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Guidelines, tips and templates for the development of content for the Learning Portal

Learning Portal Content Creation Kit

The Content Creation Kit is a resource page for anyone who is creating content for The Learning Portal. It includes guidelines for Portal content, and resources to help you create the content you will include.

Guidelines

Learning resource content is divided into three types of sections:

  • Hub Pages: Contains the description of the hub and links to the content pages or modules (if the hub requires modules).
  • Module pages (optional): These page these pages are optional and should only be created if you have a lot of content with logical divisions, and it needs to be divided further.
  • Module Content Page / Sub-Module Content Page: These pages are where the bulk of the content appears. They can appear after a module page (see Example 1) or directly after the hub page (see Example 2)
A flow chart depicting the structure of an example hub with module pages and sub-module content pages. A box labelled ‘Hub’ is at the top. It connects to two boxes that are each labelled ‘Module’. Each ‘Module’ box connect to two more boxes, each of which is labelled ‘Sub module content page’.
Study Skills hub home page
The hub page with the links to the modules.

Example Hub Page

Time management module home page
The module page with links to sub-module content pages.

Example Module Page

Getting things done sub-module content page.
The sub-module Content page.

Example Sub-module
Content Page

A flow chart depicting the structure of an example hub with module content pages. A box labelled ‘Hub’ is at the top. It connects to four boxes that are each labelled ‘Module content page’.
Digital Literacies hub home page
The hub page with the links to the modules.

Example Hub Page

Presentations Module content page
The module content page.

Example Module Content Page

A Learning Portal hub is one of the major sections on the site, such as Study Skills, or Research. All learning resource content appears under one of these hubs. Some elements of the hub will be created by Algonquin College, while other elements must be provided by you. Hub pages include links to module pages or module content pages.

Required from You

  • A short description of the hub to appear on the Portal home page with the link.
  • Content for the main page of the hub:
    • A introductory description of the hub that will appear at the top of the page.
    • Name and description of each module in the hub.
    • Additional resources or quick links.
    • A credit box indicating that your college created the content.

Created by Algonquin College

  • An icon and colour that represents the hub.
  • A separate libguide for that hub where the hub content will appear.
  • A hub main page of Hub, which consists of:
    • Icons and links to each module in the hub.

Modules are sections of content within a hub. For example, the Study Skills hub has modules such as Time Management, and Reading and Note-Taking. Not all hubs require module-level pages. Modules act as an additional step between the main hub page and the content pages. They divide the content into smaller sections when there is too much content to link directly to content pages. If you are creating modules, some elements of the modules will be provided by Algonquin College and some must be provided by you.

Required from You (if you are dividing content into modules)

  • Description of the Module: A short description to appear at the top of the page.(REQUIRED)
  • Top Tips (10 max): general tips to give an overview of the module (Strongly recommended) Tips appear in the following format:
    • Tip heading (the main point of the tip, written in sentence case). Tip description which elaborates on the point.
  • Sub-module names and short descriptions (REQUIRED IF YOU HAVE SUB-MODULES)
  • Study Tools or Links (PDFs and templates that appear within the sub-modules) (OPTIONAL)

Created by Algonquin College

  • Icons and links to sub-modules from the module main page.

Module Content Pages/Sub-Module Content Pages:

As the name suggests, the bulk of your content appears on a content page. This is where you will include activities, videos, text, tip sheets, and other learning content that you want to include in your hub. Content pages can appear immediately after a hub page (module content pages), or after a module page (sub-module content pages).

Some elements of the content pages will be created by Algonquin College, while the rest of the elements must be provided by you.

Required from You

  • Description: A short description of what each sub-module is about. This description will appear at the top of the page. (REQUIRED)
  • Tips (3-5): General tips for the user to know. The idea is that if a user reads the tips, they can get enough information to know what the sub-module is about. They can then decide if they want to explore the page further. (REQUIRED) Tips appear in the following format:
    • Tip heading (the main point of the tip, written in sentence case). Tip description which elaborates on the point.
  • Learning Content:
    • Activities: digital activities and quizzes. These are a good way to make the content interactive and engaging. They appeal to different types of learners. Note: activities require an accessible version in the form of an accessible document that is posted with the activity. (RECOMMENDED IF POSSIBLE)
    • Videos: Animated explainer videos and tutorials. This is another good way to make content interesting and visually appealing. They appeal to different types of learners. Note: all videos require transcripts that are posted with them. (RECOMMENDED IF POSSIBLE)
    • Written content: instructions, tip sheets and other written content.

Created by Algonquin College

  • Tip icons: Once you have provided tips, Algonquin College will create icons that correspond to each tip.

Your content will be reviewed, and it will be revised for grammar and consistency to ensure that it fits within the guidelines of The Learning Portal.

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Learning Portal Content Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure that you include all the elements required and meet the standards for content.

View the Checklist