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How to Use Timeline Blocks

How to insert, modify, and customize timeline blocks

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Written by Anthony Karcz
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With the timeline block, your learners can explore media-rich events on a timeline. You can easily add and reorder events, then add text and media to create a visually stunning, engaging series. It’s much more interesting than a list of dates in a textbook! Read on for more details.

Step 1: Insert a Timeline 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, choose the Interactive category in the block library, then select Timeline.

Step 2: Modify Timeline Events

There are a lot of ways you can modify timeline events, from adding text to importing media.

  1. Mouse-over your timeline block and click the Edit button that appears.

  2. Select an event, then do any of the following.

    Add Text - Edit (or delete) the event date, title, and description.

    Add Media - Click the camera icon to upload an image or video, choose a new stock image, or embed web content (such as a YouTube video). You can change the alignment for and adjust the crop on the full-width image using the image alignment toolbar. Once added, you can replace the uploaded media, add alt tags to images, crop the image, or remove the media by clicking Edit. Media displays below the event description.

    Add Audio - Click the microphone icon to upload an audio file or record narration. You can pause while recording, but Rise won’t save your in-progress recording until you click Stop Recording. Audio displays above the event description. 

Step 3: Add, Delete, and Reorder Events

  1. In edit mode, click the Add Event button at the bottom of the sidebar to add events to the timeline. 

  2. Drag events up and down the sidebar to reorder the list. Events are automatically numbered and will renumber themselves when you rearrange them. Events are listed by event number in the sidebar unless you give them a custom title.

  3. To delete an event, hover over it in the sidebar or in the main body of the window and click the trash icon that appears.

  4. When you’re finished, click the Close button in the upper right corner to return to your lesson.

Step 4: Modify the Block Settings

Modify how your content looks on the screen by hovering over an existing block to access the left-hand design toolbar. Click the Style icon to access block background options. You also have the option to maintain a white background for cards when you modify the block background. The Format menu provides options for changing the padding and disabling image zoom on click.

You can also apply Heading Levels. These provide structure to your content to make it more accessible when read by assistive devices.

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