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Linking to Tools in a Course Area

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08:59, 22 Mar 2013

Links to individual tools or a specific area of a tool, such as a particular Discussion Board forum, can be placed in a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder. You may also link to the entire Tools Area, which provides a list of links to all available tools.

Point to Tools in the course area’s action barto create links to tools or the Tools Area. You can show or hide additional tools by clicking More Tools.

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Providing the relevant tools for a lesson within a course area creates a seamless experience for users. For example, Discussion Board forums and journals can exist in the same content area with multimedia, files, and tests.

When you include a tool in a course area, you can describe what it is used for, provide instructions for the tool, and attach necessary files. For example, you can link to a blog, attach a file to read, and explain that users need to post to the blog next week.

Your school controls which tools are available. You have the ability to disable tools in a course by expanding the Customization section of the Control Panel and selecting Tool Availability.

About Tool Types

Learn about the types of tools available and choose the ones that help students meet your learning objectives.

 
Tool Type Description
Discussion Board The Discussion Board is an asynchronous tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials. The Discussion Board is made up of Forums that may appear anywhere in the course but are also all centrally located in the Discussion Board tool.

To learn more, see Discussion Board.

Blog A blog is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for public viewing. Each blog entry can include any combination of text, images, links, multimedia, Mashups, and attachments.

To learn more, see Blogs.

Journal Journals provide a personal space for students to communicate privately with you, the instructor. Students can also use journals as a self-reflective tool to post their opinions, ideas, and concerns about the course, or discuss and analyze course materials.

To learn more, see Journals.

Wikis A wiki is a collaborative tool that enables multiple writers to collaboratively contribute and modify one or more pages of content. Pages can be created and edited quickly, while tracking changes and additions.

To learn more, see Wikis.

Groups You can link to the Groups tool for links to all groups, or link to a specific group page.

To learn more, see Users and Groups.

Chat Chat allows users to interact with each other using a text-based messaging tool in real time.

To learn more, see Chat.

Virtual Classroom The Virtual Classroom includes a shared whiteboard, chat, group browser, and a map that can be used to navigate to places in the course.

To learn more, see Virtual Classroom.

Tools Area The Tools Area provides a list of links to all tools that are available to students.
More Tools Click More Tools to expand the drop-down list to include additional tools. Click it again to hide the additional tools.

How to Add Links to Tools in a Course Area

You can link to an entire tool, such as the main blogs page, or an area of the tool, such as a specific blog. You can also create a new blog while working in the course area.

  1. Change Edit Modeend definition>. to ON.
  2. Access a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder.
  3. On the action bar, point to Tools to access the drop-down list.
  4. Select one of the tools, such as Journal. The following steps refer to creating a journal link. The steps are similar for other tools.
  5. On the Create Link: Journal page:
    • Select Link to Journal Page to link to the full Journal tool.

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    • Select Link to a Journal and select a specific journal from the list.

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    • Click Create New Journal to add a link to a journal you create at this time. On the Create Journal page, type a Name and select settings for the new journal. After clicking Submit, the newly created journal appears in the list of journals to choose from when adding a link in your course.

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  6. Click Next.
  7. On the Create Link page, type a Link Name.
  8. Optionally, type a description in the box. You can use the content editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and mashups. Any files uploaded from your computer are saved in Course Files or in the Content Collection in the top level folder. Attachments uploaded using the content editor can be launched in a new window and can include alternate text to describe the attachment.
  9. Select Options.
    1. Select Yes for Available to make the link visible to users.
    2. Select Yes to Track Number of Views.
    3. For Date Restrictions, you can set items to display on a specific date and time and to stop displaying on a specific date and time. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Type dates and times in the boxes or use the pop-up Date Selection Calendar and Time Selection Menu to select dates and times. Display restrictions do not affect item availability, only when it appears.
  10. Click Submit.

How to Create a Link to the Tools Area

Instead of linking to a specific tool, you can provide a link to the Tools Area that lists all available tools.

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. Access a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder.
  3. On the action bar, point to Tools to access the drop-down list.
  4. Select Tools Area.
  5. On the Create Link: Tools page, type a Link Name.
  6. Optionally, type a description in the box.
  7. Select Options:
    1. Select Yes to Permit Users to View this Content.
    2. Select Yes to Track Number of Views.
    3. For Enter Date and Time Restrictions, you can set the tool link to display on a specific date and time and to stop displaying on a specific date and time. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Type dates and times in the boxes or use the pop-up Date Selection Calendar and Time Selection Menu to select dates and times. Display restrictions do not affect the tool link's availability, only when it appears.
  8. Click Submit.
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