So your course is empty and you want to begin to add things to it. How do you do that?
In order to add activities, resources and blocks, you always have to begin by turning editing on. This can be done in 2 places: the upper right hand corner of the course page, or from the Administration block located in the left hand column. Click once to turn editing on.
Once the editing is on, you will see new icons and options. You can now begin to make changes or additions to the course. Note the different icons that appear with editing on in the image below (click to enlarge):
Now that you understand that turning editing on is the first step toward adding or editing anything in your course, our next step is making changes to course settings (not content). Let’s look at that.