Using the Notes feature is an easy and quick way to mark important points of a lecture, without leaving the course player, so you can quickly return to it in the future. This article outlines how you can add Notes to course lectures, and access them moving forward.
For steps on how to create and access Notes on the Udemy mobile app please click here.
Please note: the Notes feature is currently in beta and is not available to all students. The Notes feature will become available to all students in the coming weeks.
How to add a note to a lecture
If you wish to take a note within a specific point of a lecture, please follow the steps below:
1. When you come to a point in the lecture you would like to add a note, click Add Note at the bottom of the screen. You can also use the keyboard shortcut "b" or “n” to create a note while watching video lectures.
To add a note while watching your course in fullscreen, simply select the note icon at the bottom of your course player.
2. If you wish to type a longer note, type your note in the field and hit enter to save it. Your note can include up to 1,000 characters. If you wish to create a note without adding text, simply click enter or select Add new note.
3. The note will be indicated by a yellow bar. Moments where other students have taken notes will be indicated by blue bars (please note: the text within your note will not be visible to other students).
How to access your notes
You can access notes by selecting the Notes tab in your course player (as seen below). In this tab you can filter your notes by lecture, course, or recency. All notes for your course can be found within that tab. To go directly to a moment you’ve added a note to within a course, simply click on the note you wish to view, and you will be directed to that point in the lecture player.
You can also jump directly to any point you’ve added a note in a lecture, by clicking on the corresponding, yellow bar in the course player.
How to edit or delete notes
If you wish to edit the text you’ve entered for a note, please follow the steps below:
- Navigate to the note that you wish to change from the Notes tab in your course taking experience
- In the upper right hand corner of your note, select the edit icon
- Type the change that you wish to make and click enter
If you need to delete a note, select the trashcan icon located on the upper right hand corner of your note.
Using the Bookmarks feature is an easy and quick way to mark important points of a lecture, so you can quickly return to it in the future. This article outlines how you can add Bookmarks to course lectures, and access them moving forward.
Adding a Bookmark to a Lecture
If you wish to bookmark a specific point of a lecture, please follow the steps below:
1. When you come to a point in the lecture you would like to bookmark, click Add Bookmark at the bottom of the screen. You can also use the keyboard shortcut "b" to create bookmarks while watching video lectures.
2. If you wish to enter a description for the bookmark, type your note and hit enter to save it. Your description for the bookmark can include up to 140 characters. If you wish to create a bookmark without a description, however, simply click enter.
3. The bookmark will be indicated by a yellow bar as shown below. Moments that other students have bookmarked will be indicated by blue bars (please note: your bookmark description will not be visible to other students).
To go directly to a moment you’ve bookmarked in that course, simply click on the bookmark you wish to view, and you will be directed to that point in the lecture player.
You can also jump directly to any point you’ve bookmarked in a lecture, by clicking on the corresponding, yellow bar in the course player. A list of bookmarks can also be accessed by clicking Bookmarks below the course player.
Editing or Deleting Bookmarks
If you wish to edit the description you’ve entered for a bookmark, please follow the steps below:
- Navigate to the lecture that includes the bookmark you wish to change
- Move your cursor to the bookmark you wish to edit
- Click on the description box
- Type in the the change you wish to make and click enter
If you need to delete a bookmark, move your cursor to the bookmark’s description, and click on the trashcan icon.
If you want to revisit and retake an already completed course, the Reset Progress feature may be useful to you. Reset Progress will immediately mark every lecture and quiz you’ve completed as incomplete. Comments you've posted in the Q&A, or Bookmarks you've made, however, will remain.
If you just want to mark or unmark a specific lecture, rather than reset the whole course, please refer to this article.
If you would like to reset your course progress, please follow the steps below:
1. Navigate to the course player.
2. Your Progress at the top right of the course player.
3. Next, click Reset Progress and you will be asked to confirm if you wish to proceed.
4. Click OK.
Please note: resetting the course progress cannot be undone. All completed lectures and quizzes will be unmarked and past completion will be lost. If you completed the course and received a Certificate of Completion, you will continue to have access to it.
Lectures will be automatically marked as complete once you have watched every minute of the lecture, but, if you need to manually mark the lecture as complete, you can easily do so.
To learn how to mark or unmark a lecture as complete, please read below.
Lectures Marked as Complete
Lectures that have been completed will have a checkmark beside the lecture title in the course player. If the square is blank, however, then the lecture is not marked as complete.
How to Mark a Lecture as Complete
You can mark a lecture as complete by following the steps below:
- Move your cursor to the course curriculum in the right hand side of the course player.
- Click on the lecture you wish to mark as complete.
- Click the blank square beside the lecture.
Unmarking Lectures as Complete
If you mark a lecture as complete by accident, or decide you wish to take a lecture again and want its completion reset, then you can mark the lecture as incomplete. To do so, please follow the same steps outlined above, except in this case, you'll need to click on the completed checkmark to remove it.
Please note that assignments cannot be unmarked as complete.
If you're using Udemy to improve your programming skills, you may want to share your code using the Q&A feature in order to receive feedback or get help. This feature enables you to add syntax highlighting for code blocks and inline code, and this will make your code easier to read and understand.
The steps below will show you how.
How to Highlight Code Blocks in the Q&A
- Code blocks are great when you want to highlight multiple lines of code.
- Navigate to the Q&A box where you wish to enter your code block
- If you want to attach your code to a question, type your question first. Then click, Ask a new question
- Enter the code block you wish to include and highlight it
- Click on the inline code icon in the tool bar
- Then click either Post Question or Add an answer
- Your code will be nicely highlighted
How to Highlight Inline Code in Q&A
Inline code is great to use when you want to highlight a short snippet of code (for example: the definition of a function or the name of a variable) inside a paragraph
- Navigate to the Q&A box where you want to add your code
- If you want to attach your code to a question, type your question first. Then click, Ask a new question
- Fill in what you want to say
- Select the code that you want to highlight
- Click on the inline code icon in the tool bar
- Click either Post Question or Add an answer
- Your inline code should be nicely highlighted!
Each paid Udemy course contains a Q&A, where you can ask the instructor questions about the course. You can quickly view answers the instructor has posted, ask your own question, or read and respond to comments your fellow students have made.
Please note: the Q&A feature is not available in free courses.
How to Ask a Question in the Course Player
If you have a question while you’re viewing or reading a course lecture, you can access the Q&A, by clicking the Q&A icon below the course player.
Next, type your question in the Search all course questions option, and if another student has asked this question before it will appear below. Questions and answers containing the same words will also appear.
If your question regarding course content hasn’t been asked before, you will be prompted to enter your question and submit it to the Q&A. Please note that in order to ask a new question, text must be entered into the title field, so that the publish button is enabled.
If the course instructor has posted their availability and when you can expect an answer to your question, then this information will appear below.
Follow a Question and its Responses
In the Q&A you can prioritize questions and responses you wish to monitor, by using the Follow Replies option. When a student or instructor posts a response, we’ll send you a notification.
To stop following a question and the thread of responses, click on Following Replies.
Additional Search Filters
You can search through questions and answers by using the sort by most recent, upvoted, or recommended filters. In addition, you can also use the Questions I’m following, Questions I asked or Questions without responses filters.
Upvote a Question
You can recommend questions you believe others should see or answer by clicking on the upvote (arrow) icon. You can also sort through questions to find the most relevant ones by using the upvote filter.
Edit or Delete a Question or Comment
If you need to edit your question or comment in the Q&A, or wish to delete it, click on the three dots that appear at the top right hand of your post.
Either the student who posted the question, or the course instructor, can delete the post.
If you have any additional questions about the Q&A, please contact us here.
All instructors have the option of adding closed captions to videos lectures, or using Udemy’s auto-generated captions for English, Spanish and Portuguese video lectures, which are created using speech recognition technology. If a course is captioned, this article outlines how you can turn the closed captions on, or use the transcripts feature to read what the instructor is saying.
For more information about courses with closed captions and availability, please click here.
Turn Closed Captions On or Off
If closed captions are available for a lecture, a closed captions icon will appear at the bottom right of the course player. Move your cursor to the icon and select the captions language you would like to see. To turn captions off, however, select the Off option.
You can also adjust the font size of the captions, and the background opacity for them, by clicking on Caption Settings. Then click on Font Size or Background Opacity to make the adjustments you wish to see. The option to have the captions appear under the course video can also be accessed in the caption settings.
Please note: If your account language is set to any other language than English, then captions in this language will appear automatically. If captions in your account language aren't available, however, then English captions will show instead.
You can turn the captions off at anytime by following the steps outlined above in the Turn Captions On or Off section. Please note that this turns captions off for all captioned courses.
For steps on how to change your account language, please refer to this support article.
The Transcripts feature is another way to read text of what instructors are saying, as you progress through their course. In addition, transcripts can help you find relevant content more easily, by providing the ability to easily navigate through text of what the instructor’s said.
You can quickly access the transcripts feature by clicking on the Transcripts at the bottom of the course player.
After you click on Transcripts, text of what the instructor’s said will open on the right-hand panel of the screen. The transcripts will be written in the same language that has been selected for the closed captions.
The current sentence will be highlighted, and then the text will autoscroll, as the instructor continues to speak. You can jump ahead, or back to any moment in the lecture, by clicking on a particular sentence.
How to Report Issues With Captions
If you experience issues with the closed captions, please let us know by using the Report a Technical Issue option, which can be accessed by clicking on the gear icon at the bottom right.
Many instructors add supplemental resources to their lectures, like PDFs, design templates, sheet music or source code, as a means to enhance the learning experience of the course. These resources can quickly be downloaded to your computer and viewed.
If a lecture has resources available it will be indicated by a folder icon on the right-hand side of the course player.
If you click on the folder icon the downloadable resources will appear, and you can download the file by clicking on the resource's title.
By default, complete courses are not downloadable from a computer. We do this out of concerns for piracy. We do allow instructors to enable downloading of their lectures, however, if they wish.
Please note that you can always save courses for offline viewing on the Udemy mobile app (see below). Practice activities like quizzes and practice tests, etc. cannot be downloaded and completed offline.
Downloading a Lecture
To see if an instructor has enabled downloading for a lecture, move your cursor to the gear icon at the bottom right of the lecture player. If Download lecture is not grayed out, then you will be able to download it to your computer, by clicking on those two words.
Please note that the quality resolution of the downloaded video, will match the quality you had set, when you were viewing the course at Udemy.com. For example, if you're viewing the video with a resolution of 720p, then the video that's downloaded to your desktop or laptop will match this resolution. This article explains how you can adjust the video quality of a lecture.
If the lecture is not available to download, you can always message the instructor, requesting that they enable downloading. Some instructors are willing to make exceptions, but the final decision is always up to them.
After you’ve enrolled in a Udemy course, starting your learning experience is quick and easy. This article outlines how you can begin your Udemy course and adjust the course player settings as you progress through it.
How to start a course lecture
After enrolling in a Udemy course, you can begin it by following the steps below:
- Log into your Udemy account and click on My Courses at the top right-hand of the page.
- From the My Courses page, select the course you wish to take by clicking on the course icon.
3. The first lecture will begin playing in the course player.
Once you've begun a course, you will be automatically returned to where you left off in the course player, next time you access it.
How to navigate through the course curriculum
All the published lectures and curriculum items of a course appear on the right-hand side of the course player when you're watching the course in the default view. You can quickly scroll through the course curriculum by moving your cursor over it, and begin a lecture or course item (quiz, practice test, etc.) by clicking on it.
Downloadable resources that have been included in lectures can also be accessed in the course curriculum as well. For more information on how to download a supplemental resource click here.
Accessing the course player settings
The course player includes various features and settings you can use to enhance your educational experience. These can be accessed by clicking the Settings (gear) icon at the bottom-right (see below for additional information).
How to adjust the video quality
Udemy automatically optimizes video resolution based on your internet connection speed, but the video quality can be adjusted at any time by clicking on the Settings icon. You can select resolutions of 360p, 480p, 720p and 1080p (if available) for the video quality.
If you're having difficulty viewing text on lectures where the instructor is sharing their screen, try adjusting the video quality.
For steps on how to adjust the video quality while watching courses on Udemy's mobile app, please click here.
How to turn Autoplay on / off
Udemy’s course player has an autoplay feature so that the next lecture will play automatically for you. Autoplay is enabled as the default setting. If you prefer to manually start the next lecture, however, click the Settings icon and then Autoplay to switch the feature off
If, moving forward you decide you would like to turn the autoplay feature back on, please follow the steps outlined above (except toggle Autoplay back on).
How to change the video speed
You have the option to play your lectures at different speeds (.5x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x or 2x).
To change the speed of a particular lecture video, click the video speed icon at the bottom-left of the course player and select the speed you wish.
How to watch in fullscreen mode
If you wish to watch a lecture in fullscreen mode, you can do so by clicking the fullscreen icon located in the lower right-hand corner of the course player. To exit fullscreen mode, tap the ESC key, or click the fullscreen icon and the player will be returned to the original size.
How to expand the screen
If you want to view the lecture with an expanded screen, but not in fullscreen, simply click on Expand at the bottom right.
A list of keyboard shortcuts you can use to adjust the video speed, size, and volume, as well as add a bookmark (see below), can also be accessed by clicking the Settings icon at the bottom-right.