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A LON-CAPA course is managed through the Course Editor screen which can be accessed in a number of ways.

The Course Editor screen allows you to create new resources, upload resources or import LON-CAPA resources from the LON-CAPA network. The screen also allows resources to be rearranged within the course.

The Course Editor contains three tabs:

  1. Main Content Editor

  2. Supplemental Content Editor

  3. Content Utilities

Main Content Editor tab is used to manage the primary content of the course. Content within this area can:

Within the course, students use the navigation controls to move through the Main Content. Main Content is listed on the Contents screen. Main Content was added to LON-CAPA in 2003 (version 1.0), so pre-2003 courses (as well as courses deliberately created in the old style) will not have Main Content. The Main Content was called Main Course Documents in versions 1.0 through 2.10.

Supplemental Content Editor tab is used to manage supplemental content in the course. Content within this area is restricted to uploaded files, a syllabus page, a web page created using the HTML editor, or a web page on an external server retrived from a remote site, but displayed within the LON-CAPA interface. A hierarchical arrangement of folders and sub folders can be created. Students access supplemental content documents by selecting the Supplemental Content tab while viewing the Course Content. Supplemental Content is particularly useful for auxiliary files that may not be directly viewable or usable in a browser, such as PowerPoint presentations or Word documents - some of which may require a viewer to be installed on a student's computer.

NOTE: Although the Course Editor provides instructors with the ability to import content from the shared content pool, or to copy content from other courses, as well as personalize courses with their own syllabi or information pages, for the ultimate power in creating reusable content, you will want to become a content Author. This is especially true if you plan to create your own assignments. The ßimple problem" templates available to create assessment items directly with a course, provide a much restricted set of components compared to those available when constructing assessment items as an author.

Policies and methods for creation of Author roles vary depending on user status and domain. If you are a course instructor, and you do not have an authoring role, and you do not see a "Request author role" link on your Roles page, make a request through the Äsk Helpdesk" link available on the "Help" page. For more information about content authoring in LON-CAPA, see the LON-CAPA Author's Manual available online at http://help.lon-capa.org.