overview page that way. Why is that?

We have made the decision that at this point the lesson title on Published (Unpublished Draft) will reflect what is in the Published version of the lesson. We know that this could be confusing if you make a change to the title and then come back to find that lesson by the new title and can’t locate it. Please reach out to if you are having trouble locating your lesson and they will be happy to help locate it for you.

If you have any questions please reach out to the Support team at

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