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Add a new Content Area to a module View
You can add new sections for content (a content area) to your module from the module menu. Every module will have a default 'Learning Resources' content area. You can add more of these content areas to organise your module contents.

  1. With the Edit Mode ON, hover the mouse pointer over the white cross in the top left of the menu, as shown here.


  2. On the pop-up menu that appears, select the Content Area option. 

  3. You have to give the area a name, and if you want it to be immediately accessible to students, check the 'Available to Users' box.
  4. The new area will appear as a link at the bottom of your module menu. You can drag and drop this to a different position on the menu.

(Click here for the eLearning Unit's full guide on building and editing your module menu).
For further help and advice contact the eLearning Unit: elearning@liv.ac.uk

I cannot access module content areas - only the Announcements page shows View
Can you only see the first page (e.g. Announcements) of a module and not see the menus to access the other areas of your modules?

The most likely problem is that the menu has been hidden accidentally and once this is done the setting is remembered for all modules. It is easy to fix by hovering the mouse pointer at the far left edge of the Announcement page until the pointer changes to a two-way arrow and a small text box pops up saying "Show Course Menu", as in the screnshot below. Click anywhere on the narrow bar here and the module menu is restored.

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Another thing that can happen is that the module menu sections can be hidden by clicking the module title in the menu, as below. Click it again to show the module sections.

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The new VITAL text editor View

Standard to the set-up/editing of most tools in VITAL is the Visual Text Editor which is a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) text editor. You can use this editor to create text in the format (fonts, colours, layouts) as you want it to appear to the students. If you hover your mouse over the icons in the toolbars of the text editor you will see that these are standard functions (bold, italic, font size etc). There are also some specialised tools described below for embedding multimedia, and YouTube, Flickr and SlideShare content.

You can choose to work in HTML if you prefer by switching modes (described below). You can edit the CSS stylesheet also.

You can embed a video from Stream by copying the embed code from Stream, then in the text editor, click the HTML button and paste your code. Click Submit to finish.

The text editor supports LaTeX notation directly in the text editing area (although single $ must be entered as $$) and there is also a maths editor (link to full details below).

Some of the specialised icons on the toolbar include:



Preview the text editor content as it will appear to students.

Help and information pop-up window.

Expand the text editor window to full page.

Only display the top row icons of the text editor.

Removes all formatting and leaves the plain text only.

Add a file to the text area. The following file types are supported: .doc, .exe, .html, .htm, .pdf, .ppt, .pps, .txt, .wpd, .xls, .zip. NB. Whilst files like these can be directly uploaded and embedded in the text editor area, it is strongly recommended that you use the Attach File facility below the text editor or that you first upload your file to the module Files area, then link from the Text Editor to the file in module Files.

Add an image to the text area, or edit an existing selected image. Most of the common image types are supported, including .gif, .jpg, .bmp, .png, .tif, and many others.

Add a media clip to the text area, or edit an existing selected media item. Supported media types include Flash (default), HTML 5 video, Quicktime, Shockwave, Windows Media, and Real Media.

Open the WIRIS ‘maths equation editor’. Please see this manual on using the editor and guidance on LaTeX support for full details.

Click this button to insert a Mashup object. Supported Mashup object types include Flickr Photo, SlideShare Presentation, and YouTube Video.

Format the text as a block quote.

Search for and replace text.

Open the Select Symbol page. Select the symbol to insert at the current cursor position.

Open the Insert Emoticon page. Select the emoticon to insert at the current cursor position.

Click to open an HTML Code View page, where you can edit the content HTML code directly. This feature is intended only for experienced web developers.

Edit the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS). This feature is intended only for experienced web developers.

Add or edit a hyperlink. You can specify a link to a website here.