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Working with the Text/Content Editor
The text/content editor in myLesley allows you to add and format text, insert equations and hyperlinks, create tables, and attach different types of files to create content. The content editor appears throughout myLesley as the default editor for creating content.
The text/content editor has two views: Simple Mode and Advanced Mode. Simple Mode contains the most basic text formatting functions. Advanced Mode contains all available functions.
To toggle between the two modes, click the Show More/Less button in the upper right corner.
Copying and pasting content from another program (such as MS Office, Google, websites, etc.) into myLesley can sometimes cause formatting issues, including different fonts, text size, indentations, etc. The easiest way to fix your formatting is to use the Clear Formatting button.
Select the text you wish to format and click the Clear Formatting button.
Your formatting will be fixed automatically. You will then need to go back in to your text and add any additional formatting (font style, bullets, numbering, etc.).
Adding a Hyperlink
In most applications (MS Office, Google, Email, etc.) simply typing or pasting a URL into the content editor will create a clickable hyperlink. In myLesley, however, you will need to use the text/content editor to add a hyperlink.
To add a hyperlink, type your URL into the text box, highlight the text, and click the Insert/Edit Link button.
This will open a new window. Enter your URL in the Link Path area. In the Target area, select Open in New Window. Click Insert to insert your link.
To create in-line hyperlinks, see Linking Hyperlinks and Documents to Words and Phrases.
To add an image, click the Insert/Edit Image button.
This will open the Insert/Edit Image area. To insert an image saved on your computer, click the Browse My Computer button, locate your image, and click Open.
Your image will be visible in the box at the bottom of the window. Enter a description and title for your image. This is recommended for accessibility purposes (such as those using screen readers).
Click the Appearance tab. Here, you may change image appearance, including layout and size. The box on the left shows a preview of how the layout will appear in the item.
Click Insert to save your changes.
See Adding Images for more information and advanced options.
Adding Video (Kaltura)
Kaltura is a media sharing platform, allowing users to share media in a secure environment. It is integrated into myLesley, allowing faculty and students the opportunity to share video content privately or with others in the course. The Kaltura Mashup tool allows you to add video content anywhere in your myLesley course, such as an assignment, Discussion Board post, blog post, etc.
From the text editor, click on the Mashup button and select Kaltura Media.
This will take you to the My Media area. The MyMedia area is where all of your Kaltura videos are stored. From here, you may select a previously added video, upload a new video, or record from your webcam.
See Using the Kaltura Mashup Tool for detailed instructions.
See Add File, Images, Video, and Audio to learn how to insert media (such as mp3 audio files, .mov or .swf video files) into your content using the content editor. As a best practice we recommend using Kaltura for uploading video content.
Adding YouTube, Flickr, and SlideShare Content (Mashups)The Mashup tool allows you to easily add YouTube videos, SlideShare and Flickr content. See Add Social Media for more information.
Please note that students are currently unable to embed content in myLesley. This is a known issue with Blackboard. In the meantime, students will need to share a link to their content (ex VoiceThread).
You may embed content, such as media, directly into your myLesley course using an html embed code. To do so:
Locate the HTML button in the content/text editor.
This will open the HTML Code View. Paste your code into the code view window and click Update.
This will bring you back to the content/text editor. In the space where you added your code, you will see a yellow box. This is where your embedded content will appear.
Click Submit at the top or bottom of the page to save your changes.
Please note that in order for your embedded content to play in myLesley you may need to change any http in your code to https. This will ensure that it will play inside myLesley's secure connection.
For example the following embed code will NOT play correctly in myLesley:
<iframe width="480" height="270" src="http://voicethread.com/app/player/?threadId=2659997" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Instead, you must change the http in the code to https:
<iframe width="480" height="270" src="https://voicethread.com/app/player/?threadId=2659997" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>