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Accessing Content

To access the Content tool, click on the Content hyperlink in the default course navigation bar.

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The Content tool is the central location which houses all of your course files. Content structure is organized by modules. A module is a folder to which you can upload files, create HTML pages, and add external links. The Content tool includes completion tracking, which allows students to monitor their course progress.


The Overview

The Overview


The Overview is a space that allows instructors to add a welcome message, course description, contact information, or a file to the area. The section will be the first thing students see when they click Content. Attaching the syllabus or other document is not suggested for this area. You can, however, add a small, web-friendly graphic.
You do not have to populate this section. If you do not add anything to the Overview, the Overview block will be hidden on the student view.

Add a Course Welcome Message to Course Overview

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  1. Click Overview from the content map on the left-hand side of the page.
  2. Click Add a welcome message, overview, or description... A text editor will appear.
  3. After you have typed your content, click Update.

Upload a File to Course Overview

  1. Click Overview from the content map on the left-hand side of the page.
  2. There are two ways to upload your file:

    Image of a file being uploaded to the overview using the drag and drop method

    1. Click the Add Attachment hyperlink. A field labeled “Drag a file here to add it to the overview” will display. Drag and drop the file from your computer (i.e. your desktop) into this box. The box will turn green, signifying that you can now  the file and insert it into the Overview.

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    2. Click the downward-facing arrow to the right of the Overview title and select Add an Attachment.

Remove an Attachment from the Overview

Image of the overview context menu with the remove attachment option displayed

  1. Click Overview from the content map on the left-hand side of the page.
  2. Click the downward-facing arrow to the right of the Overview title and select Remove Attachment.
Adding Content

Adding Content

Create a Module

Modules are like folders; they are used to organize your course's contents. You can organize your modules by time, topic, type, etc. All content items must live inside of modules.

Image of the content map with "add a module" in view

  1. Click Add a module... at the bottom of the content map. A text box will appear.
  2. Type the module's name in the text box
  3. Press the <Enter> or <Return> key on your keyboard. Your new module will open to the right, ready for you to begin adding your content items.

Create a Submodule

image of a module open with the Add a Sub Module area in view

  1. Open the module in which you would like to create a submodule.
  2. Click Add a submodule.... A text box will appear.
  3. Type the submodule's name in the text box
  4. Press the <Enter> or <Return> key on your keyboard. Your new module will appear within its parent module.

Upload a File

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  1. From the Table of Contents or from within a module, click the New button. 
  2. Click Upload Files. upload button
  3. Click Upload.upload files button
  4. Browse to find the file(s) on your computer. Double-click the file's name to select it.
  5. Click Add. The file will now appear as a link within your module.

Note: You can select multiple files at one time.

Adding Multimedia Content

While you should never upload a large multimedia file (video, audio, animation, etc) directly into your D2L course, you can embed this content. Embedding multimedia content is a method that allows users to view content that resides elsewhere. For example, embedding a YouTube video within your D2L course will allow students to view the video without needing to visit the YouTube website. 

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  1. From within a module, click the New button.
  2. Click Video or Audio.
  3. Paste in a video's URL or Embed code into the space provided.
  4. Enter a Title.
  5. Click Save.

Create a New File (HTML)

You can use D2L's HTML editor to create new documents from within the learning environment. This HTML file can contain text, images, and video. You can customize this document using HTML code. For more information on HTML, please register for an HTML content workshop!

  1. From within a module, click the New button.
  2. Click Create a File. The HTML editor will open to allow you to create a new file.
  3. Enter a title in the Enter a Title text box.
  4. Enter your content in the larger text box.
  5. Click Publish.

Create a Link to an External Website

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  1. From within a module, click the New button.
  2. Click Create a Link.
  3. Enter the link text.
  4. Enter or paste the web address (URL).
  5. Mark the checkbox label Open as External Resource.
  6. Click Create.

Add a Link to another D2L Activity

You can add links to your discussion topics, dropbox folders, quizzes, and other D2L tools in Content. Linking these tools within Content allows your students easy access and navigation within the course.

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  1. From within a module, click the Add Existing Activities button.
  2. Select the type of activity from the drop-down menu. The Add Activity window will appear.
  3. Click on the item you would like to add.
  4. The link will now appear within your module.
Managing Content

Managing Content

Reorder Content

To reorder modules and topics, use the drag and drop feature in either the content map or the main content area. Refer to the image below for an illustration of this feature.

image depicting the drag and drop method of reordering content

  1. Hover your cursor to the left of an item's name. The Crosshairs cursor is your signal that you can move this item to a new location.
  2. Hold down your left mouse button, and move your mouse up or down to drag the item to its new location. Note that a gray bar will appear, indicating the item's new location.
  3. Release your mouse button to drop the item into its new location.

Note: When dragging and dropping modules via the content map, a module turning orange indicates that you are placing the selected module inside of the orange module, creating a submodule.

Edit a Module Name

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  1. Click on the module to open it.
  2. Click on the module's title at the top of the page. The title will become a text box. 
  3. Enter the new name.
  4. Press the <Enter> key on your keyboard.

Edit an HTML File

  1. Click on the HTML file's name to open it.
  2. Click the Edit HTML button located below the current text.
  3. Make your changes in the text editor.
  4. Click the Update button.

Delete a Module

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  1. Click on the module name to open it.
  2. Click the downward-facing arrow to expand the context menu.
  3. Click Delete Module.

Delete a Topic

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  1. Click the downward-facing arrow to expand the context menu of the topic (item) you want to delete.
  2. Click Delete Topic.

Add Descriptions to Modules or Topics

Descriptions can now be added to modules or individual topics. A description can provide additional information, context, and guidance to your students. These descriptions are visible to students from the Table of Contents as well as when they click on the module or topic.

Image of an open module with the Add a description ... option selected

  1. Click to open the module.
  2. Click Add a description... A text box will open.
  3. Enter your description.
  4. Click Update.
Content Visibility and Accessibility

Content Visibility and Accessibility

There are two options for what students can see and access within the Content tool.  D2L provides instructors with the ability to hide a module or topic from student view.  Alternatively, instructor can set dates for students to access content topics.

Hide a Module

Image of an open module with the published dropdown menu expanded

  1. From within the content map on the left, click the module you would like to hide from the student view.
  2. Click Published to the right of the module's title.
  3. Select Draft from the drop-down menu. Selecting draft will immediately hide the module and its contents from students until you return to this module and select Published again.

Hide a Topic

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  1. Click the drop-down menu to the right of the topic you would like to hide from the student view.
  2. Select Edit Properties In-Place. The properties of this topic will expand below the topic's title.
  3. Click Published to the right of the topic's title.
  4. Select Draft from the drop-down menu. Selecting draft will immediately hide the topic from students until you return to this module and select Published again.

Availability and Due Dates

When setting availability dates, students will always be able to see the topic or module, but they will not be able to access it outside of the specified date range. To hide a topic or module, see the previous section.

Image of a topic's properties with the Start Date expanded

  1. Click on the module or topic you wish to restrict accessibility for by date.
  2. Click  Add dates and restrictions...
  3. Set a start, end, or due date as desired, click on the text: Add a Start Date..., etc
    1. Start Date – the students will not be able to access the content until after the date and time specified.
    2. End Date – the students will not be able to access the content after the date and time specified.
    3. Due Date – If you set a due date, the content topic and the due date will appear in the course calendar.
    4. Click Update

 

Release Conditions

Use a release condition to automate the visibility of a module or topic. Visit the Release Conditions page to learn more about creating and managing release conditions.

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