Adding a Course Meta Link

STOP!! If you don't make use of groups in your course (for things like sorting your Gradebook by section, separate Attendance sessions for each section, etc) you can proceed.  If you DO make use of groups based on section, you should go to the course where you will host your content, and create a group and place all the students in that group BEFORE you add the meta link(s)!  With that being said...

In AsULearn, you can bring in enrollments from other courses/sections in which you have 'Teacher' role by adding a "Course meta link" enrollment method. If you need to create meta links to courses where you are not the instuctor of record, the actual instructor can add you to her/his course as a Teacher in AsULearn (see Adding People to a Course).

Here's how to add a course meta link, and assign the imported users to a new or existing group (if desired):

  1. Navigate to the course in AsULearn that you wish to use as your "metacourse" (where you've placed all your content).  You must have "Teacher" role in the course, as well as in any other courses you wish to "meta link" to.
  2. Click the 3-line "Hamburger" button at the top left to open the drawer, and click 'Participants.'

    Drawer with Participants link

  3. At the right of the Participants window, open the Gear icon, and click on the Enrollment Methods link.

     Gear Menu - Enrollment Methods

  4. On the resulting Enrollment Methods page, use the Add method... pulldown menu to select Course meta link.

    Add Method - Course Meta Link Option

  5. From the pulldown menu containing all the courses in which you have the Teacher role, select the course whose enrollments you wish to add, being sure to check for the correct term.  You can also use the Search field to search for courses in the list by number, section, or name.  Again, be sure to check the term! 

    Select course for meta link

    Though they have to be selected one at a time, you can add as many course meta links as you wish from this screen.  They appear as blue buttons at the top as they are added.  If you make a mistake, just click the 'X' to remove the course from the meta link list:

    Choose Multiple Courses

  6. Use the "Add to group" option create groups and add meta-linked students to groups right from the 'Course Meta Link' page.  If you forgot to make your groups, just create them here (and you can rename them later if you want), or simply assign them to the desired existing group.  If you want individual groups for each linked course, you'll have to add them one at a time.  IN the example above, all the students in the 3 meta linked courses would be placed in the same group.

    Add to Group option
    Groups are especially useful if you use the Attendance tool and set up sessions for each section, and if you want to filter your Gradebook by section.  In that scenario, you''ll add your meta links one at a time so you can control the groups.

  7. When you are satisfied, click the 'Add method' button:

    Click Add Method Button

  8. When you're done, you'll be returned to the Enrollment methods page, where you will see the enrollments you added to create your "metacourse." Success!  You can delete mistakes from this page also, if you notice you selected the wrong course, and you can see how many users came in on the meta link(s) -- one less than the total, since you are counted as the instructor as well.  If you wish to add another meta link or links, use the 'Add method' pulldown and repeat from Step 4.

    List of Enrollment methods

  9. You'll want to be sure that only your "metacourse" is visible to students, and all the "child courses" you added via the meta link are NOT visible. That way, your students see only your "metacourse" since the other section(s) are not visible.  No confusion!  Remember that ALL courses in AsULearn are made visible on the first day of class -- so you'll want to 'hide' the sections you aren't using on that first day.
  10. It is also a recommended practice to place a "Welcome message" in the summary at the top of your course (or create a label), letting students know that they're in the right place. Something like: "Welcome to MUS1001--Sections 101, 102, & 103!" That will stop the emails from students saying, "I'm registered for section 103.  Why do I see section 101!?!"
  11. If you have any questions or problems, please contact your assigned LTS college consultant.
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