Content Modules

Pages in the Teaching Business website are organized by content sections, or modules. 

There are two different categories of modules that are used in the web site:

Diagram of Page Modules: Main Content Modules (Left) and Right-Column Module (Right)

Page Modules are used to layout the content for the Teaching Commons web site. These modules determine how text and images will be organized within any page. Each Page Module has a set layout which affects how titles and text will be positioned, how lists will be positioned, and how any content dividers will be placed.

The layout of the page modules is determined by templates. Content managers will add and edit content within these modules using Contribute. When editing site content links must be manually directed and images manually inserted. For detailed instructions on these and other content editing tasks, see Edit Site Content.

Following is a description of the different types of Page Modules, and each module’s layout and functionality.

Main Content Modules

Introduction Module

The Introduction Module is used primarily to enter introductory text content onto a document template. This module enables entering content on a single subject, such as an introduction to other pages or content held within the site. It may also be used for any piece of content that does not need the functionality built into the other module types.

Introduction Module on Home Page
Screenshot: Introduction Module on site's Home Page


Introduction Module on Category Home Page
Screenshot: Another Introduction Module on a category's Home Page (Teaching Resources)

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Subject Module

The Subject Module allows for the division of text-based content within a document type template. At the head of each module is a divider, useful in signifying a change of subject between previous content and content that will follow. Elements within the module include subject title and text content. Subject module dividers will size to fit the amount of text content entered.

Subject Module image
Screenshot : Subject Module on a Category home page

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Dashboard Module

The Dashboard Module is tailored specifically to enable list making. The divider at the top of the module enables the list to be separated from other content. If you choose to link the entries in the list to other pages the dashboard module can be used as self contained navigation menu. (see example below)

Text may be added at the beginning of the dashboard module to provide an introduction to the list. This provides for creating a menu of links that relate to a piece of text content. At least one list entry is required to use the Dashboard module. Further entries to a list may be added in at any time.

Dashboard Module image
Screenshot: Dashboard module on Category Teaching Resource's home page, Using Online Resources

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On This Page Module

The On This Page Module provides internal navigation within a page with a large amount of content. A list of links placed at the top of the document template cues users to what content is held further down the page out of view, while also providing quick links to content headings. This module can be used to ensure that important content is not missed while saving the user scrolling time. (see example below)

The links held within the On This Page module reflect the content headings on the page. For example the Bringing Our Purposes into Focus link is to the heading of the same name further towards the bottom of the page. Anchors must be placed on each subject heading that will be linked to the On This Page Menu. See Edit Site Content for information on creating anchors.

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Screenshot: On This Page Module on Category About's home page

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Right-Column Modules

Feature Module

The Feature Module enables you to highlight shorter pieces of content such as announcements, news, or an introduction to page content. The feature module’s content is contained within a border and placed towards the right of the document template. These aspects both highlight and draw user attention to the content within the feature module.

Elements in the feature module include a title and text. If desired, the feature module’s title can be linked. For example, the ‘Join our Listserv’ feature module above has a linked title that will take users to a page with information on how to join the community’s listserv. The module will size to fit the entered text, allowing for you to enter as much content as is needed.

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Screenshot: Feature Modules are Listserv Module, News Module, Volunteer Module on site's Home Page

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