Content

The Manage Content tool allows you to create, edit and organize modules and topics within your course content area. This is an excellent place to add topics and modules, modify the order of your topics and modules within the content area, and view the files that are presently used in your course.

There are a couple ways to access the Manage Content tool in D2L.

--> Click the edit icon beside your course name on your course homepage.
OR
-->Click the Edit Course link on the navigation bar of your course homepage.
After following one of the above, click the Content link located on the navigation bar.  See Figure 1.


Figure 1

Create a Module

Creating a module is the first step in creating course content.  Modules are a container for content topics.  You can think of modules like chapters or lessons.  Note: You must create a module before you can create topics.

  1. Click on the Add Module icon beside your course name.
  2. Type the module title under the Title field. For the sake of simplicity, leave all other options as they are.
  3. Click the Save icon to save your module and return to the main Manage Content screen.
Create New File (Using the online editor)
  1. Click the Add Topic icon beside the module where you want to add a topic.
  2. Choose the Create New File option.  A new window will appear containing an HTML editor. 
  3. Type the name of the topic in the Title field.
  4. Type content as you wish in the large text field.
  5. Click Save.
  6. A popup window alerts you that you need to save your file. Create a new folder by clicking on the New Folder icon. At the prompt, type a name for your new folder and click OK.
  7. Click on the new folder you just created to enter the folder.  Change the filename if you wish, and click Save. This will store your file in the Manage Files area and will return you to the main Manage Content screen.
Upload an existing file from the course
  1. Click the Add Topic icon beside the module where you want to add a topic.
  2. Choose the Course File option.
  3. Select the Parent Module where you want to add a topic.
  4. Type the name of the topic on the Title textbox.
  5. Click the Browse button to view the existing files in the Files area of your course.
  6. Choose the file you want to make into a piece of content.
  7. Click the Save button.
Upload New File
  1. Click the Add Topic icon beside the module where you want to add a topic.
  2. Choose the Upload New File option.
  3. Select the Parent Module where you want to add a topic.
  4. Type name of the topic in the Title field.
  5. Click the Browse icon. Choose a file from your computer and click the Save button.
  6. A popup window alerts you that you need to save your file.  Select the folder where you want to store the file and click the Save button.  Your file will be stored in the Manage Files area.

You will notice that you have an additional topic underneath your module.  A file icon will appear next to your new topic to remind you of the type of file.

Linking (any page on the internet)
  1. Click the Add Topic icon beside the module where you want to add a topic.
  2. Choose the Link option.
  3. Type the name of the topic in the Title field.
  4. Type the website address in the URL field.
  5. Click Save to return to the main Manage Content page.

An icon appears beside your new topic indicating that the topic is a link.

D2L Quicklink Topic
  1. Click the Add Topic icon beside the module where you want to add a topic.
  2. Choose the Link option.
  3. Type the name of the topic in the Title field.
  4. Click the Quick Link icon.
  5. Choose a Category from the dropdown. For example choose "Discussions".
  6. Choose an Item from the dropdown menu.  The Item dropdown menu will contain all items from the Category chosen in the previous step.  For example if you chose "Discussions" in the previous step, the Items dropdown will contain all forums in the Discussion area of your course.
  7. Click Insert
  8. Click Save to return to the main Manage Content page.

An icon appears beside your new topic indicating that the topic is a link.

Hide Enumeration
  1. Click the Edit icon beside the topic you want to change.
  2. Click on the Properties tab.
  3. Check the box beside Hide Enumeration.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Click on the Content button on the navigation bar.  The enumeration will no longer appear for the topic you changed.
Time Released Content
  1. Click on the Edit icon beside one of your topics.
  2. Click the Release Conditions tab.
  3. Choose an Available Starting date.
  4. Choose an Available Ending date.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Click Close.

 

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