Topics in this article include:

Working with the Text/Content Editor

Clear Formatting

Adding a Hyperlink

Adding Tables

Adding Bulleted or Numbered Lists

Adding Images

Adding Video (Kaltura Media)

Adding Documents

Adding YouTube, Flickr, and SlideShare Content (Mashups)

Embedding Content (faculty only)

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.


Simple Mode

screenshot of text editor in simple mode (one row of options)


Advanced Mode

screenshot of text editor in advanced mode (three rows of options)


To toggle between the two modes, click the Show More/Less button image of more/less button in the upper right corner.



Clear Formatting

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.

screenshot of text editor with clear formatting button highlighted


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.

screenshot of text editor with insert/edit link button highlighted


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.


screenshot of link path and target



To create in-line hyperlinks, see Linking Hyperlinks and Documents to Words and Phrases.

Adding Tables

To add a table, click the Insert/Edit Table button.

screenshot of text/content editor insert/edit table button


You will be prompted to add the number of columns and rows as well as any padding or spacing. Select the Table Caption check box so that you can add a title that appears centered over your table.

screenshot of general table options


Once you have finished, click Insert to create your table.


For more information or advanced options, see Add Tables.



Adding Bulleted or Numbered Lists

To add a list, click the Bullet List or Numbered List button.

screenshot of text editor with bulleted/numbered lists highlighted


Choose your list options:

  • Number List: 
    • Numerals (default)
    • Alphabetic
    • Roman numerals
    • Greek symbols
  • Bullet List: 
    • Filled circle (default)
    • Open circle
    • Disc
    • Square


For more information, see Work With Lists.



Adding Images

To add an image, click the Insert/Edit Image button.

screenshot of text editor with insert/edit image button highlighted


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.

screenshot of image upload options

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).

screenshot of image description and title options


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.

screenshot of image appearance tab


Click Insert to save your changes.


See Adding Images for more information and advanced options.

Adding Video (Kaltura Media)

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.

screenshot of text editor with mashups button and kaltura media highlighted


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 Toolfor detailed instructions.

Adding Documents

To add a document, click the Insert File button in the text/content editor.

screenshot of text editor with attach file button highlighted


This will open a new window. Drag your file to the Attach File area or click the buttons to upload a file from your computer or link to an existing file that was previously uploaded to your course. Click Submit to upload your file.

screenshot of attach files area

See Add Files to Your Content for more information.

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.



Embedding Content (Faculty Only)

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.

screenshot of text editor with HTML button highlighted


This will open the HTML Code View. Paste your code into the code view window and click Update.

screenshot of HTML code view area

 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 a placeholder and indicates 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.