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Overview

Lessons tool is for displaying content to students in a structured form. Each Lessons module can provide an introductory paragraph, links to documents, websites, audio and video recordings, and a "Next Steps" paragraph instructing students what to do when they have completed the module. The content is easily navigated by way of a Table of Contents and Prev and Next buttons at the top of the page. You can elect to display modules during specific date ranges.

When you click on Lessons in the left menu bar, you will see four bullet points at the top of the page.

Note: The preference to show as expanded or collapsed is specific to each user. While you can set Lessons to show as expanded, a student can set her preferences to show as collapsed.

Create and Manage Modules

From the "Author" view:

Add Content

A Content Section is like a container for a piece of content - either a file or a link to web content. Rather than just having a link to a file name, the Content Section can provide a title, instructions, copyright information, etc.

Click Select to take you to a screen where you can upload a file from your computer Click Browse, select the file on your computer, click open, and click Continue or link to a file that already exists in your Lessons inventory. Click beside the file you want to add. Click Continue. You are returned to the main screen Set Copyright Status if desired (the Help icon will give you more information about the copyright choices. If you still have questions, the UF library is a good source of information about copyright.) Click Add Click Add Another Section or Finish Edit:

Once modules and content are created, you can go back and edit at any time.

Check the box next to the item you want to edit. Click Edit at the top of the page. Make any changes to the content, including replacing the file with a different file, adding/changing instructions, or setting copyright status. Click Add Another Section or Finish Left and Right:

Moving content left and right can further organize your content. Here is an example of using right indention to make the two pieces of content "Mary Leakey" and "Richard Leakey" appear under the heading "The Leakey Family.":


To indent or outdent content:

Check the box next to the item(s) you want to move to the left or the right. Click Left or Right at the top of the page. Sort:

Sort allows you to reorder the content. You can sort the modules, or the content within the modules. To sort:

Click Sort Choose whether you want to Sort Modules or Sort Sections Sort Modules You see two boxes listing your Modules. One is called "Original Sequence" and displays the modules in their current order. The other is called "New Sequence" and allows you to reorder the modules by using up and down arrows. To sort modules: Click on the module you want to move. It is now selected (blue). Use the single arrowto move your selection up or down one place at a time. To move your selection to the top of the list, use the double up arrow To move your selection to the bottom of hte list, use the double down arrow Sort Sections Click Sort Sections From the drop-down menu, select the Module that contains the Content Sections you want to reorder The two boxes, "Original Sequence" and "New Sequence" now display the content of that specific module. Use the arrows and double arrows to reorder the content. To return to the main Lessons page, click the Reset icon at the top of the page. Move Sections:

This option allows you to move content from one module to another.

Check the box next to the content items you want to move. Click Move Sections at the top of the page. A screen opens displaying all modules. Select the module where you want the content to go Click Save Delete:

Delete permanently removes content. It is also removed from the Lessons inventory.

Check the box next to the module(s) and/or content items that you want to remove. Click Delete at the top of the page. Click Continue Archive:

Modules can be archived. They are removed from the list of available modules, but can be restored from the archive for later use. Modules are archived as a whole. Individual content items cannot be archived.

Check the box next to the module(s) you want to archive Click Archive at the top of the page To restore an archived module:

Go to the "Manage" option at the top of the page Click Restore Modules Check the box next to the module(s) you want to restore to the active list Click Restore

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