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Add a menu link to an item in the module View

You can create a link from a module menu to a specific section or content item within that module. This might be used for a quick link for students to a module assessment, or to a folder containing important resources, for example.


  1. To add a course link to your module menu, with the Edit Mode ON, hover the mouse pointer over the white cross in the top left of the module menu, as shown here.     

  2.  On the pop-up menu that appears, click on the Course Link option.


  3. You will be prompted for a Name for the link and the location of where you want to link to in your module. Click on the Browse button to open a directory of all the sections and items in your module, as shown in the example below. You can open and close sections to find and select an item as you would with Windows Explorer.

  4. If you want it to be immediately accessible to students, check the 'Available to Users' box.


  5. Click 'Submit'. The link will appear at the bottom of your module menu. You can drag and drop this to a different position on the menu.

Content permissions problem - students cannot see VITAL content items View
If students are having trouble viewing a content item  in VITAL please check the course files permissions area in your module to make sure student access is granted.

To do this go to the control panel of your module and click on 'Files' and then the name of your module which then appears as a link below.

When you click on the link you will be presented with the following screen. Click on the drop down arrow next to the title of the module and select the permissions option.

If the screen below reflects your module then you will be aware that there are no student permissions set for the files of the module. This means, by default, students will not be able to view files added from this content. This is a design decision made by Blackboard (the company that are responsible for the software behind VITAL). To add students to the list click on 'Add Course User List' as below.

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You will then be able to add students to the course file permissions by checking the box, as illustrated below. Make sure they only have read access to view the files and then click 'Submit' to save the changes.

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You will then be able to see that students have been added and now should be able to view all content available from the course files within the module.

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If you have further questions about this issue please contact the CSD Helpdesk. Contact details can be found at http://www.liv.ac.uk/csd/helpdesk/index.htm.

Roles in VITAL (Instructor, Course Builder, etc) View
This Blackboard Support Page details the different types of user in VITAL (Instructor, Course Builder, Student and so on) and the rights and limits for each role. For guest access to modules it is recommended to contact the eLearning Unit to discuss what you would like to be able to do as there are some functional limits here.