LEO Guides

How to add a URL to a LEO unit

To add a URL to a LEO unit you need to:

  1. Navigate to your LEO unit.
  2. Click 'Turn editing on'.
  3. Click on 'Add an activity or resource'. Select 'URL' from the options given, then click on 'Add'.
  4. You will need to give your URL a name. This name will be the link which your students will click on to access the content you have linked to behind the URL.
  5. Click on the 'Content' heading to expand the section. You will need to copy and paste the URL for the content you want to link to, into the 'External URL' field. The optional settings for the URL activity are explored in more detail in the 'Other settings' section of this LEO Guide.
  6. Click 'Save and return to unit' when you are done.

There are many ways of linking to, and embedding, external content into your LEO unit. For example, you can curate links and resources into a Page activity. Similarly, you can embed links, resources, and videos into the content fields of Quizzes, Assignments, and Lesson activities.

If the content you want to link to is a YouTube or Vimeo video, rather than using a URL you may like to think about embedding the content into a Label. A Label is similar to a Page, except it displays in the main section of your LEO unit, and doesn't open in a new window.

The URL tool offers a lot of flexibility in how your content will be displayed. The settings which are unique to the URL are explored in more detail below.

Appearance

Display

The options available to you in the 'Display' dropdown are:

  • Automatic - The best display option for the URL will be selected automatically.
  • Embed - The URL will be displayed in the page within LEO, below the navigation bar together with the URL description and any blocks.
  • Open - Only the URL will be displayed in the browser window.
  • In pop-up - The URL will open in a new browser window without menus or an address bar. The size of this pop-up window is determined by you.
  • In frame - The URL will be displayed within a frame below the navigation bar and URL description.
  • New window - The URL will be displayed in a new browser window with both menus and an address bar.
Pop-up width (in pixels)

This option is only relevant if you select 'In pop-up' from the 'Display' dropdown menu. Put a number into this field to determine the width in pixels of your pop-up window.

Pop-up height (in pixels)

This option is only relevant if you select 'In pop-up' from the 'Display' dropdown menu. Put a number into this field determine the height in pixels of your pop-up window.

Display URL description

This option is only relevant if you have entered a description for your URL. For example, in the description you may like to put a reason why you have included this URL in your LEO unit, and what you would like your students to do with the content.

URL Variables

The options available under the URL Variables heading are recommended for use only by advanced LEO users.