How do I associate a course with a blueprint course in an account?

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As an admin, you can associate active courses with a blueprint course. Associated courses receive synced updates from the blueprint course. Once a course is associated with a blueprint course, it cannot be associated with any other blueprint course. Associated courses must reside in the same or a lower subaccount than where the blueprint course resides.

Content that can be managed by an instructor is not overwritten when the Blueprint Course is synced to associated courses, and new content that is added to any associated course is also not affected.

After a course is associated with a blueprint course, the blueprint course will create an initial sync that included all course content. You can choose to associate courses after all course content is created, or you can associate courses immediately and sync the blueprint course later when the blueprint content is complete.

Concluded Courses

Courses that are associated with a blueprint course and have been concluded will continue to receive any synced changes from the blueprint course. The status of a course does not affect the blueprint sync. If a concluded course should not receive synced changes from the blueprint course, the course should be removed as an associated course.

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.
  • Only admins can associate courses to a blueprint course. Any instructor who is enrolled in the blueprint course can make changes and sync content to associated courses but cannot control the course association.
  • LTI tools may be affected in associated courses. After the course syncs, verify the settings for LTI tools are configured correctly in associated courses.

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 Associations

  Open Home Page Blueprint Sidebar 

In the Course Home Page, click the Blueprint sidebar tab [1], then click the Associations link [2].

Note: You can access the Blueprint sidebar from any Course Navigation page.

Filter Courses

  View Search Filter 

The Associations page displays any courses that are associated with the blueprint course. Once a course is associated with a blueprint course, it cannot be associated with any other blueprint course.

To filter courses by term, click the Terms menu [1]. To filter courses by subaccount, click the Subaccount menu [2].

You can also locate a specific course in the search field [3]. Enter the title, short name (course code), or SIS ID for a course. Course nicknames are not supported in the search field. Deleted courses do not display in search results.

View Search Results

  View Search Results 

Once a term or subaccount is selected, the Courses list will expand and display all results in the selected term or subaccount. If an entry is added to the search field, the list will update with any relevant search results.

Search results display the course title [1], short name (course code) [2], term [3], SIS ID [4], and any teacher (instructor) enrollments [5].

Add Courses

  Add Courses 

To associate a course with the blueprint course, click the checkbox next to the course title [1]. You can select multiple courses at one time, or you can select all courses by clicking the Select All Courses checkbox [2].

Selected courses display in the Associated Courses section [3].

To remove a course as an association, click the Remove icon [4].

View Unsynced Warning

  View Unsynced Warning 

If you have unsynced changes in your blueprint course when you are associating a course, Canvas generates a warning to let you know the the unsynced changes will be synced to all associated courses.

Save Courses

Save Courses

Click the Save button.

Confirm Courses

View Confirmation Message

View your associated changes were saved.

Modify Associations

  Remove Courses 

You can add and save additional associated courses, if necessary.

To remove a course, click the Remove icon.

Close Associations

When you are finished with course associations, click the Done button.

View Sync

View Associations Sync

After a course is associated with a blueprint course, the blueprint course will create an initial sync that includes all course content.

Once a sync has started, the sidebar shows the sync status as long as you are viewing the page. You can leave the page, but know that the the sync may take a while to process.

Notes:

  • If you immediately view an associated course and don’t see any updates, the sync may still be in process. To confirm sync completion, enable the Blueprint sync notification in User Settings.
  • Sync history will show the date and time the sync was made but no details will be included related to the sync.
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