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How to Add a URL Activity


The URL activity allows you to easily share web links as activities for users to access within a course. Whether it's a document, image, or any freely available online content, you can link to it directly within the course. You can either copy and paste the URL or utilise the file picker to select links from repositories. With various display options, you can embed the URL or choose to open it in a new window. This guide will show you how to add a URL activity to an existing course.

Step 1 - Adding the activity

With the course page open, you’ll now need to follow the steps below in order to add the URL activity to the course:

  1. Enable “Editing mode” using the toggle in the top right corner of the course page
  2. Click the “Add an activity or resource” button under the chosen topic (section) you wish to add the activity to
  3. Select the ”URL” activity from the list of activity types

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Step 2 - Activity setup

After selecting the URL activity, the URL activity creation page will open. Here you’ll need to provide all the information required for each section marked with an exclamation mark, all other sections are optional. We’ll take a look at each of the key sections below:

General - In this section you’ll need to provide the essential activity information such as the name of the activity, a link to the external URL and a description if required. The link can either be pasted directly into the text area provided or accessed from your repository by clicking the “Choose a link…” button.

Appearance - You can alter the appearance of the activity, but for the best user experience we recommend keeping it set to “Automatic”.

Activity completion - From this section, you’ll be able to establish the criteria for URL completion. You can make changes to the requirements for activity completion by setting it to either:

  • Do not indicate activity completion - For cases where activity completion is not required.
  • Student can manually mark the activity as complete - Only suitable for additional learning resources, not mandatory or compliance based learning, as users wouldn't be required to complete any of the learning content. 
  • Show activity as complete when conditions are met - Here you can set certain requirements for activity completion. We recommend using:

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Step 3 - Save

Once you have adjusted your settings to your preference, you can then scroll to the bottom of the page and click save. This will return you to your course page where you can test your activity or move its positioning around within the course using the course navigation menu in the top left of your course page. 

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