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In AsULearn, you can turn any course into a metacourse by simply adding a Course meta link enrollment method to add students from another course or section of the same course. Your metacourse is simply one of your existing course sections created by Banner. For example, you can go to HIS 1102-101, and add a Course meta link for HIS 1102-102 to add the students from section 102 into section 101's course in AsULearn. You place all your content in section 101, and all your students in BOTH section use that course (see Avoid confusion below). This is a process that is internal to AsULearn, and has no affect on students' actual Banner enrollment, of course.

If you have a more complex situation (involving multiple instructors or very high numbers of sections), or any other questions, please contact your CAE College Consultant to find the best solution for your specific need.


If you plan to make use of groups based on section, be sure to enable the Metagroup sync feature to keep metacourse your Banner enrollments synced to a specified metacourse group. Your course metalink will sync those enrollments to a group.

  1. Navigate to the course in AsULearn that you want to use as yourmetacourse (where you'll place all your content). You must have the Teacher role in the course, as well as in any other courses you want to meta link metalink to.

  2. Click the 3-line hamburger icon (top left) to open the drawer, and click Participants.
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  3. At the right of the Participants window, open the gear icon and click on Enrollment methods in the menu.
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  4. On the Enrollment methods page, from the Add method dropdown select Course meta link.
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  5. The Search field for Link Course lists all the courses (except the one you're in) in which you have the Teacher role. Select the course whose enrollments you wish to add to the current course, being sure to check for the correct term. You can also enter text in the Search field to search for courses in the list by number, section, name, semester, or nameyear

  6. Though they have to be selected one at a time, you can add as many of your courses as you wish from this screen to link them to the current course. They appear as buttons at the top as they are added. If you make a mistake, just click the × on the button to remove that course from the meta link list. 

    titleCourse meta link groups

    If you plan to assign each section to its own group, add just one course and complete the steps to add the meta link, then repeat these steps for each additional course you want to link.

    Groups by section are especially useful

    • if you use the Attendance activity and set up sessions for each section;
    • if you want to filter your Gradebook by section;
    • if you want independent messaging/Announcements based on section; or
    • if you want different Assignment submission or Quiz due dates.

    For any of these scenarios, add your course meta links one at a time so you can control the groups.

  7. Use the Add to group setting to add meta linked students to a group right from the Course meta link page. If you did not create a group for these students beforehand, just create it here (and rename it later if you want).

    • If you want individual groups for each linked course, add them one at a time (see Course meta link groups above). In the example shown in the previous step, the students in section 101 were added to the group 101. At this stage selecting Create new group will assign all the students in the incoming section 102 to a group named Dummy Course DUM1000-102 course (which can be renamed to 102 from the Groups main page > select group > Edit group settings button > change Group Name and Save changes).

    • If you do not intend to use groups, leave this setting None.

  8. Click the Add method button to link the courses and pull the Participants creat the metalink, which will add the participants into your master course. You'll be returned to the Enrollment methods page, where you will see the enrollments you added to create your metacourse.via the meta link:

    • You can correct mistakes from this screen; if you selected the wrong course, just click the trashcan icon in the Edit column to delete the meta link, and try again.

    • The Users column shows how many users came in on the meta link. The number of students is likely 1 less than the number shown, since as the instructor you are counted as well (other participants who are not students will also be included in the count).

    • To add another meta link or links, use the Add method menu here and return to step 4 above.


titleAvoid confusion

Be sure that only your metacourse is visible to students and all the linked courses you added via the meta link are not visibleremain hidden. That way, your students see only your metacourse. Remember that ALL courses in AsULearn are made visible on the first day of class, so hide the meta linked courses or sections you aren't using on or soon after that first day of the term.

We also recommend placing a welcome message in the summary at the top of your course to let students know they're in the right place. Use the gear icon (top right), Turn editing on, then in the first topic Edit > Edit section, enter message in Summary, then Save changes. Something like "Welcome to MUS 1001 sections 101, 102, and 103!"   will avoid confusion, and reduce emails from students saying, "I'm registered for section 103. Why do I see section 101?"