Manage Content

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.

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Accessing Content –

To open the Content tool, click on the “Content” hyperlink in the default course NavBar.

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.

Note: You do not have to populate this section. If you do not add anything to the Overview, the first thing a student will see is the first module.

Adding a Course Welcome Message to Course Overview

  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:
    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 release your mouse button and insert the file into the Overview. 
    2. Click the downward-facing arrow to the right of the Overview title and select Add an Attachment 
      • **This option is the preferred method. **

Remove an Attachment from the Overview

  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

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.

  1. Click Add a module… at the bottom of the content map. A textbox will appear
  2. Type the module’s name in the textbox
  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

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

 

Upload a File

  1. From the Table of Contents or from within a module, click the New button. 
  2. Select Upload Files from the dropdown menu
  3. Click the Upload button
  4. Browse to find the file(s) on your computer. Double-click the file’s name to select it. ( you can also single-click the file name and then click "open")
  5. ***WAIT FOR THE FILE TO LOAD*** You'll know the file has finished loading when the filename appears as a blue hyperlink in the upload box. Click Add. The file will now appear as a link within your module.
    • If you see a green progree bar your file is still loading. 
  • Note: You can select multiple files at one time.

 

Create a New Document

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 the Table of Contents or from within a module, click the New button. 
  2. Select Create a File from the dropdown menu.  The HTML editor will open to allow you to create a new file.
  3. Enter a title in the Enter a Title textbox.
  4. Enter your content in the larger textbox.
  5. Click Publish.

 

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.

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

 

Create a Link to an External Website

  1. From the Table of Contents or from within a module, click the New button 
  2. Select Create a Link from the dropdown menu. A pop-up box will display.
  3. Enter the link text. Link text is what your students will click to access the link. 
  4. Enter or paste the web address (URL)
  5. Click Create

How to Edit Content

Reordering Content

  1. To reorder modules and topics, use the drag and drop feature in either the content map or the main content area. 
  2. Hover your cursor to the left of an item’s name. Your cursor will change to crosshairs. This cursor is your signal that you can move this item to a new location.
  3. Hold down your left mouse button, and move your mouse up or down to drag the item to its new location.
    • Note that a grey bar will appear, indicating the item’s new location.
  4. 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 or Topic Name

  1. Click on the module or item to open it.
  2. Click on the module or item’s name 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

  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

 

  1. From the Table of Contents or from within a module, click the New button 
  2. Click the downward-facing arrow to expand the context menu of the topic (item) you want to delete. 
  3. Click Delete Topic

 

Adding 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.

  1. From the content map, click a module's title to open it.
  2. Click  Add a description… A textbox will open 
  3. Enter your description
  4. Click Update

Content Visibility and Accessibility

There are two options in terms of controlling what your students can see and access within the Content tool. You have the ability to hide a module or topic altogether. Alternatively, you can set dates of accessibility.

Hiding a Module

  1. Click the module you would like to hide from the student view.
  2. Click the                 to the right of the module’s title.
  3. Select Draft from the dropdown menu. Selecting draft will immediately hide the module and its contents from students until you return to this module and select Published again.
    • You cannot automate the process of toggling between published and draft.

 

Hiding a Topic

  1. Click the dropdown 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 the               to the right of the topic’s title.
  4. Select Draft from the dropdown menu. Selecting draft will immediately hide the topic from students until you return to this module and select Published again.
    • You cannot automate the process of toggling between published and draft

 

Availability and Due Dates

Note: 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.

  1. Click on the module you wish to restrict accessibility for by date.
  2. Click the text Add dates and restrictions…
  3. Set a start, end, or due date as desired, click on the text: Add a Start Date…, etc 
    • Start Date – the students will not be able to access the time until after the date and time specified. 
    • End Date – the students will not be able to access the time after the date and time specified. 
    • Due Date – If you set a due date, the item and the due date will appear in the course calendar.
      • *Note: These dates/times cannot be the exact same dates/times. Each field must differ by at least one minute.
  4. Click Update