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How do I link to a parent site?

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Parent sites can be useful in managing large courses with many sections, or a program that has a central site.  

For example, Course ABC1234 has 15 sections. There are three TAs in this course who are each managing five sections. There can be a parent course called ABC1234 and then three child courses (Sections 1234,2345,3456; Sections 4567,5678,6789; Sections 7891,8912,9123).  TAs are assigned only to the sections they manage. The content, announcements, communications, etc., can take place at the parent course level. Graded items and gradebooks will be housed at the child course level.

Or another example, the Nursing program has a site where all nursing students get information and communicate with program administrators. This site would be the parent site and each of the 15 Nursing courses can be child courses to the parent site.

Note: Participants will only access the sites in which they are enrolled. So in the Nursing example above, students would only see the nursing courses in which they are enrolled, and the parent site. They would not see the other Nursing child courses in which they are not enrolled. In the ABC1234 example, students would only see their own child courses and the parent site, not all three child courses.

Select Site Info.

Select Site Info

Select the Site Info tool from the Tool Menu of the child site to be linked to a parent site.

Select Link to Parent Site

Select Link to Parent Site from the Actions Menu.

Choose the parent site.

Choose a parent site from the dropdown menu

Use the dropdown menu to choose the parent site.

select Set Link

Review the parent course selected, then select Set Link.

Example: Child sites in the parent site.

Child sites appear as link in tool menu of parent

For Instructors: In the parent site, the child courses show up in the Tool Menu and can be accessed by their links.

For Students: In the parent site, only the child course the student is enrolled in shows up in the Tool Menu and can be accessed by its link.

Example: Parent sites in the child site

Breadcrumb trail shows association between parent and child

In the child site, the link to the parent site appears in the breadcrumbs.

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