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cwinfield
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Is anyone using Canvas for non-academics (clubs, athletics, residence life) who is willing to share some tips and tricks?

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We just implemented Canvas this summer and from an academic standpoint it's going great.  We're looking to continue student and faculty/staff engagement with Canvas by creating a non-academics aspect of Canvas.  I'm looking for folks who have done (or attempted Smiley Happy) to do this and are willing to share their wisdom! Would also love/greatly appreciate any screenshots, examples, access to others' sites who have done this at their schools so I can use them as examples. 

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kona
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 @cwinfield ​, you might want to check out this discussion - Adding courses for instructor and student resources in Canvas - it covers a lot of different examples and information about non-academic courses in Canvas.

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Robbie_Grant
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 @cwinfield ​,

We have an entire set Non-Academic sub-accounts that we use for all classes, groups, athletics, clubs, organizations, you name it.  Anything that users at NMSU want to use Canvas for we typically will create a course for them.  We have a request form that they fill out that comes to our office.  We then create the course, but the requester is responsible for the adding of other users to the course.


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kona
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 @cwinfield ​, you might want to check out this discussion - Adding courses for instructor and student resources in Canvas - it covers a lot of different examples and information about non-academic courses in Canvas.

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cwinfield
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Awesome, thank you!

CindiKerns
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We did roughly the same thing. We put all the student groups under the sub-account for the Dean of Students. Each School has a sub account for Committees/clubs. That way, the Dean has access to the non-academic groups under their jurisdiction. Like Robbie, we make the requestor responsible for maintaining the roster. This format has worked well for us with the exception of groups who want to add a non-campus user because we have Canvas connected to our SSO. We have a work-around but it's klunky. Just something to consider.

Peace,

Cindi

kedgecomb
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We create Canvas Communities, which are basically courses in Canvas.  However, we label them CC, and it is a different sub-account.  We have these for different activities, organizations, committees, etc., on campus.  It seems to work well for sharing ideas and documents. 

ted_coopman
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Hi Carley,

We use Canvas as a homeroom style hub for my department and connect it up with social media and have students run it like a start-up so it does triple duty as an information source, community builder for a commuter campus, and value add experience for students. We started in Fall 2013. Check it out: COMM Central.  This was all done without messing with the code.  I presented on it in 2014 and have attached my slides and here is the video of my session:

It really has worked great. I also have set up a Canvas site for two campus clubs. It is much easier to use that mots campus web services (we have OU Campus and it is a nightmare!). Let me know if you want to discuss our process.

-TED

Hi Cynthia - I'd be curious to hear more about your workaround. We are running into that issue with groups wanting to add external users to their Canvas courses - do you actually create school accounts for them?

chofer
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We use the Groups (not Groups inside of courses) feature of Canvas for clubs and organizations on our campuses.  You can access this via the Admin pages of Canvas.  Go to your Managed Account, then click on Users >> View User Groups.  We have groups such as "Chiropractic Specialist Club", "Student Veterans", "Diversity Relations", and "Multicultural Club".  One thing we've found with this, however, is that if you have multiple groups/clubs within the same "Group Set", a person can only be assigned to one of the groups within the same "Group Set".  It will not let you add the same person to another group within that "Group Set".  So, to get around this, you have to create a brand new "Group Set" and then put your other group inside there...then add the person to that group.

hunter
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Southern Utah University uses Canvas for many department and committee meetings to keep agendas and store minutes.

Works great for a shared resource platform for specialized groups.