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Introducing the New Course Player! Try the Beta Version

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Article published December 21st, 2016.


We're pleased to announce that we’ve updated our Course Player!


Note: In case you're new to Thinkific, the Course Player is the course-taking environment itself - the part of your site where your students can go to watch your videos, take your quizzes, and more.



Our Product team has been working hard to release a new version of the Course Player so you can offer your students an even better learning experience. The Beta program for this Course Player has just been released.


Read on for some of the new features that you and your students can now enjoy, and to learn more about how the Beta program works.



Why should I participate in the Beta program?

Who doesn't love new and improved features? By switching over to the new Course Player, you can be one of the first in the Thinkific community to try out new updates like faster page load times, more student control over video playback, as well as see the updated look and feel of the player that enhances the student experience. This is also your chance to give us your feedback and tell us what you like the most before the new Course Player officially launches.


What does ‘Beta program’ mean?

Our Beta programs allow you to test the newest functionality on Thinkific before it’s officially integrated for everyone. We’ve worked on these new features and tested them as much as we can, and now we’d love to give our course creator community a chance to try everything out.


What’s included in the new Course Player?

Here's the highlight reel of everything the updated Course Player offers you and your students:


1. Content Title Search

Your students will now be able to search for specific lessons by their title using a search box within the Course Player. 



2. Updated Text Field Editor

We’ve updated the text field editor to improve our Discussions feature so it’s easier for your students to post a question or contribute to a topic.


3. Improved Load Times

Better, faster, stronger. We’ve made the Course Player even faster so it’s easier for both you and your students to load pages, navigate, and use Thinkific on every device. 


4. Upgraded Wistia Video Player

As a course builder, you now get more control over your students’ experience with video lessons. You can select whether or not to have the ‘playback speed’ option available to students per video lesson (so they can’t speed through the material if you don’t want them to!). We’re also working on more video player customization options that will be available when the Course Player officially launches.



5. Cleaner Look, Better Feel

We’ve smoothed out the rough edges so the course experience is easier on the eyes. There’s a new look to Course Player icons and content headers, as well as more built-in customization tools to make it your own that will be included in the official launch.


6. Pretty in Print

Lessons now look much better when your students print them out. Hooray!


7. Improved Free Trial Experience 

For any prospective students currently on a free trial of your course, we’ve revised the way they see your content for a smoother viewing experience. With the old version, students had to look through all of your material, including locked content, in order to find the free trial offerings. Now, the Course Player automatically brings students to available free trial content without them having to do any digging.


How do I switch over to the new Course Player?

There’s a checkbox on the Basic Settings page of your Admin Dashboard that says “Try out the Beta version of our all-new Course Player”. Check the box to implement the new features on your Thinkific site. 



Can I switch back to the version I’m used to?

Yes, you can switch back to the older version of the Course Player by unchecking that same checkbox in your Admin Dashboard. However, once the official launch happens, updates and fixes will only be supported for the newest version moving forward. 


Head over to your Admin Dashboard now to get started! And if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


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