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An IMS content package is a collection of files which are packaged according to an agreed standard so they can be reused in different systems. The IMS content package module enables such content packages to be uploaded as a zip file and added to a course as a resource.

Content is usually displayed over several pages, with navigation between the pages. There are various options for displaying content in a pop-up window, with a navigation menu or buttons etc.

An IMS content package may be used for presenting multimedia content and animations.

Adding an IMS content package 

  1. Click Turn editing on.
  2. Select IMS Content package from the Add an activity or resource menu.
  3. Enter a IMS name and description to appear on the course page for learners.
  4. Select the package file you want to use.
  5. Customise the available settings, see IMS content package settings to learn more.
  6. Click Save and display (or Save and return to course).

Uploading an IMS content package.

IMS content package settings


Whatever you type here will form the link learners click on to view the IMS content package, so it is helpful to give it a name that suggests its purpose.


Add a description of your package here (this may or may not be required according to admin settings). Click Show editing tools to display the rich text editor, and drag the bottom right of the text box out to expand it.

Display description on the course page

If this box is ticked, the description will appear on the course page just below the name of the package.

Content package

Either drag and drop your IMS Content package into the content package box or you can click the Choose a file button to locate and add your IMS Content package via the File picker.

Archive packagesArchive packages refers to the number of previous versions of this package that you wish to keep.-
Common module settings

See Common module settings to learn more.

Activity completion

See Activity completion to learn more.

Restrict access

See Restrict access to learn more.


See Tags to learn more.


IMS activity settings.

Site administration settings

The IMS content package module has additional settings which may be changed by an administrator in Site administration > Plugins > Activity modules > IMS content package.


How many packages should be archived?

On this page

The Totara Academy has a whole course dedicated to using Course resources in Totara Learn.  Here you can learn more on how to use various course resources, see best practice, and give it a go yourself.

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