Sections and Lectures

In a Teachable course, content is divided into sections and lectures. This article goes over how to create sections and lectures in your Teachable courses.

The difference between a section and a lecture

To add content to your Teachable course you’ll need to add sections and lectures. Sections contain groupings of lectures; lectures are structured informational units that comprise of text, files, video, images, and/or quizzes. Both sections and lectures can be created and modified in your course's Curriculum section.

In general, sections focus on a particular theme or concept. Lectures can be used to break down the theme or concept and explain further. There is no limit to the number of sections and lectures that you can create—it’s up to you to determine the best way to structure your course curriculum.

Create a section

  1. Log in to your Teachable school.
  2. From your Teachable admin area, click Courses and navigate to the desired course.
  3. Click Curriculum from the course admin sidebar.
  4. Click New Section in the upper right-hand portion of the page.
  5. After inputting a Section Name, click Create Section. The newly added section will now appear on the curriculum page.

Create/duplicate a lecture

To create a lecture within a section, click on the Add new lecture button:

Additionally, you can duplicate an existing lecture into the same section by clicking the Duplicate lecture button:


To rearrange lectures or sections within a course, click and hold the drag indicator next to a lecture/section, and drag the lecture to place it in the desired order:


To adjust lecture settings, visit the Settings > General > Lectures section of your school admin. When you've finished adding lecture content, you can then publish the lecture.

Make lecture content downloadable

Each lecture has a Make downloadable toggle. When this toggle is enabled, all files within that lecture will be available for download. This means that students will see a Download button under each file within the lecture, which they can click to download and save the file to their device.


If you do not want to control this setting at the lecture level, you can click into a specific lecture to control this feature for each individual file. Clicking the Enable Download or Disable Download toggle next to each individual file will override what you set for the overall lecture.


TIP: Since the download setting can be overridden for individual files, we always recommend previewing your course as an enrolled student so that you can ensure the download status of each file is set to your preference. 

Bulk uploading lectures

If you already have lecture materials created (e.g. PDFs, videos, images, etc), you can bulk upload your files as their own individual lectures by clicking the Bulk Upload button.


Please note that each uploaded file will become its own lecture. As as result, we recommend using file names that are appropriate for your lecture. For example, if you are uploading 5 PDF files on making ice cream, make sure that each file is named after its respective lecture (e.g. “Lecture 1 - Why should I make ice cream?”)

CAUTION: Avoid using special characters in your document or video file name when bulk uploading because it may cause issues. Instead, use letters, numbers, dashes, and underscores.

When your files are done uploading, you’ll see each as its own lecture, in draft status. Now, you can go modify each lecture as you see fit.

Delete sections and lectures

To delete a lecture or section, select the checkbox to the left of the lecture or section in the Curriculum section of your course admin. An action toolbar will appear above the lecture or section. Select individual lectures/sections, or select multiple for bulk deletion. Click on the trash icon and then click OK to confirm the deletion.


Alternatively, instead of deleting a lecture or section, you can unpublish them. When a lecture or section is unpublished, then students will no longer be able to view that part of your course.

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