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Topics module: Introduction

Modified on Jul-18 2013
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Overview

The Topics module provides a neat way to quickly present and link to the various sub pages within denser page/menu structures. To achieve this, the sub pages can be sorted into 'topics', each of which are then further divided into 'sub-topics'. The sub pages are attached at the sub-topics level.

In this sense, the hierarchical order of content within the Topics module still follows a similar structure to a page menu. The only difference is that the top level labels are purely for sorting and do not contain content. Instead, this content is located on the sub pages themselves.

Examples of usage

Here is an example of a Topic structure that might be used to organise primary school class pages:

Main Page Topic Sub-Topic Sub Pages

Syndicates

Syndicate A

Room 1

  • Welcome Page

  • Our Photos

  • Student of the Week

Here is the equivalent example for a secondary school:

Main Page Topic Sub-Topic Sub Pages

Faculties

Mathematics

Senior Maths

  • Year 13 Calculus

  • Year 13 Statistics

  • Year 13 Unit Standards Maths

Finally, here is an example of using the Topics module to structure assessment or lesson content within a virtual classroom page:

Main Page Topic Sub-Topic Sub Pages

English

Formal Writing

Lessons

  • The writing process

  • Using formal language

  • Using paragraphs

Getting started

The following online tutorials are available to help get you started with using the Topics module:

   

Note: If the Topics module is enabled on a WebSpace page, any pre-existing sub pages will no longer render on the fly-out page menu. Conversely, deactivating the Topics module restores the sub pages to the menu.
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