Add Content to Your Course

How to add text, media, and access lesson-specific settings

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Written by Anthony Karcz
Updated over a week ago

 Applies to these roles: Author, Reporter, Admin  

In Rise, blocks are form-based templates, so adding content is as easy as plugging text and media into placeholders. Depending on the blocks you select, simply fill out forms with text, images, narration, videos, and embedded web content.

Here are tips for working with each type of content.

Author Avatars

Under the title of the lesson, you can hide the author of the current lesson by clicking the author avatar and selecting Hide Author. If there are multiple authors, you can select which author attribution to display.

To hide author avatars for all lessons, select the appropriate option in the Theme > Lesson Headers menu.


Type your text in the web interface or copy text from external sources and paste it into Rise.

In most blocks, you can add and edit text in the body of the main window. In some cases, you can use the sidebar—for example, add marker text in the sidebar for labeled graphic blocks.

Format text by selecting it and choosing formatting options on the floating toolbar that appears. Or, use the keyboard shortcuts below.

  • Ctrl+A - Selct all

  • Ctrl+B - Bold

  • Ctrl+I - Italicize

  • Ctrl+K - Hyperlink

  • Ctrl+S - Strike through

  • Ctrl+U - Underline

  • Ctrl+Z - Undo

  • Ctrl+Shift+Z - Redo

  • Ctrl+[ - Decrease indent

  • Ctrl+] - Increase indent

Mac Users: Use the Cmd key instead of the Ctrl key.  

Quickly Insert Tables and Lists

Available in the sidebar and main window of most blocks that support text, Quick Insert lets you add tables and lists to blocks with a single click. 

On a blank line, click Quick Insert (+). Select Insert Table, Unordered List, or Ordered List from the row of icons.


Depending on the lesson or block type you’re using, click the camera icon or the Add Images button. Sometimes it’s in the main window; sometimes it’s in the sidebar.

Upload images from your computer or search photos and illustrations from 10+ million royalty-free stock assets.

Rise compresses images with virtually no loss of quality. Use high-quality images in your courses and let Rise optimize them for web distribution.

After adding an image, click Edit to remove it, replace it, or add alternate text for screen readers.


In labeled graphic, process, and timeline blocks, add voiceover or narration by clicking the Record Audio microphone icon, then clicking either Start Recording or Upload a File.

You can also add a multimedia audio block on its own. Click Edit to open the sidebar. Choose either Upload or Start Recording.

The maximum file size for each audio file you upload to Rise is 5 GB.

After adding audio, click Edit to remove or replace it. 

Mac Users: Safari must be updated to the latest version for audio recording support. Alternately, use Google Chrome or Firefox to record narration in Rise.


In blocks that support video, click the camera icon and choose Upload Media. Sometimes the camera icon is in the main window; sometimes it’s in the sidebar.

We recommend using high-quality videos with a 16:9 aspect ratio for the best results. Rise compresses videos so they have smaller file sizes for web distribution while maintaining high quality.

The maximum file size for each video you upload to Rise is 5 GB.

After adding a video, click Edit to remove or replace it.

Tip: For information on how to use video blocks, click here.

Web Content

In blocks that support embedded media, click the camera icon and choose Embed from Web. Sometimes the camera icon is in the main window; sometimes it’s in the sidebar.

Just paste the URL or embed code for the web content you want to use—for example, a YouTube video or an interactive graphic. You can even use parameters for embedded YouTube and Vimeo videos.

We use Embedly to embed rich media in Rise courses, which means you can use videos, images, documents and other media from over 600 content providers, such as YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, and Scribd. See the complete list of supported content providers here.

If there’s an error or your web content doesn’t display, see this article for tips.

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