RU Courses

RU Courses

  • Creating an RU Courses Module

    • How to video:

    Overview

    The RU Courses module displays the course schedule for a specific subject, or courses by course ID number.

    Below is a sample display of the RU Courses Module:

    Sample of the RU Courses Module

    Procedure

    1) Create a new RU Courses Module.

    • Go to Extensions --> Modules and click New.
    • From the list of choices of module types, select "Rutgers Course List".

    Select a Module Type: Rutgers Course List

    2) Configure the new module.

    • Enter a "Title" for the module - for example, "Undergraduate Courses" (see #1 below).
    • Select the subject from the "Subject" dropdown menu (see #2 below).
    • Select "Undergraduate" or "Graduate" for "Course Level" (see #3 below).
    • If additional courses from other subjects should be displayed, enter the course numbers, separated by commas, in the "Additional Course Listings" (see #4 below).
      • Enter the additional courses with the format schoolnumber:subject:course or schoolnumber:subject:course:section; for example:
        • 01:350:101
        • 01:350:101:01
    • Click the Menu Assignment tab (see #5 below) and set Module Assignment to "No pages".

      Rutgers Course List: module configuration

    • (Optional) To make additional changes, click the "Module" tab, then change "Override global settings" to "Use custom settings for this module (more options will show when this is selected)." 

      Overriding global settings in the RU Courses module
    • You can then show (by checking) or hide (by unchecking) the following options:
      • Show Section Notes
      • Show Section Subtitles
      • Show Section Comments
      • Show Index Numbers
      • Show CORE Codes & PreReqs
      • Hide Fall Semester
      • Hide Winter Semester
      • Hide Spring Semester
      • Hide Summer Semester
    • When done, click Save & Close.

    3) Create a new Joomla! article to embed the module.

    This article only needs a short line of code to display the module.

    • Create an article in the Joomla! back-end or the front-end.
    • To embed the module, click the Module button below the text area. If you see two Module buttons, click the second one (it looks like it has multiple windows in its icon):

      Click the "Module" button below the text area
    • Enter part or all of the module's title in the "Search in module title and note" field, then press [Enter] or click the search icon.
    • In the "ID" column, click the button with the number inside it to the left of your module's title (this is the module's ID number). In the below example, the arrow indicates that we are clicking the button with the number "1252," which corresponds to the module with title "Undergraduate Course List."

      Click the Module ID number
    • Once selected, "Insert Module" window will close and you will see a bit of text between curly braces, similar to the following:

      { module 1252 }

      This code embeds the module so that it displays in the article:
      Module embed code within article content area
    • Save & Close the article.

     

    Related:  Upload a syllabus so that it appears as a link in the RU Courses module

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  • Creating an RU Courses Module (Joomla! 4)

    • How to video:

    Overview

    The RU Courses module displays the course schedule for a specific subject, or courses by course ID number.

    Below is a sample display of the RU Courses Module:

    Sample of the RU Courses Module

    Procedure

    1) Create a new RU Courses Module.

    • Go to Extensions --> Modules and click New.
    • From the list of choices of module types, select "Rutgers Course List".

    Select a Module Type: Rutgers Course List

    2) Configure the new module.

    • Enter a "Title" for the module - for example, "Undergraduate Courses" (see #1 below).
    • Select the subject from the "Subject" dropdown menu (see #2 below).
    • Select "Undergraduate" or "Graduate" for "Course Level" (see #3 below).
    • If additional courses from other subjects should be displayed, enter the course numbers, separated by commas, in the "Additional Course Listings" (see #4 below).
      • Enter the additional courses with the format schoolnumber:subject:course or schoolnumber:subject:course:section; for example:
        • 01:350:101
        • 01:350:101:01
    • Click the Menu Assignment tab (see #5 below) and set Module Assignment to "No pages".

      Rutgers Course List: module configuration

    • (Optional) To make additional changes, click the "Module" tab, then change "Override global settings" to "Use custom settings for this module (more options will show when this is selected)." 

      Overriding global settings in the RU Courses module
    • You can then show (by checking) or hide (by unchecking) the following options:
      • Show Section Notes
      • Show Section Subtitles
      • Show Section Comments
      • Show Index Numbers
      • Show CORE Codes & PreReqs
      • Hide Fall Semester
      • Hide Winter Semester
      • Hide Spring Semester
      • Hide Summer Semester
    • When done, click Save & Close.

    3) Create a new Joomla! article to embed the module.

    This article only needs a short line of code to display the module.

    • Create an article in the Joomla! back-end or the front-end.
    • To embed the module, click the Module button below the text area. If you see two Module buttons, click the second one (it looks like it has multiple windows in its icon):

      Click the "Module" button below the text area
    • Enter part or all of the module's title in the "Search in module title and note" field, then press [Enter] or click the search icon.
    • In the "ID" column, click the button with the number inside it to the left of your module's title (this is the module's ID number). In the below example, the arrow indicates that we are clicking the button with the number "1252," which corresponds to the module with title "Undergraduate Course List."

      Click the Module ID number
    • Once selected, "Insert Module" window will close and you will see a bit of text between curly braces, similar to the following:

      { module 1252 }

      This code embeds the module so that it displays in the article:
      Module embed code within article content area
    • Save & Close the article.

     

    Related:  Upload a syllabus so that it appears as a link in the RU Courses module

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  • Uploading syllabi files as links within RU Courses modules

    • How to video:

    Overview

    These instructions explain how to upload a syllabus so that it appears as a link in the Undergraduate Course List ("RU Courses" module).

    Example:

    Example of RU Course List module with linked syllabus file

    Preparation

    The following steps only need to be followed once; afterwards, you can upload syllabi as needed following the steps under "Procedure" below.

    Create Joomla! Media Manager folder

    • Go to Content > Media
    • If you don't see a folder called "syllabi" create it as follows:
      • Click Create New Folder
      • For the new folder name, enter "syllabi"
      • Click Create Folder

    Configure RUCourses Plugin

    • Go to Extensions > Plugins
    • Find RUCourses Plugin and click on it
    • For "Location of syllabus files" select "Joomla! - Media Manager"
    • For "Select a folder" select "syllabi"
    • Click Save & Close

     

    Procedure

    1) Name the syllabi files.

    Use the following naming convention to rename the syllabus file to one of these formats:

    YYYYsemester-school-subject-course.pdfYYYYsemester-school-subject-course-section.pdf

    Replace the elements of the above format with the following: 

    • YYYY:  the four digit year.
    • semester:  To indicate "semester", use corresponding number below:
      • Spring: 1
      • Summer: 7 
      • Fall: 9
      • Winter: 0
    • school-subject-course: standard course number
    • section:  [optional]If the section is not supplied, the syllabus will be treated as a default syllabus for the course and will be loaded for any sections which do not have their own syllabus uploaded.
    • file_extension:   The extension can be pdf, doc, docx, or txt.  PDF is preferred as it will retain text and layout formatting.

    Example:

    A syllabus for 01:377:140 (Foundations of Exercise Science and Sport Studies) Section 06, Fall 2020, PDF format would be named as follows:

    20209-01-377-140-06.pdf


    2) Upload the files.

    Be sure to upload the documents to the "syllabi" folder on the root level of images.  If uploaded elsewhere, "RU Courses" will not be able to find them. 

    1. Navigate to and upload files to the "syllabi" folder. 

      To find the "syllabi" folder, go to Components --> JCE Editor (or JCE Editor Pro) and click the "File Browser" icon that shows in the center of the page: 
      JCE Editor file browser icon

    2. Navigate so that you are in the "syllabi" folder.  When you are, its name will appear highlighted in the left column (see #1 below).

      Uploading to the "syllabi" folder with JCE Editor Pro
    3. Click the cloud icon to upload files (see #2 above)More than one file may be uploaded at a time.

    4. If a file was not named properly, it can be renamed here.  To do that, click the file then look for the edit icon in the right side of window (see #3 above).

     

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  • Uploading syllabi files as links within RU Courses modules (Joomla! 4)

    • How to video:

    Overview

    These instructions explain how to upload a syllabus so that it appears as a link in the Undergraduate Course List ("RU Courses" module).

    Example:

    Example of RU Course List module with linked syllabus file

    Preparation

    The following steps only need to be followed once; afterwards, you can upload syllabi as needed following the steps under "Procedure" below.

    Create Joomla! Media Manager folder

    • Go to Content > Media
    • If you don't see a folder called "syllabi" create it as follows:
      • Click Create New Folder
      • For the new folder name, enter "syllabi"
      • Click Create Folder

    Configure RUCourses Plugin

    • Go to Extensions > Plugins
    • Find RUCourses Plugin and click on it
    • For "Location of syllabus files" select "Joomla! - Media Manager"
    • For "Select a folder" select "syllabi"
    • Click Save & Close

     

    Procedure

    1) Name the syllabi files.

    Use the following naming convention to rename the syllabus file to one of these formats:

    YYYYsemester-school-subject-course.pdfYYYYsemester-school-subject-course-section.pdf

    Replace the elements of the above format with the following: 

    • YYYY:  the four digit year.
    • semester:  To indicate "semester", use corresponding number below:
      • Spring: 1
      • Summer: 7 
      • Fall: 9
      • Winter: 0
    • school-subject-course: standard course number
    • section:  [optional]If the section is not supplied, the syllabus will be treated as a default syllabus for the course and will be loaded for any sections which do not have their own syllabus uploaded.
    • file_extension:   The extension can be pdf, doc, docx, or txt.  PDF is preferred as it will retain text and layout formatting.

    Example:

    A syllabus for 01:377:140 (Foundations of Exercise Science and Sport Studies) Section 06, Fall 2020, PDF format would be named as follows:

    20209-01-377-140-06.pdf


    2) Upload the files.

    Be sure to upload the documents to the "syllabi" folder on the root level of images.  If uploaded elsewhere, "RU Courses" will not be able to find them. 

    1. Navigate to and upload files to the "syllabi" folder. 

      To find the "syllabi" folder, go to Components --> JCE Editor (or JCE Editor Pro) and click the "File Browser" icon that shows in the center of the page: 
      JCE Editor file browser icon

    2. Navigate so that you are in the "syllabi" folder.  When you are, its name will appear highlighted in the left column (see #1 below).

      Uploading to the "syllabi" folder with JCE Editor Pro
    3. Click the cloud icon to upload files (see #2 above)More than one file may be uploaded at a time.

    4. If a file was not named properly, it can be renamed here.  To do that, click the file then look for the edit icon in the right side of window (see #3 above).

     

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