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Creating content modules and topics

You must create a module before you can add topics. You can create sub-modules (modules within existing modules) to establish a deeper hierarchy. Once you create modules, populate them with topics. You can drag and drop files from your computer into a module, or you can select from the Content tool's New and Add Activities buttons to create new topics or add existing unit objects.

Create a New Module

  1. Enter your new module title in the Add a module... field below the Table of Contents
  2. Press Enter or click outside the field to add the module

Create a New Sub-Module

  1. Select the module under Table of Contents where you want to add a sub-module
  2. Enter your new sub-module title in the Add a sub-module... field
  3. Press Enter or click outside the field to add the sub-module

Create a New Topic

  1. Click on the module you want to create a new topic for from the Table of Contents
  2. Select one of the following options from the New button:
    • New Document
    • New Link
    • New Assessment Dropbox Folder
    • New Discussion
    • New Quiz
    • Add Course Files
    • Upload Files
  3. Fill in the required fields, such a topic Title, a URL link, Instructions, or select the appropriate files you want to add or upload

    Tip  If you create a New Document, you can choose to Copy from an existing file. This enables you to work from an existing template and ensure consistency across topics

  4. Do one of the following:
    • If you are creating a new document, link, dropbox folder, discussion, or quiz, click Publish or Create.
    • If you are adding files from My Computer, Course Offering Files, or Shared Files, click Done.
  5. You can continue to edit the new topic's additional details by:
    • Setting a completion tracking method.
    • Adding a topic description.
    • Attaching supplementary files.
    • Modifying submission options (e.g. number of attempts, number of submissions).
    • Changing topic status (e.g. from Draft to Published).
    • Adding restrictions (e.g. availability dates, due date, release conditions).
    • Adding a grade item.
    • Adding learning objectives.

Note:  If your unit is SCORM 2004-compliant, any new modules you create are outside the sequencing and navigation built into the SCORM package.

Add an Existing Unit Object

  1. Click on the module you want to add a unit object to from the Table of Contents.
  2. Select one of the following from the Add Activities button:
    • Assessment Dropbox
    • Chat Room
    • Checklist
    • Discussions
    • My ePortfolio item
    • External Learning Tools
    • Forms
    • Virtual Classroom
    • Online Rooms
    • Quizzes
    • Self Assessments
    • Surveys
  3. Choose a specific activity you want to insert from the drop-down list.
  4. Click Insert.


Drag and drop files into modules

Drag and drop files from your computer into a module's upload target or into the Table of Contents module list to add topics (the files will save in the Manage Files tool).


Adding and uploading unit files as new topics

Browse your Manage Files area to create topics from existing files. You can use the following types of files as topics:

ExtensionFile Type
HTM, HTML, MHT, MHTML Web Document
RTF, PPT, PPS, PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPTX, XML, XLS, TXT, WPD Text Document
JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, TIFF Image
SWF, MPG, MPEG, RM, MP3, MP4*, M4V*, M4A*, AVI, WAV, RAM, ASF, MOV, RA Media

You can also upload all of these file formats from your desktop directly into the Content tool.

Notes
For web documents, VU Collaborate strips the <title> tag and text within that tag from user created web documents.
You can use WMA and WMV files for topics, but they're not recommended, as users who access them through Firefox require a plug-in for them, and the plug-in does not guarantee the file plays for them. You can download the plug-in here: http://port25.technet.com/pages/windows-media-player-firefox-plugin-download.aspx
*The extensions MP4, M4V, and M4A are new. These extensions allow users to drag entire albums, Video Podcasts, and movies from iTunes.


Restricted File Extensions

The following file extensions are not supported by VU Collaborate:

Restricted Upload Extensions
ASP ASHX JSL VB
ASPX ASMX LICX VBPROJ
EXE AXD REM VJSPROJ
BAT CDX RESOURCES VSDISCO
DLL CER RESX WEBINFO
COM CONFIG SHTM INI
ASA IDC SHTML  
ASAX CS SOAP  
ASCX CSPROJ STM  

Notes  
For web documents, VU Collaborate strips the <title> tag and text within that tag from user created web documents.
If your unit is SCORM 2004-compliant then any new topics you create are outside the sequencing and navigation built into the SCORM package.