Tools & Tips

Filters – The Magic Wands of Plugins

By February 26, 2020 March 3rd, 2020 No Comments

Written by: Kristin Isler, Product Development Coordinator

While learning can be a magical experience for the learner, it takes a lot of work on the part of those designing the learning to create those experiences. Filters are like magic wands for content editors, changing what is entered into different languages, different audiences, and even different displays. Here are some of Remote Learner’s favorite filters:

Multi-Language Content (v2)

If your users speak different languages, the Multi-Language Content Filter is a great addition to your toolbox. This filter uses shortcodes to designate content for a specific language, allowing writers to add multiple translations to a single context. Instead of seeing all of the translations, the filter only displays the language that the user has selected for the site.

Simplifying the standard multi-language filter, the shortcodes used by this filter are easy to add to content. Begin a new language content with a {mlang XX} tag, where XX is the code for the language pack (ex. en for English, fr for French, and Es for Spanish). When the content for that language is complete, add a quick {mlang} to end the filter.

PoodLL Filter

The PoodLL Filter is pure magic when it comes to recording and embedding audio/video files into content. The PoodLL Filter grants you access to the entire PoodLL suite of plugins, which allow content editors to include audio or video in any module, utilize special test question formats including audio-based questions and responses, and assignment submission options.

Personalization Filter

A Remote Learner exclusive plug-in, the Personalization Filter changes placeholder code (ex. {USER_FIRSTNAME}) into information from a user’s profile or a course field. Other information like the instructor name(s) and contact information can be added using placeholders for specific roles. This filter allows instructors to personalize course text for each user, turning the LMS into a participant in the learning process.

ReIN Filter

Another Remote Learner exclusive plugin, the ReIN Filter creates interactive elements anywhere content can be added to the LMS. From tabs, to accordions, to a book, the organizational options help keep content simple and clean. Other ReIN elements include drag and drop questions, flip cards, and an image hotspot.

Conclusion

Filters can be extremely useful tools to help anyone transform what would be simple plain text into extraordinary content, that is interesting, interactive, and personal to create magical courses we hope all learners can experience.