Users may contribute many types or categories of resources. All HUBs come with a default set of types. They are:
- Learning Modules
- Online Presentations
- Teaching Materials
Some types can be contributed by any user via the front-end â€œcontributeâ€ component. Some types, such as Learning Modules or Series cannot presently be contributed via the front-end due to their complex nature (more on this below).
The default list of types may not completely suit your needs and you may wish to add your own, new types. This can be done from the administrative back-end of the site by following these steps:
- Login to the administrative back-end.
- Once logged in, find â€œComponentsâ€ in the main menu bar located toward the top of the page. You should be presented with a drop-down menu containing a list of all the installed components on your HUB.
- Select â€œResourcesâ€ from the list.
Once the â€œResources Managerâ€ page has loaded, select â€œTypesâ€ from the sub-menu found under the â€œResources Managerâ€ title.
You should now be presented with a list of all the â€œMain Typesâ€ (selected by default). There are multiple categories of types. If not already selected, select â€œMain Typesâ€ from the â€œcategoriesâ€ option found directly above the list or navigate the listing until you see those designated as â€œMain Typesâ€. These are the primary types of resources users will be able to contribute, browse, etc.
Click the title of a type to edit it or click â€œNew Typeâ€ (green circle with a plus sign in the middle) from the toolbar on the top right of the page.
Fill in the title field (what you want this type to be called) and select â€œMain Typeâ€ from the category list. You may then optionally fill in a description (longer explanation) of this type.
Decide if this resource type can be contributed from the front-end â€œcontributeâ€ component by checking/unchecking the â€œcontributableâ€ checkbox. Due to the complex structure of some resources, the front-end â€œcontributeâ€ component cannot handle the creation of some resource types. This checkbox ensures what such a resource type does not accidently show up as a type the user can self contribute.
Next, you may decide what custom fields you wish to have filled in by the user for that resource type. Options are single-line text boxes, multi-line text areas, checkboxes, select list (pull down), radio options, pre-defined options (language list, etc.). A field may be required or not.
Click â€œSaveâ€ (icon looks like a floppy disk) in the toolbar on the top right of the page.
New resource types should now be available as a resource option and changes to types should take affect immediately.