Learn@UW - Linking Directly to a Tool

Links to tools in Learn@UW can be made via an html link, in addition to linking the toolbar.

There are two main cases where one would want to link directly to a tool in Learn@UW:

  • To have greater control over how the tool appears in Learn@UW, such adding the capability to open a tool in a new page.
  • To remove a tool from the navbar, but still access the tool through a hidden content item (such as hiding the main quiz list from students, while still keeping the ability to edit quizzes from content).

Important: All links created using this method must be updated each semester when a course is re-offered, otherwise the links in the new course will point to the original course.

Copying the tool address

  1. Open the desired tool in a new window by clicking on the tool's link in the navbar and selecting "Open link in new window" by right-clicking the mouse on a PC, or by pressing Command while clicking on a Macintosh.
  2. In the new browser window, copy the address of the tool by selecting the text in the address field and then typing Ctrl-C on a PC, or Command-C on a Macintosh. Close the new window.
  3. In some cases, it is a good idea to copy the address to another application (such as Notepad or TextEdit) before pasting in the steps below.

Custom tool link in the Navbar

To add a custom link to the Navbar, for example to have a tool open in a new window, please see the instructions in Learn@UW - Linking Directly to a Tool

Quicklink to a tool

  1. Start by clicking on the Materials drop-down menu in the navigation bar, and then Content.
  2. Click the Add Quicklink button, then select URL from the list.
  3. Paste the address in the URL field by typing Ctrl-V on a PC or Command-V on a Macintosh.
    1. Note: It is important to delete everything before /d2l/... in the path. For example: https://uwmad.courses.wisconsin.edu/d2l/tools/discuss/mainList.asp?ou=12345 would become/d2l/tools/discuss/mainList.asp?ou=12345
  4. Click Insert. A new page will open called "New Topic-Quicklink".
  5. Choose a module, and give the quicklinked tool a title.
  6. When finished, click Save and Close.

Important: All links created using this method must be updated each semester when a course is re-offered, otherwise the links in the new course will point to the original course.




Keywords:learn@uw learnuw d2l desire2learn tool link content discussion chat survey dropbox grades gradebook classlist   Doc ID:2618
Owner:John T.Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2004-03-24 19:00 CDTUpdated:2014-05-15 16:16 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW Madison, Learn@UW Utility
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