What are widgets and how do I use them?

Widgets are the basic building blocks of a page. Use widgets to add text, media, activities, galleries, feeds, etc.

To use a widget:

  • Go to a content page and click Edit to start edit mode.
  • Click or drag widgets from the left sidebar onto the page. 


Core Widgets

There are many widgets to choose from, below is an overview of some of our staples.


Text Widget

 

Add text, imagestablesembed videos, and iframes. 

Format your text using a big range of tools and features.

Student view

 

 

Editor view for teacher

 

Tip: Support your text with images, icons, bullet points and break your text into easy-flowing paragraphs for better readability!


Video Widget

 

Click or drag the widget to place it on the page. Add your video URL and a custom poster image (optional).

Student view

 

 

Editor view for teacher

 

 Tip: OpenLearning supports YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Vzaar, Brightcove, HTML5 video, and Flash.

As for video file types: mp4, Mov, Avi, WebM, and Ogg.


File Widget

  

You can add image, PPT, or PDF files on the page. These can be viewed and/or downloaded by course participants.

 

Student view

 

 

Editor view for teachers

 

 Tip: Add multiple image files using this widget if you need a quick slideshow function!


White Space Widget

 

This widget is simply for creating extra space on your page and is only for aesthetic appeal.


Play Audio File Widget

 

Student view:

 

Editor view for teacher:

 


Post File Widget

 

The Post file widget allows students to share video, audio, or document files into a Gallery.

 

Student view

 

 

Editor view for teachers

 

These activities can be set up to be private (viewable only by student and teacher) or public (viewable by entire class).


Post Text Widget

 

The Post text widget allows students to share text into a Gallery.

 

Student view

 

 

Editor view for teachers

 

These activities can be set up to be private (viewable only by student and teacher) or public (viewable by entire class). 


Post Image Widget

 

The Post image widget allows students to share images (.jpg, png or .gif) into a Gallery.

 

Student view

 

Editor view for teachers

 

These activities can be set up to be private (viewable only by student and teacher) or public (viewable by entire class). 


Share Page Widget

 

The Post page widget allows students to create and share their own page into a Gallery.

 

Student view

 

 

Editor view for teachers

 

These activities can be set up to be private (viewable only by student and teacher) or public (viewable by entire class).


Gallery Widget

 

The Gallery displays any Post Text, Image, File or Page shared by students.

Gallery widgets are automatically added when you add a share widget to your page.

If you have multiple share widgets on one page, you can have a gallery for each one or delete the extra galleries and have one gallery display all shared content.

 

Student view

 

Editor view for teachers

 


Misc widgets:

 

 

Checklist Widget: Check items off a list towards completion

 

 

Random Selector Widget: Randomly selects an item from a specific list of options

 

Quiz widgets:

 

 

Category Matching Widget: Allows learners to categorise words into different columns

 

 

Crossword Puzzle Widget:  Allows learners to fill in a crossword puzzle based on clues 

 

 

Fill in the Blanks Widget: Asks learners to fill in missing words or phrases

 

 

Match it Widget: Asks learners to match answers

 

 

Multiple Choice Widget: Single-selection radio-button and multiple-selection check-box answers

 

 

Short Answer Widget: Allow for short answer input with the ability to auto-mark against given criteria

 

Extension widgets:

 

 

Embedded iFrame Widget: Embed an external page in an iFrame

 

HTML Snippet Widget: Embed an HTML snippet in an iFrame

 

Upload HTML Package Widget: Embed an uploaded web app in an iFrame

 

Other Widgets:

 

Upload Zip Package Widget: EmbeF an uploaded web app (zip) in iFrame

 

Group Space Widget: Configure and display group pages

 

  

Share Anything Widget: Allows students to share thoughts, images, videos, links or files

 

 

Submit Button Widget: A submit button at the end of the page which processes the correctness of all submit-button compatible widgets on the page

 

  

Video Conference Widget: Allows users to launch conference calls

 

 

Twitter: User can embed a twitter feed, moment, collection, profile, list, timeline, handle or hashtag to their page

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  • When I go to edit a page, there are no widgets in the sidebar.

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      • Alenka Prezelj
      • Customer Support Team
      • Alenka_Prezelj
      • 7 mths ago
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      Dennis Lane Hi Dennis! That's because you're in the space where you edit the title and the description of the module. You should put the actual content on a course page. Click on Add a page below the text editor that you have there (see your screenshot), and type in a name for your page. Then hit enter (or click somewhere) to create the page, and then go to Edit. For more info please refer to this page.

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    • Alenka Prezelj Slapping my forehead here! Thanks a lot for putting me right!

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      • Alenka Prezelj
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      • Alenka_Prezelj
      • 7 mths ago
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      Dennis Lane Hahaha! 😀 That's what I'm here for! Let us know if you have any further questions / issues.

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  • Hi,

    Where do I go to view the files uploaded by students?

    I am probably missing something really obvious, but I can't seem to find their uploaded work.

    I've tried in the page view and edit options as well as looking at the menu.

    Help would be much appreciated. 😊

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      • Alenka Prezelj
      • Customer Support Team
      • Alenka_Prezelj
      • 2 mths ago
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      Mr Craig Hi! Normally you would see these files in the gallery. Perhaps you deleted the gallery widget by mistake? You can bring it back and the files will pop right back up.

      If this doesn't solve the issue, please post a link to your course (and the page), and I will take a closer look! 

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  • how do I edit the comment widget, it is not listed here

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      • Alenka Prezelj
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      • Alenka_Prezelj
      • 2 mths ago
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      Nikki from the RTA Hi Nikki, we don't have a comment widget. Are you referring to Post text widget? Or the comment section? 

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  • Hi. How do view students' answers to a quiz? 

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