What is the Content Tool?
The Content tool is used to create, edit, and organize course materials such as syllabi, lecture notes, video, audio and readings. The Content tool allows users to navigate through course content and activities. You can also:
- Import/Export existing content.
- Change the way your course displays content.
- Create new or link to existing dropbox folders, discussions and quizzes.
How Content is Organized
- Modules: Modules are like folders on your computer, and act as an organizational tool that contains information. Modules must be populated with topics (or files) in order to display content.
- Sub-Modules: Sub-Modules are simply modules nested within other modules. Similar to modules, they hold and organize topics.
Topics: Topics are the actual content items. Topics can be created in Pilot using the HTML editor, or they can be files uploaded into Pilot.
Content Tool Structure
Within the Content Tool, you will find four primary areas:
When users access a course’s Content tool for the first time, the first page they land on is the Overview (unless it has been left empty). Use the Overview page to orient users to the course, content materials, and course expectations. You can insert course overview information using the HTML Editor beneath the Overview title, and you can add a file attachment by dragging a file from your computer onto the upload target, or by clicking Add an Attachment from the Overview context menu.
The Bookmarks area is a user-specific place that holds links to bookmarked content topics. Click the Add Bookmark icon while viewing a topic to add it to your bookmarks list. The number beside the Bookmarks link indicates how many bookmarks you have.
The Course Schedule area shares dates for the course, including due dates. When items are overdue, the dates will appear as red. The links that appear with the dates will allow learners to click directly on the item that needs to be completed.
Table of Contents
The Table of Contents panel lists all modules and topics available in your course. You can add new topics to existing modules by dragging and dropping files from your computer onto upload targets on the Table of Contents page, and you can also rearrange course materials by dragging and dropping topics between modules. The number beside each module name in the Table of Contents panel listing indicates the number of topics you have set completion tracking for.