A course link is a shortcut to an existing area, tool, or item in a course. Add course links next to relevant course materials to create a better experience for students. For example, you may want students to revisit an earlier reading assignment to reinforce their learning before a quiz. Course links provide access to target content without extra scrolling and clicking to find the target item’s original location.
When you create a course link, it appears on the Course Content page as a link icon layered over the target item’s icon. For example, a course link to a learning module will appear on the page with the link icon layered over the learning module icon.
Creating course links
To add a link, select Create by selecting the plus option on the Course Content page where you want your link to appear. This opens the Create Item panel. Select the Link option.
This opens a New Link page with two tabs:
- Create Web Link (for linking to websites external to a course)
- Create Course Link (for linking to content within a course)
Select the Create Course Link tab to add a course link.
To search for the target content item, type a keyword. You can also select one or more checkboxes in the Categories list. When you add a course link at the root or top level of the Course Content page, you can add course links to any content item, including Document, Assessments (all types), SCORM, File, Journal, Folder, and Learning Module. When you add a course link to nested content, the option to add course links to folders and learning modules is hidden.
Select Search to view search results. Select a content item from the list displayed. Once an item is selected, you can edit Display Name. If your target item has a description, it's included here. You can edit or add a description. Changing the display name or description on this page doesn't affect the target item’s display name or description.
You can edit release conditions and whether or not students can see the content by selecting the student visibility menu under the display title.
Keep in mind that changes made to student visibility or release conditions on the course link applies to the target content, as well as the other way around. You can use batch edit to modify linked items but not associated course links.
The context menu for a course link to an item provides these options:
- Edit Course Link
- Edit Linked Item
- Delete Course Link
Users can expand a course link to a folder or learning module as they would for a folder or learning module. This allows the user to view the nested contents of the target folder or learning module. The contents displayed are read only. To modify nested content displayed in the expanded course link, it must be modified in the target folder or learning module.
When you make changes to the nested contents of a folder or learning module, the changes will appear for any related, expanded course link.
You can create course links for most course materials and activities. Keep in mind these exceptions:
- You can’t create course links for discussions and web links.
- You can't move into another folder or learning module a course link to a folder or learning module. A warning message displays if you try to move a course link in this way.
- You can’t use course links with learning modules where force sequence is enabled. This would allow users access to content they shouldn't yet access.
- If a course link exists in a learning module, it's not possible to enable force sequence.
When a course is copied into a new course, course links are updated to link within that new course. There are exceptions:
- You can’t copy course links for third-party content (LTI).
- When copying or converting a Learn Original course to a Learn Ultra course, the copy process excludes course links for folders, learning modules, and web links. The conversion report includes an exception for course links and explains their removal.
- You can't copy into another folder or learning module a course link to a folder or learning module. The option to copy course links to folders and learning modules is hidden if you select the Copy Content option from the + menu while inside a folder or learning module.
For administrators: This feature is available for all Ultra courses. No configurations are needed.