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Creating and Editing Content

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Professors are responsible for managing the content of their own lessons or courses. When entering a new lesson, the first thing that a professor has to do is to create units and subunits to develop the content tree within lessons and then update existing ones. In order to create this structure there is the function "Content" available.Adding new content or modyfing content is accomplished using the tools on the top of the page.

Professors have the following content management options:

 

1. Editing / Creating content

1.1. Adding files

2. Importing SCORM content

3. Applying a function to all units

Editing / Creating content

When we select to create a unit or update an existing one, an editor appears which allows us to manipulate text,images and other multimedia objects, as well as to define some basic options for the lesson.

 

Using the TINY-MCE visual editor, editing existing and creating new content is simple and quick. Text can be created or edited using the WYSISYG editor, while

Apart from the content management, the unit update function allows the professor to define some characteristics for each unit, such us if the content is theory or examples, how the students will complete the unit (autocomplete, complete with question) etc. Finally, through this page the professor can easily upload pdf files as content of the unit, by toggling to pdf content. All he has to do is to upload the pdf file and the content of the unit is ready. Now the pdf file will open as a unit inside Smartlearning.

 

Adding files

Each unit can contain multimedia files in its content i.e. images,mp3 files, videos, java script etc. These files can be inserted to the unit using the links provided by the editor encircled above in the above image. However, the media files must first be uploaded to the file manager for them to become available through the multimedia links above. The files placed in the file manager can be automatically inserted in the editor by clicking on the "Insert" arrow, as shown in the image below.

 

The multimedia files can be inserted by using the multimedia button that you will find in the editor. By clicking on this button the file manager opens. You will have to select the file that you want to insert and then you will select the player that will be used by the system. You can also define the dimensions of the multimedia file and add a small description.

 

Importing SCORM content

Professors can also import existing SCORM compliant content or export SCORM content for use with other compatible platforms. The SCORM content is managed by the function "SCORM" in the professor's page. In order to import SCORM content, the professor can use the "import SCORM content" link, under content tools shown above. Clicking this link, the professor will be prompted to choose the location from which to upload the SCORM file.

 

Once uploaded, the SCORM content will be added to the lesson's material list. Here the professor can adjust its position within the lesson's content.

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Applying a function to all units

In the content tools box you will find the option to "Apply a function to all units". 

 

By using this function you can apply some settings to all the units of your lesson automatically, as well as to your SCORM 1.2 content. Let's say for example that you want all the units of the lesson to have the nagivation handles hidden from the users. You will select to hide all navigation handles from the selection box and then you will click on the green arrow to apply the change.

 

From now on, none of the units will have navigation handles available to the students.

 

 
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Date added: 12-Mar-2013 4:37pm
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