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Modules and Collections

The first section describes the basic layout of the "Viewing Content" pages. There are additional features added to the page when you are viewing content in the context of a collection or a lens. Those extra features are described in the second and third sections of this module.

Jump to:

  1. Basic Layout
  2. Collection Context
  3. Lens Context

Basic Layout

Content Action Bar

The Content Actions bar is a white horizontal bar above the module or collection title that includes a series of dropdown menus. All actions in the Content Actions bar are also available as plain hyperlinks in the footer of the page.

Downloads dropdown in the content actions bar.

Figure 1: Content Actions bar with the "Downloads" dropdown shown.

Included in the Content Actions bar are:

  • Add to My Favorites: The Add to my favorites dropdown allows you to quickly add content to your My Favorites lens. In addition to bookmarking content of personal interest, the My Favorites lens also allows readers to start reading from where they last left off within a bookmarked collection.
  • Add to a Lens: The Add to a lens dropdown allows you to quickly add content to a lens you own.
  • Reuse/Edit: The Reuse/Edit dropdown menu allows you to quickly checkout the content to a Work Area (if you have permissions to edit the content) or derive a copy of the content to create an adaptation (if you don't have permissions).
  • Download: The Downloads dropdown menu allows you to quickly access PDF and EPUB versions of the module and/or collection. The link to More downloads... will take you to all available downloads for the content on its metadata page.
  • Print this Page: Click the Print this page button to print a printer-friendly version of the HTML page.

Content title bar

The content title bar displays the title, author(s), and summary provided by the author(s) for the content. More detailed metadata is on the Metadata page, which you can access through a link in the footer of the page.

Content title bar.

Figure 2: Content title bar.

The title bar also includes Facebook "Like" and Twitter "Tweet" buttons on all of our content. If you are reading a module or collection that you like, you can like or tweet it directly from that page. Buttons exist in the content title bar at the upper right corner the page, and also down at the bottom in the footer. To like an entire collection of modules, go back to the START page of the collection by clicking the collection title. The description at the bottom of the page will say "Share collection" instead of "Share module", as it does on the module pages.

In the Featured Links portlet that appears to the right of the module content you can view links to examples, supplemental material, or prerequisite material provided by the module author. The importance of the links are shown by the number of bars in the box to the left of the link name. These links can be to other content within the repository, to included files, or to an outside website. Featured Links are only included in the online views of content; the PDF and EPUB downloads will not include these.

Featured Links portlet.

Figure 3: 'Featured Links' portlet.

Related Material

You can view content related to the content you are displaying using the links in the Related Material portlet that appears on the left side of the page. The links inside this box are specific to the content you are viewing at the time.

Related Material portlet.

Figure 4: 'Related Material' portlet.

Included in the portlet are:

  • "Similar content": a list of similar content generated by the system. Click a title to display that content. Browsing the content listed here is a great way to find similar learning materials on a related subject.
  • "Collections using this material": lists any other collections that contain the current module. (This header only appears if you are viewing a module which is included in at least one collection.) You can click on the names of the listed collections to be taken to the start page of that collection.

Recently Viewed

Unless this is your first time browsing the repository on this computer or under this account, the Recently Viewed portlet will be populated with modules, collections, and lenses you have recently browsed, so that you can easily jump back to them. This portlet can be collapsed by clicking on the triangle next to the title of the portlet.

Recently Viewed portlet.

Figure 5: "Recently Viewed" portlet.

If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will reach the content footer, which contains links to all the various actions in the Content Action bar, plus more.


Figure 6: Content action links in the footer.

There is one further footer section, with links to various components of the metadata page (circled here in red).


Figure 7: Metadata links in the footer.

Many portions of the collection start page are analogous to those when viewing a module, but some parts are new.

Collection start page.

Figure 8: Collection start page.

The Table of Contents is shown on the collection start page itself, and on any module viewed within the context of that collection. Click a module name to jump to that module. You can use the triangles next to each subgrouping to open and close sections of the table of contents, or you can collapse the entire Table of Contents to save space by clicking the small triangle at the top of the portlet.

Table of Contents.

Figure 9: Table of Contents portlet.

When you view a module in the context of a collection, there will be a collection context bar above the module title bar to remind you that you are inside a collection. Analogous to the module title bar, this contains the collection title, authors, and summary.

Figure 10: Collection context bar.

Previous or Next Modules=

Once you display a module from within a collection, you can move to the previous module or to the next module in the collection by clicking the ≪Previous or Next≫ links that appear in the upper right corner just below the collection context bar.

Lens Context

Lens branding bar.

Figure 11: Lens context when viewing content.

Lens logo

The logo or image uploaded by the lens creator will appear above the Table of Contents on the left side of the page, to remind you that you are viewing content within that lens.

Branding bar

Additionally, just underneath the breadcrumbs at the top of the page, you will see a colored bar associated with the lens which will print the lens name. Click the name of the lens to return to the lens page.

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