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The Resources tool enables you to create, edit, organise and delete modules and topics in your unit.

Access Resources tool

  1. Select your unit located under My Sites area on the CloudDeakin page, you will be taken to the unit Home page.
  2. In order to get to the Resources section, click on Resources in the navigation bar.

View unit resources

  1. Once you are at the Resources page, you will find that it is divided into four main areas:
    • Overview provides you an overview of your unit.
    • Bookmarks display all the bookmarked documents.
    • Upcoming Events lists unit material due dates, start dates, end dates and any unit events for the next seven days.
    • List of Resources shows you all your unit material and it also provides an easy way to browse through the available files. All modules are also listed under the List of Resources.
  2. From the List of Resources, click on the title to view the topic.
  3. On the topic page, you can use:
    • Add Bookmark button to mark the document to be retrieved for future purpose.
    • View in new window button opens the topic in a new window.
    • Previous button to navigate to the previous topic.
    • Next button to navigate to the next topic.
    • Topic’s context menu to see more options including:
      • Send to Binder
      • Submit Feedback for this topic
      • Reflect in Portfolio
      • Download.
    • Breadcrumbs to navigate back to modules or List of Resources.
    • Expand side panel to display all the topics for the unit and you can also easily navigate to another topics.

Download and print topic

  1. Go to the topic that you wish to download.
  2. Click on Download from the topic’s contextual menu.
  3. From the pop-up window, save the zip file and use appropriate software to open the topic.
  4. To print, click Print from the menu of the appropriate software.

Access Manage Resources

Click the Resources link from the navigation bar.

Create a new module

You must create a module before you can add topics. You can create modules within existing modules to establish a deeper hierarchy, if needed.

  1. At the bottom of Resources page, type your module name in the Add a module field.
  2. When done, press Enter (on your keyboard). The newly created module should now list under the List of Resources.
  3. If you wish, at the Add a description field provides an overview of this module to your students. When done, click Update.
  4. Click on the dropdown list of Published and select Draft to hide this module from students temporarily while you are working on this. Please ensure that you change the status to Published when you are ready to release to students.

Create a new topic

Note: You must create at least one module before creating a topic. Once you have created a module, you can add topics to it.
To see the ‘student view’ of the Resources, you will need to impersonate the Demo Student in the Classlist.

  1. Go to the Module you want to add this topic to.
  2. Click on the New button and select Create a File.
  3. Type a Title.
  4. Enter your content in the content area.
  5. When done, click Publish.

Use HTML editor (WYSIWYG)

The HTML Editor integrates with all the learning environment tools to enable you to create HTML content without the prior knowledge of HTML. For example, the HTML Editor is available when you create a discussion post, create custom instructions for Assignment folders, create Portfolio artefacts and create topics.

Enter your content and use the available controls to apply formatting to your text, for example, underlining, bullets, inserting images, hyperlinks, tables, spell checking, inserting videos and so on.

Common Features used in HTML Editor:

Insert stuff

This tool enables you to insert media (including audio and video) files from a variety of sources which is listed on the left hand side panel:

  • My computer – enables the user to upload any object from their computer.
  • Shared files – allows the user to  insert an object from the shared files area in the site
  • Site Offerings – allows the user to insert an object that is already saved course offering files
  • Portfolio – allows the user to insert content saved in their portfolio.
  • YouTube – helps the user search for an audio/video in YouTube and then insert it.
  • Enter a Url – enables the user to link to an object from web.
  • Enter Embedded Code – enables the user to use an embed code to insert an object from the web.
  • DeakinAir – enables the user to use an embed code to insert video from DeakinAir.
  1. Click the Insert Stuff Insert Stuff icon icon.
  2. Select from the locations and browse a file from the options.
  3. Follow the prompts which might vary depending upon the location chosen.
  4. Click Insert.

Embed Code

You can use the above method to insert the embed code or use the following steps:

  1. Copy the embed code to your virtual ClipBoard.
  2. Select the Edit HTML Source HTML Code icon button (bottom right hand corner of the HTML editor) where you would like to put the code.
  3. The HTML Source Editor window will pop up, simply paste the embed code into the HTML editor between <body> </body>.
  4. Click Save.

Insert Image

This tool enables the user to inserts an image at the current location of your cursor on the HTML editor.

  1. Click the Insert Image Insert image icon icon.
  2. Choose from locations: My Computer, Site Offering, shared files, URL or simply drag and drop the file to insert it into your content.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Enter alternative text to describe your image, or select the ‘This image is decorative’ check box.
  5. Click OK.

Insert Quicklinks

Quick links enables you to insert a Quicklink to a resource inside Learning Environment.

  1. Click Insert Quicklink Insert Quicklink icon in the HTML Editor.
  2. Select the type of item you want to link to from the list in the Insert Quicklink window (e.g. a quiz, unit file, an external URL).
  3. Select the item from the list of options that display.

Insert Tables

Inserts a table at the current location of your cursor. Enables you to change table properties such as cell padding, cell spacing, alignment, height, width, etc.

  1. Click the Insert Table Insert table icon icon.
  2. Adjust the general properties, such as the number of columns and rows.
  3. Click Insert.

Note: You can modify the appearance of a single cell inside a table by accessing table cell properties. For this first click inside the cell that you want to modify and then choose from the properties available from the list of options.

Use spell checker

Spell Checker helps to check the spelling of the content entered in the HTML Editor.

  1. Click the Check Spelling Spell check icon icon.
  2. The Spell Checker identifies spelling errors in red font, highlighting the first misspelled word in yellow. Suggested replacement text displays in the Suggestions dropdown list.
  3. Select the correct word from the Suggestions dropdown list and click Replace Once or Replace All.
  4. The Spell Checker automatically prompts you with the next misspelled word.
  5. Once complete click OK.

Add an existing file

If you’ve uploaded your unit’s files to Manage File, use this method to add files to modules.

  1. Go to the Module you want to add the files to.
  2. Click on New and select Add Site Files.
  3. On the pop-up window, select the file(s).
  4. When done, click Add. The selected files are now added to your module.

Drag and drop files from your computer

  1. Click on Settings.
  2. Tick the box Show a prompt to choose a folder in Site Files and click Save.
  3. Drag the files from your computer into a module’s upload target to add or update topics.
  4. A popup window will appear asking you where in Manage Files you want to save the new file.
  5. Change the path to where you want to store the file.
  6. Click Save.

Add Video Or Audio to Resources

  1. Please ensure that you have uploaded your video and audio to DeakinAir. Refer to DeakinAir guide for more information.
  2. Go to the Module you want to add the video or audio link.
  3. Click on the New button and select Video Or Audio.
  4. Go to your video or audio in DeakinAir to retrieve the URL or the embed code.
  5. Paste in the URL or the embed code.
  6. Enter a title.
  7. When done, click Save.

Reorder

To reorder Module

  1. Click on List of Resources.
  2. Drag the module and drop in the place you want.

To reorder Topics

  1. Go to the Module you want to reorder the topics.
  2. Drag the topic and drop in the place you want.

You can also link to other tools such as Discussions, Assignment folders, Quizzes and so on within a module.

  1. Go to the Module.
  2. Click on Add Existing Activities and select the related tools.
  3. Depending on the tool you’ve selected, you’ll be provided with a list to choose from. For example, if you’ve selected Discussions, you’ll be able to pick a topic or forum.

Use Restrictions

Use the Restrictions function to limit access to the topic if needed. This can be done in several ways:

  • Hide a topic from students’ view: Click on Edit Properties In-place and click on the dropdown list of Published and select Draft.
  • Set date/time restrictions:Click on Edit Properties In-place and set the Start Date, Due Date and End Date. Then, click Update.
  • Set release conditions:Click on Edit Properties In-place, use either Create or Browse to set the conditions. See Using Release Conditions.
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