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Customizing the Content Module in myCourses


Have you ever wondered how you might spice up your content modules in myCourses? If you are looking for something new to add to your course content, this post will show you how you can customize a module in myCourses so that it looks more like a web page.

Here is a sample page that you can create within the content tool in myCourses. Once created, the page is displayed when you click on the module. Click on any of the images below to see a larger version.

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To start, you create a new module under “Table of Contents”. Once the module is created, open the module and click on “Add a description…” (See image below)

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This will open a text box with Word-like formatting functions. You can type in text, change font, colors and style. In addition, by clicking on the “Insert Stuff” button at the top-left of the window, you can add images, embed videos, add documents, as well as modify HTML code for those of you who are more tech-savvy.
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Clicking on “Insert Stuff” will open a second window where you can choose a variety of formats. In the following image, I’ve decided to insert a YouTube video that I searched for with key words. The search displayed a list of videos from YouTube that I could select by clicking on the item.
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To embed the video you simply click on “Next” and then “Insert”. The video will be embedded into your text-editing window.

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You can play around with the functions to see what works best for you. Depending on the size of your window, sometimes not all the formatting options will be displayed. If that is the case, just click on the box at the top-right with the three dots; this will display all hidden options.

Don’t forget to change your module from “Published” to “Draft” so that your students will only see the changes once you are satisfied with the final result.

Once you click on update, you can visualize how it will look in your content module. Beneath the description you can upload or add files, as you normally do when adding content to the module. You can come back to the module later and modify this area (called the description area) by simply clicking on the area with your mouse (see image below). This will open the formatting window we saw earlier.

Image_DHow do you customize your content modules in myCourses? Post your ideas below!