Setting up course tools

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Course tools, such as Quizzes, Content, Discussions, Chat, Grades, etc., are course components that you add to your course offering to share learning content, foster interaction, and evaluate performance. You can turn course tools on and off so that the tools available in your course are specifically tailored to your pedagogy and course materials. You can also rename tools.

Access the Tools page

Do one of the following:

  • Click Course Admin on the navbar, then click Tools.

Activating and deactivating tools

Before disabling a tool, be aware of the following:

  • Release Conditions based on the tool are not enforced as long as the tool remains disabled.
  • Competency activities associated with the tool are hidden, but are still associated with any learning objectives to which they are attached. Users cannot complete these learning objectives while the tool is disabled. You should detach or delete any activities associated with a tool before disabling the tool.
  • Grade items associated with the tool remain, but you must manually update them in the grade book.
  • Quicklinks to the tool’s items persist but a “No Resource Found” message displays when they are followed. You should remove any related Quicklinks when you deactivate a tool. You may not be able to delete others’ Quicklinks.

Activate or deactivate a tool

On the Tool Status page, activate a tool by toggling its Status to On. Toggle its Status to Off to deactivate the tool.


  • Some activated tools can only be accessed from the navbar or homepage widgets.
  • Deactivating a tool does not delete any items or user data inside the tool; it simply hides the tool from your course offering. If you turn the tool back on, it restores the users’ ability to access the tool.

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