Simple Features

The Simple Features functionality makes it possible to embed certain Features inline with a question stem, or with a possible response.

To add a simple feature, click on the Simple Features icon in the rich text toolbar. Here, you can select what Feature you would like to embed, from the 5 options: Video player, Audio player, Calculator, Protractor and Ruler.

Figure 1 - The Simple Features icon in the rich text toolbar.

Video Player

Authors can embed videos hosted on the Internet, or upload videos from a computer. Video clips can be uploaded in MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4), and must be less than 100MB.

Audio Player

Audio can be embedded into a question using 5 different player types: Button, Bar, Minimal, Image, and Display as text. Within every player, you have the ability to set a Playback limit - how many times the student can play the audio before it becomes disabled.

The Button player takes up less space on the page, and allows the student to play, stop, pause, and adjust the volume of the audio.

Figure 2 - Button player.

The Bar player takes up more width on the page and allows the student to play, pause, and adjust volume controls.

Figure 3 - Bar player.

The Minimal player is the smallest player of the three, and allows the student to play, pause and adjust volume controls. There is no progress bar on this audio player, unlike the Bar and Button players. With this player type, you have the option to hide controls from the student, i.e. pause and volume.

Figure 4 - Minimal player.

The Image player allows the author to upload their own image, that when clicked, will play audio. There are a few extra options with this player type - you can hide controls (play/pause/volume control) from the student, and also hide the play icon that appears by default beside the image. There are also image configuration options:

  • Height and Width: these values are entered in pixels (px).

  • Title: Text that appears when the mouse hovers over the image.

  • Image alternative text: text that will appear in place of the image, if the image does not load on the page.

Figure 5 - Image player.

When Display as text is selected, you can set what text will act as the audio player for the student. This text will appear underlined, and the student can click on it to play it. Like with the image player, you do have the option to set up a title, hide the play icon (which will otherwise appear by default to the left of the text), and also to hide the controls from the student.

Figure 6 - Text player.

In the Source URL section, you have the option of uploading an audio file from your computer or by embedding the link for the audio if it is hosted elsewhere. You also have the option to record your own audio (maximum recording time is 10 minutes) and use it in the question.

Figure 7 - The upload audio and record audio buttons in the Simple Feature pop up box.

If you want to record your own audio:

  • Click on Record audio.
  • Select the audio input from the drop down menu, and click on the grey box to start recording.
  • The Pause button allows you to pause the recording and resume it, while the Finish button stops the recording.
  • You can playback the audio, and when you are satisfied with the recording click OK to upload the file.

  • Note if you have embedded Audio into your question, you can configure actions such as auto play, using our Action builder.


    You can configure the Simple Features calculator in the same way that you can configure the Calculator Feature. Choose from the Basic calculator mode, or from the Scientific mode.

    Figure 8 - Scientific calculator.

    Figure 9 - Basic calculator.

    If you have selected Basic, enabling the extended option will display a CE, % and √ button on the calculator - these are hidden by default.

    If you have selected Scientific, you can set the default unit to be either in degrees or radians.

    The calculator will appear to the student as a button, labelled 'Calculator', and clicking this will show the calculator.

    Protractor and Ruler

    Like the Calculator, the Protractor and the Ruler will appear as a button to the student, that when clicked will display the tool. You have the ability to change the label for either, and set up Image alternative text. Show rotate icon is enabled by default - this is the yellow arrow icon indicating to the student that the tool can be rotated.

    Figure 10 - Ruler with rotate icon.

    Figure 11 - Protractor with rotate icon.