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MySLC Documentation: General


This article explains the timeout feature of MySLC.

If you do not load a new page in 20 minutes while you are signed into MySLC, you will be automatically signed out. Things like clicking checkboxes and typing in text boxes will not prevent this from happening. The 20 minute timeout feature was recommended by security consultants hired by the school, and is to protect your private information.

Using the Text Box and its Tools

This article explains the function of each button and drop menu in the Text Box. First of all, there are two views available in the text box. These are called "Normal" and "HTML" views. The "Normal" view will be visible by default, but you can choose "HTML" if you want to enter or edit HTML code.

Normal View

The tool bar in the "Normal" text box view contains many buttons. This lists the buttons and their functions from left to right.

Using the Calendar Selector

This article describes how to use the calendar selector feature of MySLC.

Downloading Files

This article describes how to download files from MySLC.

To download or save a file from MySLC, left-click on it. Depending on your browser's settings and the type of file, it will either open automatically, save automatically, or ask you which you want and sometimes where you want it saved.

If this doesn't work, right-click (or hold the "Ctrl" key and click for a Mac) the link for the file and click "Save Link As" (in Firefox) or "Download Linked File As" (in Safari) or "Download Target As" (in Internet Explorer) to save it to your computer.

Uploading Files

This articles describes how to upload files to MySLC using the browse feature, and what file characteristics are acceptable for uploading.


In places where you can upload files to portlets, you will see this button:

Clicking it will open a "File Upload" window, in which you can view the files on your computer. After selecting the file you want to upload by highlighting it, click the button that says "Open". This will attach it to the form you are working from, and will upload the file when you save the form.

Acceptable File Types and Sizes

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing files to upload to MySLC.


If there is a trashcan by any MySLC item, it means you can delete it. To delete the item, click the trashcan.

A pop-up window will ask you if you are sure you want to delete, and you can either click "OK" to delete or "Cancel" to not delete.

Viewing Images

Viewing images allows you to cycle through the group of images without having to click on them each time to enlarge them.

  1. Click on an image in the row of pictures you would like to view.

Managing Images

Several portlets allow you the ability to upload images and insert them into text.

Uploading Images

  1. To add an image, click the button marked "Add Image(s)". Note that the image you pick will not be automatically resized, so if the image is large, consider resizing it before uploading. For more information on the advantages of resizing images, see General: Uploading Files. Note that resizing an image (making the entire image larger or smaller) is not the same as cropping it (removing portions of the image to make it smaller), and you cannot crop images in MySLC.
  2. Browse for the image file you want to upload and select it. You can upload multiple images at the same time. To upload consecutively listed files, hold down 'Shift' and select the first and last image in the list. To upload non-consecutively listed images, hold down the Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) key and click on each image.
  3. A thumbnail of the image will appear below the "Add Image(s)" button. The thumbnails appear in a row. When you click on one, it pops up and you can cycle through the images. For more information on viewing images, refer to General: Viewing Images.

Inserting Images into the Text Box

There are two ways you can insert images into your text:

Deleting Images

  1. To delete an image, click the trash can icon under the image you would like to delete.

View As

The "View as" feature allows you to select a role in your course and see what users with that role can see.

  1. Click on the drop-down menu located under "MySLC". Below is an example of the faculty view.
  2. Select a role you would like to see the view for.
  3. Below you will see an example of the "Student" role in this course compared to the "Faculty" role view. In this example, the "Student" role has access to fewer portlets in the course. For example, they do not have access to the "Attendance" and "Blog" portlets. The "Student" role also does not have the "Edit Page" option, the "Online Assignments" tools or the edit and delete options. To return to the previous role view, click on the "Back to Regular View" button located where the drop-down menu you previously used under "MySLC".
    Note: It is important to note that users with multiple roles will be able to see what all of their roles give them permission for. For example, if a user with a "Student" role also has a "Teacher's Assistant" role where the professor in the class gives them permissions to access the editing tools. The permissions from the "Teacher's Assistant" role compiles on top of the permissions for the "Student" role to grant the user access to the permissions for both roles.

Character Limit

Some text boxes have character limits, and some don't. Those that have them state the character limit underneath the text box on the left side.

The character limits sometimes cause problems when pasting text in from a program like Microsoft Word. If you don't use the text box feature "Paste from Word", you will be inadvertently pasting all sorts of formatting text that will be invisible in the text box, but will make you more likely to exceed the character limit.

If you have pasted from Word properly and are still running up against the character limit, you will just have to make your text shorter.

Using "Paste From Word":

The button with the blue "W" on top of a clipboard is for pasting text from Microsoft Word.

When you click this button, a window will pop up that asks you to paste your text into it. After you paste the text into the pop-out window, click insert on the bottom left corner. Your text should appear in the text box.

Using the Principal Selector

The principal selector allows you to search for specific users. It will open up in a popup window.
Note: If you are adding a large number of users it is recommended that you save your selections in batches of 15-20 to avoid the session timeout. For more information on timing out, refer to General: Timeout.

  1. Select whether you would like to search all users or only the users in the context you are setting permissions for. For more information on what a context is, refer to Context Manager: What is a Context?.
  2. Enter the last name and/or first name of the individual you would like to add. We recommend searching with the individual's last name for quicker results.
  3. Highlight the individual's name in the list by clicking on it in the list. Then click "Add -->" which will move their name to the right column under "Selected Users".
  4. If you have a long list of people to scroll through you can click on "<-- Previous" and "More -->" to go through the users.
  5. Once you are done selecting the individuals you would like to add with the principal selector, click the "OK" button under the "Selected Users" column.

Global Roles

Generally you will not need to use the Global Roles feature unless you need to assign permissions to a large group of users. This allows you to control who can view the context, page or portlet you're editing permissions for.

To find where to set permissions for contexts, pages and portlets, refer to:

  1. Check the check box under the "Can View" column for the users you would like to grant access to the content you're editing.
    Note: Checking the check box for the "Users" role allows all MySLC users to view your page. Checking the check box for the "Everyone" role allows anybody on the internet to view the context, page or portlet you're editing on MySLC.
  2. Click on the "Save" button located under the list of roles to save your changes.

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