Distance Learning
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Using Course Content

View course content by clicking the Course Content link on your course home navigation bar.

Your access to this area is dependent on the permissions that have been set up for you.

Content link in the navigation bar

Note Your instructor may have defined a specific learning path for your course. If this is the case, some course modules will only be available to you once you have completed prerequisite modules or assignments.

The Course content page displays


Select the available content links to view content for each unit. The associated content displays.

  • You can resize the sidebar (if visible) by clicking and dragging the right border line of the sidebar area.
  • Click the plus (+) signs to the right of a module to expand its content.
  • Click the minus (-) sign to the right of a module title to collapse its content

content example

Help Downloading Word and PowerPoint with Internet Explorer

If you are a Windows user and cannot access a Word Document or PowerPoint, please follow these steps:

  1. From the navigation bar, click the Content link.
  2. The Course content will load under the navigation bar.
  3. Select the appropriate file you wish to view. A yellow box that says " To help protect your security, Internet Explorer blocked this site from downloading files to your computer." should appear above the navigation bar.

    screenshot of info bar in Windows XP
  4. Right Click the yellow box and select "Download File"

    screenshot of info bar in Windows XP
  5. D2L will reload the Course Home.
  6. Select the Content link once again from the navigation bar.
  7. Select the appropriate file you wish to view. A popup will appear asking you to open or save this file. You can either view directly from the course site by selecting open, or download the file to your computer by selecting save.

Course Content Options

From the course content topic, you can choose from the following options that will help you manage your course content:

search for contentSearch for course content.
content discussion icon If a discussion has been created on this topic, you will be taken directly to this discussion.
undock content icon Undock the content (open in a new window)
content bookmark iconBookmark the current topic so you can come back and view it easily
content print iconPrint the current topic
navigation button Navigate back and forth between content topics.