Use learning modules to integrate related content and activities.

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A learning module is a container for content that holds an organized collection of material presented with a table of contents. Typically, you create learning modules in content areas. You add and manage content in a learning module just as you do in a content area. You can add content items, file attachments, links to websites, tests, assignments, and multimedia.

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Use a learning module to support a course objective, concept, or theme. For example, use a learning module to present the concept of magnets' fields before you describe how speakers and microphones work. Understanding the first concept is dependent on understanding the second concept.

Alternatively, you can allow students to explore the content in a learning module in any order and at their own pace. For example, use a learning module to present a series of images and descriptions of various animals in a genus. Students can view the images and descriptions in any order as no order is required for understanding the whole.

Learning module navigation

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  1. Use the arrows to page through content sequentially.
  2. The table of contents displays the items you added to the learning module. Use the icons to move the table of contents to the bottom, expand, collapse, or remove it from view.
  3. Use the breadcrumbs to navigate to areas in the course you previously visited.
  4. The current content page appears highlighted in the table of contents and the available pages are links.

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Video: How to add content to a learning module shows how to add content to a learning module, set options, and organize the table of contents..


Create a learning module and add content

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Be sure Edit Mode is ON so you can access all of the instructor's functions.

Typically, you create a learning module in a content area > Build Content > Learning Module. Type a name, optional description, and select the appropriate options for availability, tracking, and display dates. Display dates don't affect a learning module's availability, only when it appears.

You select whether students will view the learning module's content in sequence. If you enforce sequential viewing, students must view the content in the prescribed order. You also determine if students will see a table of contents. You can select which labels to use for items in the table of contents: numbers, letters, Roman numerals, or mixed. If you select None, the items aren't labeled.

A newly created learning module is an empty container. Select the learning module in the content area to access it and create content. You can change the order of items with the drag-and-drop function or the keyboard accessible reordering tool.

As well as adding content items, files, and tests, you can add 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 the topics presented.

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Add folders to learning modules

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You can add folders to a learning module to organize content in the table of contents.

Each folder itself is a page in the learning module. You can provide a folder description so that the page doesn't appear blank to students who navigate through the learning module.

You can also nest folders to display many levels of content. Be aware that students have to navigate through the content in order if you set content to be viewed sequentially. Students must navigate through each folder, all nested folders, and the content within them before they can access the next item.

When you hide items in a table of contents, all nested items are also hidden. For example, if you hide a folder, then none of its content will be visible.

The image shows how nested folders appear to students in the table of contents.


ULTRA: Learning modules

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You can use learning modules in your course as containers for organized collections of content. Modules let students navigate from one content item to the next without distractions or extra clicks. A learning module helps immerse students in the lesson or concept you're teaching. If you use a textbook or other materials as the basis for your course curriculum, modules are an effective and logical way to group content to match the pace of these materials.

Use a learning module to support a course objective, concept, or theme. For example, use a learning module to present the concept of magnets' fields before you describe how speakers and microphones work. Understanding the first concept is dependent on understanding the second concept.

You can also force a content sequence to make sure students know which content to access and in what order.

Alternatively, you can allow students to explore the content in a learning module in any order and at their own pace. For example, use a learning module to present a series of images and descriptions of various animals in a genus. Students can view the images and descriptions in any order as no order is required for understanding the whole.


ULTRA: Learning module navigation

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  • Edit the module title and description. Hover over the title or description and select to edit. Add an engaging description so students know what they'll learn in this module.
  • Change module visibility. You can show or hide the module for students. You can also select conditional availability so the module becomes available on a certain date, as students achieve a chosen grade, or in a content sequence.
  • Add and create module content. Drag content from the Course Content page into the module or create content directly within it.
  • View and organize content. Select the arrow to expand the module and view all content. Reorder content in the module so it's in the order you want students to access. Want to enforce the order? You can force a content sequence so students need to access and complete a content item before moving on to the next one.
  • Change content visibility or add conditions. You can select visibility for individual items within the learning module. You can also add conditions for when the content becomes available.

If you delete a learning module that has content, the content is also removed from the Course Content page.


ULTRA: Create a learning module and add content

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Add learning modules directly on the Course Content page. You can add documents, file attachments, tests, assignments, multimedia, and links to websites and discussions to learning modules. Drag and drop existing content into modules or use the plus icon to add new content directly.

An empty learning module appears on the Course Content page to help you get started. Select the default module to add a new module. You can also select Add Content > Create > Learning module.

Learning modules appear in new courses. If you don't see an option to add a learning module, your course was created before this feature became available.

Type a name, optional description, and select the module's visibility.

To select whether students will view the learning module's content in sequence, select Conditional availability in the module's visibility menu.

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In addition to content items, files, and tests, you can add 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. You can also add collaboration tools such as discussions where students can brainstorm and share their ideas about the topics presented.

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ULTRA: Add folders to learning modules

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You can add folders to a learning module to organize content. Folders in learning modules can only be one level deep, so each folder can contain only content items, not other folders.

Students navigate through content in folders the same as any other content in the module. If you force a content sequence, students need to access and complete content within the folder before they move on to the next content item within the module.


ULTRA: Watch a video about learning modules

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The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Create learning modules explains how to create a learning module and set its visibility in the Ultra Course view.


ULTRA: What do students see?

When a module is visible, students can also view all visible content within the module, including due dates. Students can open and access the content in any order.

If you force a content sequence, a message appears to show the student that they need to open and complete the content in order, along with other conditions you set.

After opening a content item, students can navigate through the module using arrows at the top left and top right of the browser window. Students easily proceed to the next piece of content to continue learning.

When students are required to access the content in order, a lock appears next to the arrow.

Students can exit the module without completing all content. When the student returns to the course page, icons appear next to the module content. The icons show which content is complete, in process, and not started, so students can pick up where they left off.