PDF downloads in RISE hosted on Learning Management Systems
Jul 29, 2020
This is just by way of a warning for those that are using an LMS with exported RISE output.
When we use a downloadable PDF file as a multi-media block in a RISE production hosted on our learning platform, and our learner selects the PDF download we find that if they are using EDGE or Chrome (maybe others too) that the PDF opens in the learning unit window that the learning programme is displaying in.
This means that the learner on closing the window finds themselves out of the learning unit and when they resume that sometimes they are thrown back in the system either to the beginning of the course or at least the beginning of the current lesson.
So, we've created a plain text block that precedes the first PDF download, which says the following:
"Very Important Note: we strongly suggest that for each downloadable PDF item in our courses you select the downloadable item and then using a right mouse button (or equivalent), choose one of these options that will appear in a drop down menu:
1: Open link in new tab.
2: Open link in new window.
3: Save link as...
Making one of these choices will avoid your system taking you back to the beginning of the learning unit when the download completes, and you shut the browser window.
The reasoning behind this is that some browsers such as Edge or Chrome have a built in PDF reading application and this causes the browser to display the document in the same window that is hosting your learning unit. By choosing to open the link in a new tab or window or saving the link you will keep the window intact and not lose your place in the course when you shut the window or tab, or save the file."
We can't see a setting option in the media block that allows us to launch the PDF in a new window, so this is by way of a work-around.
So, to the RISE development team, can we have a setting option to launch multimedia in a new window and in the case of audio or video to auto-run when launched?