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2. Sections in material entries

If you are publishing your files and entries via the “Materials” rubric, the sections function will allow you to add a clear, meaningful structure to your entries.

You can divide each material entry into as many sections as you want. This automatically generates a table of contents, which lists the individual sections as links and allows users to jump directly to them. You can change the order of your sections at any time. Users can also see when each section was last edited.

Tip: You can edit each section individually and add files to it.

Fig. 2: Sections in a material entry

1. Creating a new section

You can only create sections within existing material entries. Learn how to create a new material entry here. Open the material entry you wish to structure. Click the dropdown menu labeled “Choose action” in the top right corner and select “New section”.

Fig. 3: Adding a new section via the “Choose action” menu.

Give your new section a title. It will be used in the table of contents later. CommSy automatically generates and numbers this table of contents. Under “Description,” you can add text or files that will be displayed underneath the section. This is similar to the process of adding a description to a new material entry. You cannot hide individual sections or modify their access rights.

Fig. 4: Sorting with drag and drop

If the material entry already contains sections, new sections are always listed at the end. To change their order, click the edit symbol on the right side of “Sections” and rearrange the individual sections using drag and drop. 

2. Editing a section after creating it

If you want to edit a section that you have already created, scroll to its title first. Click the edit symbol to the right of the title, description, or files list. You need to save your changes every time you edit a section.

Fig. 5: Editing a section

There are various scenarios in which sections can be useful. For example, if you are using a single material entry to list all reading material needed for a seminar, you can add a new section containing the relevant files after each class. Alternatively, you could use sections if you want your students to complete exercises in CommSy without having to add a new entry for each exercise. In this case, every room member could have their own personal material entry and add new sections to it whenever needed.