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Desire2Learn 9.0

Linking to a Discussion in Course Content

Desire2Learn allows you to link to discussions right from a course content area. It is good practice to provide links to all content and activities for a module in the Content area.

NOTE: These instructions assume that the discussion topic has been created. For information on creating a discussion, refer to Setting Up Discussions.

return to topLinking to a Discussion: Course Content Area

You can create a link within the Course Content area that links directly to a discussion.

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

  2. For the desired module, click NEW TOPICNew Topic button
    The New Topic pane appears.

  3. Click QUICKLINKQuicklink button
    The New Topic - Quicklink pane appears.
    New Topic - Quicklink pane

  4. From the Parent Module pull-down menu, select the desired module for the link to be displayed under

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

  6. OPTIONAL: In the Short Title text box, type the desired short title
    NOTE: Short Titles are used in the navigational sidebar of the Content map.

  7. Click INSERT A QUICKLINKInsert a Quicklink button
    The Insert a Quicklink dialog box appears.
    Insert a Quicklink dialog box

  8. From the Category pull-down list, select Discussions
    The dialog box refreshes.

  9. From the Discussions pull-down list, select the desired discussion topic

  10. Click INSERT
    The Insert Quicklink window closes.

  11. Click SAVE
    The Edit Topic pane appears.
    The link now appears in the Content area. When students click the link, they will be taken directly to the linked discussion.

return to topLinking to a Discussion: Course Content Document

You can create a link within a course (HTML) document that links directly to a discussion.

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

  2. For the topic in which you want to create the link, click EDITEdit button
    HINT: You can only create links in an HTML document.
    The Edit Topic pane appears.

  3. Place your insertion point in the HTML text box

  4. Click INSERT QUICKLINKInsert Quicklink button
    Insert a Quicklink dialog box

  5. From the Category pull-down menu, select Discussions

  6. From the Discussions pull-down menu, select the desired discussion topic

  7. In the Link Caption text box, type the text for the link

  8. For Open in, select the desired link opening method
    EXAMPLE: Select New Window for the discussion to be opened in a new window.

  9. Click INSERT
    The Quicklink is inserted.
    The Edit Topic pane appears.

  10. Click SAVE
    The Quicklink is saved.

  11. To return to the Manage Content area, click MANAGE CONTENT

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