Adding Resources

Resource types enable almost any kind of web content to be inserted into the course.

  • Book is a multi-page resource in a book-like format, with chapters and subchapters, useful for displaying lengthy information. 
  • File provide a downloadable Word document, a PDF, an Excel spreadsheet or PowerPoint slides as a course resource.
  • Heading enables text and optional icons to be inserted among activities on the course page.
  • Label enables text and multimedia to be inserted into the course page between links to other resources and activities.
  • Page can display text, images, sound, video, web links and embedded code, such as Google maps. 
  • Subpage no longer available to add. Existing subpages are still visible in courses on the site.
  • URL The URL module enables a teacher to provide a web link as a course resource.

4. Adding pages

The page module enables a course author to create a web page resource using the text editor. A page can display text, images, sound, video, web links and embedded code, such as Google maps.  Advantages of using the page module rather than the file module include the resource being more accessible (for example to users of mobile devices) and easier to update as a page can be edited in the course and doesn't involve having to re-upload a revised file.

For large amounts of content, it is recommended that the book module is used rather than a page.  

A page may be used:

  • To present the terms and conditions of a course or a summary of the course syllabus
  • To embed several videos or sound files together with some explanatory text

To add a page

  1. In the course space switch editing on.
  2. Click on Add an activity or resource under the main course home page or below an existing heading.
  3. The ‘add an activity or resource’ screen will appear.
  4. Under Resources select ‘Page’.
  5. Click on the ‘Add’ button
  6. The ‘Adding a new File’ screen will appear.
  7. Complete the Name and Page content fields (you can update the page content field at any time, but to create the page you need to put something in this field).
  8. You can choose to put a short description in the description box and display this on the course page. Or you can choose not to display this description on the course page by not checking the box.
  9. Click on Save and return to course and the new page will now appear on the course page.

Links between pages

A page does not have automatic navigational links to the next page or subpage in a list: you would need to manually add links between pages if this is what you need.

You can do this either by setting up a text or button link to the next page or previous page.

To set up a text link to the next page
  1. Copy the URL link for the page you want the text link to use. For example I want Page 1 to link to Page 2, so I click on the title link for Page 2 and copy the URL for Page 2 from the browser.
  2. Click on the edit page button for Page 1 (the page you want the link text to appear) and scroll down to the content box.
  3. In the content box, decide where you want your link to the next page to appear (at the top of bottom of the page, on left or right of the page).
  4. Type in the text which describes the link to the next page - a usual convention is to write 'next: [page title]' in other words for a link from page 1 to page 2 the link text would be 'next: page 2'.
  5. Highlight the text you have typed in for the next page link
  6. On the expanded text formatting menu, click on the hyperlink button 
  7. The Create link screen will appear
  8. Paste in the copied URL for page 2 into the URL box (where it says 'enter a URL') and click on 'Create link'
  9. The Page content box will now show that the link to the next page is a hyperlink.
  10. Click on Save and return to unit
  11. Now if you click on Page 1 you will see the link to the next page
You can do the same steps for inserting links to previous pages.