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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.

Manage Content

Lessons tool has its own file manager. The files you will add to your modules do not have to be uploaded to Resources. You may want to add your files to the Lessons file manager prior to building your modules. You can upload up to 10 at one time by going directly to the file manager and uploading the files there. When you then create the modules, the files will already be there available to add.

At the top of the Lessons page:

  1. Click Manage
  2. Click Manage Content
  3. Leave "Add Item Type" at the default of "File Upload"
  4. Change the "Number of items to Upload" to "10" or whatever number you have to upload.
  5. Click Continue
    • You will see as many "Chose File" buttons as you requested.
  6. Click Choose File to locate the file on your computer. Repeat this step for each file you want to upload. The Choose File button will return you to the folder where you found the last file, so if your files for the course are organized into one folder or area, uploading 10 files will be quick and easy.
  7. When you've chosen all the files, click Continue

The files are now located in your Lessons file manager. Repeat Steps 4-7 until all files are uploaded.

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.

Edit a Module

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

Right (Indent) and Left (Outdent)

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 (move right) or outdent (move left) content:


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

Move Sections

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


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


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.

Restore an archived module

Grant Special Access

Suppose you have created modules that are only available for a specific period of time, but a student missed that availability window with a legitimate excuse and you want to allow that one student access to the expired content. To grant access:

  1. Click the "Special Access" icon Assessments-special-access.png
  2. Click Add
  3. From the scrolling list of names, select the person/people you want to give access
  4. Enter a start date and end date
    1. Click the calendar icon
    2. Set the time using the drop-down windows first
    3. Then click the date
  5. Click Done
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