Configuring Learning Objects: Adding Content


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 +Click to add content. If the content section does not contain any content, you will see the + Click to add content phrase.

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

Click on the + Click to 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 below. In the default, 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.

Clicking Source opens the HTML editor. Clicking the Maximize button toggles the view between compact view and full-screen mode.

Text tools include Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough, Sub-script and Super-script options.

The Link/Un-link tools allow you to add/remove links in your content.

The Paragraph Format, Font Name and Font Size tools allow you to change the heading style, the font and the size of the text within your content.

Additional style and content options include: Copy, Cut, Paste, Paste from Word, Undo and Re-do, Check Spelling, Insert/Remove Numbered List, Decrease or Increase Indention, Insert/Remove Bulleted List, Block Quotes, Create Div Container,  and Text justification settings.

Cut allows you to select a portion of text and remove it from the content area. Copy allows you to select a portion of text to be copied or used in another place. Paste allows you to add content that you have copied from another source and Paste from Word allows you to select content from a Microsoft Word document and paste it into your object content area. The Undo and Re-do options allow you to undo your last action or to repeat the last action you performed in the editor. The Check Spelling feature will examine your content for spelling errors.

You can also use the Insert/Remove Numbered List feature to number content items, or, use the Insert/Remove Bulleted List option to list content items with bullets next to them. The Decrease Indent and Increase Indent options allow you to shift the position of text in your content, while the Block Quote option indents a section of text a predetermined amount and Create Div Container allows you to insert a CSS stylesheet into your content area. Text Justification options allow you to format your content to Align Left, Center, Align Right and Justify.

The last row of options include: WIRIS Editor, Image, Flash, Table, Insert Horizontal Line, Insert Special Character, Insert Page Break for Printing, IFrame, Text Color, Background Color, Link Learning Object, Link Attachment andAdd or update a code snippet. When you are finished adding content, click Done Editing in the lower right corner to save your work.

The WIRIS Editor allows you to enter formulas, specialized characters and functions into the content area. To insert an image into your content, click Image. To add a Flash component, click Flash, and to add a table into your content, click the Table icon.


To add a horizontal line across the content window, click Insert Horizontal Line and to add a special character, click Insert Special Character. To insert a page break, click Insert Page Break for Printing and to insert an IFrame component, click IFrame. To embed a YouTube video, click on the YouTube icon. To upload a MP4 video, click the video camera icon. 

To change the text color of your content, select the text you wish to change and click Text Color. To change the background color of your text, select the text and click Background Color. To link a Learning Object to your content, clickLink Learning Object and select the object you wish to link from the list of available objects. To link an attachment into your content, click Link Attachment and to enter a code snippet, click Add or update a code snippet.

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.