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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.

Exploring Content Areas

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To navigate content areas:

  • 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.

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 Organization

Click the link on the course menu to access a content area item. In the content frame, various content items are organized. Clicking a link to a content item such as the discussion board or a file will open that item in the content frame.

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. All types of content, such as items, assignments, and tests can appear in a learning module.

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.

Orientation Bar

As you view items and links in a content area, use the orientation bar to navigate to previous pages or the home page. Use the orientation bar when you can, and not the browser back button, to navigate backwards.

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