D2L - Create Topics by Using Add Activities

Last Updated: 08/15/2017
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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 use a link as a topic.

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 the Add Existing Activities drop-down menu in the module you want to add the topic to.

*Note: You can add all types of activies from here. The rest of the documentation, will go through the process of adding existing Quizzes.

Step 3

Choose the Activity you wish to add. 

Step 4

The link will now appear within your module.

Step 5

If you need to edit anything within the new link click Edit Properties In-Place from the drop-down menu to the right of the link. 

Step 6

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 7

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

Step 8

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.