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The Course Hub is the definitive starting point for all course sites.  See:

College: http://courses.middlebury.edu/

Institute: http://courses.miis.edu/

When you log into the Course Hub with your Middlebury username and password you will see a list of all your courses and each course will have its own site with basic information about the course including its title, description, instructor, schedule and location.  Some course hub sites may also contain links to other resources.

Course Hub for Faculty

When faculty log into the CourseHub, they will see a list of all the courses they are teaching.  Each course will have a site with basic information about the course including its title, description, instructor, schedule and location.  Faculty can add to their course hub sites a syllabus and resources.

Troubleshooting: If a faculty member logs in and does not see an accurate course list for the semester, check to see if Course Catalog has the correct information.

1. If the Catalog information is incorrect, contact the Registrar:

2. After the Catalog has been updated, the new information, including an updated course list, will become available in Course Hub.

3. If the Catalog information is correct, contact the IT HelpDesk:

View Course Roster

Course Hub syncs with the campus BannerWeb course and student information system. The course roster for each course is visible to instructors only. The roster includes students registered for a course and student photo, full name, and Middlebury e-mail contact. The roster will dynamically re-sync with Bannerweb, including any add/drops that are initiated via the Records office.

1. Log into Course Hub with your Middlebury username and password:

2. Click the "Roster*" link under the course listing in Course Hub.

Add a Syllabus

1. Log into Course Hub with your Middlebury username and password:

2. To add a syllabus for your course, click on the "+ Add Syllabus" link.  

There are options to copy your syllabus text and paste it into the hub site or you can upload a file that contains your syllabus.

NOTE: Sharing a syllabus on the Course Hub does not add it to other resources you may have linked to. Also, Course Hub only supports the sharing of a single file directly on a given Course Hub site. To share more files, create a resource such as an ERES page (for files stored in ERES) or a Canvas or WordPress site.

Add a Resource

There are lots of different resources that you can create/centralize through Course Hub. To add a resource, you'll start with these steps. You can find additional instructions on how to add specific resources further down on this page. To get started:

1. Log into Course Hub with your Middlebury username and password:

2. On the left, under “My Semester Dashboard” click on the academic term you plan to add resources to.

3. Click "Manage Resources" for the desired course.

4. Click "Add a Resource".

Add a Canvas Site

How to Video: Add a Canvas Site with Course Hub

1. Add a Resource

2. Select "Canvas Resource"

3. Review the Canvas resource settings. Typically, the default settings can be left as they are:

  • Resource/Link Title (*required). Default is set to "Canvas Site".
  • Who can view the link and updates? (*required). Default is "The Class".
  • Connect to an existing Canvas course by ID. Default is blank. You should leave this blank when creating a new Canvas resource. Do not attempt to link to an existing Canvas resource without help from the IT HelpDesk: College HelpDesk Institute HelpDesk
  • Description (not required). Default is set to empty.

4. Click "Save" to proceed with adding a new Canvas resource. Be patient after clicking "Save." A web services request between Bannerweb and Canvas has been initiated and this step may take 5-20 seconds to complete. If you click "Save" multiple times, you will create multiple resources. Once complete, a link to the Canvas resource will appear. Once created you can access the Canvas resource directly from the Course Hub dashboard.

Add a Library E-Reserve Resource

Articles and book chapters are on electronic reserve for individual courses and may be accessed by currently enrolled students. All e-reserve readings are password protected.

How to Video: Add a Library E-Reserve Resource

1. Connect with library to establish your E-Reserve resource:

2. Add a Resource

3. Select "ERES Resource"

4. Configure the settings that appear:

  • ERES Course ID (cid) (*required). After you set up your E-Res resource with the library, enter the Course ID (cid) number found at the end of the URL to your ERES page. For example, for ERES page URL: http://miiseres.middlebury.edu/eres/coursepage.aspx?cid=1277, the course id is '1277'.
  • Who can view the ERES Link? (*required). Default is set to "The Class". You generally should not change the default. Changes to this setting may affect your ERES resource visibility settings.

5. Click "Save" to proceed with adding a link to your course ERES resource.

Add a Wordpress Site Resource

A “WordPress Resource” allows you to connect your students to an institutional (sites.miis.edu) WordPress site through Course Hub. Students may author site content or simply view what has already been posted. Course Hub saves you time by granting your enrolled students access to your WordPress site so that you don’t have to add them individually.

1. Add a Resource

2. Select "WordPress Resource"

3. Configure the WordPress resource for the following settings:

  • What WordPress site? Use the default (“Connect to an existing site”) if you have already created a sites.miis.edu WordPress site. Otherwise, select “Create a new site”. If you want to reference a non-institutional WordPress site (e.g. one that does not contain sites.miis.edu/sites.middlebury.edu), you must post the site as a “Link Resource”.
  • Path of the WordPress site (*required). Enter the path of the new or existing site. For example, the path of http://sites.miis.edu/dlc/ would be 'dlc'.
  • Resource/Link Title (*required). Enter “WordPress Site”. Notes: This is the title that will be visible to students in Course Hub.
  • Who can view the link and updates? (*required). Default is "The Class".
  • Description (not required). Default is set to empty. You do not need to change the default. If you would like to add a brief note here about how the WordPress site will be used, you may. Changes to the description will not affect your WordPress settings or your Course Hub."
  • What Role should students have in the WordPress site? (*required). The possible roles are listed from fewest to greatest permissions. “Author” is likely the most useful role as it allows students to post and comment on each other’s work, and does not require the instructor to review and approve posts. The default is set to “Subscriber” with reading and commenting permissions only. “Moderated posts” must be approved by the Editor/Administrator before being published. “Unmoderated Posts” will be published automatically.

4. Click "Save" to proceed with adding a WordPress resource. Be patient after clicking "Save." You can now access your WordPress resource directly from the Course Hub dashboard. If you have created a new website, your “WordPress Resource” will link to an empty WordPress site. You will need to log in to sites.miis.edu (MIIS) or sites.middlebury.edu (Middlebury College) to create and edit the site content.

Add a Google Drive Folder

How to Video: Add a Google Drive Folder

The Course Hub will provision a Google Drive folder for the class and share it with the instructor(s), students, and audit groups for the course section. In the resource settings, Course Hub makes it easy to set the default role for students/audits: either “Reader” which can only view documents and files or “Writer” which allows students/audits to create and upload documents and files.

Add a Web Link

How to Video: Add a Web Link

A “Link Resource” allows you to connect your students to an outside website through Course Hub. This way, your students can access all your digital resources in one place. You can post one or more “Link Resources” here that you will be asking students to reference frequently.

1. Add a Resource

2. Select "Link Resource"

3. Configure the settings that appear:

  • Resource/Link Title (*required). Enter a short, clear title here. This is the title that will be visible to students in Course Hub.
  • URL (*required). Copy and paste the complete website URL.
  • Who can view the link and updates? (*required) Default is "The Class".
  • Description (not required). Default is set to empty. You do not need to change the default. If you would like to add a brief note here about how the Link will be used, you may.

4. Click "Save" to proceed with adding a Link resource. You and your students can now access the Link resource directly from your Hub dashboards.

Adding a Resource

The Course Hub allows faculty to create resources for their course. Currently the following resource types are available:

  • Canvas site (related documentation is here: Canvas@Middlebury
  • Moodle site (related documentation here: Moodle) MOODLE WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER DECEMBER 2016
  • WordPress site (related documentation here: WordPress)
  • ERES page (related documentation here: Electronic Reserve FAQs)
  • Links
  • RSS Feeds
  • Middfiles Classes Folder
  • Panopto
  • SANSSpace
  • Second Life
  • Shared Moodle Resource (for example, the Academic Integrity Tutorial)

To add a resource to your course hub site, do the following:

  1. Click on the "Manage Resources" button in your semester dashboard OR 
    the "Resources" link in the right sidebar of the hub site for a particular course
  2. Click on the "+ Add a Resource" button
  3. Chose which kind of resource to add
  4. Fill in the required fields and click on the "Save" button

Create Course Hub Sites for lab and discussion sections

Instructors can create Course Hub sites for lab, discussion, independent study, and other section-types that do not have Course Hub sites automatically created.

Lab/discussion Course Hub sites are not needed for the majority of courses as the lecture/seminar sites usually suffice. However, they may be useful in the following cases:

  • The lab is taught by a separate instructor with its own resources and syllabus.
  • You wish to create separate resources (e.g. Moodle sites) for each discussion section.


This LIS blog post has instructions and a brief screen-cast describing how to create additional Course Hub sites: New Course Hub Feature: Create Lab/Discussion Sites.

Using Resources for Multiple sections of a Course

Resources created for a course can be used in multiple sections of that course. In the case of syllabi, links or RSS feeds, these resources should simply be recreated in the separate hub sites for each section of the course.

Canvas and WordPress resources should be created only once in one section of the course. The other sections of the course should also add Canvas/WordPress resources, but should specify the use of an existing site by adding the resource id of the existing site.

For example, the id in the following Canvas resource example is "106"

https://middlebury.instructure.com/courses/106

Displaying Content from a MiddFiles Class Folder

College-Only: When faculty put files in the HANDOUTS, SHARE, or PUBLIC_HTML folders of their class folder, a “Middfiles Class Folder” resource will automatically be added to the Course Hub site. This resource provides a link that allows students to easily browse the files without having to mount a network drive. Read this LIS blog post for details: New Course Hub / Middfiles Integration.