You can create a link to an existing area, tool, or item in your course. Provide links next to relevant course materials to create a seamless experience for students.

What is a course link?

A course link is a shortcut to an existing area, tool, or item in a course.

Example: Link to assignments

You can create all assignments in their own content area. Then, you can create course links to individual assignments in other areas of the course, such as in a unit folder or learning module.

If you create a course link to a tool that isn't turned on, students who access the course link see a message that the tool isn't turned on. The same is true of a course link to a content item that you applied release criteria to. For example, if you applied a rule that releases content after a certain date, students can't access the content until after that date.

More on release criteria


Create and link to discussions

Create opportunities for interaction right where you need them! You can create and link to discussions in two locations in your course.

  • Create a discussion directly on the Course Content page so that it appears with the rest of your materials.
  • You can also navigate to the course Discussions page and set it up there—just select the Discussions icon on the navigation bar. Then, choose if you want to include the discussion on the Course Content page.

Add a discussion link on the Course Content page

On the Course Content page, select the plus sign wherever you want to add a discussion. Select Create > Participation and Engagement > Discussion.

Type a meaningful title to help students find the right discussion in the content list.

Make a comment to start the discussion. Include guidelines and expectations to get students off to a good start. You can use the options in the editor to format your text.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.

You can show or hide the discussion from your students. You can edit this option at any time. New discussions are hidden by default.

Select the Discussion Settings icon to open the Discussion Settings panel. Select the Display on the Course Content page check box to include the discussion alongside other content items on the Course Content page.

Manage your discussion links

Your discussion links appear on the Course Content page where you created them. You can reorder and remove a discussion link. When you remove a discussion from the Course Content page, it remains on the Discussions page.

Move discussions. In a discussion's row, press the Move icon, and drag the discussion to a new location. You can also drag a discussion to a folder.

Delete discussion from the Course Content page. Open the discussion and select the Discussion Settings icon to open the Discussion Settings panel. Clear the check box for Display on the Course Content page. The discussion remains on the main discussion page, but won't appear on the Course Content page.