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Creating a Connexions Module from a Word Document

Module by: Kenneth Leroy Busbee. E-mail the author

Summary: Basic instructions for building a Connexions module from a Word Document. The use of the Edit, Links, Preview and Publish tabs are covered along with the initial Metadata as requested in the initial building process.

Initial Creation of a Module

The following series of slides moves you through the process of creating a Connexions module.

Step 1

Figure 1: Navigating to Your Workgroup
Figure 1 (graphics1.jpg)

Step 2

When the “New module: License agreement” screen appears, read the information, check the box that you agree and move on to “Next”.

Step 3

Figure 2: Establish the new module’s “Metadata”
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There are five (5) items within the metadata. Two of them will be established by copying and pasting the “Title” and “Summary” from your previously prepared spreadsheet (see the next slide). Most authors using these materials will leave the “Language” selection as English. Check one of the six (6) “Subject” boxes most appropriate to your module content.

The “Keywords” box allows you to enter additional words (one concept per line) that will be added to the “Index of Keywords and Terms” that would be automatically created when this module is included in a collection. Don’t add items that have already been tagged within the document as “CNXML Term” or “CNXML Definition (Term)”. In the example above the keyword “Butterfly” was added to this module.

Click on “Next” when ready.

Figure 3: Transferring the Title and Summary
Figure 3 (graphics3.jpg)

Step 4

Figure 4: Seven Construction Tabs
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A work area with seven (7) tabs will appear with the “Edit” tab active. The “Edit” tab allows you to build the module content. However, we are not going to type in our module content, but import it from a Microsoft Word document (previously prepared). Click on the “Import” button.

Step 5

Figure 5: Browsing to Your File
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Follow the steps to browse to your previously prepared Word document; then “Import” it.

Step 6

Figure 6: Links Tab
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We have basically completed the “Edit” and “Metadata” tabs. As a new author you will not normally use the “Files” or “Roles tabs”; thus we will not cover them within this training. Click on the “Links” tab.

Links are added to web pages but not to the printed .PDF files. They appear in the upper right part of a module’s web page. You have seen and used links in other modules associated with this training. There are four items to establish with a link:

  • Title – this is the name that will appear in the links box
  • Type – you select from Example, Prerequisite or Supplemental
  • Strength – you select from 3 being strongly related, 2 being related and 1 being weakly related
  • Source - can either be another Connexions module or collection (just enter its ID) or a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) better know as a web address. You might want to open another copy of your browser, navigate to the address, then copy and paste it into the URL box. This insures accuracy.

Click on the “Add” button when ready.

You may add additional links as desired.

Step 7

Figure 7: Preview Process
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The “Preview” allow us to view how our module will appear in both online and print modes. The online button will cause the module to appear as it will be shown. You can review it and test any links that you created. Hit the back button on your internet browser to return to the page and/or to return back to the Connexions module building page.

Note:

If there is something wrong with the module content, you should open your original Word document make corrections, and then close it. Select the “Edit” tab and import your corrected file. Return to the “Preview” and confirm that the changes are what you wanted.

Step 8

Figure 8: Publish Tab
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The publish process identifies a short description of the changes (enter “Initial Module” when you first create a module). When you hit the “Publish” button, the software will ask you to confirm “Yes” for you to publish your module.

Step 9

Figure 9: Module Completed and Built
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Congratulations! Your module is now available for the world to use. I usually enter the module’s ID number into my spreadsheet that contains my titles and summaries.

Making Module Corrections

Once you have published your module, you will discover that you want to make some corrections or changes to your module. The process is simple. Navigate to your module.

Figure 10: Navigate to Your Module
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Figure 11: Checkout Your Module
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In order to modify the module, you must “Checkout” the module first. This makes a copy of your module available for you to modify. While you are modifying your materials, the previous version of the module is available to the Internet community. Your module will appear with the seven (7) construction tabs. You make changes as needed (this may include editing your Word document and importing it again using the “Edit” tab). When you are done with your changes you need to “Publish” your module in order to make the changes available to the Internet community.

What’s Next?

Reviewing the Published Module

The next module within this workshop contains the results of creating the Flying_Ver3.doc document as a Connexions module. You should review it to aid in your understanding of how the features and styles that we inserted into a Word document were converted upon being imported to a Connexions module.

Authoring Workshop Application

You should spend a few minutes publishing one of your previously prepared Word documents as a Connexions module.

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