Manual

What is MoocNote

MoocNote is site that enables you to take part in online video courses or share your own learning materials. Our aim is to provide the best tools for increasing your learning productivity.

Course handling

MoocNote is organized around video courses. Each video must be a part of a course. You can create as many courses as you want and each course can contain any number of videos. You can think of a course as something like a playlist. The goal is to group related videos together. (For example a beginner IOS Swift programing course can contain multiple videos.)

You can create your course by importing a complete YouTube playlist or only a single YouTube, Dropbox or GoogleDrive video.

Importing a YouTube playlist


1. Find your playlist on YouTube and copy the playlist URL



2. Paste the link into the top field on the MoocPlayer dashboard



3. Check the import preview and confirm the import if everything is alright.



4. The imported course will be displayed on the dashboard.

Importing YouTube video

Importing a single YouTube video is very similar to importing a complete playlist. Find your video on YouTube, copy the link and paste it into the import field.

The confirm dialog is a bit different in this case. As all videos must be part of a course you need to select an existing course or create a new one on the confirm page:



The video will be added to the selected course. If a new course was selected it will be created with the selected video. Later you can add more video to this course as well.

Importing Dropbox video


1. Navigate to the video you want to share in your Dropbox folder and click on the share button



2. Copy the link from the Dropbox popup window



3. Paste the link into the import field on the MoocPlayer dashboard and click import

4. On the confirm page select an existing course or create a new one for the video. It is not possible to mix YouTube videos with Dropbox or GoogleDrive videos so YouTube courses will not be listed here. However you can mix Dropbox and GoogleDrive videos.

Importing GoogleDrive video


1. Navigate to the appropriate GoogleDrive folder and select the video you want to import. Open the menu by right clicking and select the Share option or simply click on the share icon in the top right corner.



2. Set the share option to Anyone with the link can view the file and copy the URL.



3. Paste the link into the import field on the MoocPlayer dashboard and click import

4. On the confirm page select an existing course or create a new one for the video. It is not possible to mix YouTube videos with Dropbox or GoogleDrive videos so YouTube courses will not be listed here. However you can mix Dropbox and GoogleDrive videos.

Note: MoocNote can't import videos from GoogleDrive with a size bigger than 25Mb beacuse of Google Drive limitations.

Video Player

MoocNote video player interface has the following components:

1. - Course title
2. - Course video list
3. - Course note list
4. - Video
5. - Video player controls
6. - Note controls
7. - Video questions and description block

Note handling

You can add note to a video anytime. The video will stop if you start typing in the note field and will start again when you save your note. You can save your note by clicking on the appropriate note icon or using a keyboard shortcut.

The following note types are supported:

Icon Shortcut Default visibility Description
Alt + N Private A simple note
Alt + Q Public A public question comment will be listed in the Questions block and users who has access to the course can answer the question.
Alt + R Private Using a link=description format will result a clickable resource on the My notes menu.

For example:

developer.apple.com=Apple developer portal

will result:

Alt + H Private To collect shortcuts or hotkeys use this note type.
Use format shortcut=description

For example:

Ctrl+N=New file

will result:

Alt + C Private Note type to mark code examples.


You can modify a note visibility if you press Shift key when using the note shortcut. For example Alt + Shift + N results a simple public note.

You can also change the visibility of a saved note using the note menu:

The timestamp color shows the actual visibility. A yellow timestamp represents a private note and the blue timestamp represents a public note.

You can check all public notes by clicking on the Public notes link at the top of note list block.

You can not edit other members public notes, however you can see who placed the note.

Video description

The description you can edit in the course editor will be displayed in the Description box. Here you can display video instructions or additional resources.

Editing a course

You can edit a course by clicking on the settings icon on the top right corner of a course:

However, it is important to note that you can edit only your own courses. It means that you can’t modify a course that was shared with you. You can only remove a shared course from your course catalog by clicking on the X icon in top right corner:

On the course editor page you can rename any course and modify the course’s access level. To do this simply click on the course title on the left panel:

Note: At the moment the Course editor page is not the place to edit your course sharing options in reference to groups and group members. To do this please select the Share option from the dashboard. You can only change a course’s access level which of course has an effect on course access.

In case of a course video you can change the title of the video and you can add a public description to it. his description will be visible to everyone who can access this course. Here you can for example add instructions to your student or list additional resources and so on.

You can remove a video from the course by simple clicking on the red X icon on the right. To change the order of the videos simple drag and drop to the appropriate position.

Remove course

How to remove a course depends on who is the owner.

Own course:
If you want to remove your own course from your course catalog you can do this on the course editor page by simply clicking on the red Remove Course button.

Shared course:
To remove a shared course click on the X icon on the top right corner of the course datasheet on the dashboard.

Creating groups

You can create a group to easily share a course with people in that group. You can collect your students, colleagues, friends, family members into groups and share video courses with them. To create a course select the My groups menu on the top navigation bar.

You can create a new group by clicking on the Add group button:

In the Group editor panel you can create your group. The group name is mandatory but the description is optional. You can write any information here to help you to identify your group.

In the members section you can add people to the group. Providing a name is optional but the email address is mandatory. You can remove any members from the group by clicking on the small red x icon on the right.

Tip: You don’t have to click on the Add button every time to add a member. After you have entered a new member's email address simply press TAB on the keyboard and that user will be added to the member list and you can enter a new user.

The default status of a new member is Pending. When you save the group an email will be send to all member with a link to join your group. If the member clicks on the link then the status of this user will be changed to connected:

It is important that if you share a course with a group then only the connected members can access the course. You can modify the group name, description and memberlist by simply clicking on the Edit button.

Sharing course

To share a course click on the course Share button on the dashboard:

Note: You can share only your own courses. You can not share a course that was shared with you by somebody else. The course has a share icon on the top left corner. In this case the share button is not available for the course.

On the dashboard each course has a small icon on the top left corner that show the actual sharing mode.
These can be the followings:

Private access Only you will be able to see this course. It will be hidden from everybody else.
Group access Only the selected group members and people will have access to the course.
Member access Any MoocNote member who has the course link can access the course. It is still not available for guests and search engines.
Public access Anyone with the link can access the course even search engines.
Course shared with you You have no control on shared courses. The course owner can manage the access rights.

Private access

If course access is Private then only you will be able to see this course. It will be hidden from everybody else.

Group access

If course access is Group then only the selected group members and people that have been added to the Share with people box will have access to the course.

Note: A notification email will be sent to all group members to join the course but only connected members can access it.

Note: The email address you provide here have to match with the MoocNote user account email.

Member access

If course access is Member then any MoocNote member who has the course link can access the course. It is still not available for guests and search engines. You can still send a notification for people using the Notify people box. However in this case the email addresses in this list are used only for sending the notification email and don’t affect the access rights.

Public access

If course access is Public then anyone with the link can access the course even search engines. In this case MoocNote account is not required to watch the course. However it is not possible to take notes if you are watching a course as a guest. In case of public access you can still notify people about the course using the notify people field.