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Desire2Learn 9.0

Working with Links

The Links tool provides an area for adding online resources to a course. You can use this section to create links and provide students with access to global resources.

NOTE: You can also add external links to the Content page.

return to topCreating Categories

Categories help organize links to outside information according to topics related to the course.

  1. From the Course Home page, on the Navigation bar, click LINKS
    The Manage Links pane appears.
    NOTE: To add tools to the Navigation bars, see Customizing the Navigation Bars.

  2. Click NEW CATEGORYNew Category button
    The New Link Category pane appears.

  3. In the Name text box, type the desired category name
    This is the name that appears on the Links page.

  4. OPTIONAL: In the Description text box, type a description of the category

  5. If you want to create another category, click SAVE AND NEW
    The category is added and the New Link Category pane appears.

  6. When you are finished creating categories, click SAVE

return to topCreating Links

 Creating links to external web pages is a great way to expand the resources available to students.

  1. From the Course Home page, on the Navigation bar, click LINKS
    The Manage Links pane appears.

  2. In the desired category's row, click NEW LINKNew Link button
    The New Link pane appears.
    NOTE:
    You cannot create links until you have created at least one category.
    New Link pane

  3. In the Title text box, type the desired title
    HINT: It is helpful to match the title to the site or page name so that users know they have arrived at the correct location.

  4. In the URL text box, type the desired URL
    HINTS:
    You must use the absolute URL (http://...)
    To avoid typing errors, copy and paste the URL from the browser.

  5. To have the link open in a new window, select Open in new window
    NOTE: The option is selected if a checkmark appears before it.

  6. In the Description scroll box, type the desired description
    NOTE: The description will be displayed below the link name on the Links pane.

  7. If you want to create another link, click SAVE AND NEW

  8. When you are finished creating links, click SAVE

return to topOrganizing Links

You can organize the list of links to best suit the needs of the class.

  1. From the Course Home page, on the Navigation bar, click LINKS
    The Manage Links pane appears.

  2. Click REORDER
    The Reorder pane appears.
    Reorder pane

  3. Using the pull-down menus after the desired links or categories, select the new order number

  4. Click SAVE
    The Manage Link pane refreshes to show the new order.

return to topDeleting Links and Categories

WARNING: If you delete a category, all links in the category will also be deleted.

  1. From the Course Home page, on the Navigation bar, click LINKS
    The Manage Links pane appears.

  2. For the desired link or category, click DELETEDelete button
    A confirmation dialog box appears.

  3. Click YES
    The desired link or category is deleted.

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