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Learning Modules


Learning Modules
About Learning Modules

Although learning modules are often compared to a chapter in a book, much of their value lies in your ability to integrate content and activities, providing a rich, interactive learning experience for students.

There are three overall steps to creating a learning module:

  1. Adding a learning module to your course.
  2. Adding items, files, external links, and other content to it.
  3. Arrange items within it.

Before you can add a learning module, select an existing Content Area or create one. When you add a learning module, as well as entering general information, such as the name of the learning module and a description, you select whether you want students to view the content in sequence. If you enforce viewing in sequence, students have to view content in the prescribed order. With either option, the student can see a Table of Contents.

When you add a learning module it is an empty shell.

TAKE NOTE:

A. If the viewing experience is not set, students can access content directly by clicking the links.

B. If you enforce the viewing sequence, students can only view the content in order.

Adding a Learning Module
  1. In "Edit Mode", on the Course Menu, click an existing Content Area or create a new one.
  2. On the Content Area's "Action Bar", click "Build" to access the contextual menu.
  3. Select "Create Learning Module".
  4. On the Adding Learning Module page, enter a "Name". Students access the Learning Module by clicking the "name you enter".
  5. Optionally, enter a description in the "Text box". Use the "Text Editor" to format it, if desired. The description appears below the learning module "Name".
  6. Select the "Options".
  7. Click "Submit".

Week 1

Adding Content to Learning Modules

Adding content to a learning module is similar to adding content to a Content Area.

As well as adding items, files, external links, and assessments, consider adding activities and tools that promote interactive learning and collaboration.

For example, you can add assignments or group projects to give students an opportunity to apply what they have studied in a learning module. Or, you can add collaboration tools, such as chat sessions and Discussion Board forums, where students can brainstorm and share their ideas about topics presented in the learning module.

  1. In Edit Mode, on the Course Menu, click the "Content Area" containing the Learning module.
  2. On the Content Area page, click the Learning Module's "title".
  3. On the Learning Module's Action Bar, click "Create Item".
  4. On the Add Item page, enter a "Name". The Name will appear in the Table of Contents in the Learning Module.
  5. Enter text or other content on the "Text Box". Use the "Text Editor" to format it, if desired. The information appears below the item's name.
  6. Optionally, "browse" for a file to attach either from your local computer or from the "Content Collection".
  7. Select "Options" for availability, view tracking, and date and time restrictions.
  8. Click "Submit".

Space Exploration

Adding Files to a Learning Module
  1. In "Edit Mode", access the Learning module.
  2. On the Learning Module's Action Bar, click "Create Item".
  3. On the Add Item page, enter a "Name".
  4. Optionally, enter text in the "Text Box". You can include instructions on how to use the file. Format the text with the "Text Editor", if desired.
  5. "Browse" for a file to attach from your local computer. Multiple files can be attached using the "Attach File" function in the Text Editor.
  6. Optionally, title the link in the "Name of Link to File" text box.
  7. Select from the "Special Action" drop-down list or leave the default action.
  8. Select the "Options"
  9. Click "Submit".

Files

Adding External Links to a Learning Module
  1. In "Edit Mode", access the "Learning Module".
  2. On the Learning Module's "Action Bar", click "Build" to access the contextual menu.
  3. Select "Create External Link".
  4. On the Add External Link page, enter a "Name". The name must be less than 255 characters long.
  5. Enter the "URL", including the protocol http://
  6. Optionally, enter text in the "Text Box". Format the text with the "Text Editor", if desired.
  7. Optionally, "attach a file". Multiple files can be attached using the Attach File function in the Text Editor.
  8. Select the "Options".
  9. Click "Submit".

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Last Updated: 3/20/13