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How do I add Content to my D2L course site?

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Instructions for Instructors regarding how to add content to D2L.

Overview

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

  • Modules are the organizational piece of the content, think about them as headings or containers for all the files and course materials in your course.  (Example: Week 1, Week 2, etc)
  • 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.

Add a New Module

Video Tutorial

Written Instructions

  1. Click on Content from the Navigation.
  2. Type the name of the Module in the space provided. 
    Create Module
  3. Hit Enter on your Keyboard.
  4. If desired modify the status and/or restrictions on the Module.

 

Create a Topic - Overview

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.

  • Upload New File: This method allows the instructor to add a Word Document, PDF, Powerpoint, etc.  If edits need to be made later, the old version in D2L will need to be erased. modifications made and the document re-uploaded to D2L.

  • Create New File: This method creates an html web page of information for students to view.  It is easy, but may require some reformatting on the part of the instructor.  However, If updates need to be made later, just edit the page online in D2L.

  • Quicklink: This option allows users to add a link to another area of the course or to an external web page.

Note: The following instructions will work, but for those individuals that prefer a more organized file structure, please see our FAQ on Organizing Content Files

 

Create a Topic - Upload a File

Written Instructions - Method 1

  1. Click on Content from the Navigation.
  2. Use the navigation panel on the left to select the module that the content will be associated with. 
  3. Drag the file (.docx, .pptx, .pdf, etc) onto the area provided.
    Note: Drag and Drop functionality is ONLY available with the Firefox and Chrome browsers.
  4. If necessary, make any necessary changes to the properties of the Topic.

 

Written Instructions - Method 2

  1. Click on Content from the Navigation.
  2. Use the navigation panel on the left to select the module that the content will be associated with.
  3. Click the New button and select Upload File
  4. Drag the file onto the space provided or click the Upload button to browse your computer for the file.
  5. Click the Done button.
  6. If necessary, make any necessary changes to the properties of the Topic.
 
Note: The above instructions will work, but for those individuals that prefer a more organized file structure, please see our FAQ on Organizing Content Files

 

Create a Topic - Create a New File

 

 

Written Instructions

  1. Click on Content from the Navigation.
  2. Use the navigation panel on the left to select the module that the content will be associated with.
  3. Click the New button and select Create a File.
  4. Enter a title in the space provided.
  5. Enter desired text into the space provided, or use the Paste from Word button to copy text from a MS Word document.
  6. Click the Publish (or Save as Draft) button.
    Note: the Save as Draft will prevent students from seeing the item until it is published.
Note: The above instructions will work, but for those individuals that prefer a more organized file structure, please see our FAQ on Organizing Content Files
 

Create a Topic - Create a Link

Video Tutorial

Written Instructions

  1. Click on Content from the Navigation.
  2. Use the navigation panel on the left to select the module that the content will be associated with.
  3. Click the New button and select Create a Link.
  4. Enter a title for the Content item in the space provided.
  5. Enter the URL of the website in the space provided.
  6. It is highly recommended that the checkbox for Open in New Window is checked.
  7. Click Create
Note: The above instructions will work, but for those individuals that prefer a more organized file structure, please see our FAQ on Organizing Content Files
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