Add a Web Site

Add a File or Web Site

If content that you wish to present to your students already exists on a web site, you may include the web site in your course. All content is added in the Syllabus window.


In the module in the Syllabus to which you want to add the document, click the Add button.


From the Add menu, click File or Web Site.


Enter a title for the file or web site. This will display in the Syllabus.


Click Choose File… or Choose Web Site…. If your system administrator has enabled Google Drive™ access, you may also click Choose Google Document....


If you have chosen to add a file, from the list of files, click to highlight the document that you added to the Course Files, and click OK.


If you are adding a web site, paste the URL for the web site into the Web-site address box, and click OK.


If you are adding a Google Document, Google prompts you to sign in if you are not already signed in. After entering valid Google credentials, select a document from your Google Drive. Caution: You MUST choose only Google Drive documents that you have shared as "Public on the web" or "Anyone with the link", both of which require no sign-in from Google. Documents that are private or that you have shared with select people require sign-in and will NOT be visible to anyone when they view the course because Google does not allow people to enter their credentials within a non-Google web-site. To use selectively shared Google documents in a course, you must add them as attachments to an item, and the course launches those documents in a separate browser tab so that end-users can enter their Google credentials (on the Google web site) and gain access.

When you've selected the Google Drive document, click OK.


In the Visibility and Completion section, there are several options that you can choose for the file or website. You can decide whether or not you want teachers to see the file by allowing it to be visible in the table of contents. You can also similarly decide if you want students to be able to see the file. These options are checked by default.

You can also decide to restrict the visibility by the date or objective mastery. If either of these options are checked, you will need to define the date and/or objective set that will be required for the student to view the file.

You can also decide to set a password for the file. If you choose to specify a password, you will have to manually inform your students what the password for the file is.

In the Completion section, you can decide on the criteria that will determine whether or not the student has completed the file. There are several options in the drop down list to choose from:

  • Views this activity for a specified time
  • Marks this activity complete
Depending on your selection, you can specify a required number of minutes to view the file. You can also decide whether or not this file is optional to complete for the student.


All the objectives for this week are selected for this web site by default. Review the objectives to ensure that they apply to the web site. If any do not apply, click to place a check in the Refine Objectives box, and then remove the check from any objectives that do not apply.


If you need to manually alter the item ID for the file, then you can do so by clicking the Change Item ID link in the Placement and Navigation section. However, in general, you should never manually change the item ID.


When you are finished, click Done.