Working with Links

The Links tool provides an area for adding online resources to a course.Instructors can use this section to create links and provide students with access to global resources.

Creating Categories

Categories help organize links to outside information according to topics related to the course.

  1. On the Course Home page red navigation bar, click LINKS. The "Manage Links" pane appears.
  2. Click the NEW CATEGORY button. The "New Link Category" pane appears.

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  3. In the Name text box, type the desired category name. This is the name that appears on the Links page.
  4. In the Description text box, type a description of the category.
  5. To create another category, click the SAVE AND NEW button. The category is added.
  6. When finished, click the SAVE button.

Creating Links

Creating links to external web pages is a great way to expand the resources available to students.

  1. On the Course Home page red navigation bar, click LINKS. The "Manage Links" pane appears.
  2. In the desired category's row, click NEW LINK links 2The "New Link" pane appears. A category must be created before adding the link.
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  3. In the Title text box, type the desired title. It is helpful to match the title to the site or page name so that users know they have arrived at the correct location.
  4. In the URL text box type the desired URL. Use the whole URL (for example, http://www.google.com instead of google.com or www.google.com ...) To avoid typing errors copy and paste the URL from the browser.
  5. To have the link open in a new window, select "Open in new window." The option is selected if a checkmark appears before it.
  6. In the Description scroll box, type the desired description. The description will be displayed below the link name on the "Links" pane.
  7. To create another link, click the SAVE AND NEW button.
  8. When finished adding links, click the SAVE button. The link is added.

Organizing Links

Instructors can organize the list of links to best suit the needs of the class.

  1. On the Course Home page red navigation bar, click LINKS. The "Manage Links" pane appears.
  2. Click the RE-ORDER button. The "Re-order" pane appears.

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  3. Using the pull-down menus after the desired links or categories, select the new order number.
  4. Click the SAVE button. The Manage Link pane refreshes to show the new order.

Deleting Links and Categories

It is important to keep in mind that deleting a whole category deletes all the links contained in that category.

  1. On the Course Home page red navigation bar, click LINKS. The Manage Links pane appears.
  2. For the desired link or category, click DELETE trashcan A confirmation dialog box appears.
  3. Click YES. The desired link or category is deleted.