How do I enable a course as a blueprint course in an account?

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As an admin, you can enable any course in your institution as a blueprint course in Course Settings. A blueprint course allows you to create content and learning objects, lock specific settings or content items, and push updates to all associated courses through course syncing.

Any course can be set as a blueprint course as long as it is not associated with another blueprint course. Associated courses must reside in the same or a lower subaccount than where the blueprint course resides.

The Course Settings page sets the specific definition for how locked objects should be treated for the entire course. Once a definition is set, objects can be locked individually within their appropriate Canvas Index pages.

Locked objects can be defined generally or specifically by type. By default, each object type contains no locked attributes. Attributes that can be locked include content, points, due dates, and availability dates and apply within assignments, discussions, pages, files, and quizzes.

General Locked Objects

By default, the course is defined for General Locked Objects, meaning that any objects locked in the blueprint course are subject to general attributes that cannot be edited in associated courses. For instance, when Content is selected as a locked object attribute, instructors in associated courses are not able to edit any content for any locked objects. The option to lock content is selected by default, though it can be deselected as a lock option.

Locked Objects by Type

Blueprint courses can also be defined for Locked Objects by Type, meaning that any objects locked in the course are subject to specific settings set by type that cannot be edited in associated courses. Blueprint courses support and sync five object types: assignments, discussions, pages, files, and quizzes.

Object Definition Changes

Object definitions and attributes for locked objects may be changed in Course Settings at any time. However, any change to an attribute retroactively applies to all locked objects in the associated course. If an attribute is enabled for locked objects 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.

Notes:

  • Blueprint Courses is currently an account opt-in feature. To enable this feature, learn how to manage feature options in the account features lesson.
  • Blueprint courses cannot include any student or observer enrollments.
  • Blueprint courses do not have to be published.
  • Blueprint courses are not supported for courses across trust accounts. A course in one account cannot be a blueprint course for another account.

Open Account

Open Account

In Global Navigation, click the Admin link [1], then click the name of the account [2].

Filter Course

Filter Blueprint Courses

In the sidebar, filter or find the name of the course, then open the course.

For Blueprint courses, you can filter by selecting the Show only blueprint courses checkbox.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In Course Settings, click the Settings link.

Open Course Details

Open Course Details

Click the Course Details tab.

Enable Course

Enable as Blueprint Course

Click the Enable course as a Blueprint Course checkbox.

 

Enable as Blueprint Course

If the course cannot be enabled as a blueprint course, the checkbox is grayed out. A course cannot be enabled as a blueprint course if the course is already associated with another blueprint course.

Define General Locked Objects

Define General Locked Objects

By default, the course is defined for General Locked Objects, meaning that any objects locked in the blueprint course are subject to general attributes that cannot be edited in associated courses.

 

Select Attributes

Define General Locked Objects

As part of the general settings, select the attributes for the locked objects in this course. General locked objects support four attributes across any course object: content, points, availability dates, and due dates.

The option to lock content is selected by default, though it can be deselected as a lock option.

Locked objects cannot be edited in associated courses. For instance, when Content is selected as a locked object attribute, instructors in associated courses are not able to edit any content for any locked objects. Content also includes the title of the content item.

Define Locked Objects by Type

Course Settings Objects by Type

To define locked objects by type, select the Locked Objects by Type option. This setting meaning that any objects locked in the course are subject to specific settings set by type that cannot be edited in associated courses.

Select Attributes

Course Settings Objects by Type Expanded

Blueprint courses support and sync five object types: assignments, discussions, pages, files, and quizzes. To select an attribute for an object type, expand the attribute type menu and select individual attributes that apply to each locked object. When an attribute is selected, the attribute name displays next to the object type.

Notes:

  • Attributes do not need to be the same for each object type. Additionally, depending on the object type, not all attributes may be available.
  • Rubrics can be updated and synced as part of blueprint courses. However, if points have been locked for an assignment, updating the rubric’s point value does not affect the assignment point value.

Update Course Details

Update Course Details

Click the Update Course Details button.

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