Virtually every course will include a reading of some type. Even if you use primarily videos, you can use a Read step to intersperse embedded videos with text and images.
How to add a reading
- Add a step to your Path. Select "Learner should Read" and give the step a descriptive title.
- Select the step to open it and add content.
You have a couple options here.
Read step options
1. Write a new document
This option will give you a text editor where you can write text or paste from a preexisting document.
When you write a new document, our text editor gives you a variety of options for formatting and adding media. For more in-depth instructions, see "Add formatting and images to text."
Insert an image. If you use the "insert an image" button in the text editor to add an image, you will have the options to resize and edit (add hyperlink or change position). Click "edit" and then use the "position" settings to make the image appear inline with the text.
Insert a video or other media. Use the "insert video" button in the text editor to add the embed code for a video, audio, or other third-party hosted content.
💡 Tip: If you find that some weird formatting is carrying over from a preexisting document, strip the formatting first. You can do this by first copying your text to a rich text editor that removes formatting or using the “paste as plain text” option (right click on a PC).
2. Embed a reading
This option will give you a place to enter an embed code. You can save a document or PowerPoint presentation in PDF format in order to embed it with the original formatting.
To generate an embed code for a PDF document, you can use a program like Scribd (free).
If you host your PDFs on Scribd in order to embed them in Pathwright, you will have control over reader permissions, and you can turn off the ability to copy and paste from the document or to download it. From your Scribd account, edit the document and then select "set reader permissions" to edit the privacy settings. The private setting will allow your learners to view the embedded file.
To embed the file, copy the embed code here:
You can also embed readings from any site that allows embedding and is secured under https (Google docs, Dropbox, etc.).
If you embed from a site and the embed code provided is not loading correctly, first paste in this code:
<iframe src="https://myurl.com" width="900" height="500"></iframe>
and then replace the URL with your direct link.
3. Use an external reading
This option will also give you a text editor, and you can add a file using the hyperlink or attach file buttons in the editor. Provide some instructions for viewing the document.
You can also add files to the bottom of the step for download using the "Add Attachment" button. If you use this option, be sure to include at least a brief description or some instructions in the content area of the step. Otherwise, the step will appear empty in learner view.