Using the Content Editor

The Content Editor lets you format text, attach web links or files, add images or embed video.  It is available anywhere you see a text box in Learn—composing an email, posting to discussion forums, journals or blogs, answering essay questions in quizzes, or submitting text in the Assignment tool.

Format Your Work

To enter text, click inside the box and type. Or copy and paste.

Basic Formatting features are very much like MS Word.

Show More Tools

Click the chevron/ double-arrows over on the right to Show More Tools. In particular, you might want to add an image, add a table, type out a math formula, or use the Mashups tool to include a video in a discussion post, assignment, etc. See items at the bottom of this page for details.

The far right tool, the chevron/ double-arrows, toggles to Show More Tools.

The Advanced Tools gives you the ability to add images, insert Mashups, put in math formulas, add emoticons, and much more!

Check Your Spelling

Right-click on underlined words to see suggestions.

The ABC and Checkmark icon checks your spelling.

The four icons over on the left side of the toolbar do the following:
*Preview your work
*Use ‘I’ for Information--a screen that defines of each icon/ tool.
*Toggle to full screen. (The only trick is that you need to toggle back to see the Submit button.)
* And finally, the chevrons/double-arrows, Show / Hide Additional Tools.
* Also note that you can grab the bottom right corner of the window, click and drag to re-size it.

Image showing the 4 icons along the left side of the simple tools bar.

You can use “Attach File” to add a photograph to a discussion post.  But it will show as a file (ex. lucy-lobo.jpg); others will need to click to open it in order to view it. if you click Insert/Edit Image instead, other participants will be able to see your photograph immediately, in the same window with any text you are adding. No extra clicking!

A Note on Size: with today’s equipment images tend to be huge. Your file will load much faster if you resize it. or Try ~500px.

** If you want to add an image Inside a discussion forum: click to Create Thread.

1. Anywhere you see the Content Editor, click in the text box and type your entry. Or copy and paste from MS Word.

2. Click the Insert/Edit Image button.

Probably best to type text first, then click the Insert/Edit Image button.

3. Click Browse My Computer to find the file you want.

From the Insert/Edit Image screen, click Browse My Computer.

*Optional: Click the Appearance tab to further reduce the display size, and set alignment, borders, and margins (padding).

4. Double-click to select it, or single-click and press Open (.jpg, .png or .gif files work nicely).

5. Add an Image Description for anyone using software to help them read the screen.

After selecting an image, the URL for it will appear in the Image URL field.  Click down in the Image Description field and add a description of it for people using screen readers.

6. When ready, click Insert.

7. You should be returned to the text field, with your new image added.
8. Optional: Still too big? Click to select the image, then drag a corner handle. 

Click inside the image to activate it; then you will be able to click and drag any of the handles to further adjust the display size.

9. Click Submit. That’s all there is to it!

In the Attachments area, drag and drop a file or files into the "hot spot."

There is a rectangle bounded by a dotted line that will let you drag and drop files to attach them, in addition to the traditional Browse My Computer button.

- OR -

1. Below the window, click Browse My Computer.

2. Navigate to select the item you want to include.

3. Double-click it, or single click and press the Open button.

*Note – if you are sending a course message, you can only attach one file per message. Everywhere else in Learn, you may attach as many items as you wish.

4. If successful, you will see the name of the file listed. If you accidentally picked the wrong file, simply click Do Not Attach and try again.

If successful, the file name will appear in the Attachments area.  If this is not the correct file, click the link for Do Not Attach to the right of it.

1. Copy the link you want.

2. Enter text in your text window, and/ or click and drag to highlight existing text.

3. Click the Insert/Edit Link icon.

Click and drag to select the text you want to attach your link to.

4. Paste your link in the Link Path field in the Insert/Edit Link window.

5. Under Target, select Open in New Window.

6. Click Insert.

Be sure you use the Target dropdown menu to select Open in a New Window (_blank)

7. The finished product should look like this:

If you have done it correctly, it will look and act like any other link you find on the internet.

This image illustrates the text instructions above.

The Kaltura media tools have their own help pages. Please refer to:

Add Mashups - Youtube Video

This image illustrates the text instructions above.

1. If necessary, click the chevrons/ double-arrows to show the Advanced Tools.

2.  Click Mashups > YouTube Video.

3. If you have a particular video in mind, copy the link, paste it into the Search box. You can also use the built-in search options.

4. Click Go.

In the Search field, enter keywords or paste a URL you already know.  Then click Go.

5. Click Preview to see the videos returned by your search.

Now you can look at the results of your search.

6. When ready, click Select.

7. Select display settings as desired. The Create Mashup Item screen allows you to change the title that will be displayed and choose what information to include. The defaults keep the same title as YouTube, show a thumbnail image, and some basic YouTube information—the web address, length, user and date added.

Put in the display settings you want.

8. Click Submit.

This is what your final product will look like.

The Content Editor has a built-in Math Editor, where you can find a wide range of symbols.  Under the Greek, letters and numbers tab, you can expand the final panel to use a clickable Periodic Table.

To access the Chemistry Notation:

     1. Click the icon for the math editor. (If necessary, click the double chevrons in the top right corner to reveal the full tool set.)

     2. Click the Greek, letters and numbers tab.

     3. Click the arrow at the bottom right to expand the pane.

To access the Chemistry notation periodic table, click the f of x icon to open the math editor, then click the Greek symbols tab, then click the small arrow at the bottom right to expand the periodic chart.