Periodically, we get asked whether it is possible to link directly to a Carmen course. Usually, the person asking already has a website for their course and wants to provide an easy way for students to jump from the “open” website to the password-protected Carmen site. The other situation is when the person wants to send someone an email with a link that will go directly to a Carmen course.
Unfortunately, the answer is “sort of.”
I hate ambiguous answers like that.
An instructor or project leader can certainly copy-and-paste the URL to a specific Carmen site into their email message or website. The “deep link” will look something like this:
When it will work
If you click on the deep link (or paste the URL into the address box of your browser) after you have ALREADY LOGGED INTO CARMEN, the link will work! You will go directly from the open website to the Carmen course.
The key is that, having already logged in, the link is able to get through Carmen’s security and go directly to the course site. This is true even if you have closed the tab or window where you had been using Carmen. As long as you haven’t closed the browser as a whole, the deep link will pass you through.
Note: the link above will not work for you. It is to one of my practice courses and I’m the only person enrolled in it. Even when deep links work, they will only take you to a course you would be able to see and enter from the My Courses widget on the Carmen homepage.
When it won’t work
If you haven’t logged into Carmen when you click on the deep link, you will get a screen that looks like this:
Note the helpful text telling you that you have failed to login.
If you click the link to return Home, you don’t actually go home. You go to the “Cancel Logout” screen.
This is the same screen you see after clicking the Log Out link in the upper right corner of the Carmen navbars.
If you click Cancel Logout, you will be taken to the regular Carmen login page, with the shiny blue login button.
If you decide to provide a deep link directly to your Carmen course, include a note that lets people know they already need to be logged in to Carmen.