Education SupportBrightspace Manuals CONTENT: Course Design and Set-UpHow to use the Content to structure your course in Brightspace

How to use the Content to structure your course in Brightspace

Brightspace enables you to structure your course through the Content tool via modules and submodules where you can add content items such as Weblectures, lecture slides, DOI links for scientific papers, and more. But before you add content you will have to create modules to structure your content.

This article will explain:

First, navigate to your Brightspace course page. Then,

1. Click on Content in the green navigation bar

Click Content in your course

The course Content page opens.

Course Content page

For details on what Content tool is please visit: How to use the Content tool

Table of Contents structure with modules

The Table of Contents panel lists all modules available in your course. Click on a listed [module] to show, and manage its details, topics, and sub-modules. You can also stay on the Table of Contents page to view and manage all modules and topics.

Course Content page

The modules can be structured as weeks or themes (For example, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3  or Theme 1, Theme 2, Theme 3). This way, students see a total overview of the course content, and also how the course is structured.

The number next to the Table of Contents indicates the total amount of topics (separate content items) and the number next to each course module indicates the number of topics in that module.

table of contents - number of activities

For each module, students see the subordinate sub-modules or course items (such as PDF files or web links).

  • Within a module it is a possible to create one or more sub-module(s).  This way, the structure will be more organized by grouping related topics.
  • In the Table of Contents, these sub-modules will be located under the main module (see picture below, where the module Course Information contains a sub-module Additional info).

In each sub-module, place the associated course materials (e.g. required reading or a link to an activity such as a quiz or assignment).

course information module view with a submodule

With a sub-module, you can easily organize information within a module, but a large number of sub-modules can also affect the overview of the course. Topics, for example, can become so fragmented (housed in so many different 'folders') that it becomes difficult for students to find the desired topic quickly. For the uniformity of the courses, we advise you to not put a sub-module in the sub-module.

You can add new items to existing modules by dragging and dropping files from your computer onto (sub)modules, and you can also rearrange course materials by dragging and dropping topics between modules.

Create (sub-)modules

  1. Click on Add a module... space on the bottom of the left panel of Table of Contents
  2. Give the module a name
  3. Press Enter key on your PC or click anywhere on the screen to finish the module creation
1.Click on Add a module... space on the bottom of the left panel of Table of Contents  and name it. Then hit Enter on your computer

The module will now appear in the Table of Contents list and further optional edit is possible.

New module is now created

Before you add content to the new module you will have to set up a default path. For instructions read the article How to set up a Default Path for a Content module.

Setting up the module and adding content items

To set up the module you have the option to Add dates and restrictions, Add a description, and set the visibility of the module.

For adding content you can add content from Brightspace directly (through button Existing Activities) or from your computer (through button Upload/Create or Drag and Drop functionality).

For information on the options please visit:

You can also add a sub-module if you need to separate space for a topic in the module.

For more please visit: Add a sub-module...

For articles about content adding please visit: CONTENT: Adding Content to a Course

Edit a (sub-)module

  1. Click on the [(sub) module name] under Table of Contents
  2. Click on the downward arrow next to the module title (located to the right of the Table of Contents) and select the required action (see: Module options)
click the module, then click the arrow next to its title for more options

Move a (sub-)module

To move a (sub) module in the Table of Contents

  1. Click and hold the drag handler bars on the left of the module name,
  2. Then drag it to the desired position
    • A blue line appears if you are dragging the module to change its position in the list
    • A module highlights in blue if you are dragging the module into another module (creating a submodule)
Drag module to change its location or position

You now know how to structure your course through Content!