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With the working material, Link/URL managers can provide cross-references to other websites or links to external files (files stored on a server other than RWTHmoodle) in the course room.


1. Add Link/URL

  1. Switch the course room to edit mode using the "Edit mode" slider next to your name in the upper right corner.
  2. Click on the link "Create material or activity" in the course section where you want to add a file.
  3. Mark the checkbox at "Link/URL.
    The screenshot shows the entry for the "URL" material. It has a globe icon on a blue square background, the title "URL", a star to mark this resource as a favourite, and an info icon (an "i" on a black circle) that links to information on this resource.
  4. Click on the button "Add" to create the working material "Link/URL. You will automatically be forwarded to the settings page of the element to enter the link address and configure the element.

2. Configure Link/URL

2.1. Basic Entries and Content

The screenshot shows the "General" section with the fields "Name", "External URL", "Description", and "DIsplay description on course page". The text field "Name" is empty, an exclamation mark on a red circle indicates that this field is mandatory. The field "External URL" is also marked as mandatory, showng an empty text field. Below this, there is a "Choose a link..." button. The "Description" field is a multiline text field with formatting options via the line of symbols at the top. At the bottom the checkbox "Display description on the course page" is not activated in this picture. A white question mark on a black circle as a link offers additional information on this field.

  • Name: Give the link a name. This name will appear on the course page.
  • External URL: Enter the address (URL) of the external website or file. If necessary use the button "Choose link" - the file picker will open and display repositories that provide external files (e.g. Wikimedia Commons).
  • Description: Enter a short description of the link.
  • Show description in the course: If you select this checkbox the above description will be displayed directly on the course page.

2.2. Presentation

The screenshot shows the "Appearance" settings. The field "Display" offers a dropdown menu showing the "Automatic" selection. The checkbox "Display URL description" is activated.

  • Display: Select how the external Web page is to be displayed:
    • Automatic - the browser decides how to display the external source depending on its browser settings.
    • Embed - the external source will be displayed within the Moodle page below the navigation bar (breadcrumb), along with the description and all blocks.
    • Open - the external source is displayed in the browser window
    • As a pop-up window - the external source is displayed in a pop-up window with no Moodle blocks and no Moodle navigation bar (breadcrumb).
    • In frame - the external source is displayed in a frame below the Moodle navigation bar (breadcrumb), along with the description.
    • New window - the external source is displayed in a new browser window with Moodle blocks and with a Moodle navigation bar (breadcrumb).
  • Popup width (pixels) - enter the width of the popup window if you have selected this as the display option.
  • Popup Height (pixels): Enter the height of the popup window if you have selected this as the display option.
  • Display the URL name: Select this checkbox if you want the name of the link to be displayed.
  • Display Description of URL: Select this checkbox if you want the link description to be displayed above the actual content.

2.3. URL variables

The screenshot show the "URL variables" section. It offer two fields with the same function called "&paramter=variable". Their value is set to "Choose a variable..." in the corresponding dropdown menu. The text input field for each of those two is empty. The following text is stated above the input fields: "This section allows you to pass internal information as part of the URL. This is useful if the URL is an interactive web page that takes parameters, and you want to pass something like the name of the current user, for example. Enter the name of the URL's parameter in the text box then select the corresponding site variable."

Please do not use these entries.

2.4. Further settings

The screenshot shows the setting in the "Common module settings" with three fields. For "Availability" the dropdown menu shows "Show on course page". A white question mark on a black circle as a link offers additional information on this field. The field "ID number" is an empty field with the question mark icon, too. The "Force language" field is set to "Do not force" in the dropdown menu.

  • Availability: Select whether the file should be immediately visible to students or hidden from them.
  • ID number: The ID number for the work material is used to assign a name that can be used in the "Ratings" section when calculating overall ratings. If the work material is not needed to calculate assessments, the field can remain empty.

2.5. Restrict Access

The screenshot shows the field "Access restrictions" in the section "Restrict access". There is no restriction activated, indicated by "None". The button "Add restriction..." allows adding restrictions.

With these settings, you can attach certain conditions to the visibility and availability of the file to students. For more information, see the article Restrict Access.

2.6. Activity completion

The screenshot show the section "Activity completion". The field "Completion tracking" is set to "Students can manually mark the activity as completed" in the dropdown menu. For the field "Expect completed on" date and time can be set using several dropdown menus. The checkbox "Enable" is not activated. Each field offers an additional white question mark on a black circle as a link offers additional information.

With these settings, criteria or conditions define when an activity is considered completed (that is, successfully processed). For detailed information, see the article Activity completion settings.

2.7 Save

The screenshot shows the buttons "Save and return to course", "Save and display", and "Cancel".

Clicking on "Save and go to course" will return you to the course page. 

2.8 Notification about content change

The settings for the activities can be reached after creating them within the activity via the central menu navigation. Here you will find activity-specific settings and you can also save the activity directly individually.

If you subsequently make changes to the settings, activate the checkbox "Send notification of content change" to inform all participants about the new or changed activity. All participants who can access the activity receive the notification.

The screenshot shows the checkbox "Send content change notification", which is not activated in this picture. A white question mark on a black circle as a link offers additional information on this field.


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    last changed on 09/07/2023

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