Items may contain text, links, images, audio and video files. There are a number of ways to use them. See "File Questions and Issues" for more advanced uses. The basic process is as follows:

  1. Go to the Content Area or folder into which you wish to insert a new folder.
  2. Make sure that Edit Mode is “On.
  3. Click the Build Content button and choose Item.
  4. Specify the name of the item you wish to add.
  5. Change the color of the link to the item if you wish.
  6. Add text or embed images, audio, or video using the Visual Text Box Editor (VTBE).
    1. Any text, images, audio, or video added to the VTBE will display immediately below the name of the item. Therefore, if you are adding several pages like this to a content area or folder it is probably wise to organize them into folders or sub-folders.
    2. Please do not paste html code into the VTBE. This is one of the easiest ways to corrupt a folder or content area beyond repair. Likewise, do not copy and paste from one item to another, as this can result in the same corruption. (Because most HTML tags come in pairs, it is vital to ensure that all tags are properly closed.) If you find yourself in a situation where you need to do this, and have not tried it previously, please talk to a member of the Learning Technologies Team.
  7. Clicking the Browse button for "Attach local file" allows you to upload files of almost any type for students to download. If no name is supplied in the "Name of Link to File" box, the filename itself will be used as a title. In most circumstances do not change the "Special Action" from "Create link to this file." Note that more than one file may be attached to an item.
  8. Choose to make the item available to users (make it unavailable only if you do not wish students to see it), to track the number of views, or to release it to students only on within a specific range of dates.
  9. Click Submit.