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J_Trabue
Community Participant

How can I (is it possible to) export student work from one Canvas shell to another?

Hello,

At our college we are just adopting Canvas, so I am a new user. At the same time, we are implementing a new assessment program (regime?) college-wide, and I have taken on the role of coordinating the English and writing programs' assessment efforts -- also new to me. So please excuse my unfamiliarity with both Canvas and assessment., I'm learning. 

The writing program would like to use a centrally-managed approach to assessment, in which assessment data is NOT gathered from professors assessing their own students' work (here is a discussion from Indiana University of the differences between what these authors call "embedded" and "centrally managed" assessment: https://kb.iu.edu/d/awaw#vs).

Instead, the writing program wants to collect a variety of student work (assignments submitted as files, quizzes, possibly collections of submitted files) from all sections of a given class into a single assessment shell where they can then be sampled, anonymized, and scored by a trained and normed team of readers. The student work would be retained indefinitely for future follow up studies. 

While I can find lots of advice / instruction about exporting course content in the sense of teacher-created content, I cannot find any information about exporting or sharing student work between canvas courses / sections /shells. 

I am aware of a couple of potential work-arounds:

1. make students responsible for logging in to the assessment shell and submitting the relevant work samples themselves

2. manually download student work to a local HD and then manually upload it to the assessment shell (could be done by individual teachers for their own students, or an administrative supporter)

We find both of these solutions to be less desirable than the ability to mass export a given assignment from individual instructor's sections to the assessment section. We are hoping that this is possible, or that there is some even better option. 

Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Thank You,

--JT

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gnoack
Community Champion

I don't think it's possible to export an assignment with the student work attached. 

The only other option I can think of would be to create a special role that would allow your trained team of readers into individual courses for grading purposes.  You might be able to tie the the assignments/rubrics/grading to Canvas Outcomes (I explored outcomes several years ago and have forgotten much of how Outcomes work). But I believe using Outcomes might get you close to what you're looking to accomplish. 

J_Trabue
Community Participant

Thanks for the answer! I appreciate it.

Yes, it would be possible to create TAs or observers that have to hunt through the dozens of sections and thousands of students... but, no. That would be a nightmare. Better to go with one of the other workarounds I mentioned in the OP. 

Unless someone else possibly has the secret key or yet-better workaround for me. 

Very frustrating. 

--JT

gnoack
Community Champion

Understandable.  You might have better luck with a third party tool that integrates with Canvas. I would shoot an email to your Canvas Rep to see what they know. 

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J_Trabue
Community Participant

Thanks again! Portfolios might be another way to go. I am investigating that. 

--JT

kirsten_ryall
Community Participant

Another option that may be worth exploring is cross-listing sections in courses. Have a look at this overview video. Not sure if it will meet your requirements though. Also note that there is lots of information and rules to get across before initiating cross-listing like ensuring cross-listing has taken place prior to students participating in a course or risk losing their participation data.

J_Trabue
Community Participant

Hi, thank you so much! I will check out the video as a starting point and see where it leads me. Thanks again for taking the time to share that!

--JT