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Add Links (URLs) in Your Course

Why Do This

The internet offers a wealth of free learning resources, including YouTube, TED talks, government archives, museums, newspapers and dedicated open education resources search engines.  Incorporating well-chosen multimedia into your course provides students with a much richer learning experience and supports different learning preferences. Linking to websites, rather than embedding or copying content into your course will minimize the size of your course and your course upkeep.

  1. Log onto Cougar Courses and go to the main page of your course.
  2. In the Contents area, click on the topic/module where you want to add the URL.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and click Create Learning Activity at the lower left.
  4. Click on the Resources tab and choose URL.
    resources tab url

  5. Type the name of the resource in the Name box. Paste the full URL in the External URL box. Add a brief description, if desired, and check the box to the left of "display description on course page." When read, click on the "Save and return to course" button at the bottom.
    url settings

  6. You will see the URL as the last item in that topic. Please see this help guide on how to move an item.

NOTE:  Leave all other options at the default settings.  If you want to verify students clicked on the link, you can set the Activity completion settings.