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Course Content

   Accessing the Content Area | Creating New Modules | Adding Content | Editing Modules and Topics | Moving Modules and Topics | Re-ordering Modules and Topics | Deleting Modules and Topics | FAQs

Course Content

The Content tool allows you to create, edit, organize, and delete Course Content.  The content is organized into modules and topics, which appear in an outline format.  You can author, upload, or link to content from these modules and topics. 


Accessing the Content Tool

To access the Content Tool in D2L, click the Content link on the navigation bar at the top of your course page.

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Creating New Modules

Modules are like subheads in a document in that they are used in D2L to organize your courses' content items using a descriptive term. You may prefer to organize your modules into categories,  weeks in the semester, or a combination of both.

1. To create a new module, select "New Module" from the Add Content drop-down menu.

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2. From the Parent Module drop-down list, you can select whether you want the module to be a sub-module or not.  If you want your module to be a sub-module, select the parent module from the drop-down list, if not, select None from the drop-down menu.

3. Enter a module title into the Title field.

4. If desired, you can give your module a shortened title (which will be shown in the Content Map widget) by typing in the Short Title field.  If you leave this field blank, your full title will be displayed.

5. If you want to disable the automatic enumeration for this module, select the Hide Enumeration box.

6. You can customize other options on the Restrictions and Comments tabs, including availability, date/time restrictions, and release conditions.

7. Click the Save button at the bottom of the dialog box to edit other properties or select Save & Close to save this module and go back to the manage content view. Back to top

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Adding Content

Content is added to your modules. There are three ways to add content to your modules in D2L.  The first is to create a new file, which allows you to author your own content from scratch in the built-in html editor.  The second option is to link to a course file (you must upload the file in your Manage Files area before you can link to it).  Third, you can upload a new file from your computer directly to the module. Begin by selecting the content type from either the Add Content drop-down menu or, alternately, select the content type from the drop-down menu next to a module where you want the content to appear. Note: You must create at least one module before you can add content.

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1. Select the desired option: Create New File, Course File, Upload New File, or QuickLink.

 

Option

Procedure

 

Click the Create New File link

1. If you want to change the file's name, type the new name into the File Name field.

2. Create your content in the content area.

 

Click the Course File link

1. Click the Browse button to locate the course file.

2. Select the file by clicking the button beside it (note that clicking the file name will open the file on your computer, not select it for the topic).

 

Click the Upload New File link

1. Click the Browse button to locate the file.

2. Browse for the file on your computer and select it.

 

Click the QuickLink link

Do one of the following:

  • Type a URL in the URL field or

  • Click the Insert QuickLink icon to the right of the URL field (chain icon).  Then select a Category and Item, and click Insert.

Note: If you want the link to open in a new window, select the Preview/view the content topic in a new window or tab checkbox.

2. Enter a Title for your topic.

3. If desired, you can give your module a shortened title (which will be shown in the Content Map widget) by typing in the Short Title field. If you leave this field blank, your full title will be displayed.

4. If you want to disable the automatic enumeration for this module, select the Hide Enumeration box.

5. You can customize other options on the Restrictions and Comments tabs, including availability, date/time restrictions, and release conditions.

6. Click the Save button at the bottom of the widget to edit additional properties, or click Save & Close to save and return to the Manage Content view. Back to top

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 Adding Multiple New Topics

In order to add several topics at once, you must have already created or uploaded files to your course.  These files are stored in the Manage Files area.

1. Click the Add Multiple Topics link from the drop-down menu that appears when you click the down arrow next to the name of the module where you wish to add the topics or click the Add Multiple Topics from the drop-down menu that appears when you click the "add content" button.  ( Manage Content page).

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2. Select the files from which you want to create topics.

3. Edit the Title and Short Title fields as desired.

4. Click Add.

 

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Editing Modules and Topics

To edit a module or topic, click the "Edit" link from the drop-down menu next to the name of the module or topic you wish to edit. Alternately, some D2L items may be edited by clicking on the Module or Topic name.

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Moving Modules or Topics

1. In the Manage Content area, place a check-mark in the square next to the topic or module that you wish to move, then select the "move" icon from the top of the content list.

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2. Next, select a new Parent Module under which your module(s) or topic(s) will be relocated from the drop-down menu, or create a new module.

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Re-ordering Modules and Topics

1. On the Manage Content page, click on the "more actions" button and select Re-Order from the drop-down menu.

2. Next, expand or collapse modules as needed by clicking the small + sign to the left of the module name.Use the drop-down menus in the Sort Order column to select the order for an item.  Other items reposition themselves according to the new order.  Note that you can expand your modules to re-order their topics, or you can change the order of the modules themselves.

3. Click Save when you have finished re-ordering.


Deleting Modules or Topics

1. On the Manage Content page, select the module(s) or topic(s) you want to delete by clicking the check-box(es) next to them.

2. Click the Delete icon at the top or bottom of the list.

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3. Choose whether you want to delete associated files.

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FAQs

- Can I have two topics with the same name?

In the content area you cannot have topics with the same name, doing this will delete the content of the first topic item.

- What is the difference between the two delete options in the Content area?

When you select an item in your Content area to be deleted, a screen will show up with two different options. The first one is to simply delete that item from the Content area. The other option is to delete the item completely from your course (that would be from the Manage Files area as well as the Content area.)

- I copied my course over, but the files in my content area won't open and there is an error when I try.

Chances are, when you did your course copy, you did not choose "course files" this is the third option down when choosing which areas to copy. You can go back and copy just the "course files" and the links will be fixed automatically.

-What tools are available such as wikis, blogs, podcasts, journals, Wimba, etc.?

Wikis, blogs, podcasts, and journals are available through Learning Objects- Campus Pack and Wimba is available through Wimba Classroom. To access these items, you must create a quick link in your content area that links to external learning tools and then select which tool you want access to.

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