Each page type in CALI Author has customizable fields. Some are mandatory and others are optional.
There are 17 different page types. See the section on Available Page Types for information on each one.
This chapter will cover how to:
To work with a page, select its name in the Table of Contents to the left. The page will open on the right with editable fields.
Select the box next to Type in the Page Info section. Doing so will open a menu of page types. Select the new page type. See the section on Available Page Types for more information.
Tip: When you change the page type only the Question text will be preserved – everything else will be lost. If you have content you want to save, you may want to create a new page, copy and paste from the old page, then delete the old page, instead of changing the page type.
Once the page is open, delete the existing name and enter the new name into the text box next to Name in the Page Info section.
Tip: CALI Author will only allow a particular page name once. If you need to reuse a page name, use a placeholder name and then go back and change the original page name to something different.
Simply place your cursor into the field you want to edit in order to add new text or delete text. Use the formatting toolbar to further customize your text.
Tip: Use Ctrl+Shift+V to “Paste as plain text” when copying and pasting text from a website or other source.
Tip: Remove default placeholder language where necessary, such as for optional Hints.
Note that the main Picture section is not operational. Instead, follow the steps below to add images to a page.
- Place your cursor in the Question or Feedback section where you want the image to appear.
- Select the Image icon in the toolbar above.
- Open the Upload tab and select Choose file to upload an image from your device.
- After opening, select Send it to the server. This will automatically take you back to the Image Info tab.
- Tip: If you don’t see the image in the Preview box after selecting “Send it to the Server” and returning to the Image Info tab, and instead you see a red box with an X in it, the image may be too large. Try resizing.
- In the Image Info tab, add the Alternate Text.
- In the Image Info tab, you can also adjust the width and height.
- Tip: You can see how the image appears in the Student tab. To further customize, return to the Author tab and double-click on the image which will reopen the Image Properties box.
Select the page type Text with Video then add the YouTube embed code to the Video Embed field. Leave the Video Source field empty.
Popups provide supplemental information and appear as links in the text. Selecting the link opens a box containing the popup text or image on the same page.
- Create a popup page by selecting + Add popup under the Table of Contents.
- Add your Popup content to this new Popup page. Note the Popup page name.
- Return to the page where you want the popup to appear in the text.
- Highlight the text that you want to link to the popup.
- Select the Link icon from the toolbar.
- Change the Protocol to Popup.
- Under URL type the exact name of the popup page you created.
- Select OK.
Tip: There is a bug that shows an error when attempting to view the popup in the student view. It will, however, work properly once published. To view the popup in the student view in CALI Author, while still in the student view, navigate to the popup page then return to the page containing the popup. The popup will work after taking those steps.
Toolbars appear as buttons at the top of the page and when selected contain supplemental information. The buttons themselves can have whatever text you would like.
- First, create a Popup page by selecting + Add popup under the Table of Contents.
- Add your Toolbar content to this new Popup page. Note the Popup page name.
- Go to the page where you would like the Toolbar to appear. Expand the Toolbar section in authoring mode.
- In the Toolbar box, select the “Number of toolbar buttons” from the dropdown menu.
- Type in what you want the Toolbar button text to be under “Caption.”
- For example, your button text might be Hypo and the toolbar content might contain a hypothetical scenario from a previous page that you want the student to be able to easily revisit. Or, the button text could be the section of a statute and the toolbar content the statute text that you want handy.
- Under “Link” type in popup://popuppagename. Note that after popup:// should be the exact page name of the Popup you created.
- For example, if the Popup page is named Cool Toolbar, the full Link would be popup://Cool Toolbar.
- Switch to the Student view. The Toolbar should appear BUT it will say the Popup page can’t be found when selected.
- While staying in the Student view, navigate to the original Popup page then back to the page containing the Toolbar. Try the Toolbar again and it should work.