Student Documentation: Best Practices for Creating and Using Student Content Tool

Creating Your Own Student Page

Overview

  • The following document will help you create your own student page. You can create a streamlined learning path for yourself using this tool.

  • Students can add text, links, PDFs, videos and other media to a central location by using the action buttons provided at the top of the page.

Introducing Student Pages


1. Page Title
2. Student Page Menu Bar and Editing Options
3. Text document with a Link to the Content
4. Additional Content Links
5. YouTube Video linked on the page
6. Column Break


Getting Started

Step 1: Go to the Lessons tool page. Your Professor would have created a Student Page option for you.
Step 2: Find the "Student Page" link and click on Add your Own Page.


Step 3: A page with your name appears containing various options that lets you add content to your page.

Adding Content in a Student's page (Click To Expand)

Click the "Add Content" drop-down menu on the top of the page.

Click on any of the action buttons to add files, links and media to the page.

The following is a list of options that can be added:

1. Add Text- Type text into an editor.

2. Embed Content on Page- Add an item that will show on the page e.g. a video.

3. Add Content Links- Upload a document or add a URL for a website.

4. Add Subpage- Create a new page and link it to the site.


 
Adding Text:

Select the "Add Text" option from the "Add Content" drop-down menu. The page will reload with the Rich Text Editor allowing you to enter and format the text. Click the "Save" button after you are done adding the text.



Embedding Content on Page:

"Embed Content on page" option lets you input an image or file directly into the page.

Click on "Add Content" and select "Embed Content on Page" option.


NOTE: Embedding should only be used for images and videos. The recommended content types for embedding are PDF's images, and/or YouTube videos. Word and Excel documents and Google Docs should be added as content links, please see next section for instructions on how to add content links.

There are three ways to embed content:

1. Embedding Files from your device.

2. Embedding Files from the Resources Tool.

3. Embedding a URL.


 
1. Uploading Files from Device:

Click "Choose Files" to upload and add a file from your computer to the page directly. 

 

2. Embedding Files from your Resources:

Click "select existing files from Resources" and select the file that you want to add from your Workspace. Click Continue.

 

3. Embedding URL:

To embed a YouTube Video, use the YouTube Share link. Copy the URL from the YouTube and paste into the "Or add a URL or "embed code"" space provided. Once done, click Save.

 


Adding Content Links:

Click  Add Content drop-down menu and select Add Content Links. This option lets you add the link to the file you prefer.

There are three ways to add content links:

1. Adding links to the files that are present on your device.

2. Adding links to the files present in Resources.

3. Adding links to external resources.


Adding Content Links from the Device:
Select Choose Files option and select the file that you want to link your page with.


 

Adding Content Links from existing Resources:

Go to "select existing files from Resources" option and choose your file from "My Workspace".



 

Adding Links to External Resources:

Copy and paste the URL of the external resources (websites, documents, videos, etc.) to the provided space and then click "Save."



 

Adding Subpages:

Select the "Add Subpage" option from the "Add Content" drop-down menu. You will see a pop-up window titled "Add Subpage". Provide a title, choose the options and then click on the "Create" button to add that subpage.



Options:

a. "Next Page" option allows you to make the subpage lead directly to the next page when clicked (as opposed to returning back to the home page of the Student's page).

b. "Show as button rather than link" option allows the subpage link to show up like a button instead of a text link.

 
Editing Items on a Page:

When an item is added to a Student's page, you will see an editing tool panel showing up to the right side of this item. In this editing panel, you will be able to:

     a.  Click the edit button to edit settings or content of this item.
    b.   Click the trash can icon to delete this item.
    c.   Click the plus button to add a new item above this one.

Customizing Page Layout (Click To Expand)

When content items are added to a Student's Page, everything is displayed in a linear order vertically in one block with rounded-corner borders. Visually, it appears as on block so that the page is more readable and visually more appealing. It also reduces white space on a page.

Adding a Column Break:

Creating sections involve 2 steps:
Step 1: Click the   button to the right of the item above which you want to add a column break. This will open the Add menu.
Step 2: Click "Add column break above."

 

Adding a Section Break:

Creating sections involve 2 steps:
Step 1: Click the    button to the right of the item above which you want to add a section break. This will open the Add menu.
Step 2: Click "Add section break above."


 

Merging Sections and Columns:

Sections and Columns can be merged in two different ways:

Method 1: Click the Merge button   at the top left corner of an item.

Method 2: On the "Reorder" page, click the    option to delete the column/section break.

The two sections or columns will be merged to be one big block with borders around them. All items will be displayed in vertical order inside the content block borders.


Creating Two Columns within One Block:

Each of the blocks on a Student's page can be broken into two columns inside its borders. To create two columns inside a block, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Add at least two content items in one block.

Step 2: Click the Column Properties button    located on the top left corner of the content block.

Step 3 : In the Column Properties pop-up window, check the box for  Two columns inside this one, text flows between them.

Step 4: Click Save. You will now see two columns side-by-side inside the borders of a single content block.

 

Reordering Items on a Page:

To reorder the elements on a page, click on the "Reorder" button on the top menu area of the page. On the next window, simply drag and drop elements to reorder them. You can also delete elements from this page by clicking on    .