D2L - Build Your Course in the Table of Contents (Doc 122) (UW-Madison)


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This document is associated with the task "Build Your Course Structure and Navigation." The document provides an overview of the Table of Contents Tool, how to add materials to a course using the tool, and how the Table of Contents becomes the backbone for the course navigation architechture

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The Table of Contents tool, or the Content Tool, serves a number of purposes.  At it's most basic the Content Tool in D2L is like the table of contents of a book,  shows what content and activities go together and how they are organized.  Second, users can navigate from within the Content tool, the title of each piece of content or activity acting as a link to the actual content or activity. Third, content and activities can be added, organized, and managed from within the Content Tool. 
The Look and Feel of the Content Tool (Video)

Accessing the Content Tool
  • From the NavBar:
    • From the default NavBar click on the dropdown for Material, then choose "Content"
    • Place a "Content" link on your individually designed tool bar
  • From "Edit Course"
    • From the default NavBar click on "Course Admin" then "Edit Course."  Find "Content" in the menu
    • Or place an "Edit Course" link on your individually designed tool bar
Building your Course in Content Tool

Add Modules
Modules are containers that like activities or content is placed. Modules tend to be organized thematically, content-based, or chronologically.  These are represented as to level folders in the Content Browser or Content Tab.
  • From the sidebar on the left hand side of the Content Tool, click on Add a Module. 
  • Enter the title for the Module and press Enter Add Module Field
Adding Content and Activities to the Modules
  • Click on the Module you will be working with in the sidebar.
  • That module opens up in the Content Area in the center of the Content tool.  
  • Each piece of content or activity that you place in the Content Area are known as Topics.  There are Four types of Topics:
    • Upload Files:   These can be PDF, Powerpoint, Word Documents, audio/video files.  These are rendered (viewed) in the course so student do not need to download them
    • Create File:  This is a html (digital) document created using the D2L editor, which operates much like a word processor ADD CROSS REF TO CONTENT
    • Links:  This is a link to an external site.  This is also the place to add a link to a Google Doc, which can be displayed within D2L
    • Activities include other D2L components like Quizzes, Dropboxes, Disucssions, and even External Learning Tools. (Cross Ref)
  • To add any one of these elements:
    • Click on the "New" dropdown.  Choose the Element.  New Dropdown meny
    • Follow specific directions for each element.  Those directions can also be found in the Tools area of this training material (CROSS REF)
    • Note, D2L supports "Drag and Drop" uploading.
Editing a Topic in place
There are many ways to update a Topic right from the table of contents.  Click on the small, black dropdown arrow next to the title of a topic. 
Dropdown menu
  • "Edit Properties in place" to change the title, add a description of the topic, or add restrictions to the topic.  (CROSS REF COURSE MANAGEMENT)
  • Replace the file with a new or updated file using the "Change File" option.
  • Send to binder and submit feedback are option not often used see the KB documentation for those element
  • Reorder the topics, or move the topic to a different module using the "Move up," "Move Down" or "Move To" arrows. 

Viewing Course Organization

The Table of Contents is one place students and instructors can go to see the course in its entirety and how the modules, content, and activities are organized in a hierarchical way.   This hierarchy can also be reflected on the homepage using the Content Browser Widget and the Content Tab (described in theUnderstanding Course Navigation document)

  • The Content Browser is a Widget that is preloaded on the Default Homepage, but can be added or removed depending on the design of the Homepage.Image of the Content Browswer on the Hompage
  • The Content Tab looks very much like the Content Browser, but is accessed within content and activities so student do not need to leave activity to navigate to the next activity. Content Browser Tab

Navigating from the Content Tool 
(This is cross referenced with the document, Understanding Course Navigation)

The Table of Contents is a view of the course content that can be accessed through the link in the NavBar, or various Breadcrumb links (as shown above).  The Table of Contents displays the Course Overview, the Modules, and the content within the modules. Content and activities are known as Topics in D2L nomenclature.  Students access this by clicking the titles.   Take a look at this map of the Table of Contents.

The Table of Contents from D2L

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Created:2015-10-19 15:53 CDTUpdated:2017-12-04 12:29 CDT
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