How do I Upload or Create Content?

Learn the basics of how to upload or create content in both D2L and Moodle.

How do I Upload or Create Content:  Both Desire2Learn and Moodle allow you to easily upload, create and share course content with your students.  You can use things like the Table of Contents to organize your course and clearly communicate that organization to your students.  Uploading and creating content are the most basic and powerful functions of a Learning Management System.

Tool Overview:  

Step-by-step Instructions:  

Content Tool
Step 1:  On your course website homepage, select Content from the "Materials" dropdown menu in the Navbar.

Step 2:  On the Content homepage, select the search box "Add a module" on the lower lefthand side of the screen.
Add a module

Step 3:  Type in the name of the module you want to create and hit enter.

Step 4:  To add a new activity or upload a file, click on the blue "New" button towards the top of the screen.  If you have already created an activity in another tool in D2L (such as Discussion, Quiz Tool etc.) you can add it by clicking on the white "Add existing activity" button next to the "New" button.
New, existing activities

Step 5: After clicking on the "New" button you can select from a series of choices including "upload file," "create file," "create a link," and "Add from manage files."  ("Create a link" allows you to link to outside resources, though it can also be used to embed content, such as a google doc, in the page.  More on "create file" below in Rich Text Editor.)
New Menu

Step 6:  Above the "New" button are options to "Add description" and/or "Add dates and restrictions."  If you click on "Add dates and restrictions" it allows you select a date or date range when the material in the module will be available to students.  You can also attach "release conditions" to the module.
dates. restrictions

Step 7:  You can add sub-modules nested within the larger module simply by clicking in the "Add a sub-module.." textbox below the module.  This is an easy way to break down a larger module or unit (such as Week 1) into several smaller topics, activities and/or assignments.

Step 8:  Towards the upper-right corner of the screen is a box that says "Published."  This indicates that the content is visible to your students.  If you do not want students to see this module, simply click on "Published" and then select "DRAFT."  When you are ready for students to access the module, simply click on it again and re-select "Published."  (Note: You can also change individual sub-modules from draft to publish)
Draft, published

Rich-Text Editor (D2L)
Step 1: To access the Rich-Text Editor in the Content tool, click the blue "new" button and select "Create File."  
Create a File

Step 2: You can use the editor either is WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) mode, or you can toggle to an html editing mode in the bottom-right of the editor. (Note:  The Rich-Text Editor is available throughout the D2L learning environment.  It works the same in all D2L tools).
Switching to html

Step 3:  At the top of the editor you will find much of the functionality of a traditional text editor, such as Microsoft Word.  Additionally, the editor makes it easy to embed audio-visual content through the "insert image" button and the "insert stuff" button.
Insert Stuff

Step 4: To embed an audio-visual file, click on "insert stuff."  This will display all the ways you can embed in the document including a youtube video and from Flickr.  If you click on the "My Media" option, you can embed mp4 files from your Kaltura Mediaspace account. (Note that you can also embed audio-visual files from other sources, such as Vimeo, using the "Enter Embed Code" option.)
Insert Audio-Visual

Step 5:  Add text or images around your embedded video to finish creating the file, then click "Publish."  If you do not want students to see the file yet or if you want to edit it later, click "Save as Draft."

Step 1: After logging into your course, click on the "Turn Editing On" button found near the top right corner of your course homepage.
Turn Editing On

Step 2: Click on "Add Activity or Resource" at the bottom right of the module you want to add a file, resource or activity too.  (Note: Moodle automatically creates week based modules.  You can change the name of any module by clicking on the gear underneath its name.  You can also "hide" a module from students by clicking on the eye icon to the right of the module's name.)
Add Activity or Resource

Step 3:  Select the activity or resource type you would like to add, then click "Add." (Note: You can pull up a detailed description of a resource or activity simply by clicking on it).
File, Resource or Activity

Step 4:  On the new screen, type in the name or title of the file.  You can also add a description if desired.  Underneath the "Content" tab you can simply drag and drop the file you want to upload.  In the tabs underneath "Content" you can control various settings such as visibility, student access, and completion tracking.
Adding a New Fileasdasdf

Step 5: When done with the settings, simply click "Save and Return to Course" or "Save and Display."

Shortcut to adding files in Moodle

Keywords:Template LSS AT TA Training, content, d2l, moodle, upload, table of contents, file, module, organize,   Doc ID:60040
Owner:James M.Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2016-01-25 13:27 CSTUpdated:2016-08-03 14:43 CST
Sites:Learn@UW Madison
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