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Managing nodes on the canvas

The canvas is a drag-and-drop workspace where you can arrange and rearrange your course structure.

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How to read nodes on the canvas

The canvas represents course content as a hierarchy of nested nodes. The appearance of each node denotes its type, the object type it holds, and the actions you can perform on it.

The first node on the canvas is the course node. When selected, you can change your course offering information in the selected node panel. You can also return to the Course Builder Welcome Page from the course node's context menu.

Node Elements screenshot

Using drop targets

Drop targets indicate where you can drag a particular module, placeholder, or object. If you drag an item over a node, that node appears orange to indicate whether you can drop it there.

Drop target screenshot

If you drag an item above or below a node, a black line appears to indicate whether you can drop that item before or after the node.

Black Line Drop Target screenshot

Dropping an item on a module node or the course node automatically appends that item to the bottom of the parent node's hierarchy. This is helpful when adding many items after one another; instead of dragging each one to the bottom of a sizable hierarchy, you can simply drop items on the parent node.

Managing nodes

Move a node up or down

Use the move commands in a node's context menu as an alternative to dragging and dropping from one section in your course to another.

  1. Select the node you want to move.
  2. In the node's context menu, click Move Up icon Move UpMove Down icon Move Down.
    Move Node Up or Down screenshot

Move a node's location entirely

  1. Select the node you want to move.
  2. In the node's context menu, click Move To icon Move To to change the node's location entirely.
    Move To screenshot
  3. In the Select a location pop-up window, click on the module you want to move your object to.
    Select a New Location screenshot

Cut and paste a node

You can also cut and paste a node as an alternative to dragging and dropping it from one section in your course to another.

  1. Select the node with the placeholder or structure you want to cut.
  2. In the node's context menu, click Cut icon Cut.
    Cut Node screenshot
  3. In the context menu of the node or the closest node to the location you want to paste, click Paste After, Paste Before, or Paste As Child.
    Paste Node screenshot

Remove a node

Note: When you remove a module node, its child modules and placeholders are also removed.

  1. Select the node you want to delete.
  2. In the node's context menu, click Remove icon Remove.
    Remove Node screenshot

Handling broken objects

Deleting or moving files, links, discussions, dropboxes and quizzes within their tools can result in broken objects. If an object breaks, Course Builder displays a broken link status icon within its node. The object becomes a placeholder retaining its name and notes.

Node with a broken link screenshot

To repair a broken object, simply drag an object from the toolbox onto the placeholder.

Replace Broken Link screenshot

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