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How do I use Dawn's authoring tools to edit and manage catalog entries?

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Once a catalog entry is created, authors and admins can use Dawn's authoring tool to create and manage each catalog entry's settings and content.

The authoring tool includes two menus:

Settings menu

Along the left side of Dawn's Settings tool is the menu of components that can be edited. The right panel displays cards where authors can edit and add content to build the entry.

Use the Settings menu to manage your course's metadata, look-and-feel, coaches, authors, etc.

  • Settings, including title, cover image, and authors.
  • Catalog details, like price, promotional messaging and videos, and descriptions.
  • Coaches and coach scheduling.
  • Mastery details, like required mastery rewards and certificate.
  • Resource library, including instructional videos and supplemental content.
  • Learner materials that are included.
  • Newsletter, where you can create and schedule newsletters for your users.


In Settings:

  1. Title your course.
  2. Select a Cover poster that represents your course in the Catalog and elsewhere.
  3. Choose which page you want to always open first from the Launch page for learners dropdown, including:
    • Their Last viewed content. If this is selected, but there is no content in the entry, the player defaults to whichever is available in this order: Coaching, Newsletter or Learner materials.
    • Their Coaching screen
    • The Newsletter
    • Learner materials
  4. Choose when you want learners to be prompted to review the catalog entry:
    • At the end of the content
    • Throughout the content (three times, including at the end)
    • Never
  5. Check the This is a template box to allow this course to be copied and used as a starting point when creating new courses.
  6. Add/remove Authors.

Upload the Cover poster files using Resource library.


In Catalog:

  1. You can review and copy the link to your course in the Catalog page. You can share this link with users, so they can learn about it and enroll.
  2. If Publishers are enabled in your site, the Publisher is listed and can be changed.
  3. Choose Payment option (One time fee or Monthly subscription).
  4. Enter pricing details (Price, Full price, and Promotional message).
  5. Check Feature at the top of the catalog if you want Dawn to place the course at the top of the Catalog screen and to take priority in searches.
  6. Select the Cover video learners will see in on the course preview screen.
  7. Provide your course Description. Depending on the template you use, there may already be content here.

Upload the Cover video files using Course resources.


In Coaches:

  1. Add and remove course Coaches by checking/unchecking boxes next to them (give users coach permissions with the administrator view).
  2. Enable 1-to-1 and 1-to-many coach scheduling.


On Mastery:

  1. Indicate the percentage of Mastery award points learners need to earn for course completion.
    • Course completion progress is shown to learners as a percentage with 100% indicating full completion. If you choose 85% as the required number of Mastery award points need to complete the course, learners will see 100% course completion once they've earned 85% of the possible Mastery award.
  2. Uncheck the Issue a certificate at course completion box if you don't want to issue certificates. If you do want to issue a certificate, follow these instructions.

Resource library

In the Resource library panel you can review all resource files attached to the course and:

  1. Upload new files. When uploading videos, you can automatically generate a video transcript.
  2. Search the Resource library.
  3. Sort the results using Name, Size, or last Modified date.
  4. Delete existing files.
  5. Review the amount of storage your course uses.

Generating video transcripts

When uploading a video, you can automatically generate a transcript.

If you are uploading a new video or are replacing a video that has no transcript, you can choose whether you want to Transcribe or not. If you don't transcribe the video, you will have to upload your own transcript later. Automatically-generated transcripts need to be reviewed and edited.

If you re-uploading a video resource that already exists, the Video audio language dialog now detects that the resource already exists (using the filename) and:

  • Shows (overwrite) next to the file name to let you know you are replacing a resource.
  • Shows the option to Re-transcribe the video to generate a new transcript where a transcript already exists. If you uncheck this option, the existing transcript is left alone.

Learner materials

In Materials panel, you can add materials as Attachments or Websites to each. To add Learning materials, click Add attachment or Add website, at the bottom of the screen.  

Then choose the Instruction you want to attach it to.


With the Newsletter section, you can set up communication with your users! Newsletters are sent as emails to all enrollees, and are also accessible in their Newsletter screen.

To set up a Newsletter:

  1. Click Add edition.
  1. Provide an Edition title for the newsletter.
  2. Specify the schedule:
    • Select Release on date and choose the Release date and Release time for one-time newsletters with a specific release date (e.g., announcements, special events, etc.).
    • Select Release relative to enrollment start and provide the number of Days after enrollment start after which you want the newsletter to be sent for communication that you want all enrollees to get as a standardized part of the catalog entry experience (e.g., reminders to set up the first coaching session, encouragement to keep going, etc.).
  3. Compose the Body of the newsletter.
  4. Attach any Learner materials that you want to include with the newsletter.

Table of contents menu

Use the Table of contents menu to build your course content.


In Sections, you can move, delete, and add sections to the course.

Add Instructional content to Sections

For every section you add to the course, a selectable Sections entry appears here in the side panel.

Click them to:

  1. Edit the Section title.
  2. Edit, move, or delete existing Instruction (Videos, Interactions, or Projects).

For every section you add to the course, a selectable Sections entry appears here in the side panel.

Click them to:

  1. Edit the Section title.
  2. Edit, move, or delete existing Instruction (Videos, Interactions, or Projects).
  3. Add Instruction, which allows you to choose one of the following:
Add Videos

When adding Video instruction in Dawn:

  1. Edit the Title and Mastery award fields.
  2. Select the video you want to use in the Video dropdown (upload videos first using Course files).
  3. Edit the pre-generated transcript or build and time your own.
    • You can type and time subtitles using the Add new subtitle and press Enter field. Click the Help button to review keyboard shortcuts.
    • Review the generated transcript, and click on it to edit and fix errors.
    • Click Choose resource to upload a transcript file (usually a .vtt file) created elsewhere (upload it using Course files).
    • Click the globe icon to translate the transcript.
    • Click Add interaction to create and place a marker where you want the video to pause and ask a question. Click the timestamp to edit.
Add Interactions

When creating an Interaction in Dawn:

  1. Click Add instruction, open the Interaction menu, and choose the type:
    • Multiple Choice questions
    • Discussions with peers and Coaches (where enabled)
    • Notes on the instruction
    • Flash cards
    • Labelled graphics
    • Multiple interactions (to include more than one type in an instruction)
  1. Provide a Title for the interaction.
  2. Provide the Expected duration for the Interaction to inform Effort data.
  3. Provide the content for the interaction.
Add Projects

When creating a Project in Dawn:

  1. Provide a Title.
  2. Enter the Master award and Expected duration values.
  3. For courses with coaches, indicate whether you want to Require coach review to receive master award.
  4. Provide Project instructions. Click Help to learn how to create styles. Use the Preview toggle to see how your description will appear to learners.
  5. Scroll to the Review criteria card and create criteria to guide project creation and reviews.

Have a question or feedback? Let us know over in Discussions!