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Add a new Content Area to a module View
You can add new sections for content (a content area) to your module from the module menu. Every module will have a default 'Learning Resources' content area. You can add more of these content areas to organise your module contents.

  1. With the Edit Mode ON, hover the mouse pointer over the white cross in the top left of the menu, as shown here.

     


  2. On the pop-up menu that appears, select the Content Area option. 

  3. You have to give the area a name, and if you want it to be immediately accessible to students, check the 'Available to Users' box.
  4. The new area will appear as a link at the bottom of your module menu. You can drag and drop this to a different position on the menu.

(Click here for the eLearning Unit's full guide on building and editing your module menu).
For further help and advice contact the eLearning Unit: elearning@liv.ac.uk

Build and edit module menu structure (add new content sections, links, etc) View

All modules in VITAL are set up with a basic structure which you can modify by:

  • adding new sections for content
  • re-ordering the module menu and adding dividers and sub-headers
  • adding links to external sites, items in the module and specific tools (e.g. the discussion board) to the module menu.

 All of these modifications are carried out directly on the module menu (highlighted on the upper image here and enlarged below it).

 


The enlargement above shows three main aspects of the module menu.

  • Hovering over this white cross (A) reveals a drop down menu of options for creating new sections, dividers, links etc on the module menu.
  • Hovering the mouse pointer by a menu item will reveal a downward arrow icon (B) which when clicked reveals a dropdown menu of editing options for that section.
  • Hovering the mouse pointer by a menu item also reveals a two-way arrow icon (C) which indicate that the item can be dragged and dropped to reorder the module menu.

 

Modifying the module menu structure is done on a module by module basis. You cannot make templates for re-use. Students will see the module menu exactly as you create it (without the editing functionality). Where there is no content in a section students will not see that link on their view of the menu (empty sections are indicated to you by a grey, dotted-line icon next to the link as shown below.




You can also choose to hide a menu link and its associated content from students. If a module section is hidden from students you will see the icon below next to the link title.


Click here for the eLearning Unit's full guide on building and editing your module menu.
For further help and advice contact the eLearning Unit: 
elearning@liv.ac.uk


Re-order the module menu View

Module menu items can be dragged and dropped to rearrange the order of the module menu and this includes subheaders and dividers.

 

  1. Hover the mouse pointer over the menu item you want to move.
  2. Click on the double headed-arrow that appears next to the item and drag and drop it in the new position on the menu, as shown below.

  3. Accessibility note. You can reorder module menu items using your keyboard by clicking the icon highlighted below to access the facility shown here. Select the item you want to move and use the up/down arrows to move it. (Note: you might find that this doesn’t work on computers running Windows 7 & Internet Explorer 8. Switch to a different browser such as Firefox.)

    

Click here for the eLearning Unit's full guide on building and editing your module menu.
For further help and advice contact the eLearning Unit: 
elearning@liv.ac.uk


Edit items on module menu (delete, hide, rename) View

Each item on the module menu can be edited in some way, to delete it (which will also remove all the contents of the section it links to so be careful) rename it or hide it. Dividers and subheaders also have some editing options. 

 

  1. Hover your mouse pointer to the right of the item you want to edit as in the screenshot below.

     

  2. Click on the downward arrow icon to access a pop-up menu relating specifically to that item (the menu options will differ from item to item). These are top-level functions which will generally include an option to Rename the module menu link, Hide or Show the link to the students, or Delete the item and all of its content altogether.

     

  3. Exercise caution with this Delete function as it will permanently remove the content as well as the module menu link for that section. It is better just to Hide item from students in case you want to re-use content at a later point, or you mistakenly delete some content that cannot currently be recovered (there is no Undo facility in VITAL).

Add a Web Link to a module menu View
You can add a direct link from the module menu to an external web site, which might be departmental web pages about the degree programme, for instance, or an important online resource for your students.

  1. With the Edit Mode ON, hover the mouse pointer over the white cross in the top left of the menu, as shown here.

     

  2. On the pop-up menu that appears, select the Web Link option. 

  3. You have to give the link a name. You will also need to know the URL (copy and paste the address from the browser address bar) as there is no browse facility here.

  4. If you want it to be immediately accessible to students, check the 'Available to Users' box. Click Submit.
  5. The web link will appear at the bottom of your module menu. You can drag and drop this to a different position on the menu.
  6. The weblink will open in the current window when clicked. You will then need to edit the link on the module menu to make it open in a new window (if you do not complete this step the site will most likely not open for students and they will see a blank page).
  7. Hover the mouse pointer near this link on the module menu and click on the downward arrow icon. From the pop-up menu that appears select the option Set Link to Open in a New Window.



I cannot access module content areas - only the Announcements page shows View
Can you only see the first page (e.g. Announcements) of a module and not see the menus to access the other areas of your modules?

The most likely problem is that the menu has been hidden accidentally and once this is done the setting is remembered for all modules. It is easy to fix by hovering the mouse pointer at the far left edge of the Announcement page until the pointer changes to a two-way arrow and a small text box pops up saying "Show Course Menu", as in the screnshot below. Click anywhere on the narrow bar here and the module menu is restored.


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Another thing that can happen is that the module menu sections can be hidden by clicking the module title in the menu, as below. Click it again to show the module sections.


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My Blackboard - Global Navigation menu View
New in 2013, the "My Blackboard" global navigation is an always-available menu accessed any time you are in VITAL from the upper-right of the screen. Clicking this area where your name appears opens the My Blackboard menu. (The icon on the far right is a logout button).



For a full guide to the My Blackboard menu see this eLearning Unit 'How to' guide here.

My Blackboard contains useful cross-modular information and tools, namely:
  • VITAL calendar events (dates you set in your modules e.g. assignment due dates; personal dates you add to module calendars; dates from VITAL support e.g. upgrades). You can add and edit calendar dates here as well.
  • Module notifications (set and check what module events generate notifications – announcements, assignment submitted, etc)
  • Read the latest posts from Discussion Boards, Journals, etc across modules
  • Retention Centre view – check which students have missed deadlines across your modules etc.
  • Change Text Size and Contrast accessibility settings.
  • Change some personal and privacy settings.
  • Access VITAL Self Service