Course Design and Set-Up | How to use the Content tool
Use the Content tool to post and organise course content so that information about course expectations, course syllabus, lecture notes and important dates display to users clearly.
Course materials you post in Content can include documents, images, media files, presentations, URL links and existing course activities. You 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.
This article will explain:
Content page overview
When you are already in your course page you can click on Content in the green navigation bar. This will take you to the course content overview:
On the left side, the menu navigates to Overview, Bookmarks, Upcoming events and Table of Contents.
This is the first page when students click on the Content in the course green navigation bar.
For the uniformity of the course structure in WUR Brightspace, we advise you to not put anything in the Overview as it will be overlapping with course information and announcements. The overview page will not be shown to the students if there is nothing in there.
Course content items you bookmark appear in a list on the Bookmarks page. Click the Add Bookmark icon while viewing a topic to add it to your bookmarks list. The number beside the Bookmarks link indicates how many bookmarks you have.
The Bookmark tool is per course. So, if you bookmark something in one course it will only be bookmarked in that course.
This page lists course material Due dates, Start dates, End dates, and other course events for the next seven days. If you set availability dates or due date for a content item, 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 course from the Calendar tool. Click Upcoming Events to view all past, current, and future course events. The number beside the Upcoming link indicates how many upcoming events you have.
Table of Contents view
The Table of Contents panel lists all modules you have created in your course. Modules in Brightspace are like folders, you can create them to group the content and activities by topic or week.
Click on a listed module to view and manage its details, topics, and sub-modules. All the content will be presented to the right side of the grey bar.
Additionally, in the main view, you will also see three grey buttons at the top of the page: Import Course, Bulk Edit, Related Tools.
Table of Contents - module(s) view
A module in a Content page view is like a container for topics grouped either by Week or Theme. When clicked its contents open to the right of the panel with the list of modules in Table of Contents.
In the Content page, you can arrange your course content by dragging and dropping modules (and content items) using the module or topic's drag handle (the vertical dots before the name of the module/item).
If you drag a module or topic above or below other modules and topics, a grey line appears to indicate you can drop the module or topic there. If you drag a module or topic over another module, the module appears orange to indicate you can drop it there.
For more information on moving content items please visit: How to edit properties and move a topic in Content
Your course comes by default with a Course information module on the Content page. It is intended for placing the Course guide, the Course schedule, and Course contacts.
By clicking the downward arrow next to the title of the module (shown in the main view of the Content page) you can:
- Edit Title - clicking this button the title becomes editable
- Hide from Users the module (and set it back to Visible)
- Set Default Path
- Set all Completion - to adjust if and how you keep track of students viewing Content items
- Move Down/Move Up the module in the Table of Contents list view
- Move the module To a different location within the Content page
- Edit Metadata - not used
- Publish to LOR - only Course guides are published to LOR
- Delete Module
By clicking the eye icon you can either hide or make visible a module. This action affects only the roles of Students and lower in the Brightspace course page. Roles higher than Student will always be able to see all the modules, even the hidden ones.
For more information please visit: How to Hide or Make visible the course content
With this function, you can add a Start date, Due date, and End date for your module and its content. If you add Start date the module will be shown but its content will not be clickable until the set date of start.
You are also able to add restrictions to your module, such as based on group enrollment, or other.
For more information please visit: How to set Restrictions
Here you can add a description for your Week or Theme module. By clicking on the space a text editor will become available where you can add text, links, images.
For more information on the editor options please visit: How to use the Editor
This text is not visible, however, when course content is viewed by students via the Pulse App.
By clicking this button you are able to bulk edit the titles, descriptions and restrictions of all the items in the current module. The function of this button is the same as the button in Table of Contents view, just applicable to the module view.
You can also automatically update your existing files by dragging the newest version of your file from your computer into the appropriate module. When a module contains no topics, an upload target displays. If you drag a file over an upload target, that area appears orange to indicate you can drop it there. When a module contains topics, you can still drag a file into it. A horizontal line indicates where the file will be dropped, allowing you to create new topics between pre-existing ones. You can also drop files from your computer directly into the Table of Contents panel.
When you drag files from your computer into a module's upload target to add or update topics, the files will save in the Manage Files tool. A dialog prompt will appear asking you where in Manage Files you want to save the new file.
To add a submodule in the current module click in the space and name it. After you are done hit Enter key on your PC.
Be aware that you will have to set up a Default path for the newly created submodule. Please follow the instructions in the article How to set up a Default Path for a Content module.
For more information on how to manage your modules and submodules please visit: How to use the Content to structure your course in Brightspace
You now know how to use the Content page in Brightspace!
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