Configuring Learning Objects: Adding Content

This article covers:

  1. Overview
  2. Opening The Editor
  3. Closing The Editor
  4. Editor Modes
  5. Formatting Text and Style Content
  6. Pasting Content From Microsoft Word
  7. Linking Learning Objects
  8. Adding Attachments


By default, the content editor in the Learning Object allows you to type in content similar to the way you would use Microsoft Word. Alternatively, you can use Source to write HTML code and provide additional styling. Working in Source is not necessary, but may provide more granular control over content placement, styling and allow you to add specialized code.

You will also see that there are three different Content sections within a Learning Object.  Student Content, Instructor Content, and Designer Content. The editor in each of those sections works exactly the same way. Content can be added to all sections during the design phase. The fundamental difference is who will be able to see that content when the course is published. For example, all users will be able to see the Student Content section, but only those with the instructor role can see content in the Instructor Content section. The Design Content section is not visible in a published course.



When working in the Design view, an Owner, Admin and/or an Editor may view and add content to any section. However, after the course is published, the visibility of those sections becomes dependent on the assigned role of the user accessing the published course.

Role in a Published Course

Visibility in a Published Course


Student Content


Student Content, Instructor Content


*None, unless assigned the role of instructor or student in the published course view.

Designers can view the working copy and published copy in Design View.

The distinction between roles, views and visibility of content is important, as it relates to designing content to be seen by the correct role in a published course.

Note:  Designer Content is not visible in a published course.

Opening the Editor

Newly created objects do not have content until you add it. When a content area has no content, you will be able to visually determine this by noting whether you see + add content. If the content section does not contain any content, you will see the + add content phrase.


If you have already added content and are going to back to edit it, you will no longer see the + add content verbiage in that section. Instead, you will see the content that was already added.


Click on the + add content section to open the editor. Once open, you may begin to add content.

To modify existing content, click within the area where you see the existing content to open the editor and begin editing.

Closing the Editor

When you are done adding content in any section, click the Done Editing button at the bottom of the editor window. 


Clicking Done Editing will close the editor.

Editor Modes

The editor can be used in the default text-editing mode, as shown in the image above. In the default mode, you may type text and format it using the tools in the editor.

You can also work in Source mode and edit HTML source code directly. This is not necessary for text, but may be helpful if you want to integrate rich media, or style the text in a very specific way.


The editor can also be viewed in Full Screen mode. Click the Full Screen button to toggle between a maximized and a minimized editor window.

This is particularly helpful when working on long-form content.

Formatting Text and Style Content

There are several options for formatting content. The chart below explains what each icon does and how you can utilize each feature for rich formatting of your content.


Source Editor: Opens the HTML editor.


Maximize: Toggles full screen mode for the editor.


Bold/ Italic/ Underline/ Strikethrough : Allows text styling.


Sub-script/Super-script: Attach characters above or below current characters.


Link/Un-link: Allows you to add/remove links in content.


Paragraph Format/Font Name/Font Size: Change the heading style, font and size of text.


Cut/Copy/Paste/Paste from Word: Cut text to remove it, copy text from your content, paste text from another place, paste text from Microsoft Word.


Undo/Re-do/Check Spelling: Undo and/or re-do your most recent action, check the spelling of your content.


Insert/Remove Numbered/Bulleted Lists: Clicking the icons turn on and off the option to have a numbered or bulleted list.


Decrease/Increase Indent: Shift the position of your text.


Block Quote/Create Div Container: Block quotes have predetermined indentation, div containers allow insertion of CSS for styling.


Align Left/ Center/ Right/ Justify: Format your content to a certain direction.


WIRIS Editor/Image/Flash/Table: WIRIS allows insertion of equations, insert images, add Flash component, insert table.


Insert Horizontal Line/Special Character/Page Break/Iframe Component


Embed YouTube Video/MP4 Video/Text Color/Background Color: Insert videos from YouTube or your computer, edit text/background colors


Link Learning Object: Allows you to link to another learning object from your course.


Link Attachment: Attach a document to your content.


Add/Update Code Snippet: Allows you to insert/remove code snippets with many different options.

Pasting Content from Microsoft Word

To add content from a Microsoft Word document, open the document and locate the text you want to copy. Using the mouse, highlight the text you wish to use by clicking and dragging the mouse cursor from the beginning to the end of the section you wish to use.

  1. In the Content window, click the Paste from Word icon. 
  2. The Paste window will open. Place your cursor inside the Paste window and from your keyboard; press Ctrl/Cmd+V to paste the content into the window and then click OK

Linking Learning Objects

Linking one object to another (or several others) allow you to guide users through content, or refer to content that is in the course but may not be in that object.

  1. To link a Learning Object within Student Content, click the Link Learning Object icon. 
  2. This will open the Insert a Learning Object Link window. Select the Learning Object you wish to link to from the available Objects. 
  3. Click OK when you are finished.


To add multiple Learning Object links:

  1. Click the Link Learning Object icon and then select the first Learning Object you wish to link from the options available. Click OK when finished.
  2. After each object, place the mouse cursor at the end of the object within the Content Editor window and click to display the cursor.
  3. Press Enter on the keyboard to generate a new line and to separate multiple Learning Object links.
  4. Click OK when finished.

Adding Attachments

Attachments are useful for adding content that would be difficult to place in the Student/Instructor content sections, or that you want the user to open separately.

  1. To add an Attachment to your content, click Add Attachment in the lower left corner. 
  2. A new window will open, allowing you to choose the file you wish to attach. Browse to the file you wish to attach and click once on the file to select it. 
  3. The file name should now appear in the File Name box. Click Open to complete the process.
  4. After attaching the file, the filename will be listed in the Attachments area. You can add additional files by repeating the process above, or remove the file by clicking Remove next to the attachment name. 
  5. When finished adding attachments, click Save to save your changes.


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    Carol Van Fossen

    How do I add a live link in Student Content?

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    Paul Meeker

    Carol, you can click the 'link' button in the editor to insert a link.