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.
The tool bar in the "Normal" text box view contains many buttons. This lists the buttons and their functions from left to right.
- The first button is a drop down menu with a selection of ten font types. View the menu by clicking the button, and then choose a font by clicking it. The default font is "Times New Roman".
- The second button is a drop down menu with a range of font sizes to choose from. View the menu by clicking the button, and then scroll down to choose a font size. The default size is "3" (12 pt).
- The next button, the one that says "ABC" with a checkmark, is the "Spell Check" button. Clicking this will open a new window that displays a spell check system almost identical to the one in newer versions of Word.
Pasting from Word
The button with the "W" on top of a clipboard is for pasting text from Microsoft Word. It's recommended that you use this button when copying text from a Word document instead of pasting normally. Word documents contain formatting markup that can be incompatible with MySLC.
- A text box will pop-up when you click on the clipboard with the Microsoft "W" icon on top of the clipboard. Paste your text into this box. It will keep your formatting while translating it to be more friendly for the web.
- Click "Insert" at the bottom of the text box.
- Upon clicking "Insert" the text will appear in the text box.
- The button with a large "B" on it is for making text bold. Either click it before you type the text you want to be bold, or highlight the text you want to be bold and then click the button.
- The slanted "I" is the button to make text italic. Either click it before you type the text you want to appear in italic, or highlight text and then click the button.
- The underlined "U" underlines text. Click it before you begin typing the text you want to be underlined, or highlight text and then click it.
- Click the small arrow next to the "A" with a red line under it to view the menu for text colors. Click on a color to select it or click "More Colors..." to make your own.
- Click the small arrow next to the little "ab" with the highlighter pen picture to see the menu for text highlight/background colors. Choose a color by clicking it, or click "More Colors..." to make your own.
- The button with the eraser on it removes formatting (such as underlines, italics and colors) from selected text.
- The next four buttons are for aligning text. The first is to justify the text to the right, which is also the default setting. This means all of the text will be even along the left margin, but jagged along the right. The second button aligns the text through the center, the third aligns it along the right margin, and the fourth stretches out the spaces between words so that the text is lined up along both the right and left margins.
- The two buttons with the number and bullet points allows you to make ordered and unordered lists. To make ordered lists, click on the icon with the numbers. To make unordered lists, click the list icon with three bullet points.
- The button that has a straight horizontal line on it will add a line all the way across the text box from wherever the cursor is when it's selected.
Adding and Removing Links
The next two buttons appear as a chain of three links and then a breaking chain. The former is for adding links and the latter is for removing them. There are two ways to add links.
- Enter the web address, otherwise referred to as the "URL", that you would like to make a link in the text box. Highlight it, and then click on the link icon which is located to the right of the broken link icon.
- A popup window will appear. Enter the URL that you are linking to in the field marked "Url". The other fields are not necessary to fill out.
- Click on the link icon.
- A popup window will appear. Enter the URL in the "Url".
- Enter the text of the link in the field marked "Title".
- If you want to enter an email address, use the "Type" drop-down menu to select the "mailto:" option.
- If you want to specify what window the link should open in (a new window or the current window), use the "Target" drown-down menu.
- The last button is a picture of a die with symbols on it. When selected, this will open a pop-up window with a selection of special characters.
- Click on desired characters to add them where your cursor is. Symbols that are unavailable in your text encoding will display as question marks.
- Some text boxes will have character limits. If a text box does have a character limit, it will say so above the text box on the left side. If you are having problems with the character limit of a text box, see this article: General: Character Limit.
If you want to view any formatting code that is in your message to delete it, or to add formatting with HTML rather than the text tools bar, use the "HTML" view. The "HTML" view has a tool bar as well.
- The button with the floppy disc on it is the save button.
- The button with the printer on it is the print button.
- The button with scissors on it is for cutting selected text from the text box and saving it to the clipboard.
- The button with the two pages on it is for copying selected text to the clipboard.
- The button with the clipboard pastes text that is saved to the clipboard wherever your cursor is in the text box.
- The button with the binoculars is for finding and replacing words with other words.
- The next button resizes the text box so that it fills up the whole browser window. Click it again to return to the normal size.
- The arrow with the plus sign selects everything in the text box, while the arrow with the minus sign deselects anything that is selected.
Using the Calendar Selector
This article describes how to use the calendar selector feature of MySLC.
- Click on the small calendar icon next to any field where you can enter a date to use the calendar selector.
- Today's date will always appear in a relatively dark grey, and the date that was in the date field when you clicked the calendar icon will be colored yellow.
- To change the month you are viewing in the calendar selector, click the on the month name that appears at the top left corner of the selector to view the drop down menu. Click a new month to change the calendar.
- To change the year the calendar is currently in, click on the year shown at the top of the selector to view the drop down menu for years.
- If you only need to change the year to the previous year or the next, there are buttons above the calendar that say "-Year" and "Year+". If you click the "-Year" one, you will be moved to the previous year. If you click the "Year+" one, you will be moved to the next year (from the one you are viewing). For instance, if you are viewing 2010 and you want to set the date to be in 2009, click "-Year" once. If you are in 2010 and want to make the date in 2011, click "Year+" once. For 2012, click it twice.
- If you only want to change the month to the previous month or the next month from the one you are viewing, click "-Month" to go back one and "Month+" to go forward one. For example, if you are currently viewing February, but you want to set the date in January, click "-Month" once. If you want the the date to be in March, but you are viewing February, click "Month+" once.
- Click "Close" to exit the Calendar Selector, or click on the page outside of the calendar. Clicking on a day in the calendar will automatically close it as well.
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.
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.
- The larger the file size, the longer it will take for you to upload and for other users to download the file. If it takes too long to upload, your browser may even time out in the middle of it, and you may not be able to upload some big files at all. There is no hard limit for this, however, so use your best judgement about file sizes.
- In order to ensure that everyone can access files you upload to MySLC, avoiding new versions of files (.docx, .pptx, .xlsx) in favor of older and more universal versions (.doc, .ppt, .xls) is preferable. You can convert files to different types in new versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint with "Save As". In general, the more common the file type, the easier it will be for everyone to open it with their browser or computer.
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 allows you to cycle through the group of images without having to click on them each time to enlarge them.
- Click on an image in the row of pictures you would like to view.
- To go to the next image, hover on the right side of the image and an arrow will appear. Click on the right arrow. You can also click on the orange "Next >>" link in the bottom left corner.
- To go to the previous image, hover on the left side of the image and an arrow will appear. Click on the left arrow. You can also click on the orange "<< Previous" link in the bottom left corner.
- To close out of the image viewer, click on the large grey X in the bottom right corner or click outside of the image box on the dimmed background.
Several portlets allow you the ability to upload images and insert them into text.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- If you want to put the thumbnail within the body of your text:
- Click on the image.
- Drag and drop the thumbnail into the text box. It will now appear in the text box where you have placed it. Note that the thumbnails are always square, so some of your image may be cropped out in the thumbnail version. As an alternative, use the second method below to insert an image, which will also allow you to resize the inserted version of the image.
- If you want the full size image to appear within the text at its original size:
- Click on the magnifying glass icon under the thumbnail.
- The image will appear below the thumbnail in a window. Click on the image.
- Drag and drop it into the text box. It will now appear in the text box in its original size. To resize it, click a corner of the picture and pull it inward or outward, depending on whether you want to make it smaller or larger. Pulling the corners inward will result in a smaller version of the image, while pulling outward will result in a larger version of the image. The image may become pixelated if you try to make the image larger than its original image size.
- To delete an image, click the trash can icon under the image you would like to delete.
The "View as" feature allows you to select a role in your course and see what users with that role can see.
- Click on the drop-down menu located under "MySLC". Below is an example of the faculty view.
- Select a role you would like to see the view for.
- 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.
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.
- 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?.
- 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.
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".
- Optional: Select a global role from the dropdown menu if you would like to look for individuals in a specific global role. These roles are different than roles dealt within the context you're working in, and represent a more general role within MySLC.
If you have a long list of people to scroll through you can click on "<-- Previous" and "More -->" to go through the users.
- To remove a user from the "Selected Users" list, highlight their name and click the "<-- Remove" button under the "Add -->" button between the two columns.
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.
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:
- 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.
- Click on the "Save" button located under the list of roles to save your changes.
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