What is a content area and how do I add one to my course site?

Content Areas are the organizational units intended to house your course content. The names of Content Areas typically correspond with weeks, chapters, or another unit of organization that instructors divide their course into. Content areas enable you to present various types of content in an organized and engaging way. You can include content such as text, file attachments, links to websites, tests, assignments, and multimedia.

Organization of a Content Area:

Once a Content Area has been created there are several types of content that can be added. The content added to these areas can be customized to suit the design needs of your course. The content area features listed below are considered essential components that contribute to a successful content area in your blended or fully online course site.

  • Overview/Objectives
  • Learning Modules/Content Folders
  • Files
  • Web Links
  • YouTube videos
  • Assignments
  • Tests

In the sample below, we can see that the instructor has created a “Week 1” content area on their course menu. The purpose of this setup is to house all content related to Week 1 of this course within one “Week 1” area. Within “Week 1” the instructor has also added information about the week, lecture materials, and activities. Content Areas should be considered the building blocks of your course site.
Refer to sample below in Content Area in myCourses Faculty ResourcesAdding Content to a Content Area

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When it comes to adding specific types of content to your course there are several options. A list of the most popular types of content an instructor can add to their content area, as well as videos and .PDF help documents that explain how each can be added to a content area can be found in the table at the bottom of this page. See a sample of a new content area in need of content and instructional materials.

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