Link to a parent site

From EdTech Help

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.

Go to Site Info.

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Select the Site Info tool from the Tool Menu of your site.

Click Link to Parent Site.

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Click Link to Parent Site from Site Info tabs.

Select the parent site from the drop-down menu.

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Click the down arrow to highlight and select the parent site from your list of courses.

Click Set Link.

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Review the parent course you selected, then click the Set Link button.

Example: Child sites in the parent site.

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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.

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

More questions about the Site Info tool?

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This page is adapted from an equivalent Sakai Community help article.

The original Sakai Community help article, unedited, is available at