Every level and almost every status in the online course catalog can be reached via a defined URI (Uniform Resource Identifier). Every navigation or search in the course catalog automatically generates a corresponding URI in the browser’s address bar. This information can be used as a link across multiple applications (such as in the CMS, but also in any e-mail or chat application). An instructor or editor who wants to create a link to a course has several options:
The advanced search function in the course catalog gives users the option to bookmark a certain search query. For example, the user can create a link to all “main seminar” (Hauptseminar) courses offered during summer semester 2012 in the Department of Political and Social Sciences with the word “politics” in the course title. To do this, simply perform an advanced search and use the URI that is generated, which is shown in the address bar.
There are two ways to access courses offered in past and future semesters: either in the main menu, via the “Semester” option, or by performing an advanced search for courses offered during a different semester.
It is not necessary to refer explicitly to the archive. As soon as the application notices that a link refers to a course that is no longer current, the user is automatically re-routed to the archive.
It is possible to create a permanent link (a “permalink”) to the then-current semester by removing the parameter “sm=xyz” from the URI. Example: If you want to create a permalink to the then-current advanced modules (Aufbaumodule) for the core subject of Education, you need to remove the semester parameter “&sm=11907” from the URI http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv/modul?id=66339&sm=11907.
The application automatically selects the then-current semester and re-routes the user to the relevant course offerings. This means that the link does not need to be adjusted every semester. Please note: The time at which the next semester is set as the current semester for the purposes of the course catalog is determined by the Evento service staff together with the course planners at the departments.