Creating a Title In Designer - Assignable Units and Sections
By Ted Henson on Mar 05, 2010
When you are creating a title, follow a consistent format for the organization of your outline. This includes structure as well as naming conventions for Assignable Units (AUs), sections and questions. Defining the structure includes determining the number of outline levels and whether a level will be an AU or a section, as well as where to insert questions, assessments and Knowledge Checks in the outline.
Names should be consistent and appropriate. Although you can name AUs, sections, and questions what ever you want, keep in mind that the A names are what the users see. If the names are not consistent, it is much more difficult for users to find the content they want to view.
AUs provide the primary organizational structure of a title and is required for creating knowledge paths. AUs provide the ability of check-out/check-in, and permit the inclusion of Assessments and Knowledge Checks.
To ensure the most flexibility and best system performance a Title should contain a Title AU and one Sub-AU. By adding the Sub-AU below the Title AU, you can copy or link the Sub-AU contents to other Title AU's. When a Title AU is published it appears in Manager under the Titles heading. When you associate an Title AU with a knowledge path, any Sub-AUs of the Title AU will be available. When creating a Knowledge Path in Manager, you can use as many AUs as are required.
If content is attached to the AU and the AU has AUs or Sections below it, it is recommended that you uncheck the Show Objectives Page on the Advanced tab. Doing so will eliminate a split horizontal screen with objectives in the upper pane and the content below.
A section provides the secondary organizational structure for content in the title. A Section can contain other sections, content, and questions, but cannot contain AUs or assessments. Any outline item that does not require the functionality of an AU should be a section.
If content is attached to the section and the section has sections below it, it us usually recommended to uncheck the Show Objectives Page on the Advanced tab. As with AU's, doing so will eliminate a split horizontal screen with objectives in the upper pane and the content below.