Moodle: WIRIS MathType and ChemType for Atto


WIRIS MathType and ChemType for Atto is a Moodle plugin that allows users to type and handwrite mathematical and chemical notation directly in the Atto text editor. This is done through an equation editor that is built in to the text editor, which adds the notation typed in the MathType editor to the Atto text editor when saved. The result is a seamless combination of the user's text and equations or formulas:

Example of MathType equation added to Atto editor


In the above example, the equation has been added using the MathType editor.

Using MathType and ChemType

This tool adds two new buttons to the Atto menu bar:

MathType and ChemType buttons in Atto menu bar


Clicking either button will open an equation editor pop-up where you can select various symbols, notation, and other functionalities. There are ten tabs in both the MathType and ChemType editors.

MathType editor pop-up in Atto text editor


For more information on each tab and general navigation, see the MathType documentation for the Toolbar and Icons.

Need More Help?

For help with using MathType, including tutorials and accessibility information, see the MathType documentation MathType for Moodle. You can also click on the question mark icon in the top right corner of the MathType editor to find a user guide and more technical and accessibility documentation.

MathType help question mark icon


General Information

The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) provides IT support, consultations, and innovative solutions to faculty and graduate teaching assistants tailored to their individual teaching, research, and operational needs.

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  • Classes & Workshops: Regularly scheduled workshops include topics that focus on the use of software or other technologies that ultimately promote the mission of teaching, learning, and/or research at LSU. See the list of current offerings and register online at The FTC also offers group/department training and consultations upon request.
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  • Moodle Support: The FTC offers Moodle support by phone, email, Zoom, and also (when appropriate) in-person to provide faculty with individualized, “just-in-time” assistance with technology-related inquiries, incidents, and/or requests tied to the mission of teaching, learning, and/or research at LSU. Assistance is limited to the knowledge and expertise of FTC employees at any given point in time. 
FTC Contact Information

Phone: (225) 578-3375, option 2

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