Can there be a URL tab, similiar to the assignments, quiz, and pages tab to collect all the URLs in use in a class.
Not that I am aware of, you could maybe get your admin to make something for you. The easiest way would be to have all your urls in a module and have a link to that somewhere, maybe on your home page for ease.
Thanks, Josh. Were you included in the reply I sent to James? In the meantime, yes: I will use an unpublished module to aggregate these URLs. I really appreciate your reply.
I must confess I'm not sure what you're asking for ... and that makes it difficult to provide assistance.
On one hand, it sounds like you're asking for a routing table for the course. That is, give a list of all valid links within a course. But that seems like overkill since every user, discussion, assignment, quiz, etc., has a link. Listing them in a table would provide no context to them and some people shut off the existing tabs because they feel students are confused by them.
It could also be taken that you're asking for a list of all the URLs that have been given in any of the content created within the pages, rather than to the actual pages within the course. So, if you have a page that has resources with links, it would gather all of those links in one place. If that's the case, one might question why and if there was some other way to accomplish the same thing. For example, if you're trying to pull all the links into one place so that you can validate them, there are other tools available that will do that such as those discussed here:Automatic Broken Link Checker? and Course Analysis Tool
When you say URLs tab, it might be my confusion about what you're talking about. There are the Course Navigation Links on the left side (How do I use the Course Navigation Menu as an instructor? ) that are styled as buttons, not tabs. There is a Content Selector in the Rich Content Editor (What is the Content Selector in the Rich Content Editor? ) that has those same options you mentioned in an accordion style system.
Maybe you already have a page that contains all the URLs used in a course and you just want to make it easy for the students to find it. In that case, you might find the Redirect Tool (External App/LTI) to be useful, although most would probably suggest just adding a link to the top of the modules page.
If you could provide a little more information about what you're trying to accomplish and why, it might help us provide you with more assistance.
Thanks for your response. I am thinking that, when I'm in a module, and when I create a quiz, for example, that quiz link automatically shows up in the quiz tab on the side of the screen. The same is true for links to assignments, content pages, files and discussions. Similarly, I was wondering if it would be possible to aggregate the external URL links when I add this option to a module.
Thanks for your patience with my description. I love using canvas.
Thanks for the clarification, Jonathan.
As others have said, there is nothing built-in to Canvas to have provide that functionality. If you want it automatically done, I would check out Josh Blumberg's Course Analysis Tool. If you run it on your course, you should (it's been a couple of months since I saw the tool) be able to copy/paste the links from the Google Spreadsheet into the unpublished page the others are suggesting. Otherwise, just try to remember to keep your separate list updated as you add links.
Jonathan, is it possible that you're accustomed to seeing something like this in another LMS? (Web Links, for example, was a feature in an LMS we used way back when.) When we migrated to Canvas we opted to collect those web resources on a page, but we found that adding the relevant links to the appropriate modules worked better for our students.
If you want to collect the links strictly for your own purposes, you could adopt Joshua Emmitt's solution, and simply keep the module unpublished.
Thanks, Stephanie. Were you included in the reply I sent to James? I will follow your and Josh's advice and use an unpublished module to aggregate these URLs. Thanks for your reply. I really love using Canvas.
Yes, Jonathan, I've received all of the updates on this discussion question. I'm glad you love Canvas; we do too!
...and I'm seeing the possibility of two separate feature idea submissions here. One would be to have a list of saved URLs appear in the Insert Content into the Page editor that pops up on the right side of the page when you're using the Rich Content Editor. The other would be to have a list of saved URLs appear as an option in inserting content into Modules (not External URL, which already exists, but a separate content selector for saved URLs). If you'd like to develop use cases for these features, you might consider asking for them in the form of feature ideas: How do I create a new feature idea?
Hi Jonathan Carlyon...
In our previous LMS, Pearson eCollege's LearningStudio, we had something called a "Webliography" where instructors could add URLs to websites of interest for the course. These websites were not typically links to other content within the course (since we had other ways to link to that content), but rather they were websites that went outside of our LMS's domain. We could create categories for the URLs and then assign them to that category. We could also add a short description to each URL entry added to the "Webliography". Finally, we could add the "Site Author" and "Site Last Edited" date if we knew that information. Here's a screen shot of what it looked like.
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