FAST & EASY Way to Copy Content on the FLY

Idea created by Chris Long on Jul 11, 2016
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      Idea open for vote Wed. August 3, 2016 - Wed. November 2, 2016  Learn more about voting...

    A couple of years ago in a community far, far away...


    I submitted a feature idea to Copy content into multiple courses at once. This feature was marked as completed with the 2016 May update made to Canvas Commons and it does accomplish what was asked for, but we want something more awesome than that.


    During the time it took to vote on the idea and fully implement it, we had lots of great use cases and sub-ideas that kind of got lost in translation. It turns out that a lot of Canvas users create course assignments, announcements, discussions, quizzes on the fly and they want a FAST & EASY way to send all that to multiple courses all at once. To do this using the current commons workflow it takes 23 clicks, 2 text entry fields, an image selection and some waiting. And then you still have to go back and adjust your assignment groups and due dates!


    Teachers from K-landia to Academia would all love it if this could be accomplished with less than 3 clicks and take no longer than 1 second. Here's how one popular system does this.


    Let's up the Awesome and FLY!


    Reference: Copy an Assignment , Copy a Discussion , Copying assignments from one class to another without using the commons.


    Comments in completed feature idea: Copy to multiple courses




      Comments from Instructure


    September 2016 update from Kate McGee


    Hey Chris Long & Community,


    I'm a huge fan of this idea! To tell the truth though it's a bit trickier to implement than it may seem, mostly based on Canvas' architecture. The only place a single resource lives is inside Commons, otherwise it's always in the context of a course. I will certainly dive into this and research possible solutions that we could offer as a product. Your comments outline clearly how this functionality would save all of you so much time. Thank you for sharing and as we have further conversations regarding content we'll make sure to keep this thread updated.



    The Canvas Product Team