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Creating Modules in D2L's Content Area

Modules are used to organize your course content, like folders on your computer or chapters within a book. You can set up modules by time frame (e.g., Week 1), by topic (e.g., Cellular Biology), or by course components (e.g., Final Project).

You must create a module before you can add files, links, or other items to Content.

Add a Module

  1. Click in the Add a module… box which is at the bottom of the Table of Contents panel.  It will become an input-text box.
    pointer to where to add a module
    Fig. Add a Module
  2. Enter a name for the new module in the input-text box.
  3. ​Hit return (or enter) on your keyboard. The module's name will now appear at the bottom of the Table of Contents panel, and the newly created module will be in the Contents section. 

Set Module Status

By default, the status of a new module is set to “Published,” meaning it will be visible to students immediately. However, if it will take you time to completely set up a module, we recommend that you change its initial status to "Draft", since that hides the module from student view.  (See A in Fig. Set to Draft, Add a Sub-module)

indicators for set to draft and create submodule
Fig. Set to Draft, Add a Sub-module

Add a Sub-module

Sub-modules are optional and allow further organization of your content. You add them in to a module that you have already created.

  1. Go to the module in which you would like to create a sub-module.
  2. Click in the Add a sub-module… box at the bottom of the page to open a text-input box that will allow you to add a title for the sub-module. (See B in Fig. Set to Draft, Add a Sub-module)


Once you've created a module, you can begin adding files and links to it.  View the Uploading Files and Creating Links guides for instructions.


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