Template Courses in Canvas

Course templates allow you to configure, store and reuse an entire course or components of a course, such as quizzes, assignments, surveys, images, and so on, and then use the components in individual course offerings. Contact the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT@twu.edu) to discuss your requirements and determine the best option for your Academic Component or department. Options available:
  • Shared Canvas Course - Academic Component and Department owned Sandbox Courses for instructors to share resources. No Students can be added to a Shared Canvas Course or Sandbox Courses. A Shared Canvas Course is a Sandbox Course with an Academic Component name, Sandbox Courses have specific naming standards for a single instructor or multiple instructors teaching the same course.
  • Canvas Commons - Commons is a learning object repository that enables instructors to find, import, and share resources. A digital library of learning objects, Commons allows Academic Components to publish learning resources for instructors to import into a Canvas course. The Instructor (content creator) publishes content from a Sandbox or Shared Canvas Course to the Commons for other instructors in the Academic Component to use. Course Instructors are responsible for importing a copy of the Commons course, no content is locked.
  • Canvas Blueprint - Instructors who manage blueprint courses add content to the blueprint course like any other course in Canvas. By adding course content to the blueprint course, the instructor builds the blueprint for all associated courses. Upon syncing, all content from the blueprint course is copied into the associated courses. Instructors can then customize associated courses by adding new content, editing unlocked content, and adding LTI tools.

Shared Canvas Course

Despite the name, a Shared Canvas Course in Canvas is not the final or finished product of a course. Any Shared Canvas Course you contribute to will never be used by students or published. A Shared Canvas Course is a place for instructors to collaborate on course creation. This works especially well for common assessments and assignments that all instructors that teach different sections of the same course will use. You can easily import content from your Shared Canvas Course to your Canvas course.

Getting Started

To request a Shared Canvas Course, submit a Technology Service Desk email to start a ticket. Include a suggested name for the Shared Canvas Course and who needs to be added as a Teacher in the course. There are preferred naming standards for Shared Canvas Courses that will be applied. The Shared Canvas Course will be created and the Teachers added to the course.

Canvas Commons

To provide additional structure use Canvas Commons. If your Academic Component or department assigns individuals to design courses (rather than collaborate and collate course creation) consider Commons. Canvas Commons include:

Getting Started

To request a Master (Sandbox) Course(s) and a Commons Group, contact the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT@twu.edu) to discuss your requirements and define several best practices for your Academic Component or department.

Additional Resources Available

  1. Contact an Instructional Design Partner to design your Master (Sandbox) courses and share content to Commons.
  2. Review Canvas Commons documentation.
  3. To request technical support, submit a Technology Service Desk email to start a ticket.

Canvas Blueprints

Content can be locked (or left unlocked) by any instructor with permission to manage the blueprint course and is not allowed to be modified by instructors in the associated courses. Lockable course objects include content, points, due dates, and availability dates. Users can set objects to be locked generally or by type. Lockable content types include Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Files, and Quizzes. Canvas Blueprints include:
  • Due to the fact that the Blueprint process pushes content into multiple courses/sections, with multiple instructors, an Academic Component Leader has been involved in all decisions and established best practices for using Blueprint courses.
  • The Blueprint Course owner / coordinator will submit a Service Desk Ticket or send an email with a list of Canvas Courses to Associate with the Blueprint Course. Include information about the timing to disassociate the Blueprint Course(s) from the Associated Canvas Course.
  • The Blueprint Course owner / coordinator may change object definitions and attributes for locked objects in Course Settings at any time. However, unlocking any previously locked attribute retroactively applies to all related locked objects in the associated course. If a previously locked attribute is enabled, or unlocked, in the blueprint course, any locked content attributes in the associated course that vary from locked content attributes in the blueprint course will trigger an unsynced change and override the content in the associated course. Please ensure definitions and attributes are specified before making associated courses available to instructors. Review:
  • Instructors teaching courses associated with the Blueprint course should review:
  • Blueprint courses do NOT:
    • Include any student or observer enrollments
    • Have to be published
    • Include the Reset Course Content button, as content cannot be reset
    • Synchronize certain course settings to associated courses, including timezone, term, and course format

Getting Started

To request a Blueprint Course, contact the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT@twu.edu) to discuss your requirements and define several best practices for your Academic Component or department.

Additional Resources Available

  1. Contact an Instructional Design Partner to design your Blueprint courses and discuss  definitions and attributes before making associated courses available to instructors.
  2. To request technical support, submit a Technology Service Desk email to start a ticket.

Details

Article ID: 144476
Created
Mon 6/27/22 11:42 AM
Modified
Tue 6/28/22 11:47 AM