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By using blueprint courses, schools can create content in a Canvas course, lock specific settings or content items, and push updates to all associated courses.

 

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417 - Blueprint Courses Overview from Instructure Canvas Community on Vimeo.

 

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FAQ

Can I create a blueprint course in a sub-account?

Yes, but it is recommended that you create blueprint courses in the root account so they can be associated with any course in that account.

 

If a blueprint course is created in a sub-account, it can only be associated with courses in that same sub-account. Manually created courses are automatically placed in the Manually Created Courses sub-account. Courses in the Manually Created Courses sub-account will need to be moved to the same sub-account as the blueprint course in order to be associated.

 

Is there a limit to the number of courses I can associate with a blueprint course?

When initially associating courses, you will only be able to select 100 courses to associate. However, you can return later and associate additional courses (up to 100 each time). You can also opt to use the Canvas API to associate more than 100 courses with your blueprint course.

 

Can I leave all content unlocked in my blueprint course?

Yes. The best way to leave content unlocked is by choosing the Lock Objects by Type option and then not choosing anything to lock.

 

Can instructors receive notifications when their course is update from a blueprint course sync?

Yes. Instructors can manage notifications for blueprint course updated from their Notifications Preferences. To send a notification to those users, select the Send Notification option when syncing content. You can also send a custom message to users with the notification.

 

Can I use MasteryPaths in a blueprint course?

Changes to MasteryPaths and syncing those changes should be made before any students have begun progress on MasteryPaths content. Syncing updates to MasteryPaths will reset any progress made by students in associated courses.

 

It is also recommended that MasteryPaths in a blueprint course use New Quizzes instead of Classic Quizzes. Classic Quizzes may cause errors during sync and remove the quizzes from students.

 

Can I use outcomes in a blueprint course?

All outcomes changes should be made before the blueprint course is synced to its associated courses. Syncing outcomes again may cause duplicate outcomes to display in associated courses. It is recommended to ask instructors to wait until after the blueprint sync to add any outcomes into their courses.

 

Can I sync announcements from a blueprint course to associated courses?

Yes. However, you should delay posting the announcement so notifications are sent to course users at the appropriate time. Announcements that post before the sync occurs will not send notifications to users. Announcements that post after the sync occurs will send notifications to users.

 

Can I view quiz and survey results for associated courses within the blueprint course?

No. Quiz and survey results can be found within the associated courses and are not available in the blueprint course itself.

 

Will LTI configurations sync to associated courses from the blueprint course?

Maybe. Some LTI configurations may not sync to associated courses. Instructors may need to configure the LTI from within their associated course.

 

Can I use the API to dissociate multiple courses from a blueprint course at the same time?

  1. Create an SIS import file with all the courses you want to dissociate.
  2. Use excel or word processing software to add a field to the header called "blueprint_course_id". Here's an example header:
    course_id, short_name, long_name, status, term_id, account_id, blueprint_course_id
  3. The value for the blueprint_course_id should be "dissociate" for all courses. You do not need to know which blueprint you are dissociating from.
    An example line with header:
    course_id, short_name, long_name, status, term_id, account_id, blueprint_course_id
    Course11222333, SPRING 2019 HSCI 6090 011, Graduate Research Project - SPRING 2019 HSCI 6090 SEC011, active,SPRING18, NURS, dissociate
  4. Upload the file using the SIS Import in the UI. It is recommended to dissociate courses on your test server before uploading to production.

Is there anything else I should know about blueprint courses?

There are a few other things to know that might help you get the most out of using blueprint courses.

  • Take time to consider what you want locked before associated courses to your blueprint course.
  • Be conscientious of syncing only active courses in the current term, or year long courses as they apply.
  • Discussion settings are not lockable and can always be managed by course instructors.

 

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About Trust Accounts

A trust relationship allows one Canvas account to trust another Canvas account and allows users to be enrolled in both places. Instead of creating two separate accounts and merging them together, a trust relationship allows separate Canvas accounts to share user identities, so a user can log in to one account and access courses from both accounts.

To establish a trust between two or more accounts, the Canvas Operations team configures a trust setting, which is stored in the Canvas code. The Canvas interface never shows that a trust relationship is present. Trusts can be established between multiple accounts.

The following behaviors do not apply to trust accounts:

  • Trusts do not show any information in the UI/GUI indicating you in a trust with another school or that the course you are enrolled in is at another school.
  • Trusts do not provide any data or a summation of which users are in a trust enrollment at another school.
  • The Canvas interface does not show provided trust data. The trust is simply an invisible link that exists between two or more sites.
  • User lists from one school cannot be browsed from another school. Admins from both schools will need to work out a business process to send enrollments from one school to the other.
  • Trusts do not provide any automation for trust enrollments. Users are enrolled via CSV uploads or via the API.
  • Users enrolled in courses at other schools are only able to see the name of the course they are enrolled in. They cannot view any information in the interface that shows the course is located at another school.

For questions about trust accounts, please contact your Customer Success Manager.

Definitions

User

A person with a login and user profile in at least one Canvas account. With multiple Canvas accounts, the person has a separate login and user profile for each account. However, the login and profile may contain identical information, such as the same email address used as login credentials.
Merged UserA user with multiple Canvas accounts merged together to use one profile. For each Canvas account, the user’s login may be unified by a central authentication system or retained individually through Canvas authentication.
LoginA username and password tied to a specific Canvas account used for login credentials. A login must be unique to a user and is required to authenticate a specific Canvas account. However, a user may have the same username (such as an email address) or password as login credentials for multiple accounts.
Trust LinkA virtual link between two Canvas accounts. The trust link goes in one direction from one canvas account to another. However, the interface does not indicate a trust is present.
Canvas AccountA Canvas configuration with a unique URL (i.e. institution.instructure.com). For the purpose of trusts, Canvas accounts do not refer to subaccounts.
Integration ID                                A secondary identifier useful for more complex SIS integrations. An integration ID can be used for a user without affecting the user’s SIS ID.

User Roles and Expectations

The tables below indicate intended behaviors regarding various activities and user roles for trust accounts.

checkmark icon indicates the behavior is supported

checkmark icon* indicates the behavior is supported with caveats as explained in the table
restricted icon indicates the behavior is not supported

Student

User with at least 1 enrollment across trustMerged user with at least 1 enrollment across trust
View Courses in Dashboard across Trust                                                                             checkmark iconcheckmark icon
View Courses in Mobile Device across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
View Course To Do List items across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
View Files in Mobile Devices across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
View Calendar across Trustrestricted icon

checkmark icon*

Not shown in mobile, but events can be viewed within individual courses

View Conversations across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
Message Users across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
View Branding across Trust

checkmark icon*

Displays home account branding; accessing a course in the trusted account shows trust branding

checkmark icon*

Displays branding within account login URL

View User Settings across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
View ePortfolio Attachments across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
View Push Notifications across Trustrestricted iconrestricted icon
Supports Secondary Login (Pseudonym)restricted iconcheckmark icon

Notes:

  • Creating a student in both accounts with the same integration ID does not generate a prompt to merge the student.
  • When the student is merged within an individual account, neither account was made the home or deleted account.

Instructor

User with at least 1 enrollment across trustMerged user with at least 1 enrollment across trust
View Courses in Dashboard across Trust                                                              checkmark iconcheckmark icon
View Courses in Mobile Device across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
View Files in Mobile Devices across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
View Calendar across Trustrestricted icon

checkmark icon*

Not shown in mobile, but events can be viewed within individual courses

View Conversations across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
Message Users across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
View Branding across Trust

checkmark icon*

Displays home account branding; accessing a course in the trusted account shows trust branding

checkmark icon*

Displays branding within account login URL

View User Settings across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
View ePortfolio Attachments across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
View Push Notifications across Trustrestricted iconrestricted icon
View Account-Level Outcomesrestricted iconcheckmark icon
View Rubrics across Trustcheckmark iconcheckmark icon
Supports Secondary Login (Pseudonym)restricted iconcheckmark icon

Admin

Home AccountSecondary Account

View Provisioning Report—Enrollments CSV                                          

checkmark icon*

View enrollments for courses located within account login URL, including users that have been merged to secondary account

checkmark icon*

View enrollments for courses located within account login URL, including users that have been merged to home account

View Provisioning Report—Users CSV

checkmark icon*

View user data for students merged to secondary account if a student still has one enrollment in the secondary account

checkmark icon*

View user data for students merged to home account if a student still has one enrollment in the home account

View Page Views

checkmark icon*

View page views for all accounts, except for submission details

checkmark icon*

View page views for all accounts, except for submission details

Cannot view trusted course from home account

View Courses across Trust Accountsrestricted iconrestricted icon
View User Details

checkmark icon*

Can view users merged to another account if they are still enrolled in a course in the account

checkmark icon*

Can view users merged to another account if they are still enrolled in a course in the account

View Course & Student Analytics for Merged Userscheckmark iconcheckmark icon
Supports Secondary Login (Pseudonym)restricted iconcheckmark icon

Logins CSV

The logins.csv can often be used in trust accounts, especially when cross-listing or merging users. This section includes notes for successful usage for the logins.csv within trust accounts.

  • The root_account field is required when cross-listing users across accounts within a trust account.
  • The integration_id should be left blank when merging users that have matching integration IDs.


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