D2L - Building course structure through Course Builder (UW-Madison)


UW-Madison is adopting Canvas as the single, centrally supported learning management system, and discontinuing support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and Moodle. Access to D2L and Moodle will permanently end June 1, 2018. For information about retaining materials from D2L or Moodle, please refer to this document.

Course Builder enables you to interact with your course materials, learning experiences and assessments in one consolidated interface so you can visualize and review your entire course at once.

This tool is located under the Course Admin drop down menu, from the Manage Content view, or under Edit Course.

The Course Builder can be used for planning a course Content outline

Video overview of the Course Builder

Build your course structure by adding modules and placeholders to the canvas. Modules and placeholders are valuable during the initial stages of course planning, helping you plan your course before you create its content. You can add notes to module and placeholder descriptions about course content you intend to develop and learning objectives you want your students to achieve. You can also choose to add real content as you build your course by creating and adding objects to the canvas.

Add a module or placeholder
1. From the Build Structure section of the toolbox, do one of the following:
  • Drag a module or placeholder onto the canvas in the location you want.
  • Click on a module or placeholder element. From the Select a location pop-up window, click on the location you want to add your module or placeholder.
2. Enter a Name and add Notes if you want.
3. Set date restrictions, if applicable.
4. Click Create.

Edit a module or placeholder
1. On the canvas, select the module or placeholder you want to edit.
2. In the Selected Node Panel, click Edit Module or Edit Placeholder.
3. From the pop-up window, make the changes you want to its Name or Notes.
4. Click Save.

Copy and paste module and placeholder structure
You can copy modules and placeholders to another section in your course where you want similar
structure. When you copy a module, its child modules and placeholders are also copied.
1. Select the placeholder or structure you want to copy.
2. In the module or placeholder's context menu, click Copy Structure or Copy Placeholder.
3. In the context menu of the node or closest node to the location you want to insert your
placeholder or structure, click Paste After, Paste Before, or Paste As Child.

Copy structure from another course
1. Go to the Import/Export/Copy page by doing one of the following:
  • Click the Edit Course link on your course navigation bar, then click Import/Export/Copy Components.
  • In the Course Administration widget on your course homepage, click Import/Export/Copy Components.
2. Select Copy Components from Another Org Unit, and click Next.
3. Select the org unit you want to copy components from:
  • Choose Existing Offering to copy components from another course offering you are enrolled in. You can select an offering from the list or click Search for offering to find the course offering using a pop-up search window.
  • Choose Parent Template of Current Offering to copy components from the course template the current course offering belongs to.
4. Select the check box beside the components you want to copy and click Next. To copy only certain items from a component, choose Select individual items to copy. This allows you to select individual quizzes, discussions, dropbox folders, etc.
5. Confirm your choices and click Next to begin copying.
6. When the process is finished, click Done. When you open Course Builder, your copied structure and content should appear on the canvas.

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Keywords:learn@uw learnuw d2l desire2learn course builder module placeholder   Doc ID:14879
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2010-08-16 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-12-04 12:29 CDT
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