Learning Modules

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Overview

Learning Module is a tool that provides course materials in a logical, sequential, order, guiding students through the content and assessments in the order specified by the instructor. Instructors can insert formatted text, files, weblinks, Discussion Topics, Assignments, Tests & Quizzes, and soon, Assessments. Content can be structured in such a way as to require students to complete content before they are allowed to proceed to the next content. It is also possible for instructors to set up a place for students to add content to the Learning Module.

NOTE: Any files and/or weblinks that you use in Learning Modules are stored in your course Resources. Best practice would be to organize the files and weblinks in Resources prior to building your Learning Modules. You may create folders in a structure that will allow you to easily locate the material in Resources that is being referenced by the Learning Modules tool. If you need to update a file, go to the Resources and "replace" the file that is there so that the link to the Learning Modules doesn't have to be relinked. If you do not organize your files and weblinks prior to building the Learning Modules, when you add files or weblinks in the Learning Module, a folder will be created for you in Resources called "Learning Module" and the content will be placed there. You may hide the Resources tool if you do not want students to view the files there, BUT you cannot hide individual files or folders in Resources. Hiding the file or folder will keep students from being able to view the content in the Learning Module. If you delete any content from Resources, it will also remove it from the Learning Modules.

There are three main ways to present the content:


Example 1 All Pages in one Learning Module and accessible to students at all times.

Screenshot-modules-in-one-page.png


Example 2 All Pages in one Learning Module and students complete prior Page before proceeding to the next. Prior Pages can be required or simply presented in that order. Screenshot-modules-in-lm.png


Example 3 Pages in the course toolbar. Each Page can be accessed after students have completed prior work or can be accessible to students at all times. Screenshot-modules-in-toolbar.png

When you first enter the Learning Modules tool, and every time you add a new Page, you will see some simple instructions and examples for use of the tools. As soon as you begin to add content, this information will be replaced with your content. If you want to see the instructions again, click Help at the top of the Learning Modules tool.

Add Text in Learning Modules

  1. Click Add Text at the top of the Learning Modules screen. Use the content editor to enter and format your text. You may embed video, images, weblinks, into the content that you add here.
  2. Click Save.

Add Multimedia in Learning Modules

Content added here will be added to the course Resources in a "Learning Module" folder.

  1. Click Add Multimedia at the top of the Learning Modules screen.
    1. Enter the URL for the content you want to insert, such as a Youtube video, OR
    • Click Choose File to locate the file on your computer, OR
      • NOTE: Any files that you add to Learning Modules will be stored in a folder called "Learning Modules" in your course Resources. This folder is created automatically. If you remove this folder from Resources, you will remove your Learning Modules content. If you hide the folder in Resources, students will no longer be able to view the files in Learning Modules. You may hide the Resources tool without adversely impacting the Learning Modules.
    • Click Choose Existing File if the file is located in the Resources tool in your course.
  1. Click Save.

Add Resource in Learning Modules

Content added here will be added to the course Resources in a "Learning Module" folder.

  1. Click Add Resource at the top of the Learning Modules screen.
  2. Enter the URL for the content you want to insert, such as a link to a library resource, OR
    • Click Choose File to locate the file on your computer, OR
      • NOTE: Any files that you add to Learning Modules will be stored in a folder called "Learning Module" in your course Resources. This folder is created automatically. If you remove this folder from Resources, you will remove your Learning Modules content. If you hide the folder in Resources, students will no longer be able to view the files in Learning Modules. You may hide the Resources tool without adversely impacting the Learning Modules.
    • Click Choose Existing File if the file is located in the Resources tool in your course.
  3. Click Save.

Add Assignment in Learning Modules

  1. Click Add Assignment at the top of the Learning Modules Screen. All available Assignments will be listed.
  2. Select the Assignment you want to insert, OR
    • Click Create new assignment using Assignments
      • You will be taken to the Assignment tool where you can create the Assignment. Once you've completed the Assignment, click Continue wtih Add Assignment, after you have created the new assignment
  3. Click Use selected item

Add Quiz in Learning Modules

  1. Click Add Quiz at the top of the Learning Modules Screen. All available Quizzes will be listed.
  2. Select the Quiz you want to insert, OR
    • Click Create new quiz using Tests and Quizzes
      • You will be taken to the Tests & Quizzes tool where you can create the Quiz. Once you've completed the Quiz, click Continue with Add Quiz, after you have created the new quiz
  3. Click Use selected item

Add Forum Topic in Learning Modules

  1. Click More Tools at the top of the Learning Modules Screen.
  2. Click Add Forum Topic. All available Discussion Topics will be listed.
  3. Select the Forum Topic you want to insert, OR
    • Click Create new topic using Forums
      • You will be taken to the Discussions tool where you can create the Discussion Topic. Once you've completed the Discussion Topic, click Continue with Add Forum Topic, afer you have created the new topic.
  4. Click Use selected item

Add Website in Learning Modules

  1. Click More Tools at the top of the Learning Modules screen.
  2. Click Add Website
    • In the box that appears, click "Frequently Asked Questions about Website content" for specific instructions on acceptable file types.
  3. Click Choose File to locate the file on your computer, OR
    • NOTE: Any files that you add to Learning Modules will be stored in a folder called "Learning Modules" in your course Resources. This folder is created automatically. If you remove this folder from Resources, you will remove your Learning Modules content. If you hide the folder in Resources, students will no longer be able to view the files in Learning Modules. You may hide the Resources tool without adversely impacting the Learning Modules.
    • Click Choose Existing File if the file is located in the Resources tool in your course.
  4. Click Save.

Add Comments Tool in Learning Modules

"Comments Tool" provides a text box where participants can comment on content directly inside the Learning Module rather than directing them to a Discussion Topic. If you want the added functionality of Discussions (assign to groups, grading, statistics, etc.) insert a Discussion Topic. If you simply want to foster discussion on the module content, inserting a Comments section would be a good choice.

  1. Click More Tools at the top of the Learning Modules screen.
  2. Click Add Comments Tool

Add Student Content in Learning Modules

"Student Content" creates a page where students have permission to add content, just as the instructor does in the other pages of the Learning Modules.

  1. Click More Tools at the top of the Learning Modules screen.
  2. Click Add Student Content

Add Subpage in Learning Modules

Adding Subpages is actually just adding another Page. We will continue to use the term "Page" to describe the space provided where you may add content. Think of Pages as ways to organize your content, sort of like a folder. Pages could be labeled "Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 . . ." or "Module 1, Module 2, Module 3 . . ." or "Baroque, Renaissance, Classical . . ." for example. The three images in the Overview of this tutorial shows examples of how more than one Page could be utilized in Learning Modules. Examples 1 and 2 can be created by using the "Add Subpage" option at the top of the Learning Modules tool.

To add a Page:

  1. Click Add Subpage at the top of the Learning Modules page.
  2. "Page title"- Type a title for the Page, such as "Module 2."
  3. If you want to add the Page to a different Page than the currently one, click Choose Existing Page. You will see a list of all pages. Of course this only applies to Learning Modules where more Pages have been created.
  4. Check the box beside "Next page, i.e. page replaced the current one rather than returning to the current one" if you want your Page to appear as Example 2 above. The link to "Module 2" will appear at the end of the content on the original Page.
    • If you do not check the box, your Page will appear as Example 1 above.
  5. Check the "Show as button rather than link" if you want.
    • Here is the Page shown as a button: New-page-as-button.png
    • Here is the Page shown as a link: New-page-as-link.png

Add More Learning Module Pages to Tool Bar

In order to create Pages that show in the Course Toolbar, as in Example 3:

  1. Click More Tools at the top of the Learning Modules page.
  2. Click Add More pages
  3. Type a "Page Title" in the box. If you want more than 1 Page, add a number, such as "Week 2."
  4. Type the number of pages desired if you want more than one, or leave the box blank if you only want one.
  5. Check the box beside "Make new pages copies of the current one" if you want to use the current page as a template for the rest.
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