Module Builder

Cornerstone Module Builder will enable administrators to create online course modules that can be added to course builder to create a custom online course. The WYSIWYG layout of the product makes it easy to use and provides the ability to create modules that range from simple to sophisticated.

  1. Search - to find an exiting module by keyword, title or active or inactive
  2. Build New module - to create a new module
  3. Manage Design Template - to manage design templates
  4. View Usage - to view module usage
  5. Preview - to view an existing module
  6. Edit - to edit an existing module
  7. Copy - to copy of existing module

Create a new Module

  1. Go to Content page
  2. Click Module Builder link
  3. Click Build New Module link
  4. Module Title - enter a title for the module
  5. Keywords - enter keywords for searching
  6. Description - enter a module description
  7. Language - select language from drop-down if applicable
  8. Editing Rights - check to allow anyone with permission to create a module to edit the module
  9. Active - check to make active. Only active modules may be added to courses created with the Course Builder.

  1. Page Title - enter a title for the page
  2. Design Template - select an existing design template to apply to every page of the module. To create a new template - See - Design Templates for more information.
    1. Click on Select Design Template search icon
    2. Click on the thumbnail view of a template to select
  3. Create the module page/s - you can create module pages by importing PowerPoint slides, inserting assets such as images, video or audio, entering and formatting text and other objects, inserting questions, etc.
    • Use the appropriate toolbar icons to insert objects such as questions, pictures, video and audio. If pictures, video or audio are inserted from anywhere other than Asset Importer, they will exist only this module. Importing pictures, video or audio from Asset Importer utilizes the reusability functionality of the LCMS. For more information on the toolbar icons, click Help icon on the toolbar.
    • Insert Asset - click to import existing assets from the Asset Importer. New assets must be added via the Asset Importer. Note: Some file types are not supported in Module Builder and cannot be imported as assets. See Asset Importer.
      • Search for asset by date, type, keyword or creator
      • Click Insert icon to add an asset. Note: Some file types are not supported in Module Builder and cannot be imported as assets. See Asset Importer.
      • To adjust properties like size or placement, right-click on asset and choose Properties from the menu or double-click asset.
    • Upload PowerPoint - Important: Only files with a .PPT extension can be uploaded. All other file types will not be uploaded. Click to upload PowerPoint presentation. Each slide of the PowerPoint presentation will be displayed on a separate page in the module, starting on a new page inserted after the current page. The animation of the presentation will not be preserved but the background of the presentation will appear within the body of each module page. A blank first slide is added to the beginning of your presentation, which is often used to add a title, delete slide if not applicable.
      1. Select one of the following output formats for the PowerPoint upload:
        • HTML - select to upload the presentation in HTML which allows editing of content on each slide. Note - uploading as HTML can sometimes alter PowerPoint format styles
        • GIF - select to import the presentation as .GIF images. The system will create separate image pages for each slide identical to the PowerPoint slides. Because the slides are converted to images, the content of each presentation slide cannot be edited or reformatted. This is recommended for graphic intensive presentations.
      2. PowerPoint Presentation - Click Browse to locate the file, then click Upload. Important: Only files with a .PPT extension can be uploaded. All other file types will not be uploaded.
      3. Include Sound - check to include sound if audio files exist in presentation. Only one sound file will be supported per slide and will play once when the slide loads.
      4. Click Submit
    • New Popup - click to add a pop-up. Pop-up will appear in thumbnail view under Popup section. To edit, click thumbnail view. Pop-Up pages are accessed by users from the module via a hyperlink.
    • Insert Link- click to insert a link on a page
      1. Destination - choose link destination
      2. Enter URL - enter URL of link
      3. Title - enter a title
      4. Tooltip - enter a tooltip if applicable. Tooltip is a short description that appears when a user hovers the cursor over the link.
      5. Link Color - click Color icon to change color of link if applicable
  4. New Page - click to add a new page. Page will appear in thumbnail view under Pages section. To edit, click thumbnail view.
  5. Copy Page - click to copy page. Copied page will appear in thumbnail view under Pages section. To edit, click thumbnail view.
  6. Available modes of viewing - click to change view mode
    1. Normal Mode - edit pages using the existing graphical user interface (WYSIWYG)
    2. HTML Mode - displays the HTML of each page allowing the ability to edit the HTML code. There are some XML <root> tags shown in HTML mode which should be ignored when editing. You have access to resources (such as other slides you uploaded) in HTML mode that are not accessible in Normal mode; however, please be careful when editing the resource paths since you can wind up with accidental unexpected results (like combining 2 slides).
    3. Preview Mode - displays a non-editable view of your page without the Edit Mode menu bars or editing guide marks
  7. Editing Window size - click the Enlarge icon or Decrease icon to change the editing window size
  8. Pages - displays thumbnail view of pages
    1. Click on a thumbnail to jump to other pages in the module
    2. Click on the Delete icon to delete a page
  9. View - click to preview the module. The preview mode will include the header, footer, background, and navigation buttons that are part of the selected design template.
  10. Click Save

Helpful Hints - Import PowerPoint

  • When importing a presentation, a blank first slide is added to the beginning of your presentation. If you delete this slide, and then import more slides to the presentation, the first slide may incorrectly change. Best Practice is to upload all slides in one presentation and then delete first blank slide if not needed.

Helpful Hints - Thumbnail View

  • When clicking on the thumbnails to change pages, the page needs to completely render before you can make edits.

Helpful Hints - Asset Properties inside a module

  • You can edit properties like the size, whether the Flash movie loops, and other elements of assets in Normal mode by right clicking on the asset.
  • Editing in HTML allows additional editing capabilities beyond what is available in the Normal view mode.

Helpful Hints - Definitions

  • Module - group of course pages which cover a topic or course chapter.
  • Design area - the editable area on the module builder page
  • Toolbar - the row of buttons at the top of the module builder page which perform editing/authoring actions