Course content

Course content

Course Content is available from your course navbar. From this area you can create, add or edit content; link to course tools such as Dropboxes, Discussion Forums, Quizzes and Surveys.


The overview area is where you can add your course syllabus or outline.

Screenshot depicting the Overview area of course content.

  • To add your file, click the Add Attachment link. If your browser supports drag and drop, you will see a box where you can drop your file.
  • After you have successfully added your file you will see the content of the added document directly on the page. If the file format doesn’t allow the file to display inline you will see a link to the file instead. You may also notice that the Add a file message has changed to Change the attachment. This is because you are only able to add one file to the overview area. Adding a second file will overwrite the first.
  • To completely remove a file from the overview area, select the context arrow to the right of the overview title in the centre panel of your content page and choose to Remove attachment.

Screenshot highlighting the Remove Attachment link.

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Bookmarks allow users to bookmark course content to return to at a later date. By clicking the Bookmarks link you will see a list of content pages that you have bookmarked. These are personal and will not be flagged as bookmarked for any other users in your course.

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Course Schedule

The Course Schedule listed in the course content is a compilation of due and end dates corresponding with course content and are due within the next 7 days. You can include content in the upcoming events by choosing an end and/or due date as well selecting the Display in Calendar option for items. Dropboxes with an end or due date will automatically display in the upcoming events but Quizzes and Surveys require the Display in Calendar option to be selected for these items to display in the Upcoming events area.

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Table of Contents

The Table of Contents (TOC) is where you will add the course content you want to make available to students in your course.

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Copying content from another course

If you have previously taught a course or have built your course in a sandbox or development course you can choose to copy that content forward into the course you are currently teaching rather than recreating all the content in the new course.

Note: If you have tools enabled in your original course you must enable these same tools in the destination course or the items contained in that tool will not copy. One example of this is Attendance. If you have enabled Attendance in the original course but not the destination course the Attendance Registers will fail to copy and you will see messaging similar to this when you view the Copy Course Components History:

Copy errors screenshot

If you must enable a tool in the destination course click Course Admin in your course navbar and choose Tools from the list of options.

To copy content from another course, click the Table of Contents on the left hand side of the page then click the Import Course button and choose Copy Existing Course. You can also select the Course Admin link on the course navbar. This will take you to the Import/Export/Copy Components page where you will choose which course you would like to copy and if you will copy the entire course or only parts of the course.

From the Import/Export/Copy Components page, select the Search for Offering button search for offering screenshot and click on the magnifying glass to perform the search. You will then see a list of courses you currently have access to. Select the course you are copying from the list by checking the radio button to the left of the course title and clicking the Add Selected button. After you select the course you are copying, Search for Offering button is replaced with the name of the course you selected.

Now you will have to determine if you want to Copy All Components or only Select Components.

copy options screenshot

If you choose to Copy All Components the entire selected course will be copied into the destination course. Choosing Select Components allows you to select individual files, specific quizzes or dropboxes etc. to copy forward.

Note: if you choose to copy Select Components you must ensure you select both CONTENT and COURSE FILES.

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Adding Modules and Sub-modules

To add a module to your course select the Table of Contents on the left hand side if it isn’t selected by default. Once you do this you will see both ways to add a new module to a course.

Screenshot highlighting where to Add a Module.

  • There is an Add a Module on the left hand side that will always be available when you are working in Content. The second add a module option will be available if the Table of Contents is selected on the left hand side.
  • To create a module, start by typing the title of the module in the Add a Module box.
  • After creating a module you will also see the option to create a sub-module. This option will only be available if you have created a module and it is currently selected on the left hand side.

Screenshot highlighting how to add a sub-module.

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Adding files to modules or sub-modules

To add files to either a module or a sub-module you must first select the area on the left hand side of the page. Once you have done this, you will notice that there are a number of ways to add content. You can drag and drop files if you are using a browser that supports this feature or, you can add files by selecting the Upload/Create button.

Note: D2L's list of file types that can be uploaded to Course Content.

  • Selecting the Upload/Create button on the content page will allow you to upload or create content and activities.

Screenshot highlighting the upload/create button

  • As you can see from the above image there are a number of files and activities that can be added or created from the Upload/Create button.
  • Choosing to upload files will take you to the window below where you can select the location of the file (My Computer, or Course Offering Files).
  • Clicking the Upload button will search the area previously selected on the left.

Screenshot depicting how to add a file.

  • Once you find the file you want to upload and select it you will see the file name listed below the Upload button, indicating the file has been successfully uploaded.

Screenshot depicting the file upload and Add button.

  • Clicking the Add button will add the file to the course.

Note: if the file you are adding already exists in the course, you should see a Duplicate Files pop-up window (see below) notifying you that the file is already in the course and will be replaced with the file you are uploading.

Duplicate file screen shot

  • Returning to the course Content page will allow you to see the files that have been added to the course.

Screenshot depicting file added to course content.

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Adding course activities to content

If you have already created course activities that you want to include in the content section of your course you can Add Existing Activities by selecting the activity type from the drop down menu.

Screenshot depicting the list of Existing Activities.

Selecting a course activity type from the list will open a window that contains all activities of that type that exist in the course. If you have not yet created the course activity you will be prompted to create a new one. For more information on creating course activities like quizzes, dropboxes etc. please see the corresponding help page for the specific activity.

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Editing content

When editing content in LEARN you have a couple different options.

  • First, you can choose to Bulk Edit Screenshot of Bulk Edit button. the content in the course. The bulk edit tool will allow you to bulk edit content access dates, restrictions, content item descriptions and completion method (Required: Automatic, Required: Manual, or Not Required).
  • Once you are done using the Bulk Edit tool you will see a bar with the Done Editing button to save any changes.

Screenshot highlighting the Done Editing button.

  • You can also edit a course file while in the content of the course by selecting the Edit HTML in this case.
  • Note: The edit ____ will always be the file type you are editing, e.g. Edit HTML, Edit link etc.
  • The Edit Properties In-place option will allow you to edit the same areas as the Bulk Edit option (e.g. dates, restrictions, descriptions etc).

Screenshot hightling the Edit Properties In-place link.

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Deleting content

  • Course content can be deleted by topic, module, sub-module, or all modules. To delete a content topic, select the module containing the topic on the left hand side. Use the down arrow to the right of the topic title and select Delete Topic to remove the file.

Screenshot highlighting the Delete Topic link.

  • To delete a module or sub-module, select it on the left hand side. Use the down arrow to the right of the Module title and select Delete Module (or sub-module).

Screenshot highlighting the Delete Module link.

  • To delete ALL modules, select the Table of Contents on the left hand side. Use the down arrow to the right of the Table of Contents title and choose Delete All Modules from the options available.

Screenshot highlighting the Delete All Modules link.

Note: selecting the Table of Contents on the left hand side will allow you to delete ALL modules; proceed with caution.

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Re-ordering content

To re-order content you can click on the three lines (burger menu) to the left of the module or topic name and drag and drop it into the new location. Topics can be moved within a module or to another module using the drag and drop feature.

Screenshot highlighting the burger menus next to content items.

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Completion settings

Completion settings can be set by the instructor and applied to all users accessing content. To set the completion method for your course, select the Table of Contents on the left hand side then using the down arrow to the right of the Table of Contents menu to choose Set All Completion.

Screenshot highlighting the Set Completion link.

Once you select the Set All Completion option you will be presented with a pop-up window where you can select the completion method of your choice. The options are Required: Automatic, which will mark the content item as complete once a user clicks on the item, Required: Manual requires the user to mark items as complete by checking the completion box to the right of the content topic, and the Not Required option removes the ability for any content items to be marked complete.

Screenshot depicting the Set All Completion dialog box

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