What can I do with channels?

Introduction to Channels

With Pluralsight, you can organize you or your learners' experience and align it with your company's goals. Combine courses, paths, and even content outside of Pluralsight to create a custom learning journey. Each channel includes objective-based completion percentages for yourself and, if you're a plan admin or manager, allow you to tap into analytics pertaining to channels on your team.

By default, all Pluralsight accounts can create a channel and add content to it. 

Professional and Enterprise group plans can add members to channels, set advanced sharing and privacy settings, and view analytics. For information, visit these articles: Roles in group channels, adding members to a channel, and channel analytics.

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How can channels help me learn?

Channels help you organize the content you want to learn. Where bookmarks help you save individual pieces of content, channels allows you to collect courses, paths, and external content such as reference guides. Some learners create channels around a topic, such as understanding cloud security, or towards a goal, like preparing for a PMP exam.

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How can channels help my team learn?

You can skill up your existing team with targeted channels to increase proficiency in certain subjects, such as JavaScript or soft skills. You can also onboard new hires faster by integrating your own company's content. You can even create onboarding channels by team, such as DevOps or InfoSec.

Anyone on a group plan can create a channel, and you can add contributors and share a channel company-wide so that your time as a plan admin can be spent on your most important tasks, and you can allow the managing and creation of channels to experts within your team. 

Check out our article on roles and permissions to learn more!

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Creating your first channel

By default, 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.

Step-by-step instructions for creating a channel from three areas can be found below:

From the Channels page

To add a channel from the Channels page, follow the steps below:

  1. Locate the channel icon on the left-pane navigation.
  2. Click the Create channel button in the top-right hand corner of the page.
  3. Create a name, description, Privacy level, and account you want your channel to live in.
  4. If your Privacy level is company-wide, select which advanced settings you'd like to include for your channel.
  5. Click Create.

From a video course, projects, or path page

To add a channel from a video course page, follow the steps:

  1. Locate the video course or path you wish to add to a channel.
  2. Click theAdd to Channel option under the course description.
    • On video courses and projects, this is located under the course description.
    • On the path page, this is located in the top right corner.
  3. Create a channel name and click the orange + icon. You can also add to an existing channel if you need.

From your bookmarks, all paths, or search results

  1. Find the content you wish to add and click on the three dots icon on the far right of that content.
  2. Select the Add to channel option.
  3. Create a channel name and click the orange + icon. You can also add to an existing channel if you need.

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Adding content to your channel

There are three main types of content you can add to a channel: individual courses, individual paths, and external links. Below are steps to add content to a channel:

  1. Navigate to your Channels page.
  2. Click the Add content button.
  3. Choose a course, path, or external link to add.
  4. For courses and paths, you will be re-directed to the course or path page to look for content. 
  5. For external links, you will have a box to enter your link into. From there you will name, categorize, and adjust accordingly. We highly recommend having a name for the link so that it's easy to recognize for your team(s).

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

If you need to change something about the external link -- for example, change its title or skill level -- you can press the three dots icon to the right of the content, and click Edit. You can also Delete the link to remove it from the channel.

What about adding modules within a course? You can totally do this! Doing so will not 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, add the course to the channel. Then, in the channel page, expand the course, and click Edit. Then, remove modules except for the module you want.

Channel sharing and privacy settings

If you aren't a member of a group plan, here's how to share a channel. By default, any Pluralsight 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 three dot icon next to the Add content button.
  3. Click Share and choose how you'd like to share the channel.

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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Editing your channels

Once content is added to your channel(s), you have many options for modifying and customizing channels and content. The available options can be found below and are done from your Channels page:

Organizing your channel

To organize the content within a channel to be in a particular order, you can drag and drop whichever content you choose and move it up or down to wherever you wish. 

Copy content from one channel to another

  1. Find the content you wish to copy 
  2. Click on the three dots on the far right of that content.
  3. Click Add to channel and find the channel you want to add it to.

Removing modules within a course

Removing modules does not stop them from playing. It serves as a suggestion for you to skip those modules. To remove modules within a course, follow the steps below:

  1. Find the course you want to edit modules on.
  2. Click the down arrow on the right side of the course.
  3. Click Edit near the course's Table of Contents. This will populate check box selectors for the content.
  4. Uncheck the modules you want to remove.

Note: Learners using channels on mobile will see the entire course.

Editing privacy settings

  1. Locate the channel you want to change the privacy settings on.
  2. From the channel overview area, select Edit Channel.
  3. Set the Privacy level to Personal - You & people with a link or Company. If you choose company, your channel will be available to anyone in the company and also opens up advanced options for you to select.

Deleting a channel

  1. Locate the channel you wish to delete.
  2. Click the three dots icon next to the Add content button.
  3. Select Delete Channel. 

Important: Deleting a channel is permanent, and cannot be undone.

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