Add external URLs to a course


External URLs are most commonly added to the Modules tool. The recommendation is to set the link to open in a new tab, which will take the user to the external site. For more information, see How do I add an external URL as a module item?


Instructors can create a Page and paste all URLs onto the page for students to access. Instructors can also embed external links to multiple pages, depending on how they'd like to organize the course. If using one page for all URLs, organize the URLs by using headings or another way to section off the links.

Course Navigation Menu

The teaching team can add an external URL directly to the course navigation menu. To do so, use the Redirect tool.

  1. Go into your course and click on Settings from the lefthand navigation. 
  2. Click Apps near the top of the page. 
  3. Click the Redirect Tool or you can search for it by typing “Redirect Tool” in the search bar. 
    redirect arrow
  4. Click +Add App.
  5. Fill in the fields for Name (as you want it to appear on your navigation bar), URL Redirect, and select the checkboxes that apply.
    • Make sure to select “Show in Course Navigation”Settings for redirect tool
  6. Click Add App.

Reload the page and you will see a new link in the course navigation. If you'd like to change the order of your navigation tools, go to Settings > Navigation > drag and drop tools to your liking > scroll down and Save. 

Note: You can add links to any tool that has the Rich Content Editor, such as on Assignments, Pages, Announcements, etc.