Cobra Learning - Managing and Updating Course Content

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Managing and updating course content

Content display settings

You can change how course content appears in the Content tool by selecting your viewing preferences in the Content Settings area.

Manage Content settings

Click Settings in the Content tool. From here, you can do the following:

  • Set how content is arranged in the module view by selecting from the Content Arrangement drop-down list. See Arranging content by "Content Type" for more information.
  • Show or hide the collapsible content browser and navigation buttons in the content viewer by checking or clearing the Show navigation in the Content Viewer check box.
  • Select Enable HTML Templates to make them available when creating content. See Cobra Learning - Using HTML Document Templates for more information.
  • Set your default font settings from the Default Font Settings drop-down lists.
  • Select the Show a prompt to choose a folder in Course Files check box from the Drag and Drop Save Behavior section if you want to receive a prompt when you drag and drop a file into a content module.
  • Select the Replace files with the same name check box from the Drag and Drop Save Behavior section if you want to automatically overwrite a module's existing content each time you drag and drop files of the same name and file type into the same module.
  • Set the default completion tracking method from the Default Completion Status drop-down list.

Once you finish customizing your Content settings, click Save.

Arranging content by "Content Type"

If you select to arrange course content by Content Type from the Content Arrangement drop-down list, each module will appear in the following content type groups:

  • Materials (Uploaded files, course files, new documents, and links.)
  • Modules (Sub-modules. Topics within sub-modules only appear arranged by Content Type once you navigate into the sub-module.)
  • General (External Learning Tools.)
  • Dropbox
  • Quizzes
  • Discussions
  • Checklists
  • Chats
  • Self Assessments
  • Surveys

Changing a module or topic status to Draft or Published in Content

If you set a module's status as Draft, the module and all its topics are hidden from students.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To change a module's status, click the module name from the Table of Contents panel.
    • To change a topic's status, locate the topic on the Table of Contents page, or click on its module from the Table of Contents panel.
  2. Click on  Draft or  Published to change the status.

Tip As you build your course content, set your modules as drafts to keep them hidden from your students until they are complete and ready for viewing.

Notifying students about updated course content

You can notify students when updating or changing a topic in Content. They receive an Update alert notification in their minibar; clicking the alert brings them to the updated topic.

Notify students about updated course content

  1. Locate the topic on the Table of Contents page, or click on its module from the Table of Contents panel.
  2. Click on the topic you want to update.
  3. Click Edit HTML or Change File from the topic's context menu.
  4. Make your changes, then select the Notify students that the content has changed check box.
  5. You can Add a summary of the changes to indicate to students what has changed since the update.
  6. Select the Reset completion tracking check box if you want to ensure students revisit the topic to complete the activity.
  7. Click Update.

Editing a module or topic's title in Content

Edit a module's title

  1. Click the module from the Table of Contents panel.
  2. Click on the module title and make your changes.
  3. Press Enter on your keyboard or click outside the title field to save your changes.

Edit a topic's title

  1. Locate the topic on the Table of Contents page, or click on its module from the Table of Contents panel.
  2. Click Edit Properties In-place from the topic's context menu to make the title editable.
  3. Click on the topic title and make your changes.
  4. Press Enter on your keyboard or click outside the title field to save your changes.

Bulk editing modules and topics in Content

  1. On the Table of Contents page, click Bulk Edit.
  2. Make your changes to titles, descriptions, and restrictions. You can also delete multiple topics in Bulk Edit mode by clicking the  Remove Topic icon beside each topic title you want to delete.
  3. Click Update where appropriate.
  4. Click Done Editing when finished.

Note Except for date restriction changes, most changes save automatically.

Moving or reordering a module or topic in Content

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Click on the module you want to move or reorder from the Table of Contents.
    • On the Table of Contents page, locate the topic you want to move or reorder.
  2. Click  Move Up or  Move Down from the module or topic's context menu to reorder it.
  3. Click  Move To from the module or topic's context menu to move it to a different module within the course. Select the new module and click Move.

Deleting modules or topics in Content

Note Deleting a module deletes all topics within that module.

Delete a module or topic

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Click on the module you want to delete from the Table of Contents.
    • On the Table of Contents page, locate the topic you want to delete.
  2. If you are deleting a module, click  Delete Module from the module's context menu. If you are deleting a topic, click  Delete Topic from the topic's context menu.
  3. Decide whether you want to remove the module or topic from the Content view only or permanently delete the module or topic from the course (this will also delete all associated objects including discussions, quizzes, etc).
  4. Click Delete.

Delete all modules

  1. On the Table of Contents page, click  Delete All Modules from Table of Contents' context menu.
  2. Decide whether you want to remove the modules from the Content view only or permanently delete them from the course (this will also delete all associated objects including discussions, quizzes, etc).
  3. Click Delete.

Adding or editing availability and due dates in Content

Start and end dates specify when students can access a module.

Add or edit availability and due dates for a module

  1. Click the module name from the Table of Contents panel.
  2. Click Add dates and restrictions... or directly on the module's existing dates and/or release conditions.
  3. Do any of the following:
    • To add dates for the module, click Add due date..., Add start date..., and/or Add end date....
    • To edit dates for the module, click directly on the existing date and/or time fields.
    • To delete a date for the module, click a date's Remove date icon.
  4. Click Update.

Note If you set availability dates or a due date for a module, the module appears on the Upcoming Events page and the Agenda view in the Calendar tool.

Add or edit availability and due dates for a topic

  1. Locate the topic on the Table of Contents page, or click on its module from the Table of Contents panel.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Click Edit Properties In-place from the topic's context menu.
    • Click directly on the topic name.
  3. Click Add dates and restrictions... or directly on the topic's existing dates and/or release conditions.
  4. Do any of the following:
    • To add dates for the module, click Add due date..., Add start date..., and/or Add end date....
    • To edit dates for the module, click directly on the existing date and/or time fields.
    • To delete a date for the module, click a date's Remove date icon.
  5. Click Update.

Adding or editing release conditions in Content

Add or edit release conditions for a module

  1. Click the module name from the Table of Contents panel.
  2. Click Add dates and restrictions... or directly on the module's existing dates and/or restrictions.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • To create new release conditions, click Create, then select the Condition Type and complete the Condition Details. Click Create.
    • To reuse existing release conditions, click Browse, then select a condition. To narrow the list of conditions, choose the tool the condition is based on from the View Conditions for drop-down list. Click Attach.
  4. Choose whether access to the module is dependent on meeting all or any of your conditions.
  5. Click Update.

Add or edit release conditions for a topic

  1. Locate the topic on the Table of Contents page, or click on its module from the Table of Contents panel.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Click Edit Properties In-place from the topic's context menu.
    • Click directly on the topic name.
  3. Click Add dates and restrictions... or directly on the topic's existing dates and/or release conditions.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • To create new release conditions, click Create, then select the Condition Type and complete the Condition Details. Click Create.
    • To reuse existing release conditions, click Browse, then select a condition. To narrow the list of conditions, choose the tool the condition is based on from the View Conditions for drop-down list. Click Attach.
  5. Choose whether access to the topic is dependent on meeting all or any of your conditions.
  6. Click Update.

Associating topics with learning objectives in Content

You can associate topics with learning objectives directly from the Content tool, but you must have existing learning objectives in the Competencies tool before you can create these associations.

Associate a topic with a learning objective

  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the Table of Contents page, locate the topic you want to associate with a learning objective.
    • Click the module from the Table of Contents panel that contains the topic you want to associate with a learning objective.
  2. Click on the topic.
  3. In the Learning Objectives tab, click Add Learning Objective.
  4. Browse or search for learning objectives you want to add. You can click a learning objective to view its information.
  5. Select the check box beside each learning objective you want to add.
  6. Click Add Selected.

Adding an existing course object (activity) to Content

  1. Click on the module you want to add a course object to from the Table of Contents.
  2. Select one of the following from the Add Existing Activities button:
    • Chat
    • Checklist
    • Discussions
    • Dropbox
    • External Learning Tools
    • Online Rooms (only available at the Organization level)
    • Quizzes
    • Self Assessments
    • Surveys
  3. Click on the existing activity you want to insert from the drop-down list, or if you create a new activity, click Create and Insert.

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Keywords:Cobra course content managing updating   Doc ID:48572
Owner:Lori W.Group:Parkland College
Created:2015-03-09 17:01 CDTUpdated:2015-03-10 11:37 CDT
Sites:Parkland College
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