Topics and Topic Sharing
Tip: For a visual overview, make sure to check out our feature video.
Topics provide a dynamic way to organize and share learning resources. They support flexible Responsive Web Design layouts and multiple content types including Text, Links, Downloads, Photos, Audio, Video and Embeds.
While Bulletin Boards are useful for
Topics appear under the Faculty persona within Class Sections, Advisories, Activities, Dorms and Community Groups.
Note: Group owners won't see Topics until at least one has been created. Once one has been published, the members of the Group will then see Topics.
Select + Create Topic
Add a Title
Add a description
Add a Cover Photo either by browsing a file on your computer or drag an image into that space.
Select the page layout you'd like to use. This will be important for the design view after the Topic is created.
If you want to share this Topic with another
teacher, you can select them here.
Enable the Topic Bank to allow others to import copies of this Topic. For more information, see the Topic Bank section below.
If needed, you can also schedule a publish and expiration date. Leave blank to keep it active permanently.
Tip: If you need to change the date of a future scheduled topic, edit the topic, select Setup, then Edit Settings to modify the publish date.
Select Save to finish, Save and Add Another to create another topic, Save and Add Materials to customize the Topic details, or Cancel to undo any changes.
After the Topic is saved, you should see an indicator showing if it has been added to the Topic Bank in addition to any user that it has been shared with.
Note: Topics and Bulletin Boards also support LaTex mathematical symbols. Group owners can also add downloads from their Google Drive.
After creating a new topic, it's added to the Topics page, though selecting it reveals a blank page with just a back button. Let's add some content.
Select the pencil icon to open the Topic design view. In here, you can modify the layout as well as add new materials and elements. Simply drag an item from the tool column and place it on the page to add it.
Note: The Cover Brief, Title, and Image are all pulled directly from the information added when the Topic was first created.
Materials can be added to supplement the information in the topic. This includes media files like Audio, Photos, Videos, and embeded links. You can also select a Learning Tool is applicable, add Text, or add a download that students can grab such as a document, file, or Google Drive file.
Elements can be used to further customize the look and feel of the Topic. A Horizontal Line can be added to create distinct sections on the topic. A Spacer acts in a similar way, but instead of adding a line, a small invisible section is added to create more distance between added content.
This allows you to customize the order in which Topics appear on the page. Simply drag and drop each topic to place them in an order that works best for you.
If you have a long list of Topics already, select Top to automatically move that topic to first on the list.
In order to share a topic with class sections,
Select the blue arrow icon above the topic you wish to share.
teacherand class section. If you want to give them edit access as well, make sure to select Can Edit. Continue this process to add additional teachersas needed.
To delete access, simply select X, which will then remove that shared link.
Select Save to retain these settings.
Once finished, a new indicator will appear above the topic description letting others know that the topic was copied, shared, etc.
Use the Shared With Me filter from course Topics to see any topics that other
Note: Due to storage considerations, content types with files can not be modified on Copied Topics. This includes Audio, Video, Photos, and Downloads.
Once a user chooses to import a Topic, they’ll be able to pick from a full list of topics placed within the Topic Bank by other
An archived version of the Topic will be preserved as well in case you want to rollback any changes made by other users. Any edits made to a Topic can then be added to other sections through the Publish Options.
Note: For Topics that are copied, certain content types can not be modified. This includes Audio, Video, Photos, and Downloads.