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Ten things

Ten tasks, ten minutes each, ten ways to improve your module.

Remember, you'll need edit mode on to complete these tasks (the toggle is in the top right of the page):

Edit mode on/off

Add some structure

Having to hunt for information can be frustrating. If you don't start with a good structure, it's harder to rectify afterwards.

Think about using folders to organise your Learning Resources content. Should you organise by lecture, dates, topics or content type? Pick something you know will make sense to your students and build some structure.

Your structure doesn't have to be complicated. Try to avoid one long list of unstructured resources and aim to keep your folder structure less than 3 levels deep.

Time to achieve: 10 minutes to map out a module structure. Give yourself another 10 minutes to create the scaffold.

For 2019/20 modules we have introduced a new module template. Use the existing template menu items wherever possible, but if you need additional menu items, you can add them. Use the + icon to add links to new areas and Minerva tools. Think about which is the best section to put your new menu item in: Information, Learning, or Assessment and Feedback.

If you don't have lecture capture in your module. you can use the drop down menu next to the Media menu item to hide it.

To create a folder, navigate to an area like Learning Resources and then select Add Content and then Add Content Folder.

Add a folder

Add the folder name where indicated and set any configuration options. Submit your changes. Click on the folder to start adding content to it.

See the detailed guide.

If you're not starting with a clean slate the move function may become your new best friend. Move allows you to quickly get items organised into folders or under a new menu item.

The move function is available for most items. Select the item's drop down menu and then Move.

Move item option

On the Move page the current module will be entered by default into the destination module folder field, browse to find the Menu Item/Folder you need to move the content to. Move item settings

If you've inherited a module filled with content and you'd rather start from scratch for the new cohort, contact your Faculty Minerva Contact, or the eLearning (VLES) team via the IT Service Desk. There is a batch delete function. We'll only use this on a module before students start interacting as it does what it says - completely removes content from the module and therefore any student posts/grades.

Want to go further?

If you are interested in finding out more on eLearning theory and module design contact ODPL.