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This module gives an overview of the module creation process. This includes the text, files, and metadata of a module. Each step is described in further detail in other modules.

What is a module?

A module is the basic building block of a Connexions course, textbook, or other type of collection. You can think of it as a small knowledge chunk that addresses a single topic or a specific aspect of a topic. Every author determines the size of their module, ranging from a few paragraphs to an entire textbook chapter. To a student or reader viewing a course or collection, a module is simply a web page in the collection. Modules allow readers to follow the information path arranged by the author or instructor or to branch off and discover their own path. To an instructor putting a collection together, having topics in different modules allows easy selection and arrangement of the information. An instructor can include existing modules from other courses or other academic disciplines that are important to the presentation of the course subject.

Creating modules

You create and edit modules within one of your Work Areas . There are two ways to create modules:

  1. Create a new module from scratch.
  2. Create an adaptation of an existing module in the repository.
Below are the steps to create a module from scratch.

You can create a new module from the "Create New Item" dropdown in one of your work areas , or you can click the "Create a new module" link on the MyCNX home page:

The 'Create a new module' link on the MyCNX home page
Go the "MyCNX" tab and select the "Create a new module" link.
From there you must agree to the license for this module, select a work area in which to edit the content, and then enter the module's initial metadata.

After accepting the license, you will be asked to enter some basic information, or metadata, about your module before getting started. (If you haven't already selected a work area in which to work on the module, you will be asked to do so.) The basic metadata include:

  • A title for the module
  • The primary language used in the module
  • The subject categories that apply to the module
  • Terms that describe the most important topics in the module
  • A brief description of the module. You may markup the summary section with inline CNXML tags.
Basic metadata fields
Enter basic information about your module here.

Click the Save button. The metadata entries are saved and the "Contents" tab displays with the title of the collection. This tab is where you do the actual editing of the module content.

Editing modules

Once you have opened a new or adapted module within one of your Work Areas, you will need to edit the module to add content and files (such as images). These operations are performed with the linksand buttons on the "Manage Files" screen or the "Module Status" sidebar. The recommended sequence to perform these operations in is described in this moduleand appears in the following list:

  1. Edit the CNXML file.
  2. Add any other files that youwant to associate with the module.
  3. Edit the metadata to enter the appropriate search keywords and the module title.
  4. Edit the module roles .
  5. Add links to the module.
  6. Preview the module in both print and on-line versions.
  7. Publish the module.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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