How to create and edit Course contacts

Course pages in Brightspace include a page where course contacts are listed. This is to provide students with an overview of who is the Course coordinator, lecturers and other important course staff. Most courses already have this page included, however, an update might be needed or even a new course contacts page is required.

This article will show you how to:

If you already have a Course contact page in your Brightspace course and want to know how to open the page for editing, please visit How to access a Brightspace HTML page editing mode for steps.

Create a new Course contacts page

Navigate to your course, in the green navigation bar,

  1. Click on Content
Navigate your course, in the green navigation bar click on Content

This will open the Content homepage,

  1. Click on the module Course Information
  2. Click on Upload/Create, a drop-down menu will appear
  3. Click on Create a File
Click on the module Course information, then click on Upload/Create a drop-down menu click on Create a File

Create a File in Course Information page will open,

  1. Enter a Title
  2. Click on Select a Document Template, a drop-down menu will appear
  3. Click on 01_course-contacts

 

Create a file page will open, enter a title then click on Select a Document template, a drop-down menu will appear click on 01_course-contacts

The Course Contacts template will appear in the Editor

The Course Contacts template will appear

Changing text in the Course contacts page

Once the template is selected, you can either select the text and start typing the name / other information, or use pasting without formatting or pasting as plain text to make sure the font type and size stays the same as the template.

To paste as plain text:

  1. Select the text by highlighting it with the cursor
  2. Right-click, more options will appear
  3. Click on Paste as plain text

OR

  1. Select the text by highlighting it with the cursor
  2. Use Ctrl+Shift+V to paste the text without formatting

Most of the contact information of the course's staff can be found in the course guide, WUR official webpage and WE@WUR webpage. Search the person by name in an online searching engine (e.g. Google, Bing etc.). 

Hightlight text, mouse right click, select Paste as plain text

Changing image in the Course contacts page

 In the document, there are images that can be replaced,

  1. Click on the (template) image
  2. Click on the Insert image icon
Click on template image, then click on insert image

Add a File will open as a pop-up window,

  1. Select one of the following options
Add a File pop-up window

Uploading options will appear within the same pop-up window,

  1. Click on Upload

OR 

Drop the file within the dashed box

Add a File pop-up click on Upload or drop a file

Once the file has been uploaded,

  1. Click on Save
Add a file - uploaded file will appear click on Add

Another pop-up window will appear,

  1. Enter an Alternative Text
  2. Click on OK 
Provide Alternative Text pop-up window will appear click on OK

The pop-up windows will close, and the image will appear in the Editor,

  1. Click on the image, a menu will appear above
  2. Click on the Image options icon
Image will appear in the Editor> click on the image a menu will appear click on image options

Insert/Edit Image pop-up window will appear,

  1. Change the Width and Height to 300

To Constrain Proportions, click on the Lock icon

Insert/edit image pop up windows
  1. Click on Save 
Width and Height 300

The image size will be readjusted according to the Constrained proportions,

  1. Click on the image, a menu will appear above
  2. Click on the Align Right icon
Click on image, a menu will appear above click on align right

The image is now correctly aligned with the text

Image is aligned to the text

How to add or remove a course contact from the template

The template contains standard 5 spaces to enter course contacts. However, it might happen that you have more or fewer contacts you want to list for your course.

First, the article will explain how to add another space, followed by the removal process

 

1. Add an additional course contact to the template

When adding another space to enter a course contact, it is important to copy the full space (to maintain the alignment of the text and picture). Therefore,

  1. Start highlighting the text with the cursor from the bottom below the text Note (to also copy the horizontal line separating the contacts) all the way up until the first, empty line (this makes sure the picture is also selected)
  2. Now, click in the space below the existing course contact
  3. Then, Copy (Ctrl+C) & Paste (Ctrl+V) below to insert the copied text template of the course contact
Select the whole text box of the one course contact

Now, you can edit the copied course contacts box

2. Remove unnecessary course contact(s) from the template

If you wish to have less than 5-course contacts listed in your course, you can remove the unwanted contact boxes from the template. When removing space to enter a course contact, it's once again important to select the full space to delete everything.

  1. Start highlighting the text with the cursor from the bottom below the text Note (to also get the line below) all the way up until the first, empty line (this makes sure the picture is also selected)
  2. Now, hit the Delete button on your computer
Select the whole text box of the one course contact

Again, when you are done adding or changing/updating the course contacts, do not forget to Save and Close!

Edit an existing Course contacts page

It is possible to edit an already existing Course contacts page. To do so, first, navigate to Content and then the Course Information module of your course. 

1. Click on the arrow next to Course contacts

2. Click on Edit HTML

Edit the Course contacts page

You will be redirected to the Edit HTML File page

Once on the Edit HTML page, it is possible to change the text, change the images and add or remove a course contact from the template

You now know how to add and edit the Course contacts page in Brightspace!

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