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Checking Course Links

After you create content and link to files stored in Course Files, you can verify that links are still valid with the link checker tool. For example, if you delete a linked file from Course Files and run the tool, you are informed of a broken link.

You can run this tool on a regular basis to check the validity of your links in your course content. After you copy, restore, or import a course, you can run the tool to be sure everything is linked as you expect. Users with access to items in Course Files can move and delete items, or edit the permissions on an item. These actions may impact the validity of linked items in your course.

When you link to a file in Course Files, all course users are given read permission to the file. When you check links, the only permission that is verified is read permission for all course users.

Course Areas Checked

The link checker tool detects broken links for the following areas:

  • Content areas
  • Learning modules
  • Lesson plans
  • Folders
  • Announcements, calendar events, and tasks
  • Discussion board, journals, and blogs

Links to Course Files items in tests (including surveys and question pools) are not checked by the tool.

How to Enable Check Course Links

For each of your courses, you can enable or disable the link checker tool.

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Customization section and select Tool Availability.
  2. On the Tool Availability page, select the check box for Check Course Links. Clear the check box to disable the tool.
  3. Click Submit.

Your institution can disable this tool for the entire system.

How to Check Course Links

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section and select Check Course Links.
  2. On the Broken Links page, click OK to start the tool. This operation may take a few minutes to run. The length of the process depends on the number of links within your course.
  3. After the tool is run, the page displays links that are pointing to deleted files or those with broken paths.
  4. For more information, access an item's contextual menu and select Details.