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The Section Template in Academic Scheduling includes the ability to add a Custom Field called “URL”; this question type can be used to add a link into the section editor that schedulers can click to access information from another site that would be useful or meaningful to them when building the schedule.
It can also be used to launch into the SIS or some other system with contextual information (e.g. To launch into the SIS to the instructor assignment screen or to a page in the SIS that contains information about the course). Tokens can be added to the URL that enable such contextual information to be inserted automatically.
Some schools have custom workflows in their SIS that launch additional services. The URL question type can be used to link to those workflows.
This article walks you through how dynamic URLs work in the Section Template. If you aren’t sure how custom fields work in general – or you need help adding them to your template – go here.
Adding a Static URL
If you don’t add any tokens to the URL, the URL you’re adding is a regular (static) URL. Here’s how you do it:
Click “Set Dynamic URL”.
Paste the URL directly into the “Define URL” field.
Click “X” to close out of the “Set Dynamic URL” modal (the URL will auto-save).
Setting a Dynamic URL
Whereas static links take you to the same page every time you click it, a dynamic URL is a page address that results from the search of a database-driven website.
How to Set It Up
Click “Set Dynamic URL”.
Paste your link into the “Define url” field.
Click “+” to insert tokens into the URL wherever the URL should dynamically reference a data element that is not static. The tokens will appear as blue sections in the URL (see screenshot below).
Click “X” to close out of the “Set Dynamic URL” modal (the URL will auto-save; however, you will still need to click the “save” button in the upper right-hand corner of the page in order for this edit to be preserved).
In the following URL, the fields in blue represent tokens that will dynamically direct to the applicable field in PeopleSoft.
Dynamic Links in the Section Editor
Once added to the Section Template, the dynamic/deep link will appear in the Section Editor.
In the below example, users who click the dynamic link in the Section Editor – and are already logged into their SIS – will land directly in the instructor details in PeopleSoft (no need to log in once again).