The Canvas Commons streamlines sharing and replicating learning activities through Canvas. With Commons, you can share the resources you create in Canvas with other Middlebury faculty. When you share a resource to the Commons, no student data will be included. Your colleagues can then download that content and use it in their own Canvas sites. You can share different levels of resources to the Commons, including:
- a cool homepage you designed
- an assignment with specific settings your colleagues might want to replicate
- your entire course
If you don’t want to to design your Canvas site from scratch, DLINQ has created a template for you to use that is available via the Commons. The templates are aligned with the Middlebury Online Course Design rubric, so using the template means that you’ll have a head start on aligning your course with the rubric!
The template needs to be imported early in the course design process, before you start creating your content (otherwise, you may overwrite your content). Once you create your empty Canvas course in Course Hub, your next step is to import the template. Templates are available in the Canvas Commons.
To import the Middlebury College/Institute template into your course:
- In your Canvas course, click the “Import from Commons” button in the right-hand menu. This takes you to the Canvas Commons interface.
- In the search bar, type in Middlebury
- In the search results you’ll see a course called Middlebury College/Institute 2021-2022 template. Click that link.
- Click the blue “Import/download” button
- Type your course name into the course search box and select your course from the results.
- Click the “Import into Courses” button
- Go to your course and you should see the template now in your course. (If not, wait a few minutes and then go to your course again.)
If you prefer to watch the process, this brief video shows how to import a template into a Canvas course.