Rise: How to Use Button Blocks

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When you use buttons in Rise, learners can access external information easily, send emails, and quickly jump to other spots in the course.

Here’s how they work.

  1. Insert a Button Block
  2. Edit Button Block Text
  3. Choose a Destination

Step 1: Insert a Button Block

  1. Open a Rise course, then edit an existing lesson or create a new one.
  2. Click All Blocks in the blocks shortcut bar or the insert block icon that appears when you mouse-over a boundary between blocks.
  3. From the sidebar that appears, select the Interactive category from the block library, then, depending on how many buttons you need, click Button or Button stack in the panel.

You can switch an existing block between a single button and a button stack using the left-hand drop-down list. And if you need to delete a button from a stack, click Edit to open the sidebar, then click the garbage bin icon that appears when you hover over the button’s details.

Step 2: Edit Button Block Text

You can edit the heading and description to the left of your button in the body of your Rise course or in the sidebar. Button labels can only be edited in the sidebar.

  1. From an existing button block, click Edit or click the button whose label you want to change.
  2. Entering text in the Label field will modify the text of your button.
  3. Use the Description field to modify the descriptive text that displays next to your button.

Step 3: Choose a Destination

Buttons can link to an external webpage, an email address, or an internal location in your course. You can also modify them to let learners in LMS courses exit the course altogether.

Link to an External Webpage

  1. From an existing button block, click Edit or click the button whose label you want to change.
  2. Choose Link to a webpage from the Destination drop-down list.
  3. Enter the URL address of the page to which you’d like to link.

Now, when learners click the button, a new tab will open in their browser and take them to the specified webpage.

Send an Email

  1. From an existing button block, click Edit or click the button whose label you want to change.
  2. Choose Send an email from the Destination drop-down list.
  3. Enter the email address in the field that appears. Have multiple email addresses you’d like to link to? Just separate them with commas.

Now, when learners click the button, a new draft email to the address(es) you specified is created by their default installed email application. The email subject line will be the name of the course.

Note: While it's possible, through the use of browser extensions and advanced settings, to open mailto links in web-based email clients such as Gmail, most learners will need an email application installed on their device.

Navigate to Another Lesson

  1. From an existing button block, click Edit or click the button whose label you want to change.
  2. Choose the title of the lesson from the Destination drop-down list.

Clicking this button will smoothly take learners to the destination lesson in the same screen, as if it were in-line content.

Close the Course

This destination type only works in LMS courses.

  1. From an existing button block, click Edit or click the button whose label you want to change.
  2. Choose Exit the course (LMS only) from the Destination drop-down list.

Clicking the button in an LMS course will now let learners exit the course entirely.