Structuring Content with Learning Units
Unlike Folders, Learning Units provide a more organized content structure and additional navigational controls. They are useful for presenting a more complex topic or guiding students through a specific learning path.
For example, a learning unit could contain background reading materials on a particular theory, followed by a short quiz to check for understanding and concluding with an assignment to apply the theory to a real-world problem. Additionally, Learning Units can be used to present an online photo gallery.
Add a Learning Unit to a Content Area
Note that Learning Units only appear with the Navigation Controls from the student view (menu on the left.) When you work with a Learning Unit in the Control Panel, it appears like the contents of a Folder. For an example, refer to: From A Student's Perspective: Learning Units.
- Go to the Control Panel, then to the Content Area where you want to place the Learning Unit (such as Course Documents.)
- From the toolbar, select Learning Unit in the dropdown menu on the right and click the Go button.
- Enter a title for the Learning Unit in the Name field, then add a description in the Text box, if desired.
- Select the learning unit options. These are similar to options for a content item. The available options are:
- Make the content available allows you to control whether or not students can see the link.
- Enforce sequential viewing of the Learning Unit can be used if you want to force students through the content in order.
- Track number of views allows you to track the number of student views.
- Open in new window allows you to indicate if you want the learning unit to open in a new window or in the main content frame.
- Choose date and time restrictions allows you to restrict visibility of the link to specific dates.
- Click the Submit button. The Learning Unit appears in the content area.
If you need to modify the Learning Unit options at a later time, use the Modify button next to the Learning Unit title.
Adding content to a Learning Unit
Once the Learning Unit is created, you can add materials to it.
- Go back to the Content Area where you created the learning unit and select the name of the learning unit to open it.
- You are now inside the Learning Unit and can begin to add materials. This process works the same way as adding content to a folder. The only differences are that sub-folders cannot be added to learning units and the File button is available in the toolbar, which allows for posting file attachments directly, rather than inside an item.
Last modified: Jun 04, 2007, 13:25 EDT