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Add Descriptions to Modules and Topics

Add a Description to a Module or Submodule

Add a description to a module, submodule, or items within modules (called "Topics") in the Content area to provide context and specific instructions for learners. Descriptions appear below a module or topic title. 

A module description will be visible when viewing the entire table of contents, or when the module is selected and open. A submodule description is only visible when the submodule is selected and expanded.

  1. Select the module or submodule for which the description will be added.
  2. Select the Add a description… text below the module title. A text box will expand beneath the module title.
    click Add a Description
    Figure 1: Add a description to Content by selecting Upload/Create
  3. Enter the description in the text box. Use the text box editing pane to style the description text or to add media (See the HTML Editor guide for more information.).
  4. Select the blue Update button in the bottom left corner of the text box. The text box will close and the entered description will appear below the module title.
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    Figure 3: Modify HTML in Content

Add a Description to a Topic

When a description is added to a Topic, it will be visible when viewing the module the Topic is in, but the description will not appear when viewing the entire Table of Contents.

  1. Select the dropdown arrow to the right of the Topic title [A], then select Edit Properties In-place [B]. Properties options will expand below the Topic title.
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    Figure 4: Start to modify a Content topic by clickng 'Edit Properties In-place'
  2. Select the Add a description… text. A text box will appear beneath the Topic title. You can use the text box pane to style the description text or to add media (See the HTML Editor guide for more information.).
    click Add a Description
    Figure 5: Add a description to a topic in Content
  3. Enter the description in the text box.
  4. Select the blue Update button in the bottom left corner of the text box. The text box will close, and the description will appear below the topic title.

NEXT STEPS

To control the availability of a module or topic within the Content area, use the Dates settings in D2L. View Setting Dates and Availability for more information.

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