D2L - Create Topics by Uploading a New File

Last Updated: 08/15/2017
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This tutorial is operating system independent.


Topics are components of modules and sub-modules. They can be links to course files, web pages, or tools in D2L.

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.

You can use the following types of files as topics:

Extension File Type
HTM, HTML, MHT, MHTML Web Document
RTF, PPT, PPS, PDF, DOC, XLS, TXT, WPD Text Document

Note: For web documents, D2L strips the <title> tag and text within that tag from user created web documents.

You can use WMA and WMV files for topics, but they're not recommended, as users who access them through Firefox require a plug-in for them, and the plug-in does not guarantee the file plays for them. You can download the plug-in here: http://port25.technet.com/pages/windows-media-player-firefox-plugin-download.aspx

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 upload 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 file in. Then from the New drop-down menu select Upload Files

Step 4

Select Upload to pick the file you wantBrowse for the file on your computer, and select it.

Step 5

Once your file is uploaded, click Add.

Note: If your upload document is a file with over 200 pages, only the first 200 pages will be seen in the Content Viewer. The full file can be downloaded or viewed as text.

Step 6

You should see a pop-up indicating that says Content Updated Successfully

Step 7

Your file will now appear in the module.

If you wish to edit the properties of the upload file, go to step 8. If you are satisfied with the default properties, you are finished.

Step 8

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


Step 9

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 10

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

Step 11

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.