Canvas Blueprint courses are templates that can be applied over any number of other courses. Users can apply styles, course designs, or content to groups of courses or to an entire unit’s course offerings. Alternatively, Canvas Commons is used to share out instructional content.

Canvas Commons and Canvas Blueprint Comparison Matrix

Canvas Tool Owner Role Content Type Update Types Other Content Overwritten Content Locks Actions Recommended Purpose(s)
Canvas Commons Teacher, Assistant, or TA only (Sub Account and Account Admins cannot import) All Reimport No No Conent is pulled by instructor's role only; created and hosted remotely Shared instructional content in multiple sections or same course; modules for related courses
Canvas Blueprint Sub Account or Account Admin only (sometimes teacher role) All Remote sync No Yes Content is pushed to associated courses chosen by admin Administrative messaging, compliance documents, department or discipline specific templates

Canvas Blueprint - Content “Push”

Scenarios where Canvas Blueprint can be used effectively:

Scenario 1 - A department or discipline theme

A department wants to create a page or links of discipline-specific information that appear automatically in classes before the semester starts. Examples include internship opportunities, academic integrity standards,  and graduation requirements for majors.

Scenario 2 - Course content for multiple sections of the same course

Quizzes and course content can be shared across courses in the same discipline. Another option is to share materials across independent sections of the same course, such as English 125, Spanish 232 and Math 114.

Canvas Blueprint Video

Canvas Blueprint Information

Canvas Commons - Content “Pull”

Scenarios where Canvas Commons can be used effectively:

Scenario 1 - A department or discipline theme

A department wants to create a page or links of discipline-specific information that can be imported by faculty. Examples including CAPS information and teaching evaluation instructions for students.

Scenario 2 - Course content for multiple sections of the same course

A single course across multiple sections contains the same content/quizzes.

Scenario 3 - Faculty share content with peer institutions or locally

Digital artifacts can be shared with other colleges or institutions with Creative Commons licensing.

Canvas Commons Overview Video

Canvas Commons Information

 

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