How to Configure and Manage the Course Player

Configure the course player to show an overview page.

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September 24th, 2018

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With Docebo 7.0 and higher, Superadmins can configure the course player to show a detailed overview page before the player appears to learners. This article will outline how to manage the course overview page and the course player page in Docebo.

Configuring the Course Overview Page Globally

The course overview page can be set at a global or local level, meaning you can activate the overview page for all courses, or only for specific courses. The overview page can be for all three course types: E-Learning, ILT Classroom, and Webinar. While it is optional for E-Learning courses, it is mandatory for ILT Classroom and Webinar courses.

course player activate global

To activate the overview page globally for all courses, access the Admin Menu, then select the Manage Theme option. In the Course Player section, flag the option to set the course prepage globally for all courses in the Course Starting View section. This will now be active for all the courses in your LMS. If you want to deactivate the overview page for specific courses, you can do so at a local level.

Configuring the Course Overview Page Locally

The course overview page can be set at a global or local level, meaning you can activate the overview page for all courses, or only for specific courses. The overview page can be for all three course types: E-Learning, ILT Classroom, and Webinar. While it is optional for E-Learning courses, it is mandatory for ILT Classroom and Webinar courses.

To activate the overview page option locally, access your Admin Menu, then press the Courses item in the E-Learning area. Find the course in the list of courses, then press the menu icon at the end of the course’s row. From the dropdown menu, select Advanced Settings.

course player local activation

In the Course Player tab, flag the option to enable a custom course starting page for the course in the Course Starting Page view. Then, below, flag the option to enable the course prepage. Press Save Changes when finished.

The course player prepage will now be active for this specific course. If you have flagged the option to enable the overview page globally for all courses, but you don’t want the overview page applied in this specific course, flag the option to enable a custom course starting page for the course, then flag the option below to directly land on the course player page. When finished, press Save Changes.

Managing the Overview Page

Once the overview page is active for a course, every user will see this page before accessing the course player page. The overview page will include the course’s thumbnail and any other details that you configured when creating the course. The learner should press the Start Learning Now button in order to access the course player or click on any chapter in the Content tab. The progress bar above this button will notify the learner as to how far along in the course he or she may be. Users will also see an Other courses that may interest you section, that will display courses visible to the user that are in same category.

Learners can switch between the Overview tab and the Content tab to learn more about the course. The Overview tab will show any widgets that are activated in the course.

course player manage overview page

Please Note: Course widgets will only appear in the overview page when the overview page is active. They will not appear on the actual course player page. If the overview page is not active, the widgets will appear on the course player page. Refer to this article to learn more about activating and managing course widgets.

By switching to the Content tab, the learner will see a list of all of the content within the course, as well as the type of each learning object. When the learner presses the learning object’s title, he or she will be redirected to the course player page and that learning object will immediately begin playing.

If you’ve assigned the course to a content partner using the Content Partners app, the content partner’s banner can also appear on this page.

Managing the Course Player Page

On the course player page, learners will see the course player at the top, and a list of all of the learning objects in the course on the right side.  Below the course player, there will be a description of the currently selected learning object.

When you’re ready to play the learning object, press the Play button in the middle of the player. In the table of contents on the right, you can press Previous or Next to move from one learning object to the other in historical order.
Please note:  the course player does not support videos with less than 3 FPS (Frames per Second).

Press the title of the learning object in the list below to switch which object appears in the course player. Each learning object will have a green check mark to indicate if it’s been completed, or an orange check mark if the learning object is still in progress to be completed.

course player page

If the overview page is not active, course widgets will appear below the player. If the overview page is active, all course widgets will remain on the overview page. By pressing the panel button in the top right corner, you can choose between three different course player layouts:

  • Show the full table of contents. The full table of contents section will appear on the right side. It will display the written titles of the learning objects and a course progress bar.
  • Show a minimized table of contents panel. A minimized table of contents panel will appear. It will display a play button and learning object icons, rather than the titles of the learning objects. Please note that this option is not available if your courses contain folders.
  • Do not show the table of contents. The table of contents panel will not display on the course player page. The course player will be maximized to fill the width of your screen, and the Start Learning Now button will appear below the course player.

To access the course management buttons, press the course management button in the top right corner of the page. The rest of the buttons will appear below.

If you’ve assigned the course to a content partner using the Content Partners app, the content partner’s banner can also appear on this page.