Would you like to combine enrollments for different courses or sections into a single course in AsULearn, so you don't have to post information and resources multiple times? You can very easily achieve this by creating a Course meta link to add enrollments from as many courses or sections as you wish into a single AsULearn course.
You must have the Teacher role in any course(s) to which you want to add a meta link. If you need to create meta links to courses where you do not have the Teacher role, the actual instructor can add you to the course as a Teacher (see Participants: Add to Course).
I teach two sections of HIS 1102, and I'd like to combine them in a single AsULearn course.
I teach a MUS 4411 for undergraduates, and a 5411 for graduate students, and I'd like to combine them in a single AsULearn course.
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. 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 your Banner enrollments synced to a specified group. Your course metalink will sync those enrollments to a group.
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.
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
For any of these scenarios, add your course meta links one at a time so you can control the groups.
Be sure that only your metacourse is visible to students and all the linked courses you added via the meta link remain 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?"
Combining several sections of a course into a metacourse is easy, but there are several extra ways you can make a metacourse an even more powerful time saver. Once you set one up, you'll want to take care of a couple of housekeeping items, and you may have questions about how to use those courses separately within the metacourse in your emailing, attendance, and gradebook.
If you have any questions or problems, please contact your college consultant.
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