Teach Editor

Courses can be edited using the Teach Editor, an editor specifically built to create DataCamp courses. This editor can be reached by clicking the Edit this Course button on the Content Overview page.

Teach editor interface
Teach editor interface example

How-To Videos (Classic Edition)

These short videos show you how to accomplish common tasks in the classic version of the editor.

These videos show you how to accomplish the same tasks using the new and improved editor. Note: the new editor is almost feature-complete - we expect to switch to it in July 2018.

Features

The Teach Editor provides several features to aid content creation.

Teach editor navigation bar
Teach editor navigation bar example

  • Save You can use the save button to persist all your changes to Github
  • Github reset You can use the Github reset button to drop all your current changes and reset them to the ones on Github
  • Add normal exercise You can use "Add normal exercise" button. Once clicked editor is going to insert the scaffolded markdown to help you create the exercise.
  • Add multiple choice exercise You can use "Add multiple choice exercise" button. Once clicked editor is going to insert the scaffolded markdown to help you create the exercise.
  • Add pure choice exercise You can use "Add pure multiple choice exercise" button. Once clicked editor is going to insert the scaffolded markdown to help you create the exercise.
  • Add video exercise You can use "Add video exercise" button. Once clicked editor is going to insert the scaffolded markdown to help you create the exercise.
  • Add assets Once clicked a new dialog is going to be presented to you where you can select the files from your device and upload them in order to be used within your course. (Check Assets for more information)
  • Find and replace Once clicked it's going to provide you with ability to search through the whole course and replace the content if desired.
  • Refresh preview Once clicked the course preview is going to be refreshed
  • Extract preview Once clicked the preview is going to be opened in another window
  • Check spell checking Once clicked your course is going to be checked for spelling errors. Any errors found are going to be marked in red color.

Markdown Editor

In order to help you author your content, the editor has a Markdown editor which supports syntax highlighting, autocompletion, spell checking, search/replace, and other common operations. The editor is used to edit chapters, exercises, and slides.

Preview

It's always handy to see how your content is going to look like before publishing it to your students. By using preview you can make sure that the content and exercises are behaving as expected before pushing the content to your students.

Upload

The editor lets you upload images and datasets with a point-and-click interface:

Teach editor upload assets interface
Upload assets interface

Once your assets are uploaded they are placed in the /datasets folder. You can read more about assets by visiting the Assets Page

Saving Content

While you are using the editor, a version of your file is kept on our server. When you save changes, that file is written to your course's GitHub repository. This means that if you accidentally close your browser window, your changes will not be lost right away. However, if you don't save them within two days, our server will discard them.

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