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Adding modules and topics to content

You can add and organize your course materials in the Content area so that it is clear to your students what they need to do each week. You must create a module before you can add topics (content items). A module is like a folder where you organize your content item by week or category. Once you create modules, populate them with topics (link to your files or link to one of the D2L activity). You can drag and drop files from your computer into a module, or you can select from the Content tool’s buttons to create new topics or add existing course objects.

  • Who is this for: Instructors
  • What is required: A D2L Brightspace course in which you would like to organize your content files into modules

Step 1: Create a module

  1. Click on Content from the course Navigation.
  2. In the Table of Contents panel, in the Add a module field, enter the name of your new module (e.g. Week 1) and press Enter.
    Add a module field

To add a submodule, click on the module name. Then in the Add a sub-module field, enter the name of your new sub-module and press Enter.

Note: You don’t really need to create a submodule if you only have 1 or 2 things to put in it.

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Step 2: Add a content item

  1. Click on Content from the course Navigation.
  2. Click on the module’s name you want to add topics (content item)
  3. To add content items, click Upload/Create button and select one of the options from the list, or drag and drop content into the module.
    Add content topic using drag and drop

    Add content topic using drag and drop

    Add content topic using Upload/Create button

    Add content topic using Upload/Create button

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Most commonly used options:
  • Upload files, choose My Computer and click the Upload button. navigate to where you store your files and choose one or multiple files, then click the Add button.
  • Create a File will create a new HTML file.
  • Create a Link, enter the title (name) for the link and the URL address. If the link goes to outside PCC, check the box to Open as External Resource, then click the Create button.

What kind of files can I use for course content?

Although there’s no restriction on what type of files you can have in the content, the following files are mostly used in the Content and will provide you with a preview of the content prior to saving it. Find a complete list of files you can use.

  • Web document (html, htm)
  • Word, PowerPoint, and PDF
  • Images (jpg, gif, png)