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Create Structure

Content in VIULearn is organized into folders called Modules and Sub-Modules. In order to add any files (called Topics) to your course, you first need to create at least one Module. 

  1. Click Content in the Course Navigation bar.

  2. From the Content tool, click Add a Module.

  3. Type the title of your Module and press the enter key. 

  4. You will get a notification that your module has been created successfully.
  1. Navigate to the Module where you want to add the Sub-Module.

  2. Click Add a Sub-Module. 

  3. Enter the title for your Sub-Module and press the enter key.

  4. You will see a notification that your Sub-Module has been successfully created.

Best Practices for Structuring VIULearn Content 

Don't use the Module Description as a content repository
The module description field is best used to give a brief summary of what students will see in the topics within your module. We do not recommend putting important links, videos, or course content in this field. Students cannot track their progress on material in module descriptions, bookmark it for later, or print this content for offline reading if they do not have a reliable internet connection. 

Set up your course to be searchable
Module and topic titles and descriptions can be searched using the search option in the upper left of the table of contents view. Including key words or brief descriptions can help students find a specific resource in your course. 

Use Sub-Modules strategically
To make your course easy for learners to navigate, we recommend using sub-modules to divide up any module that contains 20 or more topics. If you have more than 20 items in the main module folder or in a sub-module, learners will need to click a Load More button to see all of the contents and may miss important information.

You may also want to use sub-modules to break up content into meaningful sections within a module. 

Default Paths

In order to keep all of the files in your course organized, it is good practice to set the default path for each new module when it is created. This will tell the system where in the Manage Files area to store the module’s content by default and will help keep your Manage Files area organized. As long as you set the default path before uploading or creating content files, this will ensure that all files in your course are logically organized for anyone who downloads the course content as well as for you in the Manage Files area.

  1. Click Content in the Navigation Bar to go to the Content tool.

  2. Click on the Module you want to edit.

  3. Click the arrow to the right of the Module title and choose Set Default Path from the drop down menu.

  4. Click Change Path and then select the folder you want to save this Module’s files to or click New Folder to create a new folder.

  5. Once you have selected the folder you wish to use, click Select Path and then Save.