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Edit properties in-place

Edit properties in-place

This page demonstrates how to customize the properties and settings for items in your course, features like Adding a description, Hide from Users, Visible for Users, Dates and Restrictions. You can use these to limit availability of content based on, for example, dates, student performance, group membership, or to just add more information to your items.

Click on the + for more information on the use of each feature:

Each content item can be set to Visible or Hidden.

 

Use the checkbox to set the item to Hidden or Visible for Users.

If an item is set to Hidden, it is never visible to students, no matter what the date and time settings are.

The Hidden setting is helpful if there are items that you only want to share with your teaching assistants, but not with students. Similarly, you can use it while you are building your course, by setting the status of your modules, submodules and/or topics to Hidden.

All the settings on the rest of this page are optional. However, they do increase the quality of the design of your course when used correctly. The Learning Developers at the Teaching and Learning Lab can advise you on this.

 

When you create content items, you can also add a description so that students can see more information about the item. This could be text, images or even a video.

  1. Click on the drop-down menu of the content item and select Edit Properties In-place.
  2. (optional) To edit many items at once instead of step 1 click Bulk Edit.
  3. One of the options that now appears under the content item is Add a description…, click this to start editing.
  4. A text editor will open where you can add all relevant information.  This is the same text editor as when you create a page, to see more on how to use this editor click here.
  1. When you have finished click Update (or Done Editing in case of step 2).
All the settings on the rest of this page are optional. However, they do increase the quality of the design of your course when used correctly. The Learning Developers at the Teaching and Learning Lab can advise you on this.

 

When you create content items, you can also add a description so that students can see more information about the item. This could be text, images or even a video.

  1. Click on the drop-down menu of the content item and select Edit Properties In-place.
  2. (optional) To edit many items at once instead of step 1 click Bulk Edit.
  3. One of the options that now appears under the content item is Add a description…, click this to start editing.
  4. A text editor will open where you can add all relevant information.  This is the same text editor as when you create a page, to see more on how to use this editor click here.
  1. When you have finished click Update (or Done Editing in case of step 2).

When you set content items to Published you can also add a date, so that it is only available to students sometime in the future.

  1. Click on the drop-down menu of the content item.
  2. Select Edit Properties In-place.
  3. You can now set a date for the item to become available,  under  Add  dates  and  restrictions…

 

After adding a content menu with a date restriction, the students will see the title of the item that will become available, including the availability date. However, they cannot click on this item. The item will automatically become available to them after the filled in date and time are reached, if the item is set to Visible.

You can also set an End date so that past that date the content is no longer clickable.

Let us look at some other settings available. When you click on Add dates and restrictions you can set the following:

  • Release conditions (click on Create, and choose the criteria that the students must meet to get access to the content item). For more information on release conditions, click here.
  • Set the type of requirement (automatic, manual or not required). This is used by students to keep track of what they still need to view/complete in the course. It is recommended that you either use this setting throughout your course, or not at all. To read more about the Completion Tracker and learn how to set it up in your course, please visit this page here.

 

Click on Update to save the chosen settings.

How to use this to improve your course

  • Use “Hidden from Users” to share items between instructors and TAs, but not students.
  • Use a future release date to build anticipation and expectation.

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