Content Editor

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The Content Editor is not a tool that you will find in the toolbar, or the list of tools that can be added or removed from the toolbar, but every tool provides a Content Editor for your use in formatting the content you create within e-Learning.
When you use the Content Editor, you are creating HTML that is viewed in Sakai without students needing to open a MS Word document, a PDF document or other type of file. This type of Content Editor is called a WYSIWIG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, which means that you can create HTML without knowing any HTML coding. You use the icons at the top of the screen to format your content and the Editor automatically inserts the HTML code in the background. If you are comfortable creating an MS Word document, you should experience little difficulty in using the Content Editor. Note: For advanced users that are using HTML, please see Unsupported Tags

Where can you find the Content Editor?

Note:You can copy text from a MS Word document into the Content Editor to quickly convert MS Word to HTML. Make sure you use the "Paste from Word" Paste-from-word.png icon to preserve formatting and remove coding text.

Inserting Video from YouTube using the Content Editor

NOTE: Several other video sites such as and also offer embed code, but they don't offer some of the options that YouTube does. Embedding videos from these sites is much the same process and should play fine within e-Learning.

If you embed your video into the HTML code in the Content Editor, students can play the video without seeing all links to other videos and comments that they would see if you simply linked to the YouTube video.

YouTube's new <iframe> embed code is not compatible with some older browsers. If you want a video to play across all browsers, you will need to use the YouTube’s old <object> code.

  1. On the YouTube video's page, click the Share button.
    Youtube embed settings.png
  2. In the options, make sure that you put a check mark next to both "Use old embed code" and "Use HTTPS".
  3. Copy the selected embed code.
  4. In your course, place your cursor in the content editor where you want the video to appear. If this is after a paragraph of text, make another line.
  5. Click Source at the upper left part of the Content Editor. This reveals the HTML source code. NOTE: If you paste the embed code into the Content Editor without going to "Source" first, the finished document will show the embed code rather than the video.
  6. Paste the selected text
  7. Click Source to return to the Content Editor and finish your document.
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