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Course Content

 

The Course Content tool can present information in many different ways ranging from basic text to multimedia. Instructors can also link items from other tools to the content area.

While instructors have many options when designing the layout of the content area, there remains a clear, structured format for how content modules and topics are built.

To access the Content Manager, click Content on the course navigation bar. You are in the Manage Content area by default.


How to Create a Module:

Creating a module is the first step in creating course content. A module must be created before you are able to insert topics.

  1. From the course homepage, click Content.
  2. Click on the New Modulecontenticon located to the right of the course name.
  3. Enter the module title in the Title field. If you choose, you can also enter a shortened title in the Short Title field. (i.e., if the module title is Course Expectations, the short title might be Expectations)
  4. You can choose to Hide Enumeration which will exclude this module from the numbering system. (i.e., you have five modules numbered 1 through 5. By selecting Hidden Enumeration on any or all modules, you can choose to hide the numbers that appear beside a module name)
  5. Click the Save button once finished. To continue creating modules, click the Save and New button.

To add other properties to the module: Click on the RESTRICTIONS tab

  1. To hide a module from participants, simply place a check mark in the box beside Hidden. Any topics listed beneath this module will also be hidden.
  2. To set time restrictions for the content, select appropriate Available Starting and Available Ending dates and times from the drop down menus after clicking on the appropriate radio buttons.
    Please Note: A hidden module/topic will not become visible at the start date of the time restriction. If you have chosen to hide any modules and/or topics, they will remain hidden until you uncheck the box beside Hidden.

How to Create a Topic from a Course File:

  1. From the course homepage, click Content. Next, click Manage Content located on the right side of the screen.
  2. Click the New Topic icon Add Topic located at the top of the page OR to the right of the module where you want the topic located.
  3. Choose the Course File link from the list.
  4. By default, the Parent Module displayed is the module you chose to add a topic to. If you wish the topic to appear under a different module, use the drop down menu to select the desired module.
  5. Enter the topic title in the Title field. If you choose, you can also enter a shortened title in the Short Title field. (i.e, if the topic title is Spring 2006 Syllabus, the short title might be Syllabus)
  6. To select the file for your topic, click the Browse button located to the right of the Course File field.
    Please Note: When using this option to create a new topic, you must already have files uploaded in your course.
  7. Navigate through your course files and select the desired file by clicking on it. This will insert the file path into the Course File field.
  8. Click the Save button once finished. To continue creating topics, click the Save and New button.

How to Create a Topic from a File on Your Computer

  1. From the course homepage, click Content. Next, click Manage Content located on the right side of the screen.
  2. Click the New Topic icon Add Topic located at the top of the page OR to the right of the module where you want the topic located.
  3. Choose the Upload New File link from the list.
  4. By default, the Parent Module displayed is the module you chose to add a topic to. If you wish the topic to appear under a different module, use the drop down menu to select the desired module.
  5. Enter the topic title in the Title field. If you choose, you can also enter a shortened title in the Short Title field. (i.e, if the topic title is Spring 2006 Syllabus, the short title might be Syllabus)
  6. To select the file for your topic, click the Browse button located to the right of the File to Upload field. Navigate through your computer's files and select the desired file by clicking on it and selecting Open. This will insert the file path into the File to Upload field.
  7. Click the Save button once finished. To continue creating topics, click the Save and New button.
  8. A new window will open, listing all files saved in your D2L course site. This allows you to verify that the file you uploaded is now stored in your D2L course files. Click the Save button to finalize this process.

How to Create a Topic Using the HTML Editor:

  1. From the course homepage, click Content. Next, click Manage Content located on the right side of the screen.
  2. Click the New Topic icon Add Topic located at the top of the page OR to the right of the module where you want the topic located.
  3. Choose the Create New File link from the list.
  4. By default, the Parent Module displayed is the module you chose to add a topic to. If you wish the topic to appear under a different module, use the drop down menu to select the desired module.
  5. Enter the topic title in the Title field. If you choose, you can also enter a shortened title in the Short Title field. (i.e., if the topic title is Spring 2006 Syllabus, the short title might be Syllabus)
  6. Enter your content into the space provided. There are two modes that are available in the HTML Editor:
    • Basic -The BAsic view allows you to enter text and have basic formatting such as bold, centering and bulleted lists
    • Advanced - The advanced view gives you many more options in the editor including pasting from Word, tables, images and more.
    • If you are familiar with HTML code, you can use the HTML SOURCE view to enter your content. To toggle between the different views, simply click the icon in the lower left of the HTML editor.
  7. Click the Save button once finished. To continue creating topics, click the Save and New button.
  8. A new window will open, listing all files saved in your D2L course site. Click the Save button.

HTML Editor

Create a Topic that is a Link:

  1. From the course homepage, click Content.
  2. Click the New Topic icon Add Topic located at the top of the page OR to the right of the module where you want the topic located.
  3. Choose the QuickLink link from the list.
  4. By default, the Parent Module displayed is the module you chose to add a topic to. If you wish the topic to appear under a different module, use the drop down menu to select the desired module.
  5. Enter the topic title in the Title field. If you choose, you can also enter a shortened title in the Short Title field. (i.e, if the topic title is Spring 2006 Syllabus, the short title might be Syllabus)
  6. Type in the URL you would like to link to. You can also link to another course tool by clicking the Quicklink iconquicklink icon to the right of the URL field. Select the appropriate category (i.e, Content, Quizzes, Discussions, etc.) and item from their respective drop down menus.
  7. Click the Insert button to place the link in the URL field.
  8. Click the Save button once finished. To continue creating topics, click the Save and New button.

Adding Several Topics at once :

  1. From the course homepage, click Content.
  2. You can add multiple existing files to a module by clicking on the Add Multiple Topics icon Add Bulk Topic located to the right of the module you would like to add the files to.
  3. By default, the Parent Module displayed is the module you chose to add a topic to. If you wish the topic to appear under a different module, use the drop down menu to select the desired module.
  4. Select the files you would like to use by placing a check mark in the box next to the file names.
  5. Click Add.

Adding multiple topics- screenshot

Editing Module/Topic

This page allows you to create and edit course modules and topics. Access this area from the course homepage, by following these steps:

  1. Click Content.
  2. Click the Pencil (edit) icon located to the right of the module or topic you would like to edit. You will then have several tabs

Content editing tabs -screenshot

  • The Properties tab lists current information such as the Parent Module (in the case of sub-modules), the Title and Short Title of the module, etc. You can change any of the module information to suit your needs. It also has the link to the file for the topic.
  • The Restrictions tab allows you to hide the module (this includes its associated topics and sub-modules), setup time restrictions, and create additional release conditions.
  • The Discussion tab allows you to create a discussion forum specific to the topic.
  • The Comments tab allows you to share your own comments regarding the module/topic material with other course administrators (i.e, co-instructors, TAs). By using the Comments tab to relay information simply enter your comments into the Personal Comments field and click Save.

How to Hide a Topic/Module:

  1. From the course homepage, click Content.
  2. Click the Pencil/Edit icon located to the right of the module/topic you would like to hide.
  3. Select the Restrictions tab. Place a check mark in the Hide This Topic box.

Please Note: If you have set a specific release date for a hidden topic/module, then that topic/module will remain hidden for as long as there is a check mark in the Hide box. You must un-check the Hide box for your course participants to be able to see the topic/module.


How to Delete Topics/Modules:

  1. From the course homepage, click Content.
  2. Put checkmarks next to the topics and modules you wish to delete.
  3. Click the Delete icon at the top/bottom of the content listing.

deleting modules-icon screenshot

Please Note: Deleting a module will also delete the topics listed under it.


Reordering Topics/Modules:

  1. From the course homepage, click Content.
  2. Click the Reorder iconreorder icon - screenshot at the top of the screen.
  3. Use the pulldown menus on the next screen to set the order of modules and topics in the Content tool
  4. Click Save.
Reordering content-screenshot

Moving a Topic to a New Module:

  1. From the course homepage, click Content.
  2. Place a check mark in the box located to the left of the topic you would like to move. You can select multiple topics within the same module.
  3. Click the Move icon Move topic icon at the top of the screen.
  4. A new window will open. Select the new Parent Module from the drop down menu.
  5. Click the Save button to move the topic.

Student View of your tool or course

If you would like to view what your course or tools look like through the eyes of a student, Click the View Content icon View content icon - screenshoton the left on the action panel. You can also use the Role Switch tool to view content as a student would see it.

Student View of the Content Tool

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