What are topics?

Topics are sub-collections that are added to multi-level collections. To add Topics, begin by opening the parent collection and add your Topics from there. 

How to create topics

  • From the main Site administration dashboard in the left side navigation, or in the body of the page, click Collections (Figure 1). 

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  • To locate the parent collection to which you are adding the Topic, type search criteria in the searchbox provided at the of the page (Figure 2.1).
  • When the results display, click the title of the collection to open it (Figure 2.2).

Figure 2

  • Scroll down the page to the Topics in this collection and click show to expand the section (Figure 3). 

Figure 3

  • Topics that are already associated with the collection display. To add a new Topic, click Add New (Figure 4).

Figure 4

  • In the new textbox that displays below existing Topics, type the name of the new Topic (Figure 5.1).
  • Click Save and continue editing to save the new Topic and remain on the page or click Save to save the new Topic and go to your main Collection page (Figure 5.2).
    • In this example, we are clicking Save and continue editing.

Figure 5

  • A confirmation message displays at the top of the page, indicating that your Topic has been saved and added to your Collection (Figure 6).

Figure 6

  • Go to the Topics section again and your new Topic displays (Figure 7).

Figure 7

Add Metadata

When copying text from an outside source such as Microsoft Word or any other type of document, you must first paste it into a text editor such as Notepad.  After pasting it into a text editor, copy and paste the text into the PBS LearningMedia CMS.  This removes any existing formatting that may compromise the appearance of your collection.

  • In the Keywords textbox, type keywords that are descriptive of your Topic (Figure 5).  This field does not surface in a browser but helps locate your collection when users conduct a search on PBS LearningMedia. 

Figure 5


  • In the Tag field, type the text you want to appear above your Topic name when a user is viewing the associated collection (Figure 6).

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The tag field on your Topics page and the tag field on your main collection page will always sync up.  For example, if you type "Cats of the World" in the tag field on your Topics page, "Cats of the World" will automatically populate the tag field on your collection page.  Likewise, if you change the tag field in your Collections page, the tag field will automatically change on your Topics page.

Figure 6


Add Related Resources

Related resources are the resources from which each topic is comprised. 

  • Next to Related Resources, click Show (Figure 5).

Figure 7

  • Type keyword search text into the search textbox (Figure 6.1).
  • Click Select (Figure 6.2). 

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  • Click the checkboxes next to the resources you want to add (Figure 7.1).
  • Click the Action dropdown menu and click Add resources to collection (Figure 7.2).
  • Click Go (Figure 7.3).  

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  • The resources you selected appear (Figure 8.1).
  • Rearrange the order in which they appear by typing a number in the Order column textboxes. 

The resource labeled "1" appears first in the list. Resources are listed in ascending order.

Figure 10

  • After saving the page, the poster image and resource type appear (Figure 9.1).
  • To delete any of the resources, click the checkbox in the Delete column next to the resource you want to delete and save the page (Figure 9.2).
  • To review a resource, click Open next to the resource you want to review (Figure 9.3).

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Add Collection Graphics

You do not need to add collection graphics at the Topic level. These can be added at the Multi-Level Collection level.

Add Attributions

You do not need to add attributions at the Topic level. These can be added at the Multi-Level Collection level.

Add Collection Credits

You do not need to add collection credits at the Topic level. These can be added at the Multi-Level Collection level.