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Special language character panel/chart integration for Rich Content Editor

Special language character panel/chart integration for Rich Content Editor

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Faculty at our institution would like the integration of a special language character panel or chart into the Rich Content Editor. They feel it would be easier for students than the current methods of typing or copy/pasting special characters into their assignments and discussions. They feel it would also be easier for teachers of language courses to give feedback if special characters were more easily accessible in that way.
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Instructure
Instructure

To repeat what some folks have mentioned above, and to add some useful links: adding characters one or two at a time is already native to the OS and is best handled at that level. LaTex feels like similar functionality but is different from written language because it is markup, not prose.

If you're going to be typing more than a word or two in another language you're better served to switch the keyboard to that language.

Community Member

I am an instructional designer working with a large ESL faculty that have significant content online for students. (Mostly hybrid courses) However, we now have Japanese and Chinese which are requiring instructors to create images of the characters for quizzes/exams. This is really time-consuming for them.

I would think that an alternate RCE for ESL courses would be perhaps the way to go; keep them separate but similar in function.

Just my thoughts...

Meg

Community Member

Hi Group!

I am resubmitting this image to your consideration. Thanks, dlyons@instructure.com, for your feedback. I know LaTeX is a markup language. I mentioned it as a precedent of a special rich-text button that could, in this case, allow users to insert characters from other langauges such as Japenese or Chinese (as myanalunas@coastline.edu mentions below), or Arabic and Russian (as is needed in my department),  or phonetic symbols for my colleagues in linguistics.

Also, most everyone who works with "foreign langauges" knows how to switch the keyboard, and many understand the idea of ASCII. Still, there are times when students need to take a quiz or an exam using a specific computer which may be set up differently, and for which they don't have time to learn all the nuances of the foreign language switches. Additionally, if we have Quiz Log Auditing turned on, everytime the student toggles to a new screen to cut and paste the accents, this could be recorded as "Stopped viewing the Canvas quiz-taking page...".

At least in this case (and there are others), having a rich-text button for special language characters would allow students to complete their assignments without bias.

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Community Member

Here is a great example of how this is done in Spain by the Royal Academy of Language:

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then,

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Community Member

This is very interesting - thank you for sharing this resource Jonathan!

Meg

Community Member

Thank you. I have been preaching this for months.

It is *not* best practice to have students use a pull-down menu to type in another language. Why have students hunt and peck, when they could simply learn to type "fluently", just as they are learning to speak fluently.  Smiley Happy

Community Team
Community Team

Sorry cwendt@plymouth.k12.in.us​ and Beth.Young@ucf.edu​,  What is IPA?

Community Member

It's the International Phonetic Alphabet. Used in linguistics, languages, speech pathology, acting, and probably other disciplines too. Smiley Happy

Community Team
Community Team

Thanks!

Surveyor

I can't believe that there is no special character feature in Canvas! We instructors are probably comfortable with key combinations, but students have enough to worry about without having to hold down the Alt key and type in 4 numbers for each accented letter. Please add this feature.!