Rise 360: How to Use Timeline Blocks

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With the timeline block in Rise 360, your learners can explore events on an interactive timeline. You can quickly add and reorder events, then add text and media to create a visually stunning, engaging series. It’s much more interesting than a list of dates in a textbook! Watch this video to see it in action, then read on for more details.

  1. Insert a Timeline Block 
  2. Modify Timeline Events
  3. Add, Delete, and Reorder Events 
  4. Modify the Block Settings
  5. Accessibility Information

Step 1: Insert a Timeline Block

  1. Open a Rise 360 course, then edit an existing lesson or create a new one.
  2. Click the insert block icon that appears when you mouse over a boundary between blocks.
  3. From the sidebar, choose the Interactive category, then select Timeline.

Step 2: Modify Timeline Events

There are many ways you can modify timeline events, from adding text to importing media.

  1. Hover over the block to access the left-hand design toolbar. Click the Content icon.
  2. Select an event, then do any of the following.

Add Text

Edit (or delete) the event date, title, and description.

Add Media

Click the camera icon to upload an image or video, browse Content Library 360, or embed web content (such as a YouTube video). Once added, you can change the alignment for and adjust the crop on images using the image alignment toolbar. Media displays below the event description.

Add Audio

Click the microphone icon to upload an audio file or record narration. You can pause while recording, but Rise 360 won’t save your in-progress recording until you click Stop Recording.

  1. When you finish, click the Close button in the upper right corner to return to your block lesson.

Step 3: Add, Delete, and Reorder Events

  1. From the edit screen, click the Add Event button at the bottom of the sidebar to add events to the timeline.
  2. Drag events up and down the sidebar to reorder the list. Events are automatically numbered and will renumber themselves when you rearrange them. Events are listed by event number in the sidebar unless you give them a custom title.
  3. To delete an event, hover over it in the sidebar or the main body of the window and click the trash icon that appears.
  4. When you finish, click the Close button in the upper right corner to return to your block lesson.

Step 4: Modify the Block Settings

Modify how your content looks on the screen by hovering over an existing block to access the left-hand design toolbar. Click the Style icon to access block background options. You also have the option to maintain a white background for cards when you modify the block background. The Format menu provides options for changing the padding and disabling image zoom on click. 

You can also apply Heading Levels. These provide structure to your content to make it more accessible when read by assistive devices.  


Timeline blocks are accessible. If you use media, ensure images have alternative text (alt text) and videos have closed captions. Conduct testing with keyboard navigation and screen readers to ensure accessibility. For further guidance on creating accessible content, refer to our accessibility design tips below: