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Use the contacts tool to add profile information about yourself and other staff for students. You can provide information about office hours, phone numbers, and other links to help students find the people who have important roles in your course.

You can use folders to organize the profiles. For example, create a teaching assistant folder and assign all TA contacts to it.

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How to Create or Edit a Contact

  1. On the course menu, click the Tools link. On the Tools page, click Contacts.


    On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and click Contacts.

  2. On the Contacts page, click Create Contact.

    To edit, access the item's contextual menu and click Edit.

  3. On the Create Contact page, provide the necessary Profile Information. The Office Location, Office Hours, and Notes fields have a 255-character limit.
  4. Click Yes to Make the Profile Available to students. If you click No, none of the information provided on the page appears to students.
  5. Optionally, for Attach Image, click Browse to search for a image. This image is included next to the profile on the Contacts page. The image size must be 150 x 150 pixels.
  6. Optionally, for the Personal Link, type the URL for a contact’s home page. When adding a URL, include the full address and protocol. For example, This link appears with the profile on the Contacts page.
  7. Click Submit.

How to Create or Edit a Contacts Folder

  1. Access a folder's contextual menu and click Edit.

  2. On the Create Folder page, select a Name from the drop-down list or type a new name.
  3. In the Text box, type a description.
  4. Click Yes to make the folder available.
  5. Click Submit.

How to Add a Contacts Link to the Course Menu

You can add a link to the course menu for one-click access to the contacts tool. You can also customize the name of the link.

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON and point to the plus sign above the course menu. The Add Menu Item drop-down list appears.
  2. Click Tool Link.
  3. Type a Name for the link.
  4. From the Type drop-down list, click Contacts.
  5. Select the Available to Users check box.
  6. Click Submit.

The new tool link appears last in the course menu list. Press and drag the arrows icon to move the link into a new position. Access the link's contextual menu to rename, delete, or hide the link from students, or permit guests to access the link.

video  Creating a Course Contact  (Flash movie | 1m 50s)