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Sakai: Adding/working with text in Lessons pages

Posted at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30, 2014, by in Organize content using Lessons, Sakai

Sakai: Adding/working with text in Lessons pages

Once you’ve added the Lessons tool to your left-hand menu, you can start adding content to your Lessons pages.

Adding text

While in your Lessons page on your Sakai site:

  1. Click the “Add Content” drop-down menu in the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Click “Add text.”
  3. A rich text editor will appear. You can enter your text here. Many of the text editing icons will appear similar to ones you would find in a word processor such as Microsoft Word.
  4. Click the “Save” button when you are finished.

In order to edit the text later, click on the small “Edit” button that appears next to the text on the Lessons page.

Embedding video inside your text block

Important! You probably want to use the next method, which is simpler, and embeds the video as a separate item in your Lessons page. These directions are specifically for embedding a hosted video (such as YouTube) inside of a text block. If you’re not sure, use the method that follows this video tutorial.

  1. Starting from Sakai, choose your text block and click the Edit button.
  2. Place your cursor where the video should appear in the text.
  3. From the top toolbar in the editing window, click the “iFrame” button, which looks like a globe.
  4. Switch to YouTube, find your video, and click the Share button below it, and then the Embed link.
  5. Now the tricky part! You must copy just a fragment of the embed code, the source (after “src=”, which starts with a “//” and ends before the final quotation mark. What you’re selecting will look similar to this: //www.youtube.com/embed/5gJg7_FgVTI You must avoid the quotation marks at both beginning and end, but include the double slashes at the beginning.
  6. Copy this fragment and switch back to Sakai. Paste the code you copied into the iFrame URL, then manually type in the video height: 420 and width: 315. (Note: other dimensions will work, if needed.) Click OK.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the editing window and click Save. You can now see and play your embedded video.

Video demonstration of above instructions:

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