Adding web links to an LMS page

The LMS allows you to provide students with access to web pages or files that have an address. An example of using this tool may be the case where staff want to to encourage students to use a particular web resource.

Links to these resources can be added to a content page or to the subject menu.

Add a web link to the subject menu

  1. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Click the plus sign + top left of the subject menu.
  3. Select Web Link.
  4. Enter the Name and URL for the web link.
    • The URL must be entered in full e.g. http://www.unimelb.edu.au.
    • If you copy the URL from the web browser version of Outlook (email) rather than the full application, there may be additional text associated with the URL when you paste that is not obvious. Check the start of the URL to ensure it looks correct before proceeding. The URL should not start with an OWA address.
  5. Click Available to Users.
  6. Click Submit. The Web Link will appear at the bottom of the subject menu.
  7. By default Set Link to Open in a New Window is selected. This is recommended practice, as students will then have easy access back to their LMS subject once they are finished with the web link. If you click the down pointing arrow next to the web link, you will see you could turn this off by selecting Set Link to Open in Current Window, however this is not recommended.

Move the subject menu web link

When a new item is added to the subject menu, it appears at the bottom of the menu by default. You can rearrange the items in the subject menu to suit your teaching and learning needs using the following steps:

  1. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Click the up/down arrow to the left of the web link page.
    Note: The arrow will only be visible when the cursor is on the menu item.
Option to move items around in the subject menu
Option to move items around in the subject menu
  1. Use the arrows to drag the item up or down the list.

Add a web link to an LMS page – option one

  1. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Navigate to the content page where you would like the web link to be added.
  3. From Build Content select Web Link.
Adding web link to a content page
Adding web link to a content page
  1. Enter a Name, the URL and a Description (optional) for the external link.
    • The URL must be entered in full e.g. http://www.unimelb.edu.au
    • If you copy the URL from the web browser version of Outlook (email) rather than the full application, there may be additional text at the start of the URL that is not immediately obvious. Delete any extra text in the URL and ensure it looks correct before proceeding. The URL should not start with an OWA address.
  2. Open in New Window is automatically set to Yes. It is recommended that you keep this option to allow students to simply close the new window and return to the LMS when they have finished using the web link.
  3. Click Submit.
  4. The web link appears on the content page. If icons are in use you will see the Web Link icon.
Web Link icon
Web Link icon

Add a web link to a text box – option two

In this instance, the web link will be embedded in a text box of another item, so that the layout of content is more flexible. Text boxes can be found in Item, Blank Page, Web Link, Content Folder, and the description area of Mashups (Flickr, SlideShare and YouTube).

Note: We will use Item in this example and will be creating a link to The Age newspaper.

  1. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Navigate to the content page where you would like the web link to be added.
  3. From Build Content select Item (though any of the options listed above could be used).
  4. Enter a name for the item.
  5. In the Text area type and then select the text that will become the link e.g. The Age.
Insert/Edit Link button
Insert/Edit Link button
  1. Click the Insert/Edit Link button
  2. The Insert Link dialog appears. Paste in the full URL for Link Path e.g. http://www.theage.com.au
    • If you copy the URL from the web browser version of Outlook (email) rather than the full application, there may be additional text at the start of the URL that is not immediately obvious. Delete any extra text in the URL and ensure it looks correct before proceeding. The URL should not start with an OWA address
  3. It is recommended that you select Target: Open in New Window option.
  4. If you enter a Title, this title will be displayed when hovering the mouse over the image.
  5. Click Insert.
  6. Add as many links as desired in the text area. Submit the item when finished.
  7. The links will appear in line with the text. Students will click the links to open the web page in a new window.

This guide was last updated 07 Feb 2017.
Report any errors or omissions in this guide to lms-guides@lists.unimelb.edu.au

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