Write Mode is where you create your Open Educational Resource. First, you can add a title. Then, build your resource by adding headings, text, images, videos, etc.
You can use the Table of Contents (TOC) to add structure to your resource. Once you publish, the TOC becomes a clickable outline that helps readers navigate your content.
You can create headings and subheadings directly in the Table of Contents by clicking “Add Heading”. You can also select text, and use the Text Style drop down menu to change the text to a heading.
Many buttons on the Open Author toolbar are exactly what you would expect from any text editor. However, there are a few special features.
- Text Style- Use this drop down menu to change text to a heading, subheading, a regular paragraph, or a long quote
- Bulleted and numbered lists
- Increase/decrease text indent- You can also use these buttons to create outlines from bulleted or numbered lists
- Insert a Table
- Text Formatting
- Insert Media- Use this button to insert images, audio, video and other documents. For more details, see Adding Media
- Insert Reference- Use this button to cite source material. A footnote will automatically be created at the bottom of your resource. You can include as much information as you want in the reference, but we recommend including a minimum of author, title and link to the source you cite.
You can use the same Insert Media button to add many different types of content to your resource. Media is added at the location of your cursor when you click the ‘Insert Media’ button. A yellow box saying ‘media will be placed here’ will show you the location. You can add media in two ways: uploading a file from your computer or inserting media from a website. You don’t have to tell Open Author what type of media you are adding before selecting the file.
To upload media, click “Find File” or drag and drop a file into the box on the left. You will then see a progress bar as the media uploads.
Supported file and media types include:
- Image files (.jpg, .png, .gif)
- Audio files (.mp3)
- Video files (.mpg, .wmv, mp4, .flv)
- Documents (.pdf, .doc, .docx, .ppt, etc)
Currently, .doc and .pdf files can only be attached to your resource as files for other users to download. If you want to insert the text of a document into your Open Author resource, we recommend copying and pasting into Open Author in addition to attaching the document.
Inserting Media from the Web
If your media is located on a web page, you can copy the URL of the media and paste it into the text box on the right. You can paste a link to a YouTube or TeacherTube video or Flickr image. Open Author will be able to insert the video or image from that link.
Hint: For sites other than Flickr, you might need to copy and paste the link to the image and not the link to the whole page that the image is on.
- In Firefox, right click the image and select “Copy Image Location”
- In Chrome, right click the image and select “Copy Image URL”
- In Safari, control + click the image and select “Copy Image Address”
- In Internet Explorer, right click the image and select “Properties”. Highlight the link next to ‘Image (URL):’. Right click on that link and select ‘Copy’.
If you’re not sure which link to use, just try pasting it into Open Author. If the image appears in your resource, then you have the right link! If you do not see any options when you right click, or if an inserted video does not work, it may be protected by copyright.
Name and Submit
Once a video or image is brought in to Open Author, you can edit the name of the image and add a description. These will appear as a title and caption below the image or video in your resource once you click ‘Submit’.
Alternatively, you can choose to display an image as a download link only by clicking on the dropdown in the upper left corner. If you have a long list of images to include in your resource, this can help you save space.
If the license on a YouTube video does not allow for it to be embedded, the video will not be displayed in your resource.
Once inserted, video and images can be moved around your resource using the move handle in the upper left. On the lower left, icons appear for deleting the image, and changing its alignment to Left, Center or Right.