The ELDT have developed a web page that can be used to create friendly links to VLE module sites.
How does it work?
1. Work out what the Course ID of the module site you want to link to is. That’s the code that starts Y (for example, Y2013-000123, or if it’s a community site YOPEN-000123). The Course ID can be found in the Control Panel of a site under Customisation and Properties.
2. Construct the link. The redirect web page URL is http://www.york.ac.uk/univ/org/vle/vle/redirect.cfm?courseid=Y2013-003783. You will need to substitute the Course ID in the URL with the Course ID of the site you want to link to.
3. When the link is clicked the page will redirect the user to the module site (if they are already logged into the VLE). If they are not already logged in then the Shibboleth login page will be displayed, and after successfully logging in the user is forwarded on to your module site.
Why is this useful?
Some staff/departments create web pages containing links to VLE module sites, for example, a programme site which contains links to all the VLE module site in that programme. Updating these types of pages each year (as the links to the module sites change during rollover) can take a while. If however, this new module redirect page was used instead, then updating these links would be much easier. Staff updating the page would simply need to change the Y2013 to Y2014 in the links they wanted to update.