Adding learning resources is a simple process. It’s basically a matter of telling TILE where the resources are located (the URL) and also configuring a handful of settings. Watch this video for a quick example of how to add an online resource in TILE Composer. You can also follow the Step-by-Step instructions below.




Step-by-Step Instructions


1. Locate and open your Curation Design spreadsheet (or other document with your resource information). 


2. Select the Resources option in the side menu.


3. The Resource Mapper page loads. Make sure it is the right page for your lesson by looking at the breadcrumbs at the top of the screen. If your lesson isn't displayed, click the last breadcrumb and then select your lesson.


4. Back on the Resource Mapper page, select Lock & Edit to activate the page for edits.


5. Note that your practice lesson already includes “starter resources” for various formats (videos, textbook chapters, online articles, etc.). You can use these resources as a “headstart” or ignore them and add your own.

  • Option 1: Edit Existing Resource. Select the context menu for the resource you want to update and then select Edit. (You will change its settings to match your own resource.)

  • Option 2: Add New Resource. Select the Add Resource button.


6. The Resource settings panel opens. Use the information in your Curation Design spreadsheet (or other document) to configure the resource. There are three tabs in the Resource settings panel. In the General tab, enter the settings as shown below.

NOTE: If you're not using a source document, just enter the values directly. 


  1. Resource Name. Type the name of the resource.
  2. Position. Enter the position (order) of the resource in the lesson. (This is easy to change later if you don't know yet.)
  3. Description. Enter a brief description of the resource. This description will be visible to learners.
  4. Type. Select the resource Type (e.g., Video, Guide, Activity, Quiz, etc.)
  5. Location (URL/Filename). Enter the location (URL/Link) of the resource. If the resource is not online yet, just leave this field blank for now.
  6. Format. Select the Format of the resource (e.g., Online Reference, PDF, Video, Virtual Lab, etc.)
  7. Duration. Enter the duration of the resource in minutes.
  8. Points. If you want to vary the amount of points based on resource type, duration, etc. you can change that here. Otherwise, just leave it at the default value. 
  9. Completion Logic. Select the method for completion of the resource (e.g., When Visited, Externally Scored, etc.)
  10. Passing Threshold. If applicable, set the passing threshold for the resource. (NOTE: This only applies to scored resources like Quizzes and Activities.)
  11. Required. If the resource is optional, change this setting to 'No.'


TIP: Refer to the Advanced Resource Settings guide for more detailed help with resource settings.


In the Features tab, enter the settings as shown below.

  1. Display Type. Set the Display Type to “Popup” if the resource is not owned by you or your organization (e.g., a YouTube video). If the resource content is your own, leave this setting as “iFrame.”
  2. Available After Day. If you don't want the resource to be available to learners right away, you can set a delay (in days) in this field. This will "lock" the resource for the specified period of time.
  3. Lab Guide Location. This field allows you to attach a guide to a resource. (Ignore this field for now.)
  4. Popup Instructions. Enter additional Instructions if desired. This content will display to the learner in a pop-up window when they launch the resource. (NOTE: You can use the rich text editor to apply advanced formatting to the instruction content, add links, insert images, etc.)
  5. Save. Select Save when you are ready.


7. Repeat the previous steps for all remaining resources for the lesson, even for resources that are not yet online (e.g., documents and videos that are on your own computer/device).


TIP: Refer to Upload Offline Resources for guidance on uploading resources to the TILE environment.


8. When you are finished adding resources, some of them may not be “mapped” to the lesson (mapping a resource activates it so it will be displayed to the learner). Click the empty cell next to any unmapped resources to activate them. 


9. Click OK in the confirmation box. The resource is now activated.



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