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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. Click Turn editing on.
    turn editing on
  3. In a topic or weekly area, click the text that says "Add an activity or Resource.
    add an activity or resource
  4. Choose "URL" from the option and click Add.
    select url
  5. In the General section, type the link Name as you would like it to appear on the home page. Type or copy/paste the webpage address into the External URL field. Type a brief description of the link. Check the "Display description on course page" box to display the description on the course homepage below the URL.
    add url settings
  6. Select the Save and return to course button at the bottom of the page.
    select save and return to course button

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.