Using SOL

Site: Solent Online Learning
Course: Learning Technologies Student Help
Book: Using SOL
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Date: Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 2:52 AM


This book contains all the student help information for Solent Online Learning.


There are many tools available on Solent Online Learning (SOL), all designed to assist and enhance your learning experience. Different lecturers will use SOL in different ways.  

The following sub-chapters introduce a few of these tools such as the HTML editor and forums.

Your profile

If you want to add additional information about yourself, you can do this by editing your 'Profile', which will be visible to anyone with access to Solent Online Learning.

You can get to your profile page from anywhere where you can see your name, highlighted in blue, or from the top-right of Solent Online Learning by clicking on your name (in some views a small version of your profile picture), and selecting 'Profile' from the drop-down menu. Select the 'Edit Profile' option, which will take you to a page that allows you to add information, as well as change your profile image.

HTML editor

The HTML editor screen appears whenever your need to add content to Solent Online Learning (e.g replying to a forum post, editing a journal or contributing to a wiki). You can just type text, or use the icons to add additional content and formatting.

HTML editor

Pasting text from elsewhere

You can cut and paste text from other Windows applications such as Microsoft Word straight into the editor, and your formatting will be preserved. Just use the "Tx" button to remove some of the formatting from your pasted text: Word clean icon

If you make a mistake, use the undo and redo buttons!  Undo and redo buttons

Inserting Images

In your journals and assignments, you can choose to display images from your online photo-sharing account (e.g flickr, photobucket, picasa). Find the URL for your image by right clicking on the image, selecting properties and copying the Address URL.

Then, select the Insert Image icon insert image and enter the address in the Image URL box.

You can also browse for the image within your own computer files or USB stick. Just click on Browse Repositories.

Insert an image

You can use the layout options to change the alignment of the image, add a border, spacing etc.

Inserting video

If you see this icon Video icon you can insert video from various places online, such as YouTube. Just click on Browse Repositories

Insert video

You can browse for the video within your own computer files or USB stick or click on the YouTube repository link or any other online file storage places you have such as Google Docs, etc.

Other useful icons

Full screen toggle - Switch to full screen

special character - Insert custom characters and symbols


Forums are a great way to communicate with other students. They are referred to as 'asynchronous' which means that, unlike chatting online or messaging, there is sometimes a long period of time between posts. So you can think for a while about the previous post before you reply. Forums can last for a few hours or a few months! This is great if you want to continue discussing a difficult concept after a seminar, or if you just want a space to post any queries that you have about one unit throughout the entire year.

Your lecturers have access to a News & Alerts forum which is a one-way messaging service.  It means that your lecturer can send you important annoucements which will come through the Solent Online Learning pop-up messaging service.  You will also receive a copy of the message to your email inbox.  If you don't, check if you have forwarded your messages somewhere or check your 'junk' folder.

Using Forums
Forums allow you to post information for your lecturers and other students to view and reply to existing posts. Forums on Solent Online Learning are indicated by the forum icon. Forum icon

This is an example of a forum in progress:

Example of a forum

To subscribe to a forum to ensure that you receive emails of new posts, click on the forum title and select the Subscribe to this forum option on the right-hand side.

To post to a forum, click on the forum title and select Add a new discussion topic. Add a subject and then type your post into the Message box. Click on Post to Forum. You then have 30 minutes after submitting to edit your post.

To reply to a forum post, go into the forum, select the discussion you want to contribute to and click on Reply. Your post will appear underneath the original item.

Use the drop-down menu at the top of the forum screen to change how the posts are displayed.

How to change your forum preferences

Forum preferences can be changed by each user.

  1. On the dropdown next to the name, select Preferences.
  2. Under User Account, select Forum preferences.
  3. On the Forum preferences page, select No digest, single email per forum post.

Further Support

If you require any further support in using SOL, you can come to the Learning Technologies helpdesk (Floor 2 Library) and see us or call on 023 8201 3340, email on