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Course Organizer​

The Course Organizer represents course content in the shape of a schedule. For the student, this provides a convenient overview of course content and the possibility for direct linking to certain parts of the course. For the instructor, the Course Organizer provides a great deal of freedom in creating the schedule, in both row and column numbers, titles and descriptions. An example of this is shown below.


Creating a Course Organizer

A Course Organizer can be created by navigating to a Content Area, clicking Build Content and selecting the Course Organizer. You can manually specify the desired number of Rows and Columns, along with the default row and column titles. Click the expander below to view the options presented when creating a Course Organizer.

 Click here to see the options available for Row, Column and Header customization.

The option ‘Creating a Menu Item’ has been disabled. If you want to create a direct link from the menu bar to the Course Organizer, click the encircled + icon in the top of the menu bar and select Course Link. This will create a direct link to a certain part of the course, such as the desired Course Organizer.


Editing the contents of a Course Organizer

Each cell in a course organizer (with the exception of the top row and leftmost column) acts as an overview of a content area. The content displayed in a Course Organizer can be edited by clicking the grey arrow in each cell. From the Course Organizer Overview, you can directly create an item (file) or a link, or access the contents of a cell by clicking Manage Contents. If you want to add something different than an Item or a Link to a cell, click Manage Contents to enter the standard Content Area menu for the cell.

 Click here to see where you can click the grey arrow.

Adding Rows or Columns

By default, the Course Organizer consists of a horizontal line of Column Title cells and a vertical line of Week Title cells. The amount of both effectively determines the size of the Course Organizer. The Course Organizer can be expanded or contracted by adding/removing rows or columns.

 Click here to view the options available for adding/removing rows or columns.


Creating an item in a cell

Click the grey arrow in a cell and select Create Item to put an item (file) in the Course Organizer that students can open and view. To display the corresponding instructions for an assignment in the Course Organizer, check the box Show Instructions Inline. To make an item visible to students, select Yes under Permit users to view this item.

 Click here to view the options available when creating an item in a cell.


Creating a link in a cell

Click the grey arrow in a cell and select Create Link to create a clickable link to a part of the course. You can link to either of the following 3 options:

  1. External Link. A link to a website, outside of Nestor. Copy the entire URL (including https) of the destination and paste the URL into the Location box.

  2. Course Contents. A link to an area, item, folder or group(set) within the course. You will be provided with a list of all the available contents you can link to. The item you click from the list will be automatically input into the Location box.

  3. Content System. A link to a file from the course. You will be presented a list from all files uploaded in the course. The item you click from the list will be automatically input into the Location box.

To make an item visible to students, select Yes under Permit users to view this item.

 Click here to view the available options when creating a link in a cell.


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