Learn@UW-Stout -- Content

The Content tool allows instructors to organize materials in Learn@UW-Stout. Content lets instructors and students access files including Office files, PDF's, and HTML documents for the course.

The Content Tool

Use the Content tool to post and organize course content so that information about course expectations, course syllabus, lecture notes, and important dates display to users correctly.

Course materials you post in Content can include documents, images, media files, URL links and existing course activities. Instructors can add release conditions, grade items, and learning objectives to topics to ensure users navigate through course materials while fulfilling specific course requirements and learning expectations.

Instructors can also monitor class and user progress as students work through the course content by setting automatic or manual completion tracking.

Getting Started with the Content Tool

Instructors must add modules before they can add topics.  Instructors can create sub-modules to establish a deeper hierarchy. 
If instructors want to keep the course content hidden while building it, set the status of the module/ topics to Draft. 

Create a new Module

  • Click the Table of Contents table of contents link in the Table of Contents panel.
  • On the Table of Contents page, enter the new module title in the Add a module... add a module... field.
  • Press Enter or click outside the field to add the module. 

Create a new Sub-Module

  • Click on the module you want to add a sub-module to from the Table of Contents panel.
  • Enter your new sub-module title in the Add a sub-module... submodule option field.
  • Press Enter or click outside the field to add the sub-module.

Create a Topic

  • Click on the module you want to create a new topic for from the Table of Contents panel.
  • Select one of the following options from the New button:
  • options
  • Fill in the required fields such as topic, Title, a URL link, Instructions, or select the appropriate files you want to add or upload.

You can continue to edit the new topic's additional details by

  1. Setting a completion tracking method. See Using Completion Tracking below for more information.
  2. Adding a topic description.
  3. Attaching supplementary files.
  4. Modifying submission options (e.g. number of attempts, number of submissions). Learn more about the Dropbox Here or learn about Modifying Submissions below.
  5. Changing topic status (e.g. from Draft to Published).
  6. Adding restrictions (e.g. availability dates, due date, release conditions). See Release Conditions below for more information.
  7. Adding a grade item. 
  8. Adding learning objectives. See Adding Learning Objects below for more information. 

Using Completion Tracking in Content

Completion tracking enables instructors to set the method of completion for an activity and provides progress indicators for students as they complete course activities. 

To set up Completion Tracking, click on the drop-down arrow by Table of Contents.
select option
Click on the Set All Completion and the options for completion will appear.
set all complete
  1. Automatic Completion: Completion tracking that automatically determines whether students have completed a topic when they click to view it. For some activities, automatic tracking requires users to participate in a chat or discussion, submit a file or form, or complete an assessment such as a quiz or survey before completion is successful. 
  2. Manual Completion: Completion tracking that is manually set by the student. Students can select the completion check box beside each content topic to indicate they have completed it. Although users can use manual tracking to indicate that they have accomplished a task before it is completed.
NOTE: Changing an automatically tracked topic to manual completion resets completion tracking for that topic. This means that users might have to return to the topic to mark it complete; users do not need to resubmit files or assessment activities.

Release Conditions

Release Conditions allows you to create a custom learning path through the materials in your course. When you attach a release condition to an item, users cannot see that item until they meed the associated condition. 

For example, you could attach a release condition to the second module in your course so the students could not see the second module until they viewed all the content in the first module. You could also create a condition that they have to turn in the assignments from module one into the drop-box before allowing them to see the next modules content. This could be very helpful for online classes to ensure that people are completing all of the requirements and not falling behind.

NOTE: Once a user meets a release condition, the condition is cleared for that user and cannot be reset. For example, if you attach a release condition to a discussion topic requiring users to achieve more than 60% on a quiz before they can access that topic, and one of your participants receives 72% on the quiz but you adjust their grade to 55% they will be able to access the topic because they did meet the requirement at some point.

Managing Dropbox Submission 

Restrict the number of files allowed per submission

On the New Folder or Edit Folder page, go to the Submission options section in the Properties tab to select one of the following files allowed per submission options:
  • Unlimited
  • One file per submission
Click Save.


On the New Folder page, go to the Submission Options section in the Properties tab to select one of the following submission options:
  • All submissions are kept
  • Only the most recent submission is kept
  • Only one submission allowed
Click Save.

Keywords:content, how to, help, instructor support, learn@uwstout, d2l, course materials, organization, organize, release conditions, automatic completion, manual completion, tracking content, sub-module, create a topic, module,   Doc ID:62285
Owner:Mike K.Group:UW Stout
Created:2016-03-28 11:49 CSTUpdated:2017-03-02 14:21 CST
Sites:UW Stout
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