Updating Content

Whilst a course for an Oppia implementation is being developed, and before the app in launched, course content can be updated and published to the server as often as is necessary.

However, once a course has been launched, and is being used by learners, publishing updates should be well planned and coordinated. Firstly to reduce the burden and potential confusion to users for having a lot of small, regular updates and secondly, to ensure a good review can be made of the content before it is made live for learners.

There are different options for updating course content, depending on the version of the block you are using:

What happens to learner progress when a course is updated?

When a course is updated, any activities that have been changed (in any way, from a minor typo, to a rewrite), the old version of the activity is essentially ‘detached’ from the new version of the course. Although note that if option B above is used for updating, then all activities will be seen as new.

Any deleted activities are also just detached, and any new activities are just added. The tracker and quiz scores etc are retained.

From a user perspective on their device, when they download the new version:

  • if they haven’t yet completed the old version of the activity, there’s no real difference to them
  • if they completed the old version of the activity, but not completed the course, the updated version of the activity will now show as no longer completed
  • if they have already completed the course and got the badge, then they will keep the badge, but the updated version of the activity will now show as no longer completed