Creating modules and topics

You must create a module before you can add topics. You can create sub-modules (modules within existing modules) to establish a deeper hierarchy. Once you create modules, populate them with topics. You can drag and drop files from your computer into a module, or you can select from the Content tool's New and Add Activities buttons to create new topics or add existing course objects.

Note  If your course is SCORM 2004-compliant, any new modules you create are outside the sequencing and navigation built into the SCORM package.

Create a new module

  1. Enter your new module title in the Add a module... field below the Table of Contents.
  2. Press Enter or click outside the field to add the module.

Create a new sub-module

  1. Click on the module you want to add a sub-module to from the Table of Contents.
  2. Enter your new sub-module title in the Add a sub-module... field.
  3. Press Enter or click outside the field to add the sub-module.

Create a new topic

  1. Click on the module you want to create a new topic for from the Table of Contents.
  2. Select one of the following options from the New button:
    • New Document
    • New Link
    • New Dropbox Folder
    • New Discussion
    • New Quiz
    • Add Course Files
    • Upload Files
  3. Fill in the required fields, such a topic Title, a URL link, Instructions, or select the appropriate files you want to add or upload.

    Tip  If you create a New Document, you can choose to Copy from an existing file. This enables you to work from an existing template and ensure consistency across topics.

  4. Do one of the following:
    • If you are creating a new document, link, dropbox folder, discussion, or quiz, click Publish or Create.
    • If you are adding files from My Computer, Course Offering Files, or Shared Files, click Done.
  5. You can continue to edit the new topic's additional details by:
    • Setting a completion tracking method.
    • Adding a topic description.
    • Attaching supplementary files.
    • Modifying submission options (e.g. number of attempts, number of submissions).
    • Changing topic status (e.g. from Draft to Published).
    • Adding restrictions (e.g. availability dates, due date, release conditions).
    • Adding a grade item.
    • Adding learning objectives.

Add an existing course object

  1. Click on the module you want to add a course object to from the Table of Contents.
  2. Select one of the following from the Add Activities button:
    • Dropbox
    • Chat
    • Checklist
    • Discussions
    • ePortfolio item
    • External Learning Tools
    • Forms
    • LiveRoom
    • Online Rooms (unavailable within courses)
    • Quizzes
    • Self Assessments
    • Surveys
  3. Choose a specific activity you want to insert from the drop-down list.
  4. Click Insert.

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Drag and drop files into modules

Drag and drop files from your computer into a module's upload target or into the Table of Contents module list to add topics (the files will save in the Manage Files tool).

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Add a Learning Object

  1. On the Table of Contents page, click Add Learning Object.
  2. Browse or Search For the learning object you want to add.
  3. Select a learning object and click Next.
  4. On the Retrieve Object page, select whether you want to create a dynamic or locked link to the learning object in Content, or whether you want to create a copy of it, and click Next.
  5. Choose the module you want the object to appear in from the Parent Module drop-down list .
  6. If you create a dynamic link or locked link, you can select the Preview/view the content topic in a new window or tab check box. If you are copying the object as content and the destination folder listed is not the one you want, click Choose Destination to select a new folder.
  7. Click Import or Create Link.

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Adding and uploading course files as new topics

Browse your Manage Files area to create topics from existing files. You can use the following types of files as topics:

Extension File Type
HTM, HTML, MHT, MHTML Web Document
RTF, PPT, PPS, PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPTX, XML, XLS, TXT, WPD Text Document
JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, TIFF Image
SWF, MPG, MPEG, RM, MP3, MP4*, M4V*, M4A*, AVI, WAV, RAM, ASF, MOV, RA Media

You can also upload all of these file formats from your desktop directly into the Content tool.

Notes

For web documents, Learning Environment strips the <title> tag and text within that tag from user created web documents.

You can use WMA and WMV files for topics, but they're not recommended, as users who access them through Firefox require a plug-in for them, and the plug-in does not guarantee the file plays for them. You can download the plug-in here: http://port25.technet.com/pages/windows-media-player-firefox-plugin-download.aspx

*The extensions MP4, M4V, and M4A are new. These extensions allow users to drag entire albums, Video Podcasts, and movies from iTunes.

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Restricted file extensions

The following file extensions are not supported by Learning Environment:

Restricted Upload Extensions
ASP ASHX JSL VB
ASPX ASMX LICX VBPROJ
EXE AXD REM VJSPROJ
BAT CDX RESOURCES VSDISCO
DLL CER RESX WEBINFO
COM CONFIG SHTM INI
ASA IDC SHTML  
ASAX CS SOAP  
ASCX CSPROJ STM  

Notes  

For web documents, Learning Environment strips the <title> tag and text within that tag from user created web documents.

If your course is SCORM 2004-compliant then any new topics you create are outside the sequencing and navigation built into the SCORM package.

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See also

 

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