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Desire2Learn 9.0

Creating Topics with Quicklink

Quicklink allows you to link to materials in another area within your course, an Internet resource, or CD-Rom content. Creating a topic with Quicklink links relevant course material to its appropriate section on the Course Content page. This makes it easier for students to access the materials for each 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.

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

The following directions use the example of linking to a discussion.

  1. From the Course Home page, on the Navigation bar, click CONTENT

  2. From the Manage Content section, click NEW TOPIC
    The New Topic pane appears.
    New Topic pane

  3. Click QUICKLINK
    The New Topic - Quicklink pane appears.
    New Topic - Quicklink pane

  4. From the Parent Module pull-down list, 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. 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 a category
    EXAMPLE: Select Discussions
    The Link Details pull-down list is refreshed with options appropriate to your selection.

  9. Complete the option(s) in the dialog box pertaining to the category you selected
    EXAMPLE: From the Link Details pull-down list, select the desired discussion

  10. Click INSERT
    The New Topic - Quicklink pane reflects your choices.

  11. To save the topic, click SAVE
    To save the topic and create another, click SAVE & NEW
    You are taken to the Manage Content pane.

return to topCreating a Topic with Quicklink: Linking to an Internet Site

Use this option to link to an Internet resource or another area within your course.

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

  2. Click NEW TOPIC
    The New Topic pane appears.

  3. Click QUICKLINK
    The New Topic - Quicklink pane appears.
    New Topic - Quicklink pane

  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

  7. 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.

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

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

return to topCreating a Topic with Quicklink: Linking to CD-Rom Content

The following directions use the example of linking to a discussion.

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

  2. From the Manage Content section, click NEW TOPIC
    The New Topic pane appears.

  3. Click QUICKLINK
    The New Topic - Quicklink pane appears.
    New Topic - Quicklink pane

  4. From the Parent Module pull-down list, 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. Click INSERT A QUICKLINKInsert a Quicklink button
    The Insert a Quicklink dialog box appears.

  8. From the Category pull-down menu, select CD-Rom File
    The CD-Rom File options appear in the Link Details section.
    Insert a Quicklink dialog box: CD-Rom example

  9. OPTIONAL: In the Volume text box, type the CD name

  10. In the File Name text box, type the name of the file to be accessed from the CD
    NOTE: For users to access the file, the CD must be in the computer, and they must have specified their CD-Rom drive in D2L Preferences. See Setting Preferences for help.

  11. Click INSERT
    The New Topic - Quicklink pane reflects your choices.

  12. To save the topic, click SAVE
    To save the topic and create another, click SAVE & NEW
    You are taken to the Manage Content pane.

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