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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 teachers to post general class information, Topics are more flexible and can be used to design blended learning units, organize professional development resources, share out parent information and much more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Through sharing, teachers are able to import or copy topics from other classes, helping establish a better sense of collaboration.
In order to share a topic with class sections, teachers must perform the following:
Select the blue arrow icon above the topic you wish to share.
Select the teacher and class section. If you want to give them edit access as well, make sure to select Can Edit. Continue this process to add additional teachers as 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 teachers have shared with you. The original publish dates will be disabled by default, letting you set up a new publish date on this shared version. If you edit the topic, the publish and expiration date fields will be enabled again. If a teacher has been granted collaborative access, they will see the option to Save and Add Materials within the Topic editor. Teachers with view only access will only see publish settings in the editor, and won't be allow to edit any other part of the topic.
Note: Due to storage considerations, content types with files can not be modified on Copied Topics. This includes Audio, Video, Photos, and Downloads. Teachers can remove these content types and add additional ones to replace them however.
Teachers are able to import topics from any current available topics that they own or from the Topic Bank. Once a topic is flagged as shareable by any user, it gets placed inside the Topic Bank where others can choose to import them.
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 teachers. Filters let you find Topics you can Copy into your own sections.
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. Teachers can remove these content types and add additional ones to replace them however.