D2L - Create Topics by Using a Course 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 course 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 Add from Manage Files

Step 4

Select the file(s) you want and then click Add

Step 5

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

Step 6

Your file will now appear in the module. 

Step 7

From the drop-down menu to the right of the file, select Edit Properties In-Place. The editing window may take a moment to load. 

Step 8

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 new 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.