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Folders vs Learning Modules


In Ultra, Learning Modules and Folders are the two types of containers you can use to organise course content.

Relevant VLE site design principles

  • 3.1 Essential: Organise module materials in sections that support student progress through the module.
  • 3.4 Essential: Site and materials content is accessible.

Which to use when

  • If you want students to proceed through the container viewing each item in sequence, use Learning Modules.
  • If ordering doesn't matter (e.g., you're posting a syllabus, links which you want students to refer to regularly or a place with all the homework assignments), use Folders.

Differences in student experience

  • If contents are created within a learning module, students are able to navigate the order of the contents through the forward/backward arrows in sequence.

student experience in learning module

  • If contents are created within a folder, students have to click the exit button on the upper left-hand side to choose another content within the folder.

student experience in folder

Video Steps

Below is an embedded video detailing how to differentiate Folders vs Learning Modules. Alternatively, you can open the video in a new browser tab.

To create a learning module/folder

Video Steps

Below is an embedded video detailing how to Create Learning Modules in the Ultra Course View. Alternatively, you can open the video in a new browser tab.

Text Steps

  1. In the Content page, hover your mouse where you want to add a learning module/folder and click the plus icon > Create.

    click plus sign

    click create

  2. In the Create Item panel, choose Learning module/Folder.

    add learning module or folder 3. Enter the name of your Learning Module/Folder by selecting it or using the pen icon.

    Enter the name 4. By default, the learning module/folder is hidden from students. You can change the visibility of the learning module/folder to “Visible to students”, “Hidden from students”, or set “Release conditions”.

    set visibility 5. Optionally, you can add a description to the learning module/folder. Providing a description for content gives students a preview of what's to come.

    enter description 6. [Learning Modules Only] You can enable Forced Sequence so that students can access a learning module’s content in sequence. enable force sequence 7. Click Save.

    click save

Adding Images to Learning Modules


You can choose to add an image to a Learning Module. This will appear on the left of the module on the course content page, helping to make the site more visually appealing whilst also aiding navigation.

Relevant VLE site design principles

  • Section 3: Module materials & site content
  • 2.2 Essential: Materials within sections are clearly organised so content is easy to find.

Learning module with image on the left hand side

Video Steps

Below is an embedded video detailing how to Add Images to Learning Modules in the Ultra Course View. Alternatively, you can open the video in a new browser tab.

Text Steps

  1. Click the three dots to the right of the learning module on your course content page. Click Edit to show the learning module editing window.
    Image of the three dots in top right of the learning module and 'edit' option on the dropdown menu
  2. Click the image icon / ’Add Image’ and upload an image. JPEG and PNG formats are supported.
    Image of 'Add image' hyperlink in centre of editing panel
  3. A preview of the image appears. Click Next to continue or delete the image by selecting the bin icon.
    Image of editing window for the learning module
  4. Select the area of the image that you would like to appear on the Learning Module. You can adjust the zoom of the image using the slider. Click Save to continue.
    Image of the image editor
  5. Remember to click Save again at the bottom of the editing window, to save the changes to the learning module.


The learning module is automatically marked as decorative, which hides the banner for students using assistive technologies. If you want all students to know the content of the image, uncheck Mark the image as decorative. Enter a description of the image in the Alternative text field.

Image of learning module editing window, option to add alternative text

Creating icons

Guides on image manipulation to create an icon

Images for number or letter icons

Sourcing images

You must not use copyrighted material when creating your site’s course image.

Images should be high quality; preferably taken by a professional photographer. You can use the University’s photo library to download professional photographs owned by the University.

You can also use to source copyright-free images.

Download images at a resolution that meets the minimum requirements for Ultra. The Web Image gallery size on the University's photo library meets these requirements.

The university photo library download options menu showing the correct resolution to use when downloading an image to use as a course image