The URL tool in LEO allows you to link to external content, hosted on the web, from within your LEO unit. URL stands for 'Uniform Resource Locator' and it refers to the web address of content on the Internet. An example of a URL is http://www.acu.edu.au. You can find the URL for any page you are on, in the web address area of your web browser.
You are able to link to anything that is available online, including videos, images, sound files, and PDFs. When linking to content you should be careful not to link to content which sits behind a 'paywall'. A paywall is an arrangement whereby the content is only made available to people who have subscribed or paid a fee to access it.
There are a number of different display options for the URL, including opening the link in the same page, and opening the link in a 'pop-up' window.
NOTE: You are also able to link to content from within other tools in LEO, including the Quiz, the Assignment, and the Page activity.
The URL Tool within LEO cannot be used for the purposes of assessment. However the Page resource may be useful for providing additional context to your students around their assessment tasks. You can link to websites, blog posts, online newspaper articles, and any other content which can provide value to your students.
Using URLs is a way of making your Leo unit a dynamic, engaging, interactive learning space.
The URL tool allows you to link to external content available on the internet, from within your LEO unit. The tool allows you a lot of flexibility around how the content of this website will display. Options include: 'Automatic', 'Embed', 'New window', 'Open' and 'In Pop-up'. You can even pass internal information from the LEO environment over to the external website, but it is recommended you don't make use of this functionality unless you are an advanced user.
By linking to external content using the URL tool, you are able to make your static LEO unit into a more dynamic online space. You can link to news articles and relevant content, and update your links as appropriate. By editing the settings within your URL activity you can alter how the content in the URL will be displayed, who is able to view the link, and when. At its most basic, a URL will display as a link which is available in your LEO unit.