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Viewing Connexions Content

Module by: Mark Husband. E-mail the author

Summary: A description of how to view courses and modules in Connexions.

Note: You are viewing an old version of this document. The latest version is available here.

See the Introduction to Connexions module for an overview of Connexions.

Viewing Related Material

You can view content related to the module you are displaying using the links in the "Related Material" panel that appears to the left of the module content. This panel includes:

  • 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 material within Connexions or to a website outside of Connexions.
  • The names of other modules that contain content similar to the current module. Click a module name to display that module.
  • Any other courses that contain the current module. Click a course name to display that course.

Figure 3: Links to related material
Figure 3 (RelatedMaterial.png)

Changing Page Styles

You can change the color scheme and layout of the content pages by selecting one of the style options in the "Personalize" box. The default content page style is Summer Sky. There are several styles to choose from, including Playland, which was designed for the younger Connexions users.

Figure 4: The style selection box
Figure 4 (PageStyles.png)

Making Quick Edits

If you have editing privileges on the current module, you can make quick, simple edits with the Edit-In-Place link. See the Connexions page about Edit-In-Place for more information.

Viewing Module Revision History

To view the revision history of a module, click the Last edited link at the end of the module and the History page for the module displays. When a new module is published Connexions assigns a revision number to that version of the module. If if becomes necessary to update the module, the author checks it out, edits it, and publishes it again. An incremented revision number is assigned to the updated version. Connexions stores all this revision information and you can view it on the History page for the module.

Printing a Module

To generate a PDF file of a module, which you can print, click the Print(PDF) link that appears in the upper right corner of the module. Sometimes you may want or need a printed copy of the material for studying purposes. You can generate a PDF file for any module. These PDF files are formatted for printing with page numbers, headers, footers, and numbered headings. Since the printing process uses a PDF file, you must have a software package that can print PDF files installed on your PC.

If you want a paper copy of an entire course, please contact the Connexions project team. In a future update of the Connexions tools, you will be able to print an entire course without the aid of the Connexions project team.

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