The text editor is used to enter and format text to settings pages, resources and activities within your LEO unit. The default text editor within the LEO environment is TinyMCE which is also used in numerous other internet-based tools. It works a little like a simple online version of Word, allowing you to change the size of text, align paragraphs, add headings, colour and other formatting.
There are many text editing and content embedding features available to use in this this text editor. Some of the more commonly used functions have been highlighted below.
'Toolbar Toggle' opens up two more rows of editing buttons. When you first open a page with the text editor, you will probably only see the first row of buttons until you click the 'Toolbar Toggle' button.
'Insert/edit link' allows you to embed a URL link. This might link to an external webpage, to an activity within a unit or to a file to open or download.
'Paste from Word' is an extremely useful button which allows you bring content in from a Word document without messing up the formatting.
'Insert/edit image' allows uploading of image files, resizing and wrapping text options around the image.
'Full screen mode' for when the text editor window is too small to see your work effectively. Alternately, try dragging the corner of the editor to enlarge it.
'Edit HTML source' is for users who have some knowledge of HTML but can also be used to help embed videos and social media posts.
The TinyMCE text editor within LEO offers a variety of HTML formatting tools. Using the text editor you are able to edit text (bold, italic, underline, ordered and unordered lists); enable different types of alignments; embed videos, images, kaltura media, and social media posts; and insert and edit links. The editor also has a 'paste as plain text' and 'paste as word' function which are useful if you are copying content from a Word document into fields in your LEO unit.
The benefit of the LEO text editor is that it is in a common format, which you may already be utilising on other platforms. Additionally, you are able to make use of HTML functionality, meaning you can add dynamic elements such as links and embedded content, to different sections and activities within your LEO unit. By making full use of the functionalities afforded by the text editor, you are able to make your unit into a dynamic, interactive online space.
You can use the text editor function within a Label in such a way that you can emulate the menu of a website, within the main section of your unit. Alternatively, using the text editor within a Label you can also link to other content which sits inside of your LEO unit.