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How to Create a Course/Series Resource

Creating a Course/Series Resource


A series is a resource type that allows multiple resources to be placed under a “parent” resource. Each of the child resources will be listed under this parent. This is especially useful for resources that are related and can be viewed together, such as a lecture series, short course, or a static course archive.  There is an additional  "Blackboard-like" Course functionality on the Hub which allows members to create and administer active online courses which students can enroll in remotely; this functionality is not currently being implemented, and it will be introduced as there is demand from MCRN members to work with this advanced feature.


Administrators can create Course/Series resources on the back-end of the HUB.  If you are a non-administrator and you wish to create a series, you can begin by submitting the child resources (eg: Presentations, Videos, etc.) for an admin to build into a series.  Once you have finished uploading the children resources, submit a ticket on the Hub, under the Help menu in the top right, to have your series created and include:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • List of contributors and organizations that provided support
  • The order in which you want your child resources to appear in the Series


Documentation For Administrators

There are two ways to create a series. The first involves creating the Parent first, and then creating the children underneath the parent. The alternative way involves uploading the resources first, and then creating a parent and associating the children with it. 

Option 1: Creating a parent and children

  1. First, we must create the Parent resource, by logging into the back-end of the Hub and under the Components tab select Resources.

  2. In the Resource Manager, create a new resource by clicking the New icon.

  3. Fill in the new resource details such as the title, location, and text.

  4. In the type drop down, select Series as the new resource type.

  5. Select the contributors by entering the user’s name or user ID and then add them to the list of contributors.

  6. Fill in the publishing information by selecting the status as Published, the group the resource will belong to, access level, creator of the resource, and the publishing dates.

  7. Click Save & Close to save the new resource series.

  8. Child resources are added after the parent resource is created.

  9. To add child resources go to the Resource Manager and find the new resource series and click on the + under the column Children.

  10. Create a new resource to add under the parent resource or add in previously created resources by clicking Add existing and typing in the resource ID, then click Next.

  11. Note: Only add one child resource at a time

  12. After one child has been created, you can continue adding children by clicking Add Child under the Resource Manager: Child Resource. Repeat the process until you have completed the series.

  13. View the new Resource series on the front-end of the HUB.

  14. On the Resource, click View Series and you will be able to view all of the resources under the parent resource.

Option 2: Creating the Children and associating them with a parent

  1. Navigate to to walk through the resource upload process for each resource in the series.

  2. Once you have uploaded the resources, navigate to the backend of the hub and log in.

  3. Navigate to Components > Resources.

  4. Find the resources that you contributed from the backend, and note the ID numbers in the ID column. These numbers will be needed for the next step, so be sure to record them.

  5. To create the parent, click the New button.

  6. Fill out the details, and click Save & Close.

  7. Find the parent resource in the list, and click the + sign in the Children column to add a child.

  8. Click Add a Child.

  9. Click the radio button next to Add Existing – Resource ID, and then type the Resource ID of one of the children you recorded previously.

  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you have associated all children with the parent. Once this is done, the process is complete.


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