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Publish Anywhere: How to use deep linking

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Publish Anywhere supports deep linking to activities, allowing teachers to browse the content available to them and choose to add only what they want—all from within your chosen LMS.

Previously, teachers and other content authors had to import all activities (via IMSCC package) and delete what they didn't want. Deep linking allows for more flexibility and better supports teachers that want to add additional materials to their existing courses.

Deep links are made possible using an LTI 1.3 extension that allows for an LMS to query a third-party system for available content. You can then select which content you would like to use, and the third-party automatically creates links to those activities in the LMS.

1. Create content author domain

Buzz allows you to create course content in one author domain and make it available in other domains, making it easy to keep the content updated for all users.

Publishers using Publish Anywhere should follow this same model, and create a customer content domain.

3. Browse and select deep-linked content

Once you've configured Publish Anywhere as a tool and enabled deep links in your LMS:

  1. Navigate to the location in your LMS where you can add content, and choose to add an activity.
  2. Because it has been preconfigured, Publish Anywhere appears as a content resource in your LMS (under the name you've given it).
    • In our Moodle example, you can find this by choosing External tools as your activity resource, finding your Publish Anywhere tool in the Preconfigured tool dropdown, and clicking Select content.
  1. This opens your activity Catalog which displays the content (domains, courses, folders, and activities) you have access to.
  2. You can search with text and filter results by Collection, Title, Objective, and Activity type. Click the search [magnifying glass] icon to expand and collapse search fields.
  3. You can also click the content to explore. Clicking a domain, course, or folder displays its contents.
  1. Clicking an activity lets you Preview the activity.  
  2. Click Add for the content you want and it is placed in your cart; click Remove to take it out of your cart.
  3. Your cart shows you how many activities you have selected. Click the cart to review and finalize your selections.
  1. In your cart, you can Remove activities.
  2. Gradable activities allow you to check the Add to gradebook button, so their grades can be tracked.
  3. Click Add activities to add them to your course.

When the activities are added, your LMS should display a confirmation message. In Moodle it looks like this:

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