Difference between standalone and embedded tutorials

Standalone tutorials

Standalone tutorials are intended to be viewed via their own direct URLs. Each standalone tutorial you create will have it's own URL that will display the tutorial content. A standalone tutorial consists of:

  • An optional welcome screen
  • A series of slides, each with its own content
  • An optional thank-you screen

The slides in your tutorial allow you to display embedded content, such as a LibGuide, a website, a PDF or image file, or custom rich text content. You can add instructions, information, or questions to go along with each slide, allowing you to guide users through the embedded content. Like quizzes, tutorial questions can be graded, allowing you to asses what users have learned.

Example of a standalone tutorial

Embedded tutorials

Embedded tutorials are intended to be displayed on top of an existing website. Each embedded tutorial you create will have its own embed code that you can add to your site, LibGuide, catalog, research databases, or really anywhere that allows you to add custom code.

Unlike standalone tutorials, which contain individual slides with content embedded inside, embedded tutorials instead overlay information and questions right on top of the actual site. Users can launch the tutorial content by clicking on a button that appears on the side of the screen. This allows users to complete the tutorial without having to navigate to a separate URL, which is great if you want to give them a quick how-to manual.

Example of an embedded tutorial

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