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Create an ELO

An external learning object (ELO) is a reference to a learning activity or resource such as

  • A membership in a professional association
  • A subscription to (or an article in) a journal or magazine
  • An on-the-job or off-the-job experience
  • A web site (for example,
  • An Internet newsgroup
  • An in-house policy and procedure manual (for example,

External learning objects can be displayed in the Catalog and searched for using SEARCH&LEARN. However, Skillport cannot track their completion by learners.

To create an ELO

  1. Click Content | Catalog on the navigation bar.

    The Catalog Manager appears.

  2. In the Browse Catalog pane, browse to or search for the folder in which to create the external learning object.

    Note: You can add an external learning object to any folder that can be modified except for the top-level Catalog folder.

  3. Move your mouse over the folder title, and click the Edit Contents link that appears, as shown below.

    Catalog Manager page showing Edit Contents link in Browse Catalog pane

    (The Edit Contents link appears beside only folders whose contents can be modified.)

    The contents of the Edit Contents pane on the right are now filtered to display only the affected folder.

  4. In the Edit Contents pane, select the folder, and then click New ELO in the upper-right corner of the pane.
  5. In the Create New External Learning Object (ELO) dialog box, enter the information for the new ELO (Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).):
    1. For Title, enter a title.
    2. For Valid URL, enter the URL at which learners can access the ELO.

      Note: The URL must be static (no passing of parameters or variables is permitted), and it must begin with http:// or https://. In addition, if the resource to which the URL points is hosted by Skillsoft, the URL must point to either a PDF file or an HTML page that does not include scripting. Microsoft Office documents—including those converted to HTML—are not permitted. If you want to point to a resource whose file type is not permitted, you must host it on an external server (that is, specify an external URL).

    3. For ID, enter a unique identifier. As shown in the dialog box, the identifier is automatically assigned a prefix of "elo_".
    4. For Description, enter a description of the ELO.
    5. For Objectives, enter one or more learning objectives that the ELO satisfies.
  6. Click Save.

    The ELO is created.

    Note: After you are done making changes to the Catalog, you must click Exit to exit the Catalog Manager. Clicking Exit updates the Catalog to reflect your changes. Once the ELO appears in the Catalog, any learners who have been assigned the parent folder (directly or indirectly) can access the ELO.

  7. If necessary, assign the ELO to users and groups as needed. For more information, see Assign and Deassign Curricula.