Converting lessons into sections

Hello, I've started creating my first Rise course. I've decided that it would be better to make some of my lessons sections within other lessons. While I can change the order of the lessons, I don't see a way to change the lessons into a section and move them inside another lesson. Is there a way to change a lesson into a section?

Thanks for your help.

17 Replies
Crystal Horn

Hi there, Cheryl.  It's always great to have one of those design epiphanies that makes your course flow that much better.  Let me see if I can clarify what is possible in terms of moving around your lessons in Rise.

  • You can add sections to your course at any time.  Simply go to add a new lesson title, and hold CTRL + Enter to make it a section title!  Then drag the relevant lessons into that section, in any order you'd like:

  • Maybe you created some blocks lessons that you'd like to reuse or combine with other blocks lessons.  Try block templates!  You can recycle one or several blocks into the same lesson, or even in other lessons.

Prebuilt lessons are standalone, so they'll always show as unique lessons in your Rise course.  I hope that helps give you some organization ideas!

Robbi Lynn Muniz

You have to be just perfect on the name you just typed when you do the Shift+Enter.  If you click somewhere outside the letters it won't work.  It took me a couple tries as well.   I found it worked best if I added the lesson, typed the name, hit Enter, then clicked on the name (which highlighted it), then hold the Shift+Enter. 

Susan Gregory

I have a Rise course that I have a Steps lesson in. I wanted to add the individual steps like a chapter within that Steps lesson. So that they do not show in the left navigation menu but the flow goes correctly through the steps.

Here is the link to the course.

Susan Gregory
Learning Architect

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Nicole Legault

Hi Susan

Thanks for replying. It sounds like you don't want the course sidebar to be displayed in your course.

If you don't want the steps to appear in the navigation menu on the left hand side of the screen you can go into Settings, go to the Navigation tab, and set the Sidebar dropdown to "No Sidebar".

This will hide the sidebar/list of steps from appearing. Let me know if this resolves the issue for you.

Here's a link to a tutorial in case you need more detailed steps. Let us know if you have further questions. 

Joanne Caron

This information is very interesting!

In my project I made a section with several lessons inside.

Location and lessons are different establishments that can be accessed by clicking a button

I would like to know if it is possible to go directly to the other party. Maybe keep the viewing restriction of the full course for the section but not be forced to see each particular lesson? hide a lessons...


Cristin Grogan

Hi all - If I can add on to this with an additional question: Is there anyway to turn an already created 'Lesson' into a Subsection?  I have tried to a few ways to do this and it doesn't seem to be possible.  The only possible work around I can see is going into the lesson, creating Block Templates of all the content, creating the new subsections I want, and then copying all of the saved Block Templates into the new subsections and deleting the ones that are lessons (Confusing, I know...).

If there was a way to 'toggle' Lessons into subsections back and forth, that would be great - but it seems that that's not an available feature?  

Thanks for any help anyone can provide!


Laurie Kinzie

1. Please define lesson and section.

2. I think I created lessons. However, I want one of the "lessons" to be a section inside a lesson.

Am I thinking about this right? Also, how do I change it to a section? Sorry for my anger. The video didn't help. Working on a compliance module. Maybe that's it! LOL

Laurie Kinzie BS
Instructional Designer
Human Resources
Carle Health
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Karl Muller

Hi Laurie,

Here is a short explanation of Rise terminology.

When you open a Rise course from the dashboard and view the course contents, you typically have a mixture of Lessons and Quizzes. Lessons can consist of various block types, and Quizzes can consist of 4 different questions types.

Just below each item in the course structure you will see "Lesson" or "Quiz" to help you identify the type. 

Rise courses do not have a multi-level hierarchy or structure, which means that all Lessons and Quizzes are created at the same level.

You can create Sections to help organize your course. A Section is an optional item. It's just a text label that can be used to visually group several Lessons. Sections do not have any content; it's just a label.

Lessons and Quizzes are created by typing the name and pressing Enter, then choosing either Lesson or Quiz as the type.

Sections are created by typing the name, and pressing the SHIFT + ENTER keys at the same time.

Sections are displayed as small CAPS, and can be positioned anywhere in the course structure.