Typical Points of Access for Concourse

In general there are three places where access should be provided:

  • Externally: This refers to the public domain. All syllabi in Concourse can be made available, in whole or in part, through the public view. The search page is also available to the public so that courses can be discovered. Prospective students, transfer schools, and reporting agencies might fall into this category.
  • Internally: The refers to the academic community at large, which is usually everyone who has a .edu email address. Here users would be expected to log on to gain access to additional Concourse functionality, like reporting and a deeper view of course syllabi than that of the public view. Deans, Template Managers, Institutional Researchers, and even Students and Instructors (for preview purposes) would fall into this category.
  • From the LMS: This refers to users who actually have a role in the given course, traditionally Students and Instructors. Different than internal access, this view brings up a specific course syllabus and provides you with options for viewing and editing that are consistent with your role in the course. You are not expected to search for or visit any other courses from this entry point.

Enabling the external entry point is easy. Most institutions simply put a link to the search page (https://yourdomain.campusconcourse.com/search) alongside other resources like your course catalog.

The internal entry point is usually handled by a campus portal through single sign-on (SSO) or is placed on a page designed for use by your academic community where users are then asked to log in to Concourse directly.

LMS integration is support by the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard. It is then helpful to consider where Concourse should be exposed within the LMS.

 Some schools have implemented more advanced entry schemes, many through the use of Concourse's static URLs. This includes embedding a syllabus within an online catalog, linking to syllabi from the SIS, showcasing on faculty homepages, and even predefined search results, like "Pharmacy Department Summer Courses." In all cases, the copying of a given link will place the user at the public view, or they will be asked to log in before proceeding.

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