To achieve our aim of enhancing content delivery globally, OpenLearning now supports courses that are written in Right-to-Left (RTL) format.

Right-to-Left (RTL) script is writing that begins in the top right of a page and continues to the left. Arabic, Urdu and Hebrew are some common RTL writing systems.

Students wishing to take courses in RTL languages will now experience more learning in their desired language and course navigation that is consistent with RTL languages.

Course creators and students can also input more RTL text throughout the platform.

If you are a Course Creator, here are the steps of setting up RTL Format in your course:
  1. Go to Course Setup > Advanced and scroll down to the section titled Miscellaneous.
  2. The setting for RTL is titled Text Direction > Tick that box to enable RTL format.

 

What types of changes can you expect from this new format?

1. Course Navigation and Modules

While the course navigation bar will remain on the left, all titles that course creators choose to input in RTL languages will be right-aligned.

RTL will be automatically generated in the navigation menu. If you would like to change the layout of your menu titles, you can go to Course Setup > Appearance.

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At the end of each page, the Next button now appears on the left and the Back button appears on the right. The buttons will no longer display the English text “Next” and “Back” but will include the relevant page titles.

This is what the “Next” button should look like after course creators have ticked the Text Direction box:

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When opening any Module Set Navigation, the menu view will be right-to-left oriented. This includes the ordering of pages that will be displayed from right to left. Module titles, module descriptions, and page titles will also support RTL languages. 

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2. Widgets

Selected Widgets

The majority of OpenLearning’s Core and Quiz widgets now allow course creators and students to input text in RTL format.

The complete list of widgets are: Text, White Space, Video, File, Play Audio, Share File, Post Text, Post Image, Gallery, Fill in the Blanks, Match It!, Multiple Choice, Short Answer, and the Submit Button.

Core Widgets

Course creators can input RTL languages into all Core Widget fields. In the Text Widget, text, headers, images, lists and bullet points, and tables will be right aligned.

Course creators and students can input RTL text into all available fields within the widget while RTL is active.

Share Widgets

Course creators and students can input RTL languages into Share File, Post Text, Post Image and Gallery widgets. In the Gallery Widget, student posts will appear from right to left.

Course creators and students can input RTL text into all available fields within the widget while RTL is active.

Quiz Widgets

Course creators and students can input RTL languages into Fill in the Blanks, Match It!, Multiple Choice, Short Answer and the Submit Button widgets.

Course creators and students can input RTL text into all available fields within the widget while RTL is active.

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3. Comments Section

The comments section at the end of every page are now oriented from right to left. This covers all text input in the section to support student conversations in RTL languages.

Posting a Comment

Students posting a comment will see a comment field that is right-to-left oriented. Course creators can input RTL text in the comment headers and comment placeholder fields to provide guidance for student conversations in the desired language.

Course creators can find comment settings in the Settings > Community tab found in the upper right corner of a page.

Replying to Comments

When a student replies to a comment, their response will be indented from the right. They will also find more important information, like their name and profile image on the right with contextual information appearing on the left.  

Students can select reply on any comment.

Important note: RTL does not translate text from one language to another. All changes must be made manually by the course creator or admins.

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We are hoping that our new feature can better facilitate content delivery and communication between course creators and their students!

Like our new features? Or are you facing some technical troubles? Share your thoughts in the OpenLearning Help Community!

Posted by Bening Wardani

Marketing Creative at OpenLearning. On a daily basis, I spend a lot of time catching up with things happening around the edtech industry. Otherwise, I can be found inventively avoiding using my twelve-month gym membership

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