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Using​ the Course Builder

The Course Builder in D2L is designed to help  add and organize the Content area of the course.  

Getting Started

  1. Select Edit Course.   
  2. Select Course Administration.   
  3. Select Course Builder.  
  4. NOTE: If Course Administration page is set to show tools by category (the default), Course Builder will be under the heading 'Site Resources'.  If  the Course Administration page is set to view by name, then Course Builder will be listed alphabetically.

  5. The Course Builder page will open.  If you have any existing content, it will appear here.

Creating Modules

  1. Select the book icon [A] from the Build Outline section.
  2. Drag the icon to the Course Builder Canvas (under the course name).
      To place it under an existing item, drop the icon onto the existing item.

    create a module icon
  3. A pop-up window will open.  Add a name in the Name field.
  4. Note: Anything added in the Notes section will not visible to students.

  5. Set the availability dates (optional).
  6. Select Create.  
  7. The pop-up window will close, and the module will have been created. 

Adding Content Topics

  1. Access the Add Content section of the Course Builder page.  
    The Add Content section has icons which each function to add a certain type of content topic.  These icons include functions to Create a link [A], Create an HTML file [B], Create a discussion [C], Create a submission folder [D], and Create a quiz [E].  Hover over each icon to see the its function.
    Explanation of Icons in the Course Builder

  2. Drag and Drop the icon with the corresponding function to the Course Builder Canvas section of the page into the module where it is to be placed.  
  3. A pop-up window will open for describing the new content topic.  
  4. Add a name in the Name field, and enter any other applicable information.  
  5. When complete, select Create.  
  6. The pop-up window will close, and the new topic will have been created. Repeat as necessary.

Reordering  Modules or Topics 

  1. Move an existing item by dragging the item in the Course Builder Canvas.
  2. Drop the item in the desired new location in the Course Builder Canvas.

Deleting Modules or Topics 

  1. Select the item to be deleted.
  2. In the dropdown menu that appears,  choose Remove.  
  3. Confirm removal in them pop-up window.