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The Content and Course Builder tools both allow you to organize materials and resources in D2L. Your students access documents you post in Content including Office files, PDFs, HTML documents for the course as well as links to external resources. Course Builder gives you the tools to plan and organize those items and insert placeholders for items that are not yet ready for posting in your D2L course. For more information, go to the Course Builder page.

Click here to view a Learning and Technology Services video tutorial playlist on the D2L v10.1 Content Tool - which is very similar to v10.3 capabilities.

This page explains how to complete the following actions in the Content tool:

Creating the Overview


The Overview module is a feature available in all D2L courses. The Overview allows you to create an introduction to the course topic, content, and expectations. If you enter text in the Overview or attach a document to the Overview, this overview text and attachment will display to students the first time they access the Content tool in your course. If no information is entered in the Overview, students will be taken to the Table of Contents instead. The Overview link in the left pane will not display to students if you have not entered text or attached a file in that area.

  1. Click Overview in the module pane on the left.

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  1. You can create content in the overview by using the HTML editor and/or by uploading a file from your computer.
  1. Using the HTML Editor
    Click Add a welcome message, overview, or description, found below the Overview title, to open the HTML editor.

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    You can then use this editor to type and format the information you wish to display in the Overview.

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  • Uploading Content
    You may also upload a document from your computer. To do this, select Add Attachment below the Overview heading in the right pane and browse to the desired file.

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Creating and Editing Modules


All content items are created within a module. You may create a module for each unit, week, or chapter, or use another system of your own. Modules organize your Content section and are especially helpful if you have a large amount of content.

Watch this LTS video tutorial about creating and editing modules, or continue to the written documentation below:

Click here to view this video in YouTube, which allows you to watch it in fullscreen view.

Creating a New Module

  1. With Table of Contents selected in the left pane, click on Add a module... at the bottom of the left pane. Type a name for your new module.

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  2. Click away from the text, and your module is created and saved.

Editing a Module

After creating a module, you will be taken to that module's editing screen, where you will have a variety of options:

  1. The module's editing screen appears in the main part of the screen, to the right of the panel you used to create the module. In this panel, click the module name. This allows you to edit the title of the module. Once you have modified the title as necessary, click away to save.

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  2. Click Add a description to create an introduction to or summary of the concepts presented in the module for your students.

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  3. A text editor will appear; type your description, and click Update to save changes.

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  4. Optional: Click Add restrictions if you wish to add a start date, end date, due date, and/or release conditions. Once you have made your changes, press Update to save.

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    1. Start and end dates indicate when the module will become live for students and when it will no longer be live--the time frame in which students have access to the module. Students can see the module and its topic titles outside of the start and end dates but are only able to access the topics within the module within the restriction dates.

    2. A newer restriction feature is the due date, which may be a useful alternative to the end date. Students will still be able to see the module and its contents after this date, but setting a due date may help students track when a given task must be completed.

  5. Your module is automatically set as Published unless you set start date restrictions as explained above in Step 4 above. Published content is visible to students. Content in Draft status is not visible to students. If you wish to hide the module from your students, click Published and select Draft from the dropdown menu.

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    Note: If you select Table of Contents in the panel on the left-hand side, you will see a list of all the modules and all the topics within those modules. To view only one module and/or edit that module, simply click the name of the module in the panel on the left. You will return to the editing screen and see the options described above.

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    Note: In the Table of Contents, you can collapse/expand a module and hide or view the topics inside of it by clicking the arrow to the right of the module.

  6. The easiest way to reorder modules is by using the panel on the left:

    1. Place your cursor near the three-line icon to the left of a module name. Note that your cursor changes to the four-arrow plus sign, which indicates that you can move the module.
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    2. Click and drag the module up or down to the desired spot in the list. As you move, you will see a gray line appear, indicating where the module would move to if you were to drop it at that point.

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    3. Release the mouse button to drop the module in the desired location. This change saves automatically.

Creating Topics


Topics are components of modules and sub-modules. They can be links to course files, web pages, or tools in D2L.

Note: Topics can have start, end, and/or due dates individually, but it is also possible to set dates for the module which will apply to all topics within that module.

Uploading a New File

Topics often consist of uploaded documents, such as PDF or Word files. To simplify the process, you can upload the file and create a topic at the same time.

  1. Find the module into which you would like to add content. Below that module, click New.

  2. Click Upload Files.

    Content 10.3 Upload Files


  3. Click Upload, and navigate to the desired file.

    Content 10.3 Upload link

  4. Click Open. The file name will appear below the Upload button.

    Note: You can only add one file at a time when you browse, but you may continue browsing and adding files until you have everything you need.

  5. Click Done. You will see the content upload into the module.

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Watch a video tutorial on creating topics by uploading files or creating HTML files.

Click here to view this video in YouTube, which allows you to watch it in fullscreen view.

Uploading a New File using Drag & Drop


It is also possible drag and drop existing files from your computer to create and update Content topics. Not all browser versions support drag and drop in D2L; if your browser does not, you will see a message to that effect in the upload target area.

Dragging and Dropping a New File

  1. Choose the module in the left pane to which you would like to add your topic. 

  2. Below that module heading in the right pane is the drag and drop target area. 
    Content 10.3 drag and drop target area

  3. Drag your document from your desktop or from the file management area (Windows Explorer or Finder on a Mac) of your computer to that drag and drop target area.


    Content 10.3 creating topic with drag & drop

  4. When the target area turns green, drop your file. The file name will then appear in the list of topics in the right pane.

  5. The target area no longer displays in the module once you have created or copied in at least one topic. You may however continue to use the drag and drop feature to create topics even though the target area does not display.

  6. When you drag the file in to the right pane, position your cursor in the location where you want the new file to appear in the module; the gray line indicates the file position. Release the mouse button to drop the file in that location.

    Content 10.3 drag and drop with existing content

  7. If you want to change the location of the file once dropped, you may change the order of items within a module from either the Table of Contents screen or from a specific module's editing screen.

  8. Just as with modules, place your cursor near the three lines to the left of the item name. Note that your cursor changes to the four-arrow plus sign, which indicates that you can move the item.

    Reorder Topics

  9. Click and drag the item up or down to the desired spot in the list. As you move, you will see a grey line appear, indicating where the item will move to if you were to drop it at that point.

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  10. Drop the item in the desired location. This change saves automatically.

Using an Existing Course File

If you have already uploaded a file to this D2L course, you can link it to a Content topic:

  1. Under the module you wish to add the content to, click New.

  2. Select Add from Manage Files from the dropdown menu.

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  3. A window will appear, displaying a list of available files (some may appear in folders). Use the checkboxes next to the files to select all those you want.

  4. Click Done. You will see the new topic upload into the module. The topic title appears as the name of the file by default.

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  5. To change the topic name, click on the arrow to the right of the topic title in Content.

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  6. Choose Edit Properties In-place from the dropdown menu.

  7. Click on the topic title to modify it or to type an entirely new name. Click away to save.

Editing an Existing HTML File

  1. To edit an HTML document, click on the arrow to the right of the document title in the right pane.

  2. Choose Edit HTML from the dropdown menu to open the HTML editor window.

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  3. Make your changes and press Update to save.

Creating a New File


When you create a new file under Content, this file is created using the HTML editor in D2L. The file is not saved to another location on your computer; it exists only in your D2L course.

Click here to watch a video tutorial on creating and editing HTML files in D2L Content. Or, continue with the written documentation below.

  1. Under the module you wish to add the content to, click New.

  2. Select Create a File from the dropdown menu.

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  3. In the HTML Editor, type the topic's content.

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  4. At the bottom of the page, click Publish to finish and make the file available to students, Save as Draft to save the file but keep it hidden from students, or Cancel to exit the file without saving.

    Publish Topic
  5. To edit an html document, click on the arrow/triangle to the right of the document name in the right pane.

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  6. Choose Edit from the dropdown menu to open the html editor window; make your changes and press Update to save.

Adding a Link

In Content, you may also link to an external URL.

  1. Under the desired module, click New.

  2. Select Create a Link from the dropdown menu.

    Create A Link

  3. In the Title text box, enter the text you wish to display and link.

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  4. In the URL text box, enter the webpage URL (note that the http:// is already entered; do not duplicate it).

  5. Optional: If you wish, select the checkbox next to Open in New Window to have the content open in a new window when accessed by students.

  6. Click Create.

For more information, watch a video tutorial about adding activities and external links to your D2L course content.


Click here to view this video in YouTube, which allows you to watch it in fullscreen view.

Activities


Activities allow you to link to other tools or files in your D2L course. Content displays the outline for the course; you may want to link to quizzes, discussions, dropboxes, or websites. Often these are placed in chronological order as students view the content from top to bottom.

Click here to view a video tutorial on this topic, or continue with the written documentation below.

  1. Under the desired module, click Add Existing Activities.

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  2. From the dropdown list, select the activity you wish to link to. For this example, we will link to a discussion topic.

  3. A window will appear, asking you what you wish to insert. Based on the element you have selected in the first dropdown menu, you will be able to choose the specific item you would like to link to from the second menu.

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  4. The activity will then appear within the Content module.

Editing a Topic


Each topic within a module has its own context menu that offers a variety of options.

  1. Click the black arrow to the right of a topic's name, and select Edit Properties.

    Edit Properties

  2. The topic's editing tools will appear:
    Topic Editing Properties

  3. Click the topic's name to edit the name of the topic as it appears in the list (by default, it is named the title of the uploaded document).

    Edit Topic Title

  4. Click Add a description to add a text description of the topic.
    Add A Description

  5. A text editor will appear; type your description, and click Update to save the changes.

    Topic Description
  6. Your topic is automatically set as Published unless you set start date restrictions (as explained below). Published content is visible to students. If you wish to hide the module from your students, click Published and select Draft from the dropdown menu.
    Draft Topic


  7. Click Add restrictions if you wish to add a start date, end date, due date, and/or release conditions.
    Add Restrictions

  8. Once you have made your changes, click Update to save.
    Add Restrictions


    Notes:
    Start and end dates indicate when the topic link will become live for students and when the topic link will no longer be live--the time frame in which students have access to the topic. Students can see the the titles of date-restricted topics before the start and after the end date but are only able to open date-restricted topics within the restriction dates.

    A new restriction feature is the due date, which may be a useful alternative to the end date. Students will still be able to see the topic after this date, but setting a due date may help students track when they need to have completed a given task.

  9. You may change the order of items within a module from either the Table of Contents screen or from a specific module's editing screen.

    1. Just as with modules, place your cursor near the three lines to the left of the item name. Note that your cursor changes to the four-arrow plus sign, which indicates that you can move the item.

      Reorder Topics

    2. Click and drag the item up or down to the desired spot in the list. As you move, you will see a grey line appear, indicating where the item will move to if you were to drop it at that point.

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    3. Drop the item in the desired location. This change saves automatically.

Notifying Students of Updates in Content


Instructors can now notify students of updated or changed topics in the Content tool. Students will receive an Update alert notification D2L v10.3 update alert notification on the minibar; clicking on that alert will take them to the updated topic.

  1. Locate the topic in Content to be updated.

  2. Choose Edit HTML (for topics created as web pages) or Change File (for topics created by uploading a file) from the topic's context menu Content 10.3 Context menu 

  3. Make the necessary changes, then select the Notify students that content has changed checkbox.


    Content 10.3 topic update notification option


  4. A comment field appears; type your comments in that field.

  5. Check the Reset completion tracking checkbox to ensure students revisit the topic to complete the activity.

  6. Press Update to finish.

Editing Modules and Topics in Bulk


When working both in the Table of Contents and at individual module levels, you will see a Bulk Edit option. Click this button to put all modules and topics into “edit mode,” meaning you can adjust the topic titles, descriptions, and restrictions of any or all of the items in the table of contents without putting them into edit mode one at a time. You may also delete topics individually by clicking on the trash can iconContent 10.3 Trash can iconto  the right of each topic in bulk edit.

Bulk Edit

To turn off Bulk Edit, click on the Done Editing button Content 10.3 Bulk Edit DoneEditing at the top of the page.

Completion Methods


Completion tracking is a newer feature in D2L allowing instructors (and students themselves) to monitor the progress of students through the course material.

Watch a video tutorial on this topic, or continue with the written documentation below.

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Below are descriptions of the completion tracking options available:

  • Automatic—sets a topic as completed when the user views it; some activities, such as discussions, assessments, or file submissions, must be completed before they are tracked as completed.
  • Manual—allows the user to manually set the topic to complete status as they move through the course work. In D2L v10.3, the Manual Completion Method is the default completion type in all UWEC D2L courses.
  • No Completion Tracking—disables this feature from your course.

Instructors can change the desired method for an entire course.

  1. Click on Table of Contents in the left module pane in Content.


  2. To set the completion method for all new topics created in the course, click on Settings in the upper right-hand corner.

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  3. The Content Settings dialog box appears. Choose the preferred completion method from the Default Completion Status dropdown menu; this sets the completion method for all new topics created in the course.

    Content 10.3 Set Completion Status in Settings

  4. Once the Completion Tracking option is changed, another completion tracking option will appear to the right of the dropdown menu. Check the checkbox labeled Update all existing topics to use selected completion status to change the completion tracking option set for existing Content topics.

  5. Press Save to save your changes; press Cancel to close the dialog box without saving.
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Instructors may also set completion methods individually, if desired:

  1. Click on the black arrow to the right of any topic in Content.

  2. From the dropdown menu, choose Edit Properties In-place.

    Content 10.3 Completion for a topic
  3. Edit options for that topic appear. Click on Content 10.3 Completion Method Options for Topic to display the other completion method options.

  4. Choose one of the other options from the dropdown menu.

    Content 10.3 Changing the completion method for a topic

  5. Click away, and the change is automatically saved.

Note: The number to the right of the Table of Contents and each module name indicates the number of topics within that module that have either automatic or manual completion tracking settings attached to them.
Numbers

In each student’s view, this number will decrease as topics are set to complete. For example, when a student is viewing content and manually sets a topic as complete, the number corresponding to that module will decrease by one. This gives students an idea of how much of a module they have completed. Students will also see a progress bar for each module, which provides another visible representation of how much of a module they have completed.


Progress Bar


A progress bar also exists at the Table of Contents level. When a student has completed all the topics in a module, a green check mark will replace the number to the right of the module title in the left pane.
Completed Module

Class Progress


This tool allows instructors to track the progress of the class as a whole, as well as detailed tracking of individual students.

Class Progress

  1. Near the top right of the screen, next to the Logout button, select Edit Course.
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  2. In the Learner Management section, select View User Progress. You will be taken to the Class Progress screen, which shows all the students in your course, along with the indicators that have been selected to appear.
    View User Progress

  3. Instructors can select up to four indicators of progress to view at one time, but these can be changed or reordered easily as desired. To select the indicators you wish to view, click Settings.
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  4. Use the arrows to the right of the indicator names to reorder the indicators or replace them with another option. There are descriptions below each indicator name providing information regarding the data that will be shown with that option.
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  5. Once you have the indicators set as desired, click Save and Close. You will be returned to the main Class Progress page, showing the overview of progress for everyone in the course.
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Student Progress

You may also view an individual student’s progress in more detail:

  1. From the Class Progress list, click an individual’s name.
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  2. You will be brought to the Progress Summary page for that student. This page shows reports for all the D2L tools implemented in the course.

  3. By default, you will see a summary of all the tools. To view more detail about a specific course tool, click the desired tool in the menu on the left side of the screen.
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  4. You also can customize progress reports for students to view. You may set what sections to include and control the color:
    1. From an individual student’s Progress Summary page, near the top right of the screen, click Settings.
      Individual Progress Settings
    2. From the Settings page, use the checkboxes to select the progress indicators you wish to include in the report.
      Progress Indicators
    3. Select the colors you wish displayed on the graph, and enter the percentage levels for each color.
      Color Indicators
      Note: These settings will be applied to all students in the course.

  5. Use the arrows near the student’s name to navigate among users, or click Class Progress, found directly above the student’s name, to return to the Class Progress view.
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Watch a video showing the Class Progress tool!

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Related Tools


The Related Tools menu allows for further options when working with content.

  1. From the Content tool, click Table of Contents in the panel on the left-hand side of the screen.

  2. You will be taken to a list of all the modules and topics you have added to your course. At the top of this list, click Related Tools to see the options available to you.

    Note: This is an easy way to access Course Builder without leaving the content area.

    Related Tools

View Reports

The View Reports tool allows you to access content statistics for your course.

  1. From the Related Tools dropdown menu, select View Reports.
    View Reports

  2. By default, the Content tab will be selected. This tab provides data organized by topic, including the number of users that have visited a topic and the average time spent viewing the topic.
    To view more detailed statistics for a topic, click the number in the Users Visited column of the chart. Here you will see which students have visited the topic and the time they spent viewing it.

  3. Select the Users tab to view data organized by student.
    Users Tab
    You will see a list of students’ names and the number of content topics visited. To view additional reports for a specific student, click his or her name in the list. For each topic, you will see the number of visits, the average time spent, and the date and time the topic was last visited by that student.

Media Files and Browser Issues


If you are linking to media (video/audio) in your D2L courses, your students may experience issues viewing and/or hearing these files depending on what browser they are using. The recommended browsers are:

  • Windows - Internet Explorer
  • Macintosh - Safari

You may reference more information about this issue at UW-Madison Knowledge Base.

Help Desk

For more information or to request a service, contact the LTS Help Desk:
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