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Course Content Areas

A content area can contain multiple components. For example, an instructor may create a content area containing a week’s worth of course material, such as readings, assignments, a discussion forum link, and a web link.

Access Content Areas and Content

On the course menu, click the name of the content area. The content appears in the content frame. In the content frame, click a link to access content, such as a file link or a discussion board forum link.

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Your instructor or your institution creates the names of the areas in a course, which may differ from the names referenced in this section. The content area names can also change course by course within your institution.

Content Area Containers

Instructors can organize content in other containers such as folders, learning modules, and lesson plans.


A folder is a container that instructors use to group similar items. Click the folder title to access the content. An instructor can add all types of content to a folder, including another folder.

Learning Modules

Learning modules are containers for packaging and presenting course content. Learning modules have a table of contents where your instructor organizes the presentation of content. An instructor can add all types of content to a learning module, such as items, folders, assignments, and tests. To learn more, see Learning Modules.

Lesson Plans

A lesson plan is a container for content similar to a learning module or folder that holds and organizes content items. Your instructor can create lesson plans to hold lesson profiles, instructional objectives, and the content items you need to complete a lesson. To learn more, see Lesson Plans.

Orientation Bar

When viewing items in a content area, use the orientation bar to navigate to previous pages. You can also click the house icon to access the course entry page, which is often the Home Page. Your instructor determines which page is the course entry page. Use the orientation bar to navigate back—not your browser 's back button.

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