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Reusable Objects

Reusable objects are course elements stored in the Content Collection that you can create and share with others. You can add reusable objects to any area of your course where you can create content, such as the discussion board or in journals. If you are a teaching assistant, reusable objects are available to use in the Grade Center and when creating content in a content area.

Your institution controls whether this tool is available.

How to Create HTML Objects in the Content Collection

  1. Access the Content Collection and navigate to the folder that you want to create the reusable object in.
  2. On the action bar, point to Build to access the drop-down list.
  3. Select a reusable object type. For this example, select HTML Object.

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  4. On the Create Reusable Object page, type a name, which becomes the file name in the Content Collection.
  5. Type information in the Content box. Optionally, use the content editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and mashups. The files you upload from your computer are saved in the Content Collection in the same folder.
  6. Click Submit. The reusable object appears in the selected folder in the Content Collection. The system adds the .html extension to the file name. In the Content Collection list, note that all reusable objects have the same icon except for External Links. When you add an HTML Object to your course, it is added as a file attachment.

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How to View a List of Reusable Objects in the Learning Objects Catalog

In the learning objects catalog, you can view the entire collection of reusable objects that you created and those shared with you by other users at your institution.

  1. In the Content Collection, in the left navigation pane, expand the Jump To... menu.
  2. Expand the Learning Objects section.
  3. Click View Catalog.
  4. In the content frame, in the Browse Reusable Objects section, you can view the categories of reusable objects. Expand a category to see its contents.

    You cannot add reusable objects to your course from this area.

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How to Set Permissions to Allow Others to Discover Your Reusable Objects

To share reusable objects in the Content Collection, set permissions for an individual reusable object or its folder. When setting permissions, select which users or groups have access to the item or folder and determine their level of access—read, write, remove, or manage. For example, you can start by allowing only read permission. Next, consider creating a folder specifically for collaboration and give the appropriate users read and write permissions to the folder. Then, those users with read and write permissions can customize the reusable object by uploading new files and folders, and editing the object.

The following table describes the privileges for each type of permission.

Permissions and Privileges
Type of Permission Privileges
Read View and download
Write Edit and overwrite

Upload files and folders to a folder

Remove Delete files from the folder or the folder itself
Manage Control properties

Determine permissions on the Manage Permissions page

Follow these steps to assign permissions to individual users.

  1. In the Content Collection, navigate to the folder or file you want to assign permissions to.
  2. In the file or folder's row, click the icon in the Permissions column.

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  3. On the Manage Permissions page, click Select Specific Users on the action bar.
  4. On the Add User page, type one or more usernames, separated by commas, or click Browse.
  5. If browsing, in the Search For text box, type the search criteria and click Search.
  6. Select the check boxes next to the appropriate users and click Submit.
  7. On the Add User page, select the check boxes for the appropriate permissions.
  8. Click Submit.

You can assign permissions to predefined groups of users, including:

  • All members of a course you are enrolled in or a teaching assistant in.
  • All users with specific roles in a course you are enrolled in or a teaching assistant in, such as all students.
  • All users assigned to select groups in a course you are enrolled in or a teaching assistant in.

When you set permissions for a group, the options available vary depending on the group selected. For this example, select all members of a course.

  1. In the Content Collection, navigate to the folder or file you want to assign permissions to.
  2. In the file or folder's row, click the icon in the Permissions column.
  3. On the Manage Permissions page, click Select Specific Users by Place on the action bar.
  4. From the drop-down list, select a group.

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  5. On the Add Course User List page, in the Choose Courses section, select the check boxes next to the appropriate courses.
  6. In the Select Roles section—only available for some user groups, select the check box next to All Course Users, or narrow your selection by role.
  7. In the Set Permissions section, select the check boxes for the appropriate permissions.
  8. Click Submit.

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You can learn more about reusable objects by visiting the instructor topics. Use caution when searching the instructor folder because most functions will not be available to the student role.