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How do I add Content to my D2L course site?

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Adding Content involves creating modules and topics. This series of video tutorials will lead the user through creating a modules and the three main types of topics, Create a New File, Upload a File and Adding a Quicklink.

Overview

There are two main components available in the Content area of D2L, modules and topics.

  • Modules are the organizational piece, think about them as headings or containers for all the information in your course.
  • Topics are the actual pieces of information, your syllabus, PowerPoints, etc.

The following written instructions are for adding content in its simplest form, i.e. no time restrictions or special features, simply adding the content.

Note: Coursebuilder is a tool that can be used to create, modify or organize the Content area of your D2L course.  Its drag-and-drop interface greatly reduces the amount of clicks required to complete an action.  Click here for more information on Coursebuilder.

Add a New Module

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Written Instructions

  1. Click on Content from the Navigation.
  2. Click the Manage Content tab underneath the navigation bar.
  3. Click Add Content.
  4. Click New Module button located near the top of the page.
    • Properties tab: Enter a Title in the space provided. (Common Module Titles are "Course Information", "Week 1", "Week 2") Short Title (optional): This is only necessary if you have a very long Title, in most situations it can be ignored.  
    • Restrictions tab: Hiding the Module or Having an availability date are possible options.  If none of these options are selected, the module will be seen as soon as Save and Close is selected. 
    • Comments tab: Optional and only for instructor use to have any additional information for himself/herself.
    • Objectives tab: Please disregard this tab.
  5. Click Save and Close.
  6. Click the "Manage Content" button near the top of the page to verify your Module was created.

Add a New Topic

There are several options for adding topics to your course. The method you choose will depend on the type of information you are adding and how you would like it to appear to your students.

  • Create New File: This method creates a web page of information for students to view. It is nice because all the student has to do is click on a link and the page opens, there is no downloading required and students do not need to have a specific piece of software, such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader, etc. in order to view the information. The downside is that it may require a little more formatting work for the instructor.

  • Upload New File: This method allows the instructor to add information to D2L in its current form, for example a Word Document, PowerPoint, PDF article, etc. The benefit to this method is that no extra formatting work is required by the instructor, however, the student must download each piece of information in order to view it, a process that requires extra time from the student.
  • Quicklink: This option allows users to add a link to another area of the course or to an external web page.

    Create a New File

     

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    Written Instructions

    1. Click on Content from the Navigation.
    2. Click the Manage Content tab underneath the navigation bar.
    3. Click Add Content.
    4. Click on New File.
    5. NOTE: Before a topic can be created, there must be a module in which to store the topic, for information on creating modules, click here.
    6. A form will be displayed, complete the necessary fields:
      • Parent Module: Use the dropdown to select the module under which this topic should be located.
      • Title: Give this topic a name. (Common topic titles include Syllabus, Readings, Assignments)
      • Short Title: 
      • Content: The content box is the place for the actual information. You can type information directly into this box or you can copy and paste it from MS Word or other text editing program.
      • NOTE: If you choose to copy and paste, it is recommended that the Paste From Word button (located on the Advanced tab) is used. This button will display a pop-up box in which you can paste your text. The goal of the feature is to strip off much of the invisible formatting that exists in MS Word.
    7. If desired, continue through the rest of the tabs available for adding a new file:
      • In the Properties tab: Enter a Title in the space provided. Short Title (optional): This is only necessary if you have a very long Title, in most situations it can be ignored.  
      • In the Restrictions tab: Hiding the Topic or having an availability date are possible options.  If none of these options are selected, the module will be seen as soon as Save and Close is selected. 
      • Comments tab: Optional and only for instructor use to have any additional information for himself/herself.
      • Objectives tab: Please disregard this tab.
    8. Click the Save button.
    9. If desired, click the Manage Content button towards the top of the page and verify the content appears as you desire. 

    WARNING: Users may have problems transferring Rich Text formatting from Word to HTML. If so, alternate instructions are available that will help maintain formats.

    Upload a File

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    Written Instructions

    1. Click on Content from the Navigation.
    2. Click the Manage Content tab underneath the navigation bar.
    3. Click Add Content.
    4. Click on Upload File.
    5. NOTE: Before a topic can be created, there must be a module in which to store the topic, for information on creating modules, click here.
    6. A form will be displayed, complete the necessary fields:
      • Parent Module: Use the dropdown to select the module under which this topic should be located.
      • Title: Give this topic a name. (Common topic titles include Syllabus, Readings, Assignments)
      • File Upload: Click Choose File and select the desired file to be uploaded and posted under the chosen module.
    7. If desired, continue through the rest of the tabs available for adding a new file:
      • Properties tab: Enter a Title in the space provided. Short Title (optional): This is only necessary if you have a very long Title, in most situations it can be ignored.  
      • Restrictions tab: Hiding the Topic or having an availability date are possible options.  If none of these options are selected, the module will be seen as soon as Save and Close is selected. 
      • Comments tab: Optional and only for instructor use to have any additional information for himself/herself.
      • Objectives tab: Please disregard this tab.
    8. Click the Save button.
    9. If desired, click the Manage Content button towards the top of the page and verify the content appears as you desire. 

    Quicklink

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    Written Instructions

    1. Click on Content from the Navigation.
    2. Click the Manage Content tab underneath the navigation bar.
    3. Click Add Content.
    4. Click on New File.
    5. NOTE: Before a topic can be created, there must be a module in which to store the topic, for information on creating modules, click here.
    6. A form will be displayed, complete the necessary fields:
      • Parent Module: Use the drop down to select the module under which this topic should be located.
      • Title: Give this topic a name. (Common topic titles include Syllabus, Readings, Assignments)
      • Content: 
      1. On the top right bar there is an icon that looks like this: quicklink Click on this button.
      2. Choose the type of resource. (i.e. To add a link to a website, select "Url").
      • NOTE: If you choose to copy and paste, it is recommended that the Paste From Word button (located on the Advanced tab) is used. This button will display a pop-up box in which you can paste your text. The goal of the feature is to strip off much of the invisible formatting that exists in MS Word.
    7. If desired, continue through the rest of the tabs available for adding a new file:
      • Properties tab: Enter a Title in the space provided. Short Title (optional): This is only necessary if you have a very long Title, in most situations it can be ignored.  
      • Restrictions tab: Hiding the Topic or having an availability date are possible options.  If none of these options are selected, the module will be seen as soon as Save and Close is selected. 
      • Comments tab: Optional and only for instructor use to have any additional information for himself/herself.
      • Objectives tab: Please disregard this tab.
    8. Click the Save button.
    9. If desired, click the Manage Content button towards the top of the page and verify the content appears as you desire. 
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