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Creating Links in the Content Area in D2L

There are two types of links that you can add in the Content area in D2L: ones to external webpages (referred to as "external" links) and ones to other tools or files in your D2L course site (referred to as "relative" links).

Add Links to External Websites

  1. Click (A) the New button, then select (B) Create a Link on the dropdown menu. The New Link pop-up window will  open.
  2. Enter the text you want to display for the link in the Title field. Please note that to meet standards for users with disabilities, you should not use a long URL as your link's text.
  3. Enter or paste the web address in the URL field. If you paste the URL, make sure that "http://" does not appear twice at the start of your URL, since this text is usually included in the hyperlink already when you copy it from your browser's address bar.
  4. Select the Open as an External Resource checkbox. If you don't select this option, the link will not work in most browsers.
  5. Click the Create button at the bottom of the window. The hyperlink will now appear in your module or submodule.

Add Links to other Parts of your D2L Course Site

You can add links to Submission folders, Discussions, Quizzes, and other parts of your D2L course site in your Content area. D2L refers to these types of links as"quicklinks," and in web design terms, they're called "relative links."

Linking to activities allows you to better structure your course site for students. For instance, you can add a link to a discussion about a reading directly after that reading is posted in a module. (Please know that you must create a module before you can do this.)

  1. Go to the module or submodule in which you want to add a link.
  2. Click the (A) Add Existing Activities button, then select (B) the type of activity you want to link to. The "Add Activity" pop-up window will open.
  3. Click the specific item for which you want to create a link. (See the note below for special instructions for linking to a group discussion.) The window will close, and the item you selected will now appear as a link in your module. 


When you create a new link in your course's Content area, it will always appear as the very last topic in the module, so you might need to reorganize your topics. View the Reordering Modules and Topics guide for more information.

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