To begin drafting your course locate the cursor and begin typing anywhere. Also, highlight any text to bring up the rich text editor menu.

Editing Text

Standard text options: Underline, bold, italicize, UPPERCASE, "quotations," etc.

Hyperlink: Highlight the text you would like to link and simply add the url when prompted.

Numbers + bullet points: This allows you to add bullets or numbers to the line that your cursor is currently resting on.

Inserting headers, images, videos and collections

For content OTHER than text, click on the '+' button to insert one of the following: Header, Image, Image Gallery, Video, Collection, Interaction.

The descriptions of each option are as follows:

Header: Headers are the the blue text in a course (that you even see on this page), useful for separating your page into smaller, more readable segments. For example, the words 'About this Course' (in the picture above) is a header.

Image: Once you've selected the image option, upload your image, select the image you've uploaded that you wish to insert, and then click 'Insert.'

Once you have inserted your image you can right, left, center, and wide format align your images using the edit image menu (the image on the right, below).

Image Gallery: When you want to insert several images, with the ability to scroll between them, select 'Image Gallery.' Thumbnails will appear underneath the larger image window, and users will be able to use arrows on either side of the large image to scroll between the gallery selections.

Video: Once you've selected 'Video,' you can copy and paste the link to the video you wish to embed. Video URLs are supported from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Wistia, Dailymotion, and Twitch; you can also link to a video file (mp4, etc).

Collection: This option will allow you to insert a previously-created Participate collection into your course. Once you've select 'Collection,' search for the name of the collection you'd like to embed. The first three items collection will be embedded into the body of the page, with an option for the learner to click to see the full contents of the collection.

Interaction: See full explanation below.

Using interactions

Throughout your course, you will likely be asking your learner to actively do something (e.g. upload, share, reflect, post) to share the progress of their learning (i.e. formative assessments) or share the mastery/proficiency of the content in the course to earn a badge (i.e. summative assessment). Each time you ask for active engagement, you will design an Interaction.

The content that learners submit in interactions will appear in their final learning products associated with the course. This content will be reviewable by a Mentor, if you choose to add an Mentor to the course.

To insert an interaction:

Click on the '+' symbol.

Select 'Interaction' from the list of content in order to generate an interaction on the line that your cursor is currently located.

Under the settings tab: Input a title for your interaction and the name of the call to action. The title will appear above the interaction once inserted, and the call to action will be the name of the button on the interaction (e.g. 'Submit Your Work!' or 'Submit Your Reflection').

Under the 'Activities' tab you will have several options:

Begin by naming the section. This can be the same as the call to action or different, as long as it describes what you would like the user to input.

For example, your call to action may be 'Submit Your Work' and the section may be 'Reflection' and the user would reflect on the work they have done so far in this chapter of the course.

Add a header and footer to your interaction (optional). This can be a little more detail on what you would like the user to input or reminder notes.


There are three different input options you can choose from:

  • Text - Use when you're looking for your learner to a) type in a short response; b) copy and paste a URL to a collection; c) copy and paste a URL to another online resource.
  • Paragraph - Same idea as a 'text interaction' but with a larger text box. It's perfect for reflections.
  • File - Use when you're looking for your learner to a) upload a video; b) upload an audio file or podcast; 3) upload an image; 4) upload a non-online resource (e.g. PDF, word, PPT) Let users be aware of size limitations when uploading large files!

Once you've decided on your desired interaction, you can fill in the text boxes with relevant information:

  • Title: This should be a noun that describes the field (e.g., 'Student Work,' 'Reflection,' 'Collection'). This title will appear on the learner’s final coursework, and will be the header that Mentors use to review the coursework.
  • Label: This can be the same as the title, or it can be more descriptive: 'Upload your student work!,' 'Submit your reflection!' etc. These two fields are helpful for Mentors as they review submitted coursework.

You can add more sections or inputs to any section you create by clicking the 'Add Section' button to add another section, or the 'Add Input' button to add another input. Should you decide that you no longer need a section, you can delete it by clicking 'Remove Section'. Inputs can be removed by clicking the trash can symbol.

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