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Understand the organization of content

Table of Contents

The Table of Contents panel lists all modules available in your course. Click on a listed module to view and manage its details, topics, and sub-modules. You can also stay on the Table of Contents page to view and manage all modules and topics.

Content - Table of Contents overview

Click on the Table of Contents link to access the Table of Contents page. This page enables you to view and manage all modules and topics. You can add new topics to existing modules by dragging and dropping files from your computer onto upload targets on the Table of Contents page, and you can also rearrange course materials by dragging and dropping topics between modules.

The number beside each module name in the Table of Contents panel listing indicates the number of topics you have set completion tracking for. The number beside the Table of Contents link indicates the total number of topics you have set completion tracking for. Use the number totals to determine the task load being put on students per module.

Content settings provide a little control over several visual aspects of your course, such as how content is arranged, which buttons appear, and if you can use HTML templates in your content.


Content Overview - click 'Add Attachment'
  1. Click Settings in the Content tool.
Content Overview - click 'Add Attachment'
  1. From here, you can do the following:
    • Set how content is arranged in the module view by selecting from the Content Arrangement drop-down list. See below for more information.
    • Show or hide the collapsible content browser and navigation buttons in the content viewer by checking or clearing the Show navigation in the Content Viewer check box.
    • Select Enable HTML Templates to make them available when creating content. See Create a New File for more information.
    • Set your default font settings from the Default Font Settings drop-down list.
    • Select the Replace files with the same name check box from the Drag and Drop Upload section if you want to automatically overwrite a module's existing content each time you drag and drop files of the same name and file type into the same module.
    • Set the default completion tracking method from the Default Completion Status drop-down list.
  2. Once you finish customizing your Content settings, click Save.
Content Overview - click 'Add Attachment'

If you select to arrange course content by Content Type from the Content Arrangement drop-down list, each module will appear in the following content type groups:

  • Materials (Uploaded files, course files, new documents, and links.)
  • Modules (Sub-modules. Topics within sub-modules only appear arranged by Content Type once you navigate into the sub-module.)
  • General (External Learning Tools.)
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Discussions
  • Checklists
  • Chats
  • Self Assessments
  • Surveys

Manage files in course admin

When you create and upload files into your modules and sub-modules, the file that appears in the module is a link that points to the content housed in the Manage Files folder of each course. If you delete a module or sub-module, you have the option of deleting all the content permanently OR deleting the module itself but keeping the folders in the Manage Files area.

When you're adding new files, be sure to use a unique file name, otherwise you may overwrite content in the Manage Files folder.

Please ensure that you do not include any student names or other private information in course files, as this could constitute a violation of privacy law.

It is your responsibility to make sure that all material uploaded to Ryerson University's LMS/Brightspace by D2L and other systems complies with Canadian copyright laws. Please consult the "external,Do-it-Yourself Copyright Checking workflow" before you upload content.

Use Ryerson University's already existing licences for content from the library and the Ryerson University "external,Fair Dealing Guideline".

If you have copyright questions contact

Content - view upcoming events

You can access the Manage Files area by:

  1. Clicking Course Admin, then Manage Files.
  2. Under Site Resources, click Manage Files.
Content - view upcoming events
  1. Click and view/download the files in your course shell.

The Course Overview is best used to display a brief blurb about the course, such as the one found in Ryerson's course catalogue. If you do not put anything into the Course Overview, the link will be hidden from students.

We recommend putting your course syllabus/outline in a module, so that the course outline appears under the Table of Contents.

To add content to the Course Overview:

Content Overview - click 'Add Attachment'
  1. You can insert course overview information using the HTML Editor beneath the Overview title, and you can add a file attachment by dragging a file from your computer onto the upload target, or by clicking Add Attachment from the Overview context menu.

Topics you bookmark appear in a list on the Bookmarks page.

The number beside the Bookmarks link on the left nav indicates how many bookmarks you have.

Content - viewing bookmarks

Bookmarks are user-specific, meaning that you will only see the topics that you have bookmarked for yourself, and your students will only see the topics that they bookmark for themselves.

Content - adding a bookmark

Click the Add Bookmark icon while viewing a topic to add it to your bookmarks list.

The Course Schedule page lists course material due dates, start dates, end dates, and other course events for the next seven days. If you set availability dates or a due date for a course object, it appears in the Course Schedule page and the Agenda view in the Calendar tool.

Content - view upcoming events

The dates listed on this page are not exclusive to Content topics; upcoming events include all events within the course from the Calendar tool. Click Course Schedule to view all past, current, and future course events. The number beside the Course Schedule link indicates how many upcoming events you have.