Learn@Illinois Moodle - Autolinking
An autolink is a link that is created automatically when the title of an activity or resource is typed in the course site. If I add a PDF file to my course and name it "Syllabus", every time I used the word "Syllabus", it will link to that PDF. It is not case-sensitive, but extra spaces, non-standard spaces, and punctuation will thwart autolinking.
This page goes over how to prevent autolinking on the individual, activity/resource, and course site levels.
For this reason, it is strongly recommended that common words or phrases not be used as titles. For example, in a biology course, an instructor might rename a resource about evolution from being called "Evolution" to "Unit 1 Lecture: Evolution". This way, they can be deliberate about when they would like the system to create an autolink (every time they type the phrase "Unit 1 Lecture: Evolution") rather than triggering an autolink inadvertently (every time they use the word "evolution"). You can turn autolinking off on the individual level, activity/resource level, and course site level.
Preventing Autolinking on the Individual LevelIn this example, assume we have an activity named "Attendance". I want to use this word, but I don't want it to link to the activity.
- Highlight the word "attendance".
- Click the prevent automatic linking button.
For the HTML savvy, the proper code is <span class="nolink">attendance</span>
Preventing Autolinking on the Activity/Resource LevelThis method prevents anything within an activity or resource from autolinking.
- Click on the activity/resource you want to alter.
- Under the administration for the activity/resource, select Filters.
- On this page, find the filter called Activity names auto-linking and change the selection to Off.
Preventing Autolinking on the Course Site LevelThis is the same as above, only you will select the filters for the course-level and not the activity/resource level. Nothing in the course site will be autolinked.
For more information about autolinking: