Information Services

Content Collections

Course materials uploaded into Learn can be managed to help avoid duplication of content and allow for materials to be re-used easily.

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From the beginning of the 23/24 academic year, all new courses will be delivered using an updated Learn interface. In order to ensure that users can access support materials for current and previous year courses we have kept old support materials on Edweb pages and created a new Sharepoint Learn site full of useful resources for the new interface.

For Learn resources for current courses, please visit the Learn Sharepoint (University of Edinburgh users only).

Here you can access the most up-to-date information such as:

  • Good practice guidance
  • Training and support resources 
  • How to guides

To access support material for older courses please use the pages below as usual.


Course Content

The Content Collection is the file manager area of Learn which allows users to store files and folders for each course.  You can store content for multiple courses you teach on and can share content across courses with other users.

There are different areas in the Content Collection some of which you may not have access to:

  • Specific Course Content e.g. EASC080082014-5SV1SEM2
  • All Courses Content
  • All Organisations Content
  • Institution Content

Opening the Content Collection will show a folder for each Course that allows you to see the content. Instructors will see folders for the courses they are teaching when they access the Content Collection.

Institution Content Collection

If you have files and resources that are associated with multiple courses it is possible to save these materials to a directory that is available at School or department level.


  • Programme Handbooks
  • School Code of Conduct
  • Datasets
  • Multimedia Packages

Files stored in the institution content collection can be linked to multiple courses and have a variety of access permissions associated with them. When a file is updated in the Institution Content Collection, the change is applied to all courses because the courses link to the single location.

Institution Content Collections are not currently available for all Schools and units. If you would like to discuss this in more detail please contact the IS Helpline.

Instructors can store, share, and publish content within course folders in the Content Collection throughout courses they are an instructor on in Learn.

Once you have added content to any course, it is stored in your Content Collection for re-use in any other course in which you are an instructor. If you wish to update a file, doing this once in your content collection will change the file across all of your courses.

If you wish to review the items in your content collection, click “Content collection” from the navigation pane.

You can upload files to this area if you click on the course you wish to add files to, then click “Upload” to add files.

If you wish to add a file from your content collection to your course, when you are adding an item, select “browse from content collection” rather than “browse my computer”.

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