Creating new topics

Once you've added a module, you can add topics to it with the Content tool by:

Create a new topic

Note  You must create at least one module before creating a topic.

  1. Click Content on the navbar to access the Manage Content page.
  2. Click on the Add Content action menu and choose one of the following:
    • New File
    • New Course File
    • Upload File
  3. To add a quicklink, click on the Add Quicklink action menu and choose a link.
  4. Choose the Parent Module you want to add this topic to.
  5. Type a topic Title.
  6. Type a Short Title as an option. If you don’t specify a short title, Learning Environment uses the Title field.
  7. Select the Hide enumeration for this topic check box to exclude this topic from the numbering system. For example, you can hide enumeration on an introductory topic.
  8. Depending on which option you selected, do the following:
    Option Procedure
    New File
    1. Create your content in the content area using the HTML Editor.
    New Course File
    1. Click the Browse button to locate the course file.
    2. Select the course file you want by clicking the radio button beside it.
    Upload File
    1. Click the Browse button to locate the file.
    2. Browse for the file on your computer, and select it.
  9. Click Save and Close if you are done editing your topic. If you want to add Restrictions, Discussions, Comments, or Objectives to your topic, you can either click Save to save your page changes before switching tabs, or navigate to another tab to have the system save your changes automatically. Click Done to finish editing your topic.
    Option Procedure
    Hide a topic from participants’ views Click the Restrictions tab and select the Hide this topic check box.
    Set date/time restrictions Click the Restrictions tab and select Has Start Date and Has End Date to set date and time restrictions. Select the Display in Calendar check box to make the days visible to users.
    Set release conditions
    1. Click the Restrictions tab.
    2. Do one of the following:
      • To set pre-existing release conditions to the topic, click Attach Existing and select the conditions from the list in the pop-up window.
      • To create new conditions and attach them to the topic, click Create and Attach. For details on creating release conditions refer to Release Conditions.
    3. Choose whether access to the topic is dependent on meeting all or any of your conditions.
    Associate a discussion topic
    1. Click the Discussions tab.
    2. Select a discussion from the Topic Discussion drop-down list.
    3. You can also select a discussion from the Topic Help Discussion drop-down list. If you don’t have any discussions set up for the course, refer to Discussions.
    Add comments
    1. Click the Comments tab.
    2. To add comments that only you can see, enter your comments into the Personal Comments text field.
    3. To add comments, enter your comments into the Shared Designer Comments text field.

    Associate topic with learning objectives

    *Not available to topics quicklinked to internal resources, see Note below.

    1. Click the Objectives tab.
    2. Click the Associate Learning Objectives button.
    3. Browse or Search for the learning objective you want to associate with the topic.
    4. Click Add Selected.

Note  If you create a quicklink topic, you can only associate learning objectives with quicklinks to external sites. For quicklink topics to internal resources, you must associate learning objectives directly with the internal resource.

Create multiple new topics at once

  1. Click Content on the navbar to access the Manage Content page.
  2. Select Add Multiple Topics from the Add Content action menu.
  3. Select from the Parent Module drop-down list to choose a module.
  4. Select the files you want to create topics from.
  5. If you want to update a topic’s title or add a short title, edit the Topic title field and add a Topic Short Title.
  6. Click Add.

Add a Learning Object

  1. Click Content on the navbar to access the Manage Content page.
  2. Select Add Learning Object from the Add Content action menu.
  3. Browse or Search For the learning object you want to add.
  4. Select a learning object and click Next.
  5. Choose how you want to retrieve the object and click Next.
  6. Select from the Parent Module drop-down list to choose a module, select the Preview/view the content topic in a new window or tab check box if desired, and click Create Link.

Add a quicklink

  1. Click Content on the navbar to access the Manage Content page.
  2. Select a quicklink from the Add Quicklink action menu.
  3. Fill out the information prompts that appears in the pop-up window, and click Insert.

Methods of creating new topics

Creating a new file with the HTML Editor

Create your topic file completely online using the HTML Editor. Refer to Creating content in the HTML Editor for more information about using the HTML editor.

Using a course file

Browse your Manage Files area to create topics from existing files. You can use the following types of files as topics:

Extension File Type
HTM, HTML, MHT, MHTML Web Document
RTF, PPT, PPS, PDF, DOC, XLS, TXT, WPD Text Document
JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF Image
SWF, MPG, MPEG, RM, MP3, AVI, WAV, RAM, ASF, MOV, RA Media

Notes

For web documents, Learning Environment strips the <title> tag and text within that tag from user created web documents.

You can use WMA and WMV files for topics, but they're not recommended, as users who access them through Firefox require a plug-in for them, and the plug-in does not guarantee the file plays for them. You can download the plug-in here: http://port25.technet.com/pages/windows-media-player-firefox-plugin-download.aspx

Uploading a new file

Upload files from your computer directly into the Content tool. The following file extensions are not supported by Learning Environment:

Restricted Upload Extensions
ASP ASHX JSL VB
ASPX ASMX LICX VBPROJ
EXE AXD REM VJSPROJ
BAT CDX RESOURCES VSDISCO
DLL CER RESX WEBINFO
COM CONFIG SHTM INI
ASA IDC SHTML  
ASAX CS SOAP  
ASCX CSPROJ STM  

Note  For web documents, Learning Environment strips the <title> tag and text within that tag from user created web documents.

Note  If your course is SCORM 2004-compliant then any new topics you create are outside the sequencing and navigation built into the SCORM package. SCORM topics have the SCORM icon beside their titles.

 

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