In D2L, Content is an organized collection of links to content files, HTML topics, quizzes, assignments, etc.
Content is organized into three main areas:
- Modules - broader categories, often used to present weekly material (Week 01, Week 02) or modular material (Module 01, Module 02)
- Sub-Modules - sections within a module, used to divide content further - sometimes by type (Powerpoints, Weekly Goals, etc.)
- Topics - can be content files, embedded content, links to quizzes, assignments, etc.
The Table of Contents on the left-hand side provides a way to navigate through the content quickly.
The course syllabus is likely the first piece of content you will need to add.
Recommendation: upload the course syllabus to a module
Based on our experience with Brightspace, and feedback from students, we recommend you create a module to contain your course syllabus and administrative documents, and upload the course syllabus file there.
Why wouldn't I use the "Course Overview" for my syllabus?
The Course Overview can be found at the top of the Content tool. It is important to note that students do not see this unless you have added content there.
It is ideal for a brief (1-2 line) description of the course - but not for the full syllabus.
In addition, feedback indicates that most students (and instructors) expect to find the course syllabus somewhere in the Table of Contents, organized with the other course materials.
As such, we recommend creating a module specifically for the course syllabus and administrative documents, and uploading the course syllabus there.
All content in D2L Brightspace is structured around the concept of "modules".
Think of modules as folders that contain different groupings of topics. These can be organized by week, by learning module, or in other ways that work with your course.
You must create a module in order to add any content.
Add a module description
Look to the top, just below the module's title. Here, you can add a description to help guide the students through the module.
- Click "Add a description".
- Use the editor to enter an introduction to the module.
- Click "Update" to save the description
Create a sub-module
You can create a module-within-a-module (a "sub-module"), but please do so sparingly. Think about the number of clicks it will take for a student to get to any piece of content.
- Scroll until you see the bottom of the content in that module, and you will find a text field called "Add a sub-module".
- Enter the name of the new module and click the Enter/Return key on your keyboard.
You can add files and other content within modules and sub-modules within the Content area of your course.
There are a variety of types of content that can be added. These instructions focus on the generic Upload Files process.
- Click on the module you want to create a new topic for from the Table of Contents panel.
- Select the Upload Files option from the Upload/Create menu. This will create a new Topic.
- There are also other types of content that can be added here, such as Video and Audio, Links, and activities found elsewhere in the course.
- Upload a document from your computer or your Course Offering files. Files can also be dragged and dropped to upload. Acceptable file type extensions are listed in the table below.
- Select the Add button.
If a file in your course Manage Files has the same name as the one you are uploading, be careful to NOT select to overwrite the file.
ONLY overwrite a file if you are uploading an updated version of the SAME file.
When opening a Word Doc within D2L, hyperlinks placed in the document will not open. If the Word Doc is downloaded and viewed offline with word processing software, the hyperlinks will open as intended.
This problem doesn't exist for PDF or PowerPoint files opened in D2L.
|File Type||Files with the following extension are permitted in Brightspace|
|Web Document||HTM, HTML, MHT, MHTML|
|Text Document||RTF, PPT, PPS, PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPTX, XML, XLS, TXT, WPD|
|Image||JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, TIFF|
|Media||SWF, MPG, MPEG, RM, MP3, MP4*, M4V*, M4A*, AVI, WAV, RAM, ASF, MOV, RA|
If you cannot remember where you moved a module or topic, use the search function above the Table of Contents.
Please be careful when deleting entire modules, as you will also be deleting the contents of those modules.
Find all of our D2L Brightspace video tutorials and webinars on our Brightspace Stream page.
It is your responsibility to make sure that all material uploaded to Toronto Metropolitan University's LMS/Brightspace by D2L and other systems complies with Canadian copyright laws. Please consult the "Do-it-Yourself Copyright Checking workflow (opens in new window) " before you upload content.
Use the university's already existing licences for content from the library and the Toronto Metropolitan University "Fair Dealing Guideline (opens in new window) ".
If you have copyright questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.