Teaching with Technology

Computing & Information Services

Using the Atto text editor in Moodle

You can change your default Moodle text editor to the Atto text editor, which enables you to make short (two minute) audio and video recordings. If you would like your students to be able to create recordings in the Moodle text editor, they will each need to make this change on their account.

To change your text editor, access the User menu by clicking on the arrow near your user name in the upper right of your screen. Within that menu, select Preferences.


From the User Account area, select Editor Preferences and choose Atto HTML editor. Click Save Changes.

moodle-atto-change-editorThe Atto editor will now appear anywhere you see the text editor in Moodle. Use the microphone button to make an audio recording, or the video button to make a video. Please note that both audio and video recordings are limited to two minutes.

atto-text-editorStudents can use the Atto text editor to create audio forum posts and replies. To access the full text editor for a forum reply, click on Advanced at the bottom right of the text box.

Faculty can collect audio or video created by students using Atto text editor in response to a Moodle Quiz question. To accept Atto audio or video, choose the Essay question type and make sure the Response Format (under Response Options) is set to HTML editor with file picker, not just HTML editor.