Add/Manage Student Content

LESSONS can be used to allow students to create their own pages and add content if the instructor or site maintainers allow Student Pages. Students can add text, link to documents, link to web pages, embed images, embed video, embed audio, create sub-pages, add comments (if allowed) and peer review (if allowed).

Create a Student Page

  1. Go to the LESSONS tool on the Tool Menu.

    Note: The lesson tool in your site might be using a custom title, such as 'Week 1' or 'Course Content'.

    Screenshot of the OWL Tool Menu with the Lessons tool highlighted.
  2. Click Add Your Own Page in the Student Pages section.

    Note: Student Pages must be enabled by the site maintainer or instructor in order to create your own page.

    Screenshot of a Lesson page with Student Pages enabled. The Add your Own Page button is highlighted.

Add Text

  1. From the Add Content dropdown menu, select Add Text.

    You may also add content by clicking on the + button next to any existing item on the page.

    Screenshot of the Add Content menu.
  2. Enter your text content.

    Use the Rich Text Editor tools to format the text. Weblinks, images, and other media can also be embedded within the Text Editor.

    When finished, click Save.

    Screenshot of the Rich Text Editor.
  1. From the Add Content drop-down menu, select Add Content Link.

    You may also add content by clicking on the + button next to any existing item on the page.

    Screenshot of the Add Content menu.
  2. Add your content through:

    1. Files from computer (Choose Files)
    2. Files from Resources (select existing files from Resources)
    3. Files from URL (add a URL)

    Click Save.

    Screenshot of the Add Content Link configuration menu.
  3. To edit the settings (optional):

    Click the Edit icon.

    Add/edit the Item Name, add a description, alter the release permissions, then click the Update Item button.

    Screenshot of the Edit menu for a Content Link.

Embed Images

  1. From the Add Content drop-down menu, select Add Content Link.

    You may also add content by clicking on the + button next to any existing item on the page.

    Screenshot of the Add Content menu.
  2. Choose a method to upload the image:

    1. Files from your computer (Choose Files)
    2. Files from Resources (Select existing files from Resources)
    3. File from URL (add a URL)

    Click Save.

    Screenshot of the configuration menu for embedded content.
  3. To edit the settings (optional):

    Click on the Edit icon.

    Enter a description in the Item Description text box and then click Save.

    Screenshot of the edit menu for embedded content.

Embed Video

From File

  1. From the Add Content drop-down menu, select Embed content on page.

    You may also add content by clicking on the + button next to any existing item on the page.

    Screenshot of the Add Content menu.
  2. Click Choose File.

    Locate and select the video file on your computer and click Open.

    Click Save.

    Screenshot of the coinfiguration menu for embedding a video in a Lessons page.
  3. To edit the settings (optional):

    Click on the Edit icon.

    Enter the desired Width and Height for your video in number of pixels, and/or enter a description in the Item Description text box. Then, click Update Item to save your changes and return the display to the Lesson Page with the embedded video and description.

    Note: The video will be uploaded to your Resources folder for that Lessons page. Uploaded videos are NOT streamed to the user. The larger the video file, the longer it will take the video to load on the Lessons page.

    Screenshot of the edit menu for embedded videos.

Video from YouTube

  1. Locate and copy the YouTube video URL (not source code).

  2. From the Add Content drop-down menu, select Embed content on page.

    You may also add content by clicking on the + button next to any existing item on the page.

    Screenshot of the Add Content menu.
  3. Paste the YouTube URL into the text field marked add a URL or "embed code".

    Tip: Before clicking Save, you might need to change "http" to "https" as some browsers (e.g. Firefox) do not display "http" links.

    Click Save.

    Screenshot of the configuration menu for embedded content
  4. To edit the settings (optional):

    Click on the Edit icon.

    Enter the desired Width and Height for your video in number of pixels or percent of screen, and/or enter a description in the Item Description text box.

    Click Update item to save your changes and return the display to the Lesson Page with the embedded video and description.

    Screenshot of the edit menu for embedded videos.

Embed Audio

  1. From the Add Content drop-down menu, select Embed content on page.

    You may also add content by clicking on the +button next to any existing item on the page.

    Screenshot of the Add Content menu.
  2. Choose an upload method:

    1. For files from your computer, click Choose File, select the file, and click Open.
    2. For files from RESOURCES, click an existing file from Resources, select your file, and click Select.
    3. For files from a weblink, enter the URL in the box marked add a URL.

    Click Save.

    Screenshot of the embed content configuarion menu.
  3. To edit the settings (optional):

    Click on the Edit icon.

    Add a description of the audio file, then click Update Item.

    This returns the display to the Lessons page with the embedded audio and its description.

    Screenshot of the edit menu for embedded audio.
  4. Notice the file location in Resources.

    Note: The audio file is not streamed to the user. The larger the audio file, the longer it will take for the audio file to load on the Lessons page.

    Screenshot of the audio file in Resources.

How do I reorder items on a Lessons page?

Reorder the placement of items on a Student Page.

  1. Click Reorder.

    Screenshot of the Reorder button in Lessons options menu.
  2. In the Reorder page, drag and drop the items into the desired order.

    Click the red X beside an item to delete it or drag it over the the "Delete Bin" on the right side of the page.

    Screenshot of the Reorder page in Lessons.
  3. Click Save.

    After saving, you will return to the Lessons page with the items displayed in the new order.

    Screenshot of the Save button at the bottom of the Reorder page.

How do I delete items on a Lessons page?

Delete items added to a Lessons page using the Delete icon, the Edit option, or the Reorder option.

To delete an item using the Delete icon:

  1. Click on the trash can (Delete) icon for the item you want to delete.

    Screenshot of the delete icon beside an item.
  2. Click Delete in the confirmation pop-up to complete deletion.

    Screenshot of the confirmation pop-up.

To delete an item using the Edit option:

  1. Click the Edit icon next to the item you wish to delete.

    Screenshot of the edit icon beside an item.
  2. Click the Delete button at the bottom of the Edit window.

    WARNING: Using this method will immediately delete the item without confirmation.

    Screenshot of the Delete button at the bottom of the Edit window for an item.

To delete an item using the Reorder option:

  1. Click Reorder from the top menu in Lessons.

    Screenshot of the Reorder button in Lessons options menu.
  2. This displays the reorder list of items added to the Lessons page.

    Click the red X beside an item to delete it or Drag it over the the delete bin on the right side of the page.

    Screenshot of the Reorder page.
  3. Click Save at the bottom of the page.

    Screenshot of the Save button at the bottom of the Reorder page.