Creating a channel and adding content

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Creating a channel

Follow these steps to create a channel. Then keep reading below to discover how to add content to your channel, keep your content up to date, and control privacy settings.

  1. Locate thechannel icon on the top navigation.
  2. Click the Create channel button in the top-right hand corner of the page.
    • For group plans: Create a name, description, objective, privacy level, and account you want your channel to live in. If your Privacy level is company-wide, select which advanced settings you'd like to include for your channel.
    • For individuals: Add the name and description for your channel.
  3. Click Create.

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Adding content to your channel

You can add the following content types to a channel:

Adding courses, projects, paths, and guides

You can start out within an existing channel, from the results of a search, or from a specific piece of content you wish to add.

From a channel

You can use an existing channel as the starting point to find content to add.

  1. On your channel's details page, click the Add content button.
  2. Choose the content type you wish to add.
  3. Find the content you wish to add, and follow the directions below (from the results of a search or from a specific piece of content) to add it to your channel.

From search results, all paths, or bookmarks

You can add content that you find from search results, the all paths page, or the bookmarks page directly to a channel—without actually having to open the content.

  1. Find the content you wish to add and click the  ••• options menu on the far right of that content.
  2. Select the Add to channel option.
  3. Add the content to an existing channel.
        —or—
    Type a new channel name and click the + plus icon.

From a specific piece of content

You can also add a piece of content to a channel after you've opened it. This allows you to verify that it's really something you want to add.

  1. Open the content you wish to add.
  2. Click theAdd to Channel button.
    • For video courses, this is located under the course description.
    • For interactive courses, this is located to the right of the interactive course name.
    • For projects, this is located to the right of the Start project button.
    • For paths, this is located in the top right corner.
  3. Add the content to an existing channel.
        —or—
    Type a new channel name and click the + plus icon.

Adding Skill IQs

  1. On your channel's details page, click the Add content button.
  2. Choose Skill IQ.
  3. Click in the search box and choose from the list of Skill IQ assessments. You can begin typing to filter the drop-down choices.
  4. Add one or more assessments, then click Add assessment.

Note: When a channel includes a Skill IQ assessment, all members of the channel will see their individual Skill IQ scores if they've taken the assessment. Otherwise, they'll see a Measure now button.

  1. On your channel's details page, click the Add content button.
  2. Choose External Links.
  3. Paste or type the URL into the link field.
  4. Complete the following fields which then appear: Content type, Skill level, and Duration.
  5. Click Add link.

Tip: Make sure to name the external link so it's easy for your team to recognize.

Why use external links?

You may have resources on your company website, GitHub, Dropbox, Google Drive, or elsewhere that you want to make sure your learners know about. This is where external links come in. 

Add a link to these valuable resources to your channel for easy reference. Clicks on an external URL will reflect in channels analytics. External links may have their own privacy settings, independent of the channel's privacy settings.

To edit the external link—for example, change its title or skill level—click the ••• options menu on the far right of that content, and click Edit

Adding specific modules of a course

It's possible to have just certain modules—instead of the whole course—in a channel. This doesn't prevent other modules in the course from playing, but it does serve as a suggestion of which modules to view.

To add a specific module from a course:

  1. Add the entire course to the channel.
  2. In the channel page, expand the course, and click Edit.
  3. Remove any modules you wish to exclude.

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Keeping your channel content up to date

Your Pluralsight Skills subscription gives you access to the most up-to-date content, with new content released weekly. In addition to releasing new courses, Pluralsight retires older content when updated courses are released.

When a new course is available to replace a retired course, you will see a “New course available” notification in the channel prompting you to swap out the old for the new.

  • If you're the channel owner or a channel contributor, clicking the notification will give you the option of swapping out the old content. Once replaced, this cannot be undone.
  • If you're a channel member (not an owner or contributor), clicking the notification will prompt you to contact the channel owner to refresh the content.

Important: If you swap older content to newer content, the completion rate for any channel member who has completed the replaced course will update (decrease).

If the newer content already exists in the channel, replacing the old content with the new will cause an error. Instead, just remove the old content since its replacement already exists in the channel.

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Sharing channels and controlling privacy settings

If you aren't a member of a group plan, here's how to share a channel. By default, any Skills user can see a channel another individual user creates, if they have a channel URL.

  1. Navigate to the channel you wish to share.
  2. Click the ••• options menu next to the Add content button.
  3. Click Share and choose how you'd like to share the channel.

In group plans, new channels are private to the channel owner's organization. This way, your whole company can get the benefit of channels created.

However, the channel owner can change the channel privacy setting to Personal - you and people with the link. This is helpful when creating a channel that's still in development before sharing it, or for personal learning.

Tip: Channels on Professional and Enterprise group plans can be shared in even more ways. Check out how to add members, contributors, and owners.

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