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8.2. Course Files and Broken Links

Course Files and Broken Links

The ideal course development workflow includes uploading images, videos, presentations, and other files to the course folders in Master Files. After creating an HTML page, it would be ideal to use the page tools to insert images, videos, presentations, and other files by choosing Course Content and drilling down to the appropriate file. D2L offers a variety of ways to add content, such as pasting images into the course page, but this can be problematic for maintaining and cloning courses in the long run. In the remainder of this tutorial, we will examine how to repair breaks in this process.

Moving Files

Moving the files to the correct folder/location is an easy task, but if the files are actively linked and in use in the course, moving them will break the link to the content page. Broken links are easy to repair, but it is very important to correct each link as you go.

Moving multiple files and linking them after the fact may lead to problems. One way to make this easier is to have two windows open for the course. One window will be used for the content page. The other window will be used for Managed Files.

After moving a file, go to the content window and choose Edit HTML. In this example, an image is missing from the page because the file was moved from the base course folder to a module folder. Delete the old placeholder and reinsert the image to recreate the correct link.

Here is another time saving tip. Copy the alt text before deleting the link to save time later. In the previous screenshot, the image link was broken leaving a placeholder. You can see the Alt Text, but it is not selectable. To access alt text, left-click the placeholder or any image when editing a course page. A small menu will appear. Choose the 3 horizontal bars menu to view and edit Image description (alt text). The text can be copied or edited from this location.

How to Relink Your Files

Relinking may look very similar to creating pages because the process is nearly identical. Navigate to the content page with the broken link. Choose Edit HTML. To insert an image, select the camera icon as shown in the screenshot. Choose Course Offerings and drill down to the correct Module and/or Submodule. In this example, the M1 Images folder is selected within Module 1.

Relocating the image will prompt a request for Alternative Text. Previously copying the old text before deleting the placeholder saves time if the alternative text is needed and appropriate for the image. See the example here.

Relink a Course Page

In the previous example, only an image link was broken. The course page itself was in the right place and linked correctly. If the course page was moved, choose Edit HTML. Scroll to the bottom of the window and select Change Path. The Select a Path window will open. Select the correct folder and Select Path.

In Summary

In Why Get Organized? same frame and this tutorial we looked at why keeping your course manageable starts with an orderly hierarchy of the Managed Files tool and correctly linked files throughout the course. Think of your course as a tree of folders with a trunk and branches for folders for each major component and individual files linked to the right page. Organizing the course folders and files makes it easy to check resources and update new information. Avoid headaches by building new courses in this fashion and cleanup existing courses moving forward.

In the next tutorials, we will look at the benefits of "pruning" unneeded files from courses and using compression to greatly reduce course file storage.

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