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How to Use Author

At Codecademy, we use Author to create and publish content on a user-friendly interface. In these onboarding slides, you'll learn how to use our in-house content management system, Author. Please complete the following tasks:

Getting Started

To get started, you must gain access to Author by following the instructions below.

  1. Log in to your account on Codecademy.
  2. Go to the https://author.codecademy.com/ and sign up using your Codecademy account to submit an access request.
  3. When your access is granted you will receive an email notification to the email address associated with your Codecademy account. Your Project Manager will grant your Author access after your kickoff meeting.
  4. Return to https://author.codecademy.com/ to log into Author and get started!

Now that you're logged in, it's time to get acquainted with Author's UI:

Icon Description
Home icon Use the Home icon in Author to navigate back to the Author homepage.
Search icon Use the Search icon in Author to find specific content with keywords and filter results.
Browse icon Use the Browse icon in Author to browse all the practice content created and published.
Create New icon Use the Create New icon to create a new content item draft. Remember, each new content item must have a unique slug!

Tutorials

Please watch the following video tutorials to understand how to create content in our authoring tool, Author. Note: You are only required to watch the tutorials for the content items that apply to your content type(s).

Tasks Time
Creating a Lesson in Author. 10 mins
Developing a Workspace. 12 mins
Creating a Quiz in Author. 18 mins
Creating a Project in Author. Coming Soon
Creating an Article in Author. Coming Soon
Creating a Review Card in Author. 3 mins
Creating a Multiple Choice Assessment in Author. 5 mins
Creating a Fill in the Code Assessment in Author. 5 mins
Creating a Code Challenge Assessment in Author. Coming Soon

Content Drafts

When creating content items in Author, you start off creating a draft. The Author tool allows Content Associates to create one draft of a content item (with a unique slug) at a time. After the content item draft is complete, the Curriculum Developer (or another Staff member) will publish the draft so it can be added to the catalog down the line.

Only Staff accounts in Author have the ability to Publish a draft. Please be advised, content item publishing is dependent upon a quality determined by the internal Curriculum team. Not all content item drafts will be published immediately.

Troubleshooting

If you run into any issues using the Author tool, please inform your Curriculum Developer. Larger issues will be escalated to the Engineering team using the Learner Experience Triage.