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How to Edit or Create Pages in eLearning

Modified on 2012/12/20 13:45 by Admin K. Barth Categorized as FAQ

Whether you use the ATC Template or create your own HTML files, there are several best practices to follow in editing or creating pages within eLearning. After discussing these best practices we will cover how to edit the Template files. Regardless of how you plan to create your files, ATC strongly recommends that you use the FireFox web browser for editing in eLearning.  Download Mozilla FireFox here.

Best Practices

Desire2Learn recommends that content be created directly in eLearning through the HTML editing window.  However, we realize that most faculty have their content in some other format, typically Word files.

  • If you want to copy from a Word Document, use the "Paste From Word"  Paste from Wordfeature in the HTML editor.  You will find this feature under the "Advanced" tab.
    • This will strip out extraneous background xml code from the file making it easier to edit in the future.
    • It will also make the file more accessible to screen readers.
  • Use the Format dropdown window to select Headings or Paragraph. DO NOT use Font Size to set headings, etc.
    • This is an accessibility issue as screen readers look for the Heading tag to "structure" the page. Large, bold fonts will not be "seen" as headings by screen readers.
  • Use bold or color fonts for emphasis VERY sparingly and ALWAYS consistently.
    • This is an accessibility/usability issue for color blind or low vision students
  • Save your files in Module folders so that you can easily find them in the future.
    • If you create your files "off line" (i.e., in Dreamweaver), put them into folders before you zip them up for uploading to eLearning.
  • All non-HTML files should be accessible (See: How do I make my files accessible? in AskATC)

Things to Avoid or Minimize:

  • Uploading Word files
    • They force a download in a separate window and sometimes kick the student out of your course
  • Video Files
    • Need to be Closed Captioned or have transcripts for the hearing impaired
    • However, visually impaired students may need transcripts of video files to explain the action taking place if the dialog isn't self explanatory.
  • Large PowerPoint files, especially narrated PowerPoint
    • Publish these files through Presenter to reduce file size.

Editing ATC Course Template Files

The ATC Course Design Template uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to provide the formatting features. CSS pages are more accessible than pages utilizing font size and font color attributes to define the structure.  To edit a template page:

  • Go to your Manage Content screen
  • Click on the edit icon pencilfor the page
  • Select the editing window, highlight the text you want to change and:
    • Type in your new text
    • OR
    • Enter your text or "Paste From Word"  Paste from Word
      • NEVER paste directly from another HTML page or Word Document. The hidden code will override the style sheet.
  • Use the Format dropdown to select Headings and paragraph formats.
  • Use bold or color fonts for emphasis VERY sparingly and ALWAYS consistently.
    • This is an accessibility/usability issue for color blind or low vision students.
  • Always save files to the Module folder for easy future reference.

Also see: How do I make my files accessible? In AskATC

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