D2L - Create Topics by Creating New File

Last Updated: 08/16/2017
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Topics are components of modules and sub-modules. They can be links to course files, web pages, or tools in D2L. The following documentation shows how to create a new topic by creating a new file.

*Note: Topics can have start and end dates individually, but it is easier to set dates for the module which will apply for all included topics.

Step 1

From the course homepage, click Content on the navbar.

Step 2

Click on the module area (from the left-side menu) you wish for the new file to be in.

*Note: This process can also be done from the full table of contents view, but it is generally easier to place/organize if you initially select your desired module.

Step 3

Select the module you want to place the new topic in. Then from the New drop-down menu select the the type of topic you would like to create. The following will go through the process of Create a File

Step 4

Type a topic Title and then enter your desired content. Once finished with this click Publish

*Note: If you would like to insert media into your new topic, click on the Insert Stuff icon (). Learn more about Insert Stuff by visiting the Insert Media Files page.

*Note: If you would like you can click Save as Draft. This will hide it from others view but you can still see it. It will still appear in the content but in draft form until you decide to publish it. 

Step 5

You should see a pop-up in the lower right hand corner saying your topic was Created Successfully.

Step 6

Your topic will now appear in the module. 

Step 7

From the drop-down menu to the right of the topic, select Edit Properties In-Place

Step 8

Click on Add a Description. The editing window may take a moment to appear.

In the properties area you have the ability to:

  • Enter a description
  • Set the state as either Published or Draft
  • Add start date, Add end date and Add due date
  • Set Release Conditions

*Note: You will need to click the associated text to view each of these property areas.

Step 9

Once you have added your additional properties click the Update button. Your edited properties will now be in place.

Step 10

Additional Note

D2L by default only loads the first 20 modules, or first 20 topics/files within a module, when viewing course files in the Content area. To see additional content, click the Load More button at the bottom of the content/module area.