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Desire2Learn 9.0

Using the Course Builder

The Course Builder allows you to create and manage much of your course in one place. Instead of going separately to Discussions, Quizzes, Content, and Dropbox, you can create and organize objects for all those tools in the Course Builder. For an explanation of the buttons and terms, see The Course Builder Environment.

return to topAccessing the Course Builder

The Course Builder can be found under the Course Administration Tools.

  1. Access the Course Home page

  2. On the Navigation bar, click EDIT COURSE

  3. In the Design section, click COURSE BUILDER
    The Course Builder welcome page appears. Click the links for more information.Course Builder welcome page

  4. To see the Course Builder Toolbox, click START
    The Course Builder Canvas and the Toolbox appear.

return to topCreating Modules

The first step in using the Course Builder is to create modules. These are the major units your course is divided into. Modules allow you to organize course materials.

  1. In the Toolbox, click CREATE A MODULE Create a Module button
    The Select a location dialog box appears.

  2. To select a location,

    1. For a main module, click on the course name
      OR
      For a submodule of an existing module, click on the appropriate course module
      The Create Module dialog box appears.
  3. In the Name text box, type a name for the module

  4. Click CREATE
    The module appears in the Course Builder Canvas.

return to topCreating Placeholders

Once you have created modules, you can begin to put objects in them. If you know that you want a certain object in a module (e.g., a discussion) but are not ready to create the object, you can create a placeholder. Later you can fill the placeholder with the desired object.

  1. Access the Course Builder welcome page

  2. Click START
    The Toolbox and Course Builder Canvas panes appear. All your current modules will be listed in the Course Builder Canvas pane under the course name.
    Course Builder Canvas pane

  3. To see the objects under a module, click EXPAND Expand button
    Course Builder Canvas: Expanded Module

  4. In the Build Structure section of the Toolbox, click the desired button
    NOTE: See The Course Builder Environment: Build Structure for options.
    The Select a location dialog box appears.
    Select a location dialog box

  5. Select the desired location
    The Create Placeholder dialog box appears.

  6. OPTIONAL: In the Name text box, change the object name

  7. Click CREATE
    The object appears in the Course Builder Canvas.
    Course Builder Canvas pane: Placeholder example

return to topCreating Objects

You can create objects to fill placeholders, or skip placeholders altogether, and put objects directly into modules.

  1. Access the Course Builder welcome page

  2. Click START
    The Toolbox and Course Builder Canvas panes appear.

  3. In the Create Objects section of the Toolbox pane, click the desired button
    NOTE: See The Course Builder Environment: Create Objects for options.
    The Select a location dialog box appears.
    Select a Location dialog box

  4. Select the name of the desired module
    The New [Object Type] dialog box appears.

  5. Fill in the appropriate information

  6. Click CREATE
    The object appears in the Course Builder Canvas widget, under the specified module.

return to topAdding Objects from Browse Objects

If you have created objects in other Desire2Learn tools, you can add them to the Course Builder with Browse Objects.

  1. Access the Course Builder welcome page

  2. Click START
    The Toolbox and Course Builder Canvas panes appear.

  3. In the Browse Objects section of the Toolbox pane, click on the desired object type
    EXAMPLE: Click Course FilesBrowse Course Files button
    The [Object Type] options appear in the Toolbox.

  4. Navigate to the desired location

  5. Click the desired object

  6. Click ADD TO COURSE
    The Select a location dialog box appears.

  7. Select a location
    The object appears in the Course Builder Canvas.

return to topReordering Modules

Once you have created your modules and objects, you may decide to change their order. Reordering is very easy in the Course Builder.

 

 

  1. Access the Course Builder welcome page

  2. Click START
    The Toolbox and Course Builder Canvas panes appear.

  3. Click on the module you wish to move

  4. Holding down the mouse button, drag the module to the desired location

NOTE: If you are moving the module into a second module, the second module will have an orange background and expand to show the objects within the module.
Course Builder Canvas pane: Example placing module in module

NOTE: If you are moving the module but not placing it into a second module, a black line will appear at its future location.
Course Builder Canvas pane: Example moving a module

  1. When you are happy with the module's location, release the mouse button
    The module will appear in its new location.

return to topReordering Objects

Once you have created your objects, you may wish to reorder them.

  1. Access the Course Builder welcome page

  2. Click START
    The Toolbox and Course Builder Canvas panes appear.

  3. To see the objects in a module, click EXPAND Expand button

  4. Click on the object you wish to move

  5. Holding down the mouse button, drag the object to the desired location

  6. When you are happy with the object's location, release the mouse button
    The object will appear in its new location.

NOTE: You can move objects between as well as within modules.

 

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