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Desire2Learn 9.0

Publishing Content: Creating Topics

In Desire2Learn, content is organized by modules which contain topics. Topics are components of modules and sub-modules. Topics can be links to course files (e.g., syllabus), web pages on the Internet, or tools in D2L (e.g., discussions) that students access as they complete the course. There are a number of options you can use to publish course content such as PowerPoint presentations, Excel documents, and Word documents.

For information about modules, see Publishing Content: Creating Modules. For information about determining when students can see course content, see Releasing Course Content.

You have six options when creating a topic:

return to topCreating a Topic: Creating a New File

You can use Desire2Learn's editor to create an .htm file.

WARNING: This option creates a file that is native to Desire2Learn. It is always a good idea to have a copy of course content files. If this option is used, we recommend saving a copy of the file to a shared drive.

  1. From the Course Home page, click CONTENT
    The Manage Content pane appears.

  2. Click NEW TOPIC
    The New Topic pane appears.

  3. Click CREATE NEW FILE
    The New Topic - Create New File pane appears.
    New Topic - Create New Topic example

  4. From the Parent Module pull-down menu, select the module this topic will appear under

  5. In the Title text box, type the desired title

  6. OPTIONAL: In the Short Title text box, type an abbreviated title
    NOTE: Short Titles, when available, are used in the sidebar of the Content map.

  7. OPTIONAL: In the Content section, in the File Name text box, type a name for the file
    NOTE: The filename defaults to the Title indicated in step 5
    RECOMMENDED: Remove any spaces in the filename.

  8. To select a location for the new file,
    1. Click CHOOSE DESTINATION
      The Select a Path dialog box appears, showing your existing course folders and files.
    2. Select the appropriate location for the new file
    3. Click SELECT A PATH
      NOTES:
      You are returned to the New Topic pane.
      The location you have selected appears after Folder:
  9. In the HTML Editor, type the topic's content
    HINT: You can use tools within the Editor to alter the appearance and functionality of your text.

  10. OPTIONAL: Set release conditions

  11. OPTIONAL: Add any comments

  12. To save this topic, click SAVE
    To save this topic and create another new file, click SAVE AND NEW

  13. Verify your link by clicking it within the Content area

return to topCreating a Topic: Using an Existing Course File

Use this option to create a topic by using a file you have already uploaded to your current course. For more information, refer to Managing Course Files.

  1. From the Course Home page, click CONTENT
    The Manage Content pane appears.

  2. Click NEW TOPIC
    The New Topic pane appears.

  3. Click COURSE FILE
    The New Topic - Course File pane appears.
    New Topic - Course File example

  4. From the Parent Module pull-down menu, select the module this topic will appear under

  5. In the Title text box, type the desired title

  6. OPTIONAL: In the Short Title text box, type an abbreviated title
    NOTE: Short Titles, when available, are used in the Content navigation widget.

  7. To select the file,
    1. Click BROWSE
      The Select a File dialog box appears.
    2. Locate and select the file
    3. Click SELECT FILE
      The path and filename appear after Course File:

  8. OPTIONAL: Set release conditions

  9. OPTIONAL: Add any comments

  10. To save this topic, click SAVE
    To save this topic and create another of the same type, click SAVE AND NEW

  11. Verify your link by clicking it within the Content area

return to topCreating a Topic: Uploading a New File

Use this option to create a topic by uploading a new file from your computer.

  1. From the Course Home page, click CONTENT
    The Manage Content pane appears.

  2. Click NEW TOPIC
    The New Topic pane appears.

  3. Click UPLOAD NEW FILE
    The New Topic - Upload New File pane appears.
    New Topic Upload New File example

  4. From the Parent Module pull-down menu, select the module this topic will appear under

  5. In the Title text box, type the desired title

  6. OPTIONAL: In the Short Title text box, type an abbreviated title
    NOTE: Short Titles, when available, are used in the Content navigation widget.

  7. To select the file that will be uploaded,
    1. In the Content section, click BROWSE...
      The Choose file dialog box appears.
    2. Using the Look in pull-down menu, locate and select the file
    3. Click OPEN
      The path and filename of the file appear in the File to Upload text box.

  8. To select the location of the uploaded file within your other D2L course files,
    1. Click CHOOSE DESTINATION
      The Select a Path dialog box appears, showing your existing course folders and files.
    2. Select the appropriate location for the new file
    3. Click SELECT A PATH
      NOTES:
      You are returned to the New Topic pane.
      The location you have selected appears after Path:

  9. OPTIONAL: Set release conditions

  10. OPTIONAL: Add any comments

  11. To save this topic, click SAVE
    To save this topic and create another of the same type, click SAVE AND NEW

  12. Verify your link by clicking it within the Content area

return to topCreating a Topic: Adding Topics in Bulk

Use this option to create a group of topics from previously uploaded files.

  1. Unless the module already exists, create the module these topics will appear under

  2. From the Course Home page, click CONTENT
    The Manage Content pane appears.

  3. Click ADD MULTIPLE TOPICS
    The Add Multiple Topics pane appears.
    Add Multiple Topics example

  4. In the Properties section, from the Parent Module pull-down menu, select the module these topics will appear under

  5. In the Course Files section, select the files you want to use
    NOTE: Items are selected when a checkmark appears.

  6. To assign a title to a selected file, type the desired title in the Topic Title text box
    NOTE:
    If you do not assign a title, the file name will appear instead.
    OPTIONAL: In the Topic Short Title text box for each file, type an abbreviated title for the topic

  7. When finished, click ADD

  8. Verify your links by clicking them within the Content area

return to topCreating a Topic: Linking to Course Content with Quicklink

QuickLink allows you to link to a course file, another area within your course, or a website. Creating a topic with QuickLink also allows you to link relevant course material to its appropriate section in the Course Content page. This is beneficial to the student because it eliminates the need to leave the Course Content page for materials pertinent to the chosen section. For example, you can create a link to a quiz directly from the Course Content page, rather than having the student search for the correct quiz from Quizzes on the Navigation bar. For information on how to use QuickLink, refer to Creating Topics with QuickLink.

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