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Axis LMS Content Accessibility

Within Axis, online courses can be as simple or elaborate as you require. Some courses are simple and completed by a user like a shopping list - just scratch them all off as they’re completed. Others are massively elaborate; revealing additional content within the course based on a user’s performance in an entirely different course. But before you can start accomplishing these feats of interwoven Course design, you’re going to need to understand the different pieces your courses are composed of, and how they affect on another.

The four main components you’re going to need to know about are:
    Course Pages
    Page Sections
    Course Event Triggers

Course Pages

Every Course you create is composed of one or more pages, and can be thought of as a miniature website. These pages hold all the content of the Course, including your modules, reports, and links.

After you’ve created a Course, selecting the Page Manager icon will bring up a list of all the pages the course is currently composed of. These pages can then have their content edited, duplicated, remove, reordered, and have their Visibility Settings manipulated.

The visibility settings of Course Pages include the Page’s title, Page-specific CSS and JavaScript, and when the page is able to be seen. These settings allow you to dynamically craft your courses, only showing if users have met certain criteria (for example - from a certain company, or have been inside the course for 7 days or more, have a high enough average and progress, etc); these rules become particularly useful when used in conjunction with Event Triggers.

When you select the edit icon, you’ll be brought to add, remove, and adjust the Page’s Sections.

Page Sections

A Section exists on one Course Page, and there can be an unlimited number of sections per page. Page Sections aim to accomplish two main goals:
    Hold one or more Subsections
    Use Visibility settings similar to that of a Course page
To add content to the Page Section, Edit the Section, then jump down to the Subsection area below.

If you select the Visibility settings of a Page Section, you will be able to change the Section caption, hide / show Subsection captions, and add visibility requirements (examples - from a certain company, have been inside the course for 7 days or more, have a high enough average and progress, etc); again, these rules become particularly useful when used in conjunction with Event Triggers.


Subsections are where the content of your course is added and exist within a Section. There can be an unlimited number of subsections inside each section. A subsection's primary functions are to
    Hold content, such as learning activities, links, documents, data, images, etc
    Enforce access rules for learning activities
Holding content is the most important job of a Subsection. To add content to a subsection, click "Upload", "Create" or "Browse" buttons. The "Upload" buttons allows you to drag files in, and create modules on the fly. The "Create" Button allows you to create modules on the fly, with access to settings that "Upload" fills in for you. you search your existing content for a module you'd like to add. If you want to add an existing learning activity to the course, begin by selecting the "Browse" button, then filter by the module type (done via selecting "Graded Quiz”, "Video module”, etc.).

Enforcing access rules (ie: requiring users to take activities in a specific order) is a main benefit of Subsections. Using these settings allow you to dictate how the content of that subsection is going to be accessed:
    Any Order, at Any Time
    Any Order, After Previous Subsections are complete
    Any Order, After Previous Subsections are complete and passed
    Taken in Order, after Previous Subsections are complete
    Taken in Order, after Previous Subsections are complete and passed
Of these different settings, Any Order, and Any Time is the loosest settings and admin could use; and it allows a user to take the course at their own pace - it is best for courses whose content does not rely on gaining knowledge from previous exams. By Contrast, Taken in Order after Previous Subsections are Complete is the strictest of these settings. Using these settings, a user can only open the next sequential module, and is best for courses that need to have their content take in the proper order so that the user is prepared for the next exams.

To put these settings into place, select the ⁝ icon next to a Subsection name, and select which method you want to deliver content.

Event Triggers

While Event Triggers may not directly interact with how content is accessed, it is a powerful tool that opens up a huge amount of possibilities of both in course and cross-course accessibility.

Event Triggers are added into Course from the Course Dashboard. Select the User Event Triggers button to pull up a list of your existing Event Triggers, and create new ones. It’s important to remember that event triggers are all user driven - only actions performed by users can force an event trigger to fire.

When you create an Event trigger, you can choose different actions you want to Fire the event, and what will happen when it fires - a Cause and Effect scenario. You can read more on Event Triggers here - for this article, we’ll concentrate on how event triggers can interact with how your users access content.

    Scenario - Only show a Course Page after a user has passed a Module

In this scenario, you’ll want to set up one of your Course Pages to Only show if a User meets some criteria. That criteria will be met after the user PASSES that module. For this scenario, we’ll make it so that the Course Page only shows if the user’s custom field 10 = "Green

So we’ll first go into the Course Page’s Display settings (see Course Pages area above), and set it so that the Page only displays to the user is their Custom 10 = Green. After the setting is in place, we can test this out by logging in as a user - the page should not appear.

Next, we’re going to set up the Event Trigger. Give the Event Trigger an intelligent name, then select when a user PASSES a certain module, set their Custom Field 10 = Green.

After you save your changes, you can test it out by PASSING the module as a user.

By using colors for Custom 10, I am also able to set up an inverse scenario; so that if a user fails, set it to Red, and a different page would appear to the user.

Once complete, users will have access to the one of the page(s) depending on if they pass or fail that quiz. This is a generic example of how you can use the Course Triggers to create dynamic courses.

The features discussed in this article may or may not be available on your LMS system.
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