Editor

The Rich Text Editor can be used in all places where there are text fields that allow editing, e.g. in Plans, Resources and Activities, Projects, portfolio etc.

The Editor contains many functions and options. To provide you with a better overview of this guide, we have divided the various options into 6 group headings under which we explain the function of each button:

The group headings can largely be said to cover:

Standard settings
  1. Fonts
    Here you can choose between the various fonts that are available in itslearning
  2. Size
    Change the size of the text you are typing or highlighted text.
  3. Bold
    Type text using bold font or change the font of highlighted text to bold font.
  4. Italic
    Type text using italic font or change the font of highlighted text to italic text font.
  5. Underline
    Type text using underlined font or change the font of highlighted text to underlined text.
Formatting
  1. Text colour
    Here you can change the text colour of the text you are typing or highlighted text.
  2. Background colour
    Here you can change the background colour of the text you are typing or highlighted text.
  3. Symbols
    You can use this to insert various symbols, e.g. German characters etc.
  4. Left alignment
    If you use this function, the text you type or highlight will be aligned to the left.
  5. Align Middle
    If you use this function, the text you type or highlight will be aligned in the middle.
  6. Right alignment
    If you use this function, the text you type or highlight will be aligned to the right.
  7. Justify
    If you use this function, the text you type or highlight will be justified. This means that the text will fill out the lines entirely and insert spaces between the words for this purpose.
Alignment
  1. Subscript
    Provides you with the option of using subscripted text, e.g. in chemical formulas such as H2O or CO2.
  2. Superscript
    Provides you with the option of using superscripted text, e.g. in power indications in mathematical formulas such as: 102 + 202 = 500.
  3. Decrease indent
    Moves the text you type or highlight to the left.
  4. Increase indent
    Moves the text you type or highlight to the right.
  5. Numbering
    Starts numbering a list of points as shown on this page.
  6. Bullets
    Starts a list with bullet points.
Advanced settings
  1. Link

When you insert a link you can either type text or highlight it, before you click this button, or you can click the button directly. In both cases, a window will open allowing you to choose settings for your links.

The window contains three tabs, however, we will only look closer at one of these tabs, i.e. 'Information about link'. On the tab 'Information about link', you must first choose the link type:

  • Internet address  a link to another site on the internet.
  • Hyperlink to bookmark in text  Also known as 'anchorlink', a link that takes you to a specific place on the page where you have created a 'bookmark'.
  • E-mail  A link that opens a mail form in the user's e-mail program.

NOTE: To insert bookmarks you will first have to create them by using the flag to the left (item 12 in the illustration above). You can read more about this under item 12.

Insert link for an internet address

If you choose the link type 'internet address', you will have the choice of entering a 'Protocol' and the 'internet address' itself. As long as this concerns websites, the protocol should be left unchanged as 'https://'. You then insert the link in the field 'internet address'.

Then click on 'OK'.

Insert link for an e-mail

If you choose the link type 'E-mail', you will have the choice of creating a link which will open the user's mail program and start a draft for a new mail for the entered e-mail address. Here you have the possibility of writing the name of a topic to be included in the mail, as well as the body text content.

The user will however always have the option to edit this before sending the mail via the mail program.

Then click on 'OK'.

2.   Table

To create a table, you can use the table button. This opens a window with two tabs. Here we use the first tab as a point of reference as this tab includes all the basic information for a table.

On the tab 'Table Properties', you have the option of choosing:

  • Rows  the number of horizontal rows with fields.
  • Columns  the number of vertical rows with fields.
  • Width  determines how wide the visible table will be (indicated in pixels, does not need to be indicated).
  • Height  determines how wide the table view will be (indicated in pixels, does not need to be indicated).
  • Headings  determines the position of headings. Can either be the first row, the first column or both.
  • Alignment  determines whether the content of the cells is aligned in the middle, aligned to the right or aligned to the left.
  • Cell spacing  determines the space between the cells/fields (indicated in pixels, does not need to be indicated).
  • Cell padding  determines the distance between the cell border and the cell content (indicated in pixels, does not need to be indicated).
  • Border width  determines how wide the border around the table will be (indicated in pixels, does not need to be indicated).
  • Title  the indicated title will be centred above the table (does not need to be indicated).

The last field 'Summary' is a field that is only visible for screen readers. This field is only intended for students who are visually impaired and use screen readers to read web pages.

The information you enter in this field will therefore be read out aloud to the student before the information in the table.

Then click on 'OK'.

3.   Emoticon

This button opens a window by means of which you have the option of inserting different emoticons.

4.  Tree link

Tree link provides you with the option of creating a link to a specific folder or file in a specific course. NOTE: You can only create a link to folders and files, and not to various places in the course.

To start, click the Tree link button. This opens a window where you can choose the course in which the folder or file you want to create a link to is placed.

When you have chosen the course, you must choose the desired file or folder. Then click on 'OK'.

NOTE:

  • You can only create a link to folders and files, and not to various places in the course.
  • If the students are not granted access to the folder or file position, they will not be able to see these, even if you create a tree link.

5.   File from 'Your web files'

You can use this button to add files from 'Your files'.

'Your files' are the files you have placed in your itslearning account. You can see these by clicking your name in the upper right corner and then 'Your files'.

6.   Picture

You can use this button to add a picture in the text editor. When you click the button, a new window opens.

Here you can add the picture in two ways:

  1. Upload and insert  in this way, you choose a picture from your computer and upload it. In this way, you can also choose if you want to use text wrapping, i.e. if the picture should be inserted on the left hand side with the text on the right hand side, or vice versa, and you can choose to add a frame around the picture.
  2. Insert URL address to picture  here you insert the link to a picture on the internet. In this way, you can also choose if you want to use text wrapping, i.e. if the picture should be inserted on the left hand side with the text on the right hand side, or vice versa, and you can choose to add a frame around the picture.

The pictures you upload will be placed in itslearning. You can create folders and a structure for your pictures so that you will also have an overview of these.

7.   . New audio recording

You can use this to record audio directly by means of your device (e.g. laptop, phone, tablet etc.), or you can upload an audio file.

When you click the button, a new window opens. The window contains two tabs:

  1. Record
  2. Upload

You can use 'Record' to record audio by means of your device. You just need to click the green 'Record' button at the bottom. You must record at least 10 seconds before you can stop the recording again. When you have finished recording, you should click 'Stop' and you will then be asked to enter a name for your recording and click Save.

You can use 'Upload' if you already have a recording that you want to upload. Here you can drag an audio file from your computer and into the field, or you can click the green 'Upload a recording' button, and select the audio file on your computer.

8.   New video recording

You can use this to record a video directly by means of your device (e.g. laptop, phone,  tablet etc.), or you can upload a video file.

When you click the button, a new window opens. The window contains two tabs:

  1. Record
  2. Upload

You can use 'Record' to record a video by means of your device. You just need to click the green 'Record' button at the bottom. You must record at least 10 seconds before you can stop the recording again. When you have finished recording, you should click 'Stop' and you will then be asked to enter a name for your recording and click Save.

You can use 'Upload' if you already have a recording that you want to upload. Here you can drag an video file from your computer and into the field, or you can click the green 'Upload a recording' button, and select the video file on your computer.

9.   WIRIS Editor

The WIRIS Editor is an editor for advanced formulas, e.g. from mathematics, chemistry and physics.

When you click the button, a window opens with the WIRIS Editor. Here you have the possibility to create the advanced formulas that you need.

When you have finished, you must click 'OK' in the bottom left corner, and the formula will then be inserted in your text.

10.  Integrate

Integrate is a function that you can use to integrate content into your text from other websites, e.g. from YouTube, Padlet etc.

You do this by e.g. visiting YouTube and finding the video you want to integrate. You then copy the URL address at the top of your browser and insert it in the top field in the window that has opened. When you click 'Insert', the window will close and your YouTube video will be integrated into your text.

NOTE: Not everything can be integrated, as this depends on whether the website that you want to integrate something from support oEmbed.

11.  Add content from add-in

You can use this button to add content from add-ins which have been integrated with itslearning.

At this point in time, this is only our new video platform.

You can insert content from this by clicking the button and select 'Insert video and audio'.

12. Add bookmark

In the Editor you can add bookmarks to your text or graphic content.

First, you should either go to where you want to create a bookmark, or highlight the item that you want to create a bookmark for.

Next, you must click on the flag (item 12 in the image above) and enter a title for your bookmark.

The title is a way to recognise the bookmark when you are creating a link to it. To learn how you create a link, please see item 1 for more information.

Editing and insertion
  1. Undo
    Redo your latest entries and changes.
  2. Redo
    If you have used the Undo button and you regret that you have used it, then you can use this button to redo the changes you regretted.
  3. Cut
    Is used to take the highlighted content and move it to the clipboard. This is then removed from the Editor. To insert it again, you can use CTRL/CMD + V, or button 5, 6, or 7.
  4. Copy
    Copy the highlighted content to the clipboard. The content stays in the Editor, and you can then insert it several times with CTRL/CMD + V, or button 5, 6, or 7.
  5. Paste
    Standard paste function from the clipboard. This function will try to include as much formatting as possible from the original source, as e.g. font, font size, colour etc.
  6. Paste as non-formatted text
    A clear paste function from the clipboard. This will remove all the possible formatting from the items in the clipboard, and the items you then paste will use the settings you have in the Editor regarding font, font size, colour etc.
  7. Paste from Word
    This is a paste function based on content from Word. This will take formatting from Word and try to recreate the same formatting for the content in the Editor.
Viewing and help
  1. Source
    This function provides you with the option of viewing the HTML code behind the text entered in the Editor. This function should only be used by people who are familiar with HTML code. Also, we have highly limited authorizations regarding coding in itslearning, and there are therefore many tags etc. that will not work. We therefore recommend that you use the other functions in the Editor.
  2. Help
    Opens the itslearning help guide for the user's Editor. Their guide is however quite limited and the present one is more elaborate.
  3. Maximize
    This maximizes the Editor window so that it takes up the entire screen with exception of the top menu.