D2L - Adding Content (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.
The following steps may be followed to add content (such as Word, pdf, or PowerPoint files) to a Learn@UW course.
The Learn@UW content tool can be found under the Materials drop-down menu. The content tool uses an outline format which consists of non-clickable headings (called Modules) and clickable links to files (called Topics or simply Files). Note that topics link to files stored on Learn@UW within Course Files (or are links to Learn@UW or other Internet resources) and are not the actual files themselves.
Content is uploaded by first adding at least one module, and then by adding a topic link in one of the 4 ways described below.
1. New Module
Note that all content outlines must have at least one module.
- Begin by clicking on the Materials link in the navbar, and then click on Content.
- Click Add a module... on the left hand side of the page.
- The field will change to one where text can be entered. Add a Title for your module.
- Click out of text field and the module will automatically save. You will receive notification that the module has been created.
2. New Topic
Topics may be added in 4 ways: uploading a new file, creating a new file online using a Word-like editor, linking to an Internet or Learn@UW resource, and linking to a file already within Learn@UW.
Upload File to Learn@UW
- From Content, click on the module you'd like to add content to.
- On the right side of the page, click New and choose Upload File.
- Either click Upload Files and choose a file from your computer, or drag the file into the Drag and Drop area.
- Click Done.
- You can also drag a file from your computer into any of the Drag and Drop areas to automatically upload the file into that topic or module.
- To give the file a title, which will show as the link in the Content outline, click on the downward arrow next to the name of the file and choose Edit Properties In-place from the menu.
- Click on the name of the file to turn it into a text box. Click out of the box to save the change to the title once you've renamed it. You can also add dates, restrictions, and a description.
Create New (html) File
- From Content, click module you'd like to add content to.
- On the right side of the page, click New and choose Create File.
- Give the file a Title or click Copy from an existing file to copy a previously created file.
- Once you've finished creating the file, click Publish.
QuickLink to Learn@UW or Internet Resource
- Linking to a Discussion, Dropbox, Quiz, or External Link
- Once in Content, click New and then choose the tool you'd like to link to.
- Once you've finished setting up the tool for use, click Publish.
- Linking to an Activity or other Learn@UW Tool
- Once in Content, click Add Existing Activities and then choose the tool you'd like to add.
- Once you've finished setting up the tool for use, click Insert.
Link to a previously uploaded Learn@UW Course File
If you've already added content through the Manage Files interface and would like to place the content within a module or topic, you can do so using this method.
- From Content, click New, and then Add from Manage Files.
- Check the box next the file you'd like to add, then click Done.
- To give the file a title, which will show as the link in the Content outline, click on the downward arrow next to the name of the file and choose Edit Properties In-line from the menu.
- Click on the name of the file to turn it into a text box. Click out of the box to save the change to the title once you've renamed it.