ARCHIVED: Using Oncourse Modules, how do I add, edit, move, or delete content sections?

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Adding content sections to a module

  1. When you click Author, you will see several ways to add a content section to a module:
    • Check the box next to the module to which you want to add a section, and click Add Content under "Authoring options..." at the top of the page.
    • Click the name of the module to which you want to add a section, and then click Add Content Sections under "Editing module..." at the top of the page that opens.
    • When creating a new module, after filling in the required fields click Add Content Sections.
    • When creating a new section or editing a section, after filling in the required fields click Add Another Section.
  2. Enter a title in the "Section Title" field. The title is required.
  3. Enter any appropriate instructions in the "Instructions" field.
  4. Check all of the appropriate boxes for "Modality". Modality is currently not used, but it is required. At some point, users will be able to search for different types of content.
  5. Choose your content type from the drop-down menu. Once you have chosen a content type for a section, you cannot change it. Choose from the following:
    • Compose content with editor: Use the rich-text editor to create and edit the content for this section; see ARCHIVED: The rich-text editor.
    • Upload or link to a file:
      1. Click Select.
      2. You can either click Browse to upload a local file (i.e., a file from your computer), or choose from a file that has already been uploaded to Modules by clicking link to me to the right of the filename.

        Note: Files you upload to the Modules tool in this way are stored in a special area of your site's Resources. You can't see them in Resources, and you can't access them in the normal way. For a workaround that can avoid duplicating files in Resources, see the section below on linking to a new URL.

      3. Click Continue to add the file to your section or Cancel to return to the "Adding section..." page.

      Note: Depending on the types of files you are using, you may need to inform your students about specific software they will need to access the files. See ARCHIVED: General system and connection requirements.

    • Link to new or existing URL resource on server:
      1. Click Select.
      2. You can either type a new URL next to "Provide new URL" and enter a title next to "URL Title", or choose from a list of URLs that have already been added to Modules by clicking link to me next to its title.
      3. Click Continue to add the file to your section, or Cancel to return to the "Adding New Section" page.

      Note: If you want to avoid uploading a file twice (once to Resources and once to Modules), you can use the Provide new URL feature to link to the file in Resources. See ARCHIVED: Finding the URL of a Resources item.

    • Link to Publisher Content
      1. Click Select.
      2. Next to Format, you can select either Launch URL or XML Paste.
      3. Fill in the required fields, and then click Continue.
  6. If applicable, in the "URL Title" field, enter a title.
  7. In the "Description" field, enter an optional description of the content.
  8. Next to "Copyright Status", choose from the following options:
    • I have not determined copyright yet
    • Copyright of Author: Fill in the "License Holder" and "License Year" fields (both required). A copyright notice will be included in the footer of the section.
    • Public Domain: If you want to offer your work with no conditions, choose the public domain license. By placing your work into the public domain, you recognize that it may be freely reproduced, distributed, transmitted, used, modified, built upon, or otherwise exploited by anyone for any purpose. Fill in the "License Holder" and "License Year" fields, if you wish.
    • Creative Commons License: With a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright. Specify whether or not you want to Allow Commercial use of your work and whether or not you want to Allow Modifications of your work. Fill in the "License Holder" and "License Year" fields, if you wish. If you want to offer your work with no conditions, choose the public domain license.
    • Fair Use Exception: Materials used in this section are subject to fair use exception. Permission to use this material is not granted as the author is not the copyright holder of the content presented in this section. Fill in the "License Holder" and "License Year" fields, if you wish.

      For more information on copyright in the educational environment, see Columbia University's Copyright Quick Guide.

  9. Click Done to add the content section.

    Note: Whenever you add a section, it is added to the bottom of the module you are currently working in, and at the nesting level just below the module. Because you can enter a new content section by checking the box next to another content section that may be nested deeper in the module, you might think that the new content section would be added under the section you have checked and nested one level deeper. However, this is not the case; ordering and nesting of content sections are separate steps. See ARCHIVED: Sorting and nesting modules and content sections in the Modules tool.

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Adding Next Steps

You can use the Next Steps feature to direct your students to do something after they have completed a module (e.g., complete an assignment or take a quiz in the appropriate tool).

  1. From the "Authoring options..." page, click the green + (plus sign) next to the appropriate module.
  2. In the text box, type your instructions.
  3. Click Add to add and save your instructions or Cancel to cancel. You will return to the "Authoring options..." page.

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Editing a content section

  1. You can open a content section for editing from the "Authoring options..." page by clicking the section title.
  2. Make changes to the content section according to the instructions in Adding content sections to a module. Remember that you cannot change the content type when editing a content section.
  3. If you would like to preview the content section, click View. When finished, click Return to return to the Composing section... page.
  4. When you are finished, choose Save to save your changes.
  5. Click Table of Contents to return to the "Authoring options..." page, or Add Another Section to add more content sections to your module.

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Moving a content section

  1. Click Author near the top of the page, and then check the box(es) next to the section(s) you want to move.
  2. Click Move Section(s).
  3. Select the radio button next to the module where you'd like to move the section(s).
  4. Click Save to move the sections, or click Cancel.

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Deleting a content section

  1. To delete a content section, from the "Authoring options..." page, check the box next to the section title, and then click Delete.
  2. Click Continue to confirm the deletion.

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