Using HTML Content Templates
This guide explains how to use the HTML content templates. These templates provide a good content structure to ensure that online and accessibility standards are met.
VU Collaborate contains examples of HTML content templates that you can use to create your content. These templates are easy to use and you can edit their content to best suit your teaching practice. This guide explains how to create and edit a new HTML document using an HTML content template.
Selecting your HTML Content Template
You can select HTML content templates to create content that follows a good structure, consistency and complies with online and accessibility standards. There are three types of templates to choose from:
Contact - shows how you can organise staff names, contact hours and expectations.
Content Page - provides an example of how you can create and organise your educational content.
Assessment - presents an example of how to write the details for your assessment tasks. The content of these templates can be edited to suit your own context.
Following are steps in using HTML content templates:
- Accessing Content
- Create a new Document
- Select a Document Template
- Add the Content
- Format your Content
- Save or Publish your Content Page
1. Access the content in the Space by clicking on the Learning Space located on the navbar.
1. Navigate to a module from the Table of Contents area.
2. Click New on the right-hand side of the screen.
3. Select New Document to create a new HTML document.
You can only use the templates for new HTML documents created in VU Collaborate. These templates cannot be applied to documents that you have uploaded including pdf, doc and ppt files.
1. Name the document by entering a title.
2. From the editor screen click Select a Document Template.
3. Current templates will be displayed from the dropdown menu.
4. Select the template you wish to insert or select Browse for a Template and can search for another template already in the space.
An example of a Content Page is provided to show you the main areas that you can consider to write your content.
1. Edit the content by selecting and adding your own content.
1. You can use the Paragraph dropdown menu to change the formatting of the text.
Try each option to find out what formatting text options are available.
Once you have finished editing and formatting the text you have three options:
Save as Draft saves the page and it is not be visible to students.
Publish saves the page and makes it visible to students.
Cancel omits any changes and exits the editor.
Repeat the entire process to create more HTML Content Template pages.
Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service http://servicedesk.vu.edu.au for further technical support.