LEO has been updated to version 3.9.

This new version incorporates several modifications and improvements to the layout, functionality and the style of LEO.

Overall Site Layout

The overall LEO layout

In the image above, you will see some new and some familiar elements:

  1. "Burger" icon that reveals the Navigation menu when clicked.
  2. Notifications, Messages and Profile Menu remains in the top-right corner.
  3. The red Title block includes the breadcrumb navigation links.
  4. The My Units link on the home page is now titled Dashboard.
  5. Blocks will now only appear on the right when on the home page or in LEO units.

The layout is also fully responsive to phone and mobile devices, meaning it is much easier to view and navigate.

Navigation Menus

The location and functionality of menus in LEO have significantly changed.

The left Navigation menu, which has links to LEO functions and a list of your current units, can now be toggled on or off by clicking the "burger" icon in the top left corner of the screen.

Hamburger icon location

When in a LEO unit, the Unit navigation menu, which has links to unit sections and content for students and staff, will appear above the main left Navigation menu:

The unit navigation menu

The Profile menu, which enables you to access your Dashboard, personal preferences and other functions, is still available in the top-right corner of the page. In addition to the Messages and Notifications icons, there is now a link to your ePortfolio (the suitcase icon) and a link to LEO technical support (the question mark icon).

Tech support and portfolio links

The Unit Administration menu, which provides function for Editing Lecturers, is now accessible via the Cog icon in the title bar:

The unit administration menu

The Tool Administration can also be accessed from inside the tool by clicking the Cog icon in the activity or resource title section:

Activity and resource admin menu

The Users and Groups menu items are is now accessible via the Participants page. Navigate to your unit, click the Participants link in the Navigation menu, and from the Participants page you may access user functions by clicking the Cog icon at the top of this page:

The user menu options

The updated Dashboard is accessible by clicking the Dashboard link on the LEO home page or under the Profile Menu.

Using the display options above the list of courses you can:

  • Filter which units you can view on the dashboard by choosing "In progress", "Future", "Past", "Starred" and "Removed from view".
  • Sort the order of your units by "Course Name" or "Last Accessed".
  • Display your units by "Card", "List" or "Summary" depending on your preference.

For each unit is a menu you can use to further categorise a specific unit as "Starred" (a unit you wish to see) or "Removed from view" (a unit you don't wish to see). By clicking the Action menu (the "three dot" icon) for that unit, you can Star or Remove a unit from view:

Star and remove options

"Removed" units can still be accessible by filtering for "Removed from view".

Archived units can be accessed via the Archived units block. They are organised via by year. Select the expand option and click on the unit link to view.

archived units

LEO's text editor has been updated to the new Atto editor. This new editor provides similar functions to the previous editor and includes some more modern features.

Atto text editor functions

The text editor allows you to style your LEO content using common word processor functions such as headings, bold and italic, numbered and bulleted lists, plus insert links or images into your content.

As with the previous editor, you can click the Show more buttons option to reveal more functions of the editor:


The Atto editor buttons


Additional functions available to you include:

  • Style options: Underline and strike-through, text alignment and indenting
  • Insert options: Insert special characters, emojis, tables, and equations
  • Accessibility options: Accessibility checking and screen-reader helper
  • Other useful features: HTML editor, plain text paste function, full-screen and preview options

Changing your default text editor

By default, all LEO users should automatically use the Atto text editor. If you see a different editor, you can choose Atto as your preferred text editor in your Editor Preferences:

  1. Click your Profile Name in the top-right corner of LEO and choose the Preferences option.
  2. On your Preferences page, under the User Account heading, click the Editor Preferences link.
  3. Choose Default Editor from the dropdown list and then click Save Changes.

Blocks that provide additional functions on the LEO home page and inside units no longer appear on the left-hand side of the page.

In addition, blocks can no longer be "docked" and will always appear in a unit's right column.

Blocks may still be added, deleted and moved with the Turn editing on function.

Important note: In 2021, Echo360 will replace Kaltura for all streaming media purposes at ACU. For more information please see LEO Guides: Transitioning from Kaltura to Echo360.

A new function in LEO is the ability to easily add Echo360 media from your library directly into the Text Editor.

Whenever you use the new Text Editor in LEO, you can click the Add Echo360 Media button:

The Add Echo360 Media button

This will open a window that links directly to your user account in Echo360, enabling you to:

  • Choose from My Home: click this tab to browse and select from your existing Echo360 videos to use.
  • Create New Media: click this tab to open Universal Capture and make a new recording to upload and use.
  • Upload Existing Media: click this tab to upload a video file you have on your computer to use.

Videos you create or upload can then be added into your label as a text link or embedded in a video player.

Resources for using Echo360 media in LEO units

There are a selection of resources you can access to learn more about how to use Echo360 and the Add Echo360 Media button:

One of the main functions of staff editing LEO units is the ability to add resources and activities to your units.

As part of the upgrade, the Add an activity or resource panel now looks different to before:

Activity and resource picker interface

As before, click the Name of the activity or resource to add it to your LEO unit.

Activities and Resources tabs

You can now refine the list of available options by Activities (such as Assignments, Quizzes or Forums) or Resources (such as Pages, Books or URL links). By default, you should see a list of all available options in the All tab.

Search option

You can now use the Search box above the list to find a specific activity. Start typing the name of activity or resource you're looking for, and it will refine the list as you type.

Additional options

Activity and resources addtional optionsBelow the name of each item there are additional options (see image right):

  • Starred items: You can click the Star icon to "favourite" particular items that you use frequently, which is known in LEO as "Starring". When you do, these "starred" items will be displayed in an additional Starred tab for you to quickly access them.
  • Item information: You can click the Information icon for each activity or resource to learn more about it.

The Participants page has been updated to include a new Users and Groups menu (see the Navigation section above) as well as new interfaces for enrolling users and filtering the list of users in your unit.

Using Filters

Filters work by adding one or more "conditions". These conditions may be used to match participants against certain keywords, roles, groups, or in other ways:

Two conditions set to filter participants

You can set a filter by choosing the settings from left to right:

  1. From the first dropdown box choose Any, All or None (for example, if you wanted to match users to any, all or none of the keywords).
  2. From the second dropdown box, set the Filter you want to use (such as Keyword, Roles, or Group).
  3. From the third dropdown box, type in your query or select an option from the dropdown list.
  4. Click the Apply Filters button to filter the users based on your conditions.

Other filtering functions:

  • You can use just a single filter, or you can click the Add Condition button to add another filter.
  • You can remove a single condition by clicking the X button to the right of the filter.
  • You may also remove all the filters to show all participants by clicking the Clear Filters button.

In 2021, the Kaltura streaming media service will be retired. The existing functions provided by Kaltura will be available to staff and students in Echo360.

For more information, please see LEO Guides: Transitioning from Kaltura to Echo360

New Kaltura uploads will be closed from 5 January 2021

After this date, you may no longer upload new media to Kaltura. All users will be required to use Echo360 instead.

Embed Kaltura Media button removed from the LEO text editor

This function has been replaced with the Add Echo360 Media button in the text editor.

Adobe Connect will be retired in December 2021. The existing functions of Adobe Connect will be replaced by Zoom and Echo360.

For more information please see LEO Guides: Transitioning from Adobe Connect to Zoom

No new Adobe Connect meeting rooms from 1 February 2021

After this date, you will no longer be able to add Adobe Connect rooms via the External Tool activity in LEO. Staff will instead be required to use Zoom for online classes.

Existing recordings will be unavailable from 2 December 2021

Staff will be required to download any existing Adobe Connect recordings they wish to keep, upload them to Echo360, then re-link them in their LEO units.

For detailed instructions please see LEO Guides: Moving your Adobe Connect recordings to Echo360.

Page last updated on 23/03/2021

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