Open Tapestry Documentation

User Tasks

Sign up

Sign up with facebook

Sign up with Twitter

Sign up with Linkedin

Sign in

Sign out

View and edit your profile

Change your email or password

Add the Weave button to your browser

View your dashboard

View one of your tapestries

Discovering Content

Browsing content

Search for content

View content added by other people

Follow a tapestry or user

Viewing Content

Viewing a tapestry

View an item

Adding and Modifying Content

Create a tapestry

Change a tapestry’s settings

Delete a tapestry

Clip an image, video, or snippet to a tapestry

Bookmark a page

Create a page from clippings - Coming Soon!

Upload a file into a tapestry

Add harvested content to a tapestry

Reclip an item

Comment on an item

Remove an item from a tapestry

Admin Tasks

Customizing Your Instance

Configuring Canvas for your Instance

Add Account Admins

Feature a Tapestry

Instructure Canvas Integration

Configure Canvas to integrate with Open Tapestry

Insert an Open Tapestry item into a Canvas page with attribution

Insert a Tapestry into a Canvas module

Not Yet Implemented (coming soon...)

End User Tasks

Edit an item

Browse items by category

Filter search results by category

Admin Tasks

Give someone rights to feature tapestries

Choose which taxonomies and categories to display in the top level filters

User Tasks

NOTE: Items in italics are screen items (menus, links, buttons, or pages).

Sign up

  1. Go to the Open Tapestry home page.
  2. Click the Sign Up button on the top right of page.
  3. Fill in the requested information and click the Sign Up button.
  4. You will be sent an email requesting that you confirm your account.
  5. Click the confirm my account link in the confirmation email.
  6. Your account will be confirmed and you will be redirected to a page that explains how to get the Weave button and start clipping.
  7. After you dismiss the get started message and when you login again, you will be taken to your My Tapestries page.

Sign up with facebook

  1. Go to the Open Tapestry home page.
  2. Click the Sign Up button on the top right of page.
  3. Click the facebook icon.
  4. Sign into facebook, if necessary.
  5. Click the Go to App button.
  6. Your account will be confirmed.

Sign up with Twitter

  1. Go to the Open Tapestry home page.
  2. Click the Sign Up button on the top right of page.
  3. Click the  Twitter icon.
  4. Sign into Twitter, if necessary.
  5. Click the Authorize App button.
  6. Twitter will not give outside parties your email address, so you will need to provide your email address to Open Tapestry.
  7. Your account will be confirmed.

Sign up with Linkedin

  1. Go to the Open Tapestry home page.
  2. Click the Sign Up button on the top right of page.
  3. Click the  Linkedin icon.
  4. Sign into Linkedin, if necessary.
  5. Click the Okay, I’ll allow it  button.
  6. LinkedIn will not give outside parties your email address, so you will need to provide your email address to Open Tapestry.
  7. Your account will be confirmed.

Sign in

  1. Go to the Open Tapestry home page.
  2. Click the Sign In button at the top right of the page.
  3. Fill in the username and password fields or click the social media button for the service you used to sign up with.
  4. Optionally check the Remember me checkbox.
  5. Click Sign In.
  6. You will be signed in and redirected to your My Tapestries page.

Sign out

  1. Mouse over your profile picture icon.
  2. Click Sign out on the drop down menu.

View and edit your profile

  1. Mouse over your profile image in the upper right corner.
  2. Click My Profile on the drop down menu.
  3. Your profile displays your name, profile image, bio, and list of tapestries.
  4. Click the pencil and paper icon in the top right of your profile block to edit.
  5. Modify information in your profile.
  6. Click the Update Profile button.

Change your email or password

  1. When logged in, mouse over your profile image at the top right of the page.
  2. Click My Account from the drop down menu.
  3. Enter your new email address or new password in appropriate field.
  4. Re-enter your new password in the Password Confirmation field, if applicable.
  5. Enter your current password for verification.
  6. Click Update.

Add the Weave button to your browser

The Weave button allows you to collect content while browsing the web. When looking at a web page, you can click the Weave button to bookmark the page into a tapestry, clip content from the page, or edit the page and add it to a tapestry.

When you first sign up for Open Tapestry, you are prompted to add the Weave button to your web browser. If you need to get the button at a later time, sign into Open Tapestry, mouse over your profile picture and choose Weave Button from the menu.

Follow the instructions on the Weave Button page to add the Weave button to your web browser. The Weave button is a "Bookmark" or "Favorite" that opens the Weave dialog when you click it.

Once you have added the Weave button to your browser, go to a web page that you want to add to a tapestry and click it.

View your dashboard

To view your dashboard, click on the My Tapestries link on the filter bar.

You dashboard displays your tapestries and a button for creating new tapestries. By default, it displays only the tapestries that you have configured to display on your profile. By default, when you create a tapestry it will show on your profile. If some tapestries are hidden, you can display them by clicking the Show All link on the left of the filter bar.

See Change Tapestry Settings to see how to configure a tapestry to show or hide it on your profile.

View one of your tapestries

  1. Visit your dashboard by clicking on the My Tapestries tab.
  2. Click on a tapestry.
  3. The items in your tapestry will be displayed and you will be able to edit your tapestry.
  4. Or, when in My Tapestries tab, click Play on a tapestry to view all of its items in sequence.

Discovering Content

Browsing content

Open Tapestry provides a number of ways to browse content:

Search for content

  1. Type your search terms into the search field at the top of the page.
  2. Press Enter or click the magnifying glass button.
  3. Content matching your search is displayed.

Search for open content from across the web

  1. Click into one of your tapestries.
  2. In the Edit tab, a search bar will appear on the right hand side.
  3. In the search field, you can click on the drop down arrow next to the Open Tapestry logo to choose from where you would like to search for open content.
  4. Type in your search term into the search field and press enter or click the magnifying glass button.
  5. Content matching your search is displayed below.
  6. If you do not find what you are looking for, click on one of the links to search other search engines for open content.
  7. To add a resource to your tapestry, click and drag it to where you would like it in your tapestry.

View content added by other people

When viewing an item’s details, the user who added it is displayed. Click on their name to view their profile. Click on one of their tapestries to view the items they have added to it.

Follow a tapestry or user

  1. View a person's profile.
  2. In the user’s profile box, click Follow to follow all of the person's tapestries.
  3. Click the Follow button on an individual tapestry to follow only that tapestry.

Viewing Content

Viewing a tapestry

When viewing a tapestry, you can view it full screen in sequence by clicking the Play button. This will display the full content of the first item of the tapestry with the Open Tapestry toolbar inserted above it.

View an item

When viewing a page containing item blocks, you can access different views of a given item.

Adding and Modifying Content

Create a tapestry

  1. Click on your profile image or the My Tapestries filter to visit your dashboard.
  2. Click New Tapestry.
  3. You will be taken to a Create a Tapestry page. Add a title and a description, and upload an image for the tapestry. Choose one or more categories for your Tapestry. Categorizing tapestries makes it easier for users to find specific content.  
  4. Click Create Tapestry. The tapestry will be created.

Change a tapestry’s settings

To modify a tapestry's settings, click into the tapestry and then click the Settings tab. A tapestry has the following settings:

Add items to a tapestry

  1. In My Tapestries, click into a tapestry.
  2. In the Edit tab, use the Search bar on the right to search for content.
  3. Drag and drop resources from the search bar into your tapestry.

Edit the sequence of items in a tapestry

  1. In My Tapestries, click into a tapestry.
  2. In the Edit tab, click and drag items to where you would like them in the sequence.

Delete a tapestry

  1. In My Tapestries, click into the tapestry that you would like to delete.
  2. Click on the Settings tab.
  3. Click the Delete button.
  4. The tapestry and the items it contains will be deleted.

Clip Feature

Clip an image, video, or snippet to a tapestry

This assumes you have added the Weave button to your browser bookmark / favorites toolbar. See Get the Weave button for information on how to do that before continuing.

  1. Go to a web page with an educational resource that you would like to clip.
  2. Click the Weave button on the bookmark toolbar.
  3. A dialog will appear over the page with options to Clip, Bookmark, or Mashup.
  4. Click Clip.
  5. As you move your mouse over images, videos, or sections of the page, they will be highlighted.
  6. Click to clip the highlighted content. If you want to clip multiple items, hold the shift button down as you click.
  7. A dialog will appear, displaying a preview of the content you clipped with a suggested title and description.
  8. Modify or add the item title and description.
  9. Choose the tapestry to put the clipped content into from the tapestry list.
  10. Click the Clip button.
  11. The clipped content will be added to the tapestry.
  12. A message will be displayed at the top of the page confirming that the content was clipped. Click on the link from the tapestry name in the message to go to that tapestry.

You can also access this functionality by clicking the Weave button at the top right of Open Tapestry pages, clicking Add a Clipping and entering the address of the page that you want to add content from.

Bookmark a page

This assumes you have added the Weave button to your browser bookmark / favorites toolbar. See Get the Weave button for information on how to do that.

  1. Visit the web page you want to bookmark.
  2. Click the Weave button on the bookmark toolbar.
  3. A dialog will appear over the page with options to Clip, Bookmark, or Edit.
  4. Click Bookmark.
  5. A dialog will appear displaying a preview of the page with a suggested title and description.
  6. Modify or add the item title and description.
  7. Choose the tapestry to place the clipped content into from the tapestry list or create a new tapestry.
  8. Click the Bookmark button.
  9. The bookmarked page will be added to the tapestry.
  10. A message will be displayed confirming that the page was bookmarked. You can view the item in your tapestry, or share the item with one of your social media sites.

You can also access this functionality by clicking into a Tapestry and clicking the Add button that appears above your content. clicking Add a Clipping and entering the address of the page that you want to add content from.

Create a page from clippings - Coming Soon!

  1. Click into one of your tapestries, and click the the Add button that appears above your content.
  2. A dialog will appear with options to Add a Clipping, Create a Page, Upload a File, and Harvest Content.
  3. Click Create a Page.
  4. Choose the tapestry to add the page to by selecting it from the drop down list.
  5. Click on a template to create a page from.
  6. A page will be displayed with regions that you can place content into.
  7. Add text to a page by clicking in a region and typing.
  8. Format text in a region of a page by selecting it and using the formatting menu that is displayed.
  9. Insert clippings in a page by clicking in a region of a page, and clicking the Insert button in the formatting menu, scrolling to an item to insert and clicking the Insert button below the item.
  10. Give the page a title by typing in the text box at the right of the toolbar.
  11. Click Save to save the page to the tapestry you selected.

Upload a file into a tapestry

  1. Click into one of your tapestries, and click the the Add button that appears above your content.
  2. A dialog will appear with options to Add a Clipping, Create a Page, Upload a File, and Harvest Content.
  3. Click Upload a File.
  4. Select a tapestry to which to add the file you upload.
  5. Click Browse and locate the file to upload on disk.
  6. Specify a title and description for the file.
  7. Click Upload Clipping.
  8. The file will be uploaded and added to the tapestry.

Add harvested content to a tapestry

  1. Click the Add link in the top right of an Open Tapestry page or on one of your tapestries.
  2. A dialog will appear with options to Add a Clipping, Create a Page, Upload a File, and Harvest Content.
  3. Click Harvest Content.
  4. Select a tapestry to which to add harvested content.
  5. Enter the address of a content source (blog, channel, podcast, etc.).
  6. If you only want content with a specific tag to be harvested, enter the tag in the field labeled Only Harvest Items Tagged.
  7. If the content to be harvested has an open license applied to it, check the box labeled This is an Open Educational Resource.
  8. Click the Verify Address button.
  9. The content source will be checked to verify that it is valid.
  10. If web page you entered the address for provides multiple feeds, all of them will be listed.
  11. Click the +Add button next to the feed to add to the tapestry.
  12. Exit the dialog box.
  13. Within a short period of time, the content source will be harvested and added to the tapestry. The content source will be harvested periodically to add any new content to the tapestry.

Reclip an item

When viewing content that other users have added to Open Tapestry, you can re-clip it into one of your tapestries.

  1. Click the ReClip button at the bottom of an item block.
  2. A dialog will appear. Modify or add the title and description for the item and choose the tapestry to re-clip the item into.
  3. Click ReClip.
  4. The item will be re-clipped into the tapestry you chose.

Comment on an item

  1. Click on the Details button in an item box to view its details.
  2. Click in the Add a comment box and enter a comment.
  3. Click the Comment button.
  4. Your comment will be added to the bottom of the list of comments.

Remove an item from a tapestry

  1. Click into a tapestry.
  2. In the Edit tab, click on the trashcan button in the item’s box.
  3. The item will be removed from the tapestry.

OR

  1. Click the Details button to view the item’s details.
  2. Click the Delete button.
  3. The item will be removed from the tapestry.

Admin Tasks

Customizing Your Instance

  1. Sign In by using the username and password provided you
  2. Select “Administer Domain” from the profile drop down menu
  3. Change the name if desired
  4. Choose A Theme
  1. Select a theme from these options: Glacial Blue, Fern Green, Grape Soda, Bumble Bee Yellow
  1. Upload a Custom Logo
  1. Create the logo to meet the following qualifications
  1. Large: Max 350 X 48 pixels
  2. Small: Max 34 X 32 pixels
  1. Click “Choose File” to find and upload your custom logo

Add Your Own Custom Stylesheet to the Theme

  1. Go the the Administer Domain (Edit Account) Page
  2. Click the “Choose File” Button
  3. Locate and Upload your custom CSS File

Configuring Canvas for your Instance

  1. Write down or copy your LTI Key and LTI Secret
  2. Visit: https://opentapestry.instructure.com/login
  3. Sign in with your given email and password
  4. Hover over Courses, select your account
  5. Select Settings (Last option on the left hand side)
  6. Then choose External Tools
  7. Select Add External Tool
  8. Name the tool “Open Tapestry”
  9. Add your LTI Key and Secret in the Consumer Key and Shared Secret Box
  10. Save Tool Settings when you are done

Add Account Admins

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the Administer Domain (Edit Account) Page
  2. Select the Add button under Account Admins
  3. Input the email address for the individual that needs to be added
  4. Hit Your Enter Key

Feature a Tapestry

This lets you choose which tapestry to display on the default home page (Featured tab)

  1. Navigate to the My Tapestries page
  2. Choose the Tapestry you would like to Feature
  3. Click the Feature button inside the Tapestry
  4. A Featured button will appear next to Everything in the navigation bar at the top of the page

Instructure Canvas Integration

Configure Canvas to integrate with Open Tapestry

  1. Log in to Open Tapestry.
  2. In the Profile menu, choose Configure Integrations.
  3. Enter your Canvas URL and click on the Click to Configure Instructure Canvas button.
  4. You will be asked to log in to your Canvas account. After providing this information, you will receive a notification that your Open Tapestry account has been associated with Canvas.

Insert an Open Tapestry item into a Canvas page with attribution

  1. Login to Canvas.
  2. Click on a course under Courses tab.
  3. If you haven’t already configured Canvas to integrate with Open Tapestry, do so now.
  4. Once Canvas is configured, click on Assignments tab in the left side panel.
  5. Click on an assignment that you wish to insert a clipping into.
  6. Click the Edit Assignment button on the right side of the assignment
  7. In the Assignment toolbar, click on the Open Tapestry icon.
  8. Click the Insert button under an item.
  9. The item will be added to the page along with an attribution link.

Insert a Tapestry into a Canvas module


Not Yet Implemented (coming soon...)

End User Tasks

Edit an item

  1. View an item that you clipped.
  2. Click the Edit button.
  3. Change the title or description of the item.
  4. Click the Save button.

Browse items by category

  1. Click one of the top level taxonomy (e.g. Utah Core)
  2. Choose one of the categories under the taxonomy (e.g. Mathematics) or the arrow to the right of it to drill down to a subcategory
  3. Clippings will be filtered to the category you have chosen

Filter search results by category

  1. Enter a search into the main search box
  2. A list of categories is displayed on the left side of the screen
  3. Click on a category to limit search results to that category

Admin Tasks

Note: These tasks assume you are logged in as a user with account administration privileges. Until these features are implemented, contact Open Tapestry to have them do them for you.

Give someone rights to feature tapestries

  1. Choose Administer Users from the Admin menu.
  2. A list of users is displayed that you can page through; you can also search for a user.
  3. Click on a user.
  4. A list of their roles is listed.
  5. Click the Add Role button.
  6. Choose the Feature Tapestry role from the list.

Choose which taxonomies and categories to display in the top level filters

  1. Choose Administer Home Page from the Admin menu.
  2. The top level filters section of the page lists the taxonomies and categories defined for the account, with a check box next to each taxonomy and filter.
  3. Check the box next to taxonomies and categories that you want to display as a top level filter.
  4. Click Update.