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Understanding the Organisation of Content


Unit Overview

When users access a unit's Content tool for the first time, the first page they see is the Unit Overview. Use the Unit Overview page to orient users to the unit, content materials, and unit expectations. You can insert unit overview information using the HTML Editor beneath the Unit Overview title, and you can add a file attachment by dragging a file from your computer onto the upload target, or by clicking understanding_the_organization_of_contentAdd an attachment from the Unit Overview context menu.

View of the Content tool's Table of Contents page

Content tool's Table of Contents page

The following file types display inline when added to Unit Overview:

ExtensionFile Type
HTM, HTML, MHT, MHTML Web Document
SWF, MPG, MPEG, RM, MP3, MP4*, M4V*, M4A*, AVI, WAV, RAM, ASF, MOV, RA Media

*The extensions MP4, M4V, and M4A are new. These extensions allow users to drag entire albums, Video Podcasts, and movies from iTunes.


Topics you bookmark appear in a list on the Bookmarks page. Click the understanding_the_organization_of_contentAdd Bookmark icon while viewing a topic to add it to your bookmarks list. The number beside the understanding_the_organization_of_contentBookmarks link indicates how many bookmarks you have.

Upcoming Events

The Upcoming Events page lists unit material due dates, start dates, end dates, and other unit events for the next seven days. If you set availability dates or a due date for a unit object, it appears in the Upcoming Events page and the Agenda view in the Calendar tool.

The dates listed on this page are not exclusive to Content topics; upcoming events include all events within the unit from the Calendar tool. Click Course Schedule to view all past, current, and future unit events. The number beside the understanding_the_organization_of_contentUpcoming Events link indicates how many upcoming events you have.

Table of Contents

The Table of Contents lists all modules available in your unit. Click on a listed module to view and manage its details, topics, and sub-modules. You can also stay on the Table of Contents page to view and manage all modules and topics. Click on the Table of Contents link to access the Table of Contents page. This page enables you to view and manage all modules and topics. You can add new topics to existing modules by dragging and dropping files from your computer onto upload targets on the Table of Contents page, and you can also rearrange unit materials by dragging and dropping topics between modules. See Creating and arranging your unit content using

The number beside each module name in the Table of Contents listing indicates the number of topics you have set completion tracking for. The number beside the Table of Contents link indicates the total number of topics you have set completion tracking for. Use the number totals to determine the task load being put on students per module.