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How to Customize your Course Player and Course Navigation

The Course Player creates an environment that simulates a classroom experience for students, allowing them to engage with e-learning content as if they were present in person.


This article will demonstrate how you can personalize the appearance and functionality of your course player and configure the course navigation.


To access the course player settings, navigate to CoursesCourse Manager, select a course, and go to Course settings Course Player.


Course Player skin

You have the option to customize the appearance and feel of the course player by selecting its skin.


The Coloured Minimal skin will be chosen as the default option. You have the choice of selecting from three skins: Colored Minimal, Classic, and Minimal. Additionally, there are two Minimal & Dark skins specifically designed for Single Learning Activity courses. Enabling them will configure this course to display only the initial activity of the first section.

If you choose the Minimal skins, the course section descriptions will not be displayed in the Course Content section on the Course Layout page, and the learning activities' descriptions will not be displayed in the course player.

Customize your Course Player 

1. Show the course name in the course player or hide it.

2Show students' progress with a progress bar, which represents the percentage of the learning units that are considered completed.

3. Show all the course Learners tab next to the "Path" tab. This tab presents all the enrolled learners as links and motivates them to connect.

4. Show the course Discussion tab if you want your learners to be able to discuss your course topics. Check this article for more information on the Discussion settings.

5. Display the whole titles of course sections even if they need multiple lines (wrapping). If you check this box, the entire titles of your sections will appear no matter how large they are. Otherwise, titles will appear in one line with an ellipsis (...) at the end.

6. Display the whole titles of learning activities even if they need multiple lines (wrapping), similarly to the section titles.

7. Display the estimated reading time of the Ebooks (this setting can be enabled in the Ebook).

8. When the course loads, show all the course sections “opened and not just the current one. If you select this setting, all the sections will be opened and show the learning units they contain. Otherwise, only the selected section will be opened, and the other sections will be collapsed.

9. Add numbers automatically in front of the sections' names.

10. Start section numbering from 00 instead of 01. This is depicted on the Course Player, Contents tab, and any contents section.


Course Player "back" button

You can allow students to navigate away from the course player, with a back button. 

You can choose to: 

  • Not have a button at all
  • Navigate to the Course layout page
  • Navigate to another school page
  • Navigate to a Specific URL


Course Navigation

You can specify whether users can navigate freely in the course contents or have to comply with specific restrictions.


Free navigation


If you choose this option (available on all our plans), users can navigate freely in your content without restrictions, so they can jump to any learning activity they want. 


Sequential navigation


With sequential navigation (available on our Pro Trainer plans or higher), the user has to "complete" each learning activity before continuing to the next. A common feature in accreditation courses, as well as others, is the requirement for users to complete each activity before moving on to the next. If they attempt to skip ahead, they'll encounter a message prompting them to finish the current activity first, and subsequent activities will appear locked until they do so.


Navigation with Prerequisites


Some of the activities are considered prerequisites to unlocking the activities that follow them (available on our Learning Center plans or higher). When you enable this choice, the sideform when editing a learning activity will also present a checkbox for setting this activity as a prerequisite.


Course video Auto-Progress

Choose whether the next learning activity will automatically be loaded when the video learning activity ends.

Navigation Buttons/Sidebar navigation

You can rename the Navigation buttons, hide them, or show the next/previous navigation buttons at the bottom of the course player. Additionally, you can disable the Sidebar navigation.


Event for Zapier/Webooks

If you use Zapier to fire a course completion event, the course player settings are where you can determine when this event happens exactly.

  • If you enable the Course is completed when the user passes all exam, assignments, and certificates webhook, but the course has no Assessments or Certificates, then on the users' card and user progress reports (which are available only to the admins), the course will not be marked as completed. The users will be able to view their course as 100% completed on their end on their progress bar, but from the perspective of an admin and reporting manager, we suggest selecting the Course is completed when the user completes all the learning activities, to avoid any reporting confusion.
  • When the webhook for Course is completed when the user passes all exams, assignments, and certificates is activated, the "course completion" event is triggered universally. However, the progress bar visible to the user may still appear as "incomplete" if there are additional learning activities, as it reflects the proportion of completed tasks.

If you wish to apply the Course Player settings to all of your created courses, check the relevant settings under Apply Course Player settings to all other courses.

Customize the Course player using CSS

Remove the ellipsis at the end of the learning activity description


If you have a learning activity with a long description and you wish to remove the ellipsis (...) at the end, insert the following code in your Custom Code editor → <style> (CSS) for built-in pages (i.e., social, profile, work pad, my account):

.lrn-path-cont-type {
white-space: normal!important;
}

Change the background color of the learning activities section under Path

 

You can add the following code in your Custom Code editor → <style> (CSS) for built-in pages (i.e., social, profile, work pad, my account) (make sure to add the hex color of your choice and replace #ffc0cb), to change the background color of the learning activities in the Path section:

.slug-path-player .lrn-path-conts{
background-color:#ffc0cb!important;
}

Note: To ensure proper functionality, please select the Coloured Minimal skin (the default option) for the course player.


Change the background color of the Zoom learning activities


You can add the following code in your Custom Code editor → <style> (CSS) for built-in pages (i.e. social, profile, work pad, my account) (make sure to add the hex color of your choice and replace #ffc0cb) to change the background color in all Zoom learning activities:

.slug-zoomplayer #bodyWrapper{
background-color:#ffc0cb;
}

Remove Learners List Autofill in the Discuss tab


According to your Community settings, you can let users start discussions within a course via the Discuss Tab of the Course Player.  Users can type @ and get a user names list to tag and contact other users. 

If you want to disable the user name list from appearing you can add the following code in your Custom Code editor → <style> (CSS) for built-in pages (i.e. social, profile, work pad, my account)

.mentions-autocomplete-list{display:none!important;}

Hide the progress bar in the Course player


You can hide the progress bar in the Course Player, by using the following CSS snippet, which should be added in the Custom code editor of your school, and paste in the <style> (CSS) for built-in pages (i.e. social, profile, work pad, my account) slot. Don't forget to click on Update.

/ .slug-path-player .-default-course-player-progress-wrapper{
display:none;
}

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