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Moodle allows you to create custom resources and content in many areas. Two such areas are labels and pages. This tutorial will walk you through how to build a custom page within Moodle, how to add and resize images, and how to add a YouTube video. At the end of this tutorial, you will know how to manipulate different types of content utilizing the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor.

1. Make sure editing is turned on.

2. Choose Add an Activity or Resource. Under Resources, choose Page, then click Add.

 3. Add a Name and Description for your your page.

Note that the name and description are both required fields. Even though you are about to build a page with a wealth of descriptive and rich content, Moodle still prompts you for a description. This can be as detailed as you wish.  For those who do not wish to display a description, you can toggle the page description to be hidden.

 4. Add your content.

Enter content into the paragraph body. It is important to note that the following instructions relate to the WYSIWIG editor, and the functionality of this editor is available wherever it appears. Note that even the description field has a WYSIWIG editor, and topic summaries can be created using the WYSIWIG Editor.

 WYSIWIG editor functions

 

Adding images, hyperlinks, and a YouTube video:

A. Click the Add Image button.

The window that appears prompts you to browse for an image. Click on the text to Find or Upload an image...

Note that the file picker window now appears asking you where you would like to browse for files. In the following example, we will upload a file from our computer.

NOTE: Make sure to use the correct file extension in the name. ( .jpg .png .gif ) 

Don't forget to upload your file after you have browsed for it by clicking on Upload this File at the bottom.

 

If you find that your image is too large, you can edit the appearance of the image by using the Appearance Tab. Note that the preview window with the Lorem ipsum text is a dynamic window, and as you edit attributes of the image, the preview window will dynamically change. The preview however does not reflect the actual size of the image.

In the dimensions area, you are able to scale the image. Constrain proportions is checked by default. Having this feature checked will allow you to scale your image without stretching or compressing it. This can also work by dragging the anchored corners of the image once it is placed.

NOTE: If your uploaded image is too small and you try to scale from this window, the image will pixilate.

B. Next let's add a YouTube video to the page. 

Find the video you wish to display on youtube.com

On YouTube choose the option to share the video. Additional options will appear. Choose your desired settings.

Near the bottom are sizing options. By default, YouTube may have the smallest size set to 560x515. This will need to be changed in order to display properly in Moodle. Your video must be under 400 pixels in width. To change this, you should type in a custom width. 320 pixels is a good width. When you type in 320px in the width field, YouTube keeps the proportions of the video and completes the height for you.

Once you have changed the width, copy the embed code above.

Return to the page you are creating in Moodle. Click on the HMTL button in the WYSIWYG editor. Paste this code in the html window, not in the regular content window, otherwise you will create a page with only code showing.

Once you paste the embed code in the proper place, click on update. This will update the HTML for the content window.

5. Choose if the file is visible or hidden to students.

6. Save your changes.

Your file should now be displayed within the topic structure of Moodle. Your students will simply click on the file to access the content.

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