Unlike traditional eLearning courses, which typically organize content in a linear way, content in OttoLearn is organized in a hierarchy consisting of Mastery Profiles, Modules, Topics, Concepts, and Activities. 

Arranging information in a hierarchy is a natural way to organize content. Think of a Mastery Profile as a library, a Module as a book, a Topic as a chapter, and a Concept as a page. This organization makes it easy to see related information, which is important as you add and remove content over time. 

We recommend using the knowledge map when creating your content so you can easily see how everything fits together. 


James needs to deliver some first aid training, so he creates a Module called First Aid Basics. Modules hold all of the training content on a particular subject.

Modules are broken up into Topics. Topics are like chapters in a book; they are used to group together similar Concepts. James creates three Topics: First Aid Equipment, Injury Prevention, and Injury Treatment. 

Each Topic contains one or more Concepts. Concepts are like pages in a book; they are the individual building blocks of knowledge.

Each Concept should focus on a particular piece of knowledge. In the First Aid Equipment Topic, James will create Concepts for using each item in the First Aid Kit.  

Within each Concept, James will create 3-6 Activities, designed to exercise the knowledge within the Concept from several points of view.

Use Scaffolding

With scaffolding, learners are presented simpler information first, and then build upon it as they are gradually presented more complex Concepts. This helps them create associations between Concepts by giving them something to relate new knowledge to. 

Within OttoLearn, you can use prerequisites to establish scaffolded knowledge by setting simple Concepts as prerequisites to more complex Concepts.

ProTip: OttoLearn uses spaced repetition, so be careful not to use too much scaffolding; you could create situations where learners' progress is artificially delayed.

Use Concept Importance

Using importance level, you can prioritize some Concepts over others by putting them in the fast lane. All things being equal, Otto will try to have the learner achieve mastery in the most valuable Concepts first.

For example, imagine that your store recently had a major shoplifting incident. In response, you want the system to prioritize the Theft Prevention Concept.

Importance can range from 1 (highest importance) to 100 (lowest importance). By default, the importance level of each Concept is set to 50. 

ProTip: We recommend that you only change the default importance setting if you have a specific need to change the priority of a Concept.