Adding and Organising Content

Content areas are the top-level course areas and hold all of your teaching materials. You create, link and manage them via the course menu and control the order and appearance if desired.

As you create content, you can set its options, such as availability. For example, you may wish to create content and make it unavailable to students until you’re ready for them to view it. You can also limit what students see based on certain criteria (date, time, individual users, groups, etc.) We will not cover these more advanced options in this training but it is useful to know how far you can control the deployment of your content.

Some of the content types you can add are listed below:

Content types

Item

You can create an item to present a combination of content. The functions in the editor allow you to format text, attach files, embed links, etc.

File

Create a link to a file that you have uploaded (e.g. PDF or PowerPoint). You can’t add a description with this option, so be sure to use a meaningful title. Note that students will need to download some file types such as Word docs to view the contents. This content type reduces the amount of scrolling.

Web Link

Link to an external website or web-based resource.

Course Link

Create a shortcut to an item, tool or area in your course for quick access to relevant materials.

Content Folder

You will probably want to organise some of your content in folders and sub-folders to help students find materials easily. For example, if you release content on a weekly basis, you could create folders for each week.

Module Page

A module page is a specialised content page that presents content in boxes, such as on a course Home Page. Students can keep track of tests, assignments and new content created in the course. You can’t add your own content to a module page – it is system-generated.

Links to an individual tool

You could provide links to tools near related content. For example, you might add a file for students to read in a content area – if you want them to respond in discussions, add a tool link in the content area for easy discussion participation.

Starting Point

The screenshot below shows the Course Content menu item that you created in the previous activity.

We will now look at how to add some of the more basic content items to this newly-created content area. Only the options indicated by the red boxes will be covered in this training.

Build content menu

Firstly, we will look at the main options you are most likely to need when you first get started:

  • Item: This can be almost anything, from directly-entered text, to a link to a website or file.
  • Web Link. Provides a way to link to external web resources.
  • File: Links to a file that you have uploaded to the course’s content collection.
  • Content Folder: Content Folders and sub-folders allow you to group related material together, e.g. by week or by topic.

On the next page. we will start by adding an “Item”.