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Deliver Course Content

Deliver Course Content

In D2L, Content is an organized collection of links to content files, HTML topics, quizzes, assignments, etc.

Content is organized into three main areas:

  • Modules - broader categories, often used to present weekly material (Week 01, Week 02) or modular material (Module 01, Module 02)
  • Sub-Modules - sections within a module, used to divide content further - sometimes by type (Powerpoints, Weekly Goals, etc.)
  • Topics - can be content files, embedded content, links to quizzes, assignments, etc.

The Table of Contents on the left-hand side provides a way to navigate through the content quickly.

Find Content in the top menu of your shell. If it isn't there, review how to enable course tools.

Content files are stored in the Course Admin, under Manage Files.

The basics

Create a content module

Module/sub-module hierarchy

You must create a module before you can add topics. You can create sub-modules (modules within existing modules) to establish a deeper hierarchy.

If you want to keep your course content hidden while you are building it, set the status of your modules and/or topics as Draft.

The course syllabus is likely the first piece of content you will need to add. 

Recommendation: upload the course syllabus to a module

Based on our experience with Brightspace, and feedback from students, we recommend you create a module to contain your course syllabus and administrative documents, and upload the course syllabus file there.

Why wouldn't I use the "Course Overview" for my syllabus?

The Course Overview can be found at the top of the Content tool. It is important to note that students do not see this unless you have added content there.

It is ideal for a brief (1-2 line) description of the course - but not for the full syllabus.

In addition, feedback indicates that most students (and instructors) expect to find the course syllabus somewhere in the Table of Contents, organized with the other course materials. 

As such, we recommend creating a module specifically for the course syllabus and administrative documents, and uploading the course syllabus there.

 

All content in D2L Brightspace is structured around the concept of "modules".

Think of modules as folders that contain different groupings of topics. These can be organized by week, by learning module, or in other ways that work with your course.

You must create a module in order to add any content.

Create a content module

Create a module:

  1. Look to the left, at the Table of Contents.
  2. Scroll until you see the bottom of the Table of Contents, and you will find a text field called "Add a module".
  3. Enter the name of the new module and click the Enter/Return key on your keyboard.
Reorder the modules

You can change the order of your modules by clicking and dragging the icon to the left of the module title (the one with three lines). Simply click and hold, then move your mouse up or down, to reorder the modules.

Content module

Things you can do once inside a module:

 

Show/hide the module to students

Look to the top - just below the module's title. Here, you will see an eyeball icon. Click it, and set the option to "Visible" or "Hidden".

 

Edit the module title

Click on the module title to make it editable, then type a new title.

Add a module description

Look to the top, just below the module's title. Here, you can add a description to help guide the students through the module.

  • Click "Add a description".
  • Use the editor to enter an introduction to the module.
  • Click "Update" to save the description
Create a sub-module

You can create a module-within-a-module (a "sub-module"), but please do so sparingly. Think about the number of clicks it will take for a student to get to any piece of content.

  • Scroll until you see the bottom of the content in that module, and you will find a text field called "Add a sub-module".
  • Enter the name of the new module and click the Enter/Return key on your keyboard.

You can add files and other content within modules and sub-modules within the Content area of your course.

There are a variety of types of content that can be added. These instructions focus on the generic Upload Files process.

Create a content module
  1. Click on the module you want to create a new topic for from the Table of Contents panel.
  2. Select the Upload Files option from the Upload/Create menu. This will create a new Topic.
  3. There are also other types of content that can be added here, such as Video and Audio, Links, and activities found elsewhere in the course.
Create a content module
  1. Upload a document from your computer or your Course Offering files. Files can also be dragged and dropped to upload. Acceptable file type extensions are listed in the table below.
  2. Select the Add button.

If a file in your course Manage Files has the same name as the one you are uploading, be careful to NOT select to overwrite the file.

ONLY overwrite a file if you are uploading an updated version of the SAME file.

Caution: watch out for...

When opening a Word Doc within D2L, hyperlinks placed in the document will not open. If the Word Doc is downloaded and viewed offline with word processing software, the hyperlinks will open as intended.

This problem doesn't exist for PDF or PowerPoint files opened in D2L.

File Type Files with the following extension are permitted in Brightspace
Web Document HTM, HTML, MHT, MHTML
Text Document RTF, PPT, PPS, PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPTX, XML, XLS, TXT, WPD
Image JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, TIFF
Media SWF, MPG, MPEG, RM, MP3, MP4*, M4V*, M4A*, AVI, WAV, RAM, ASF, MOV, RA

Modify content modules and topics

Content module

Show/hide the module to students

Look to the top - just below the module's title. Here, you will see an eyeball icon. Click it, and set the option to "Visible" or "Hidden".

Set the module to release at a later date

  • Click "Add dates and restrictions".
  • Edit the Start and/or End dates to control when the module will be visible.

Note that the content within a module will not be accessible by the students unless the module is visible to them.

Set release conditions

Release conditions provide a dynamic way to release content to students based on criteria.

For example, you can release content based on:
  • which section of the course the student is enrolled in
  • how well they scored on a particular test
  • whether they have completed an assignment
Bulk edit content items

Click "Bulk Edit"

The "bulk edit" feature is useful here, because it will allow you to open up the edit features for all of the items in the content module.

Even if you only need to edit one item, it saves you a step.

Set the visibility of a content item

Show/hide the content item (topic) to students

  • Look for the eyeball icon to the right of your content item. 
  • Click it, and set the option to "Visible" or "Hidden".
  • Click "Done editing" when you are done.

 

Set the module to release at a later date

  • Click "Add dates and restrictions".
  • Edit the Start and/or End dates to control when the module will be visible.
  • Click "Done editing" when you are done.

Note that the content within a module will not be accessible by the students unless the module is visible to them.

Set release conditions

Release conditions provide a dynamic way to release content to students based on criteria.

For example, you can release content based on:
  • which section of the course the student is enrolled in
  • how well they scored on a particular test
  • whether they have completed an assignment
Bulk edit content items

Click "Bulk Edit"

The "bulk edit" feature is useful here, because it will allow you to open up the edit features for all of the items in the content module.

Even if you only need to edit one item, it saves you a step.

Edit or delete a content item

Edit the title of the item

  • Click on the current title of the item to make it editable, then make the necessary changes and click outside of the field.
  • Click "Done Editing" when you're done making all changes.

 

Add a description

This description appears when inside the module where the item resides.

  • Click "Add a description", and enter the description into the text editor.
  • Click "Done Editing" when you're done making all changes.

 

Delete the item

  • Click the trash can icon to the right of the name of the item.
  • You will be prompted to indicate whether you are only deleting the link, or are also deleting the attached file - it is advisable to delete the attached file, unless you need to link to it elsewhere.
Replace a content file

Replace a content file

If you have an updated version of a content file, you can easily replace the one that is currently in the content module.

  • Click the arrow icon next to the item whose file you need to replace.
  • Click "Change File".
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to upload the new file from your computer.
  • Notify the students? If you want the students to know that you have updated a content item that they have already been accessing, check this box.

 

Create a submodule inside a content module

Reorder via drag & drop

  • Select the topic or module's drag handle to drag and drop.
  • If you drag a module or topic above or below other modules and topics, a gray line appears to indicate you can drop the module or topic there.
Create a submodule inside a content module
  • If you drag a module or topic over another module, the module appears blue to indicate you can drop it there. Dropping a module into another module will make the module being dragged and dropped a sub-module.
  • If you cannot remember where you moved a module or topic, use the search function above the Table of Contents.
Create a content module

Reorder via menu

  1. Select the Module from the Table of Contents.
  2. Select either Move Up, Move Down or Move To from the Module's context menu. The Move To button will transform the selected module into a sub-module within a different module.
Create a content module
  1. Select the Topic from within the Module.
  2. Select either Move Up, Move Down or Move To from the Topic's context menu. The Move To button will relocate the Topic to a different module.

Please be careful when deleting entire modules, as you will also be deleting the contents of those modules.

Delete a module

Delete an individual module

  1. Click the name of the Module you want to delete from the Table of Contents.
  2. Select Delete Module from the module's context menu.
Delete all content modules

Delete all content modules

This can only be done from the top-level of the Table of Contents. Please use this feature with caution!

  • In the Table of Contents, on the left, click the "Table of Contents" title.
  • In the main window, look for the title "Table of Contents", and click the arrow icon to the right.
  • Select "Delete All Modules" from the context menu.

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If you have copyright questions contact copyrt@ryerson.ca.