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Canvas Commons Preview

Canvas Commons Preview

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

It would be great if you could preview the actual content you find in Commons before you download it.  This is especially true in regards to modules.  I want to be able to see the quiz questions instead of just knowing there is a quiz in it.

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For more information, please read through the Canvas Release Notes (2019-01-05).

Discover more in the https://community.canvaslms.com/community/answers/commons/projects/user-group-commons-preview https://community.canvaslms.com/community/answers/commons/projects/user-group-commons-preview/pages/...

91 Comments
scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Just FYI; I learned today that the full production target release date for Commons is August 3rd.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

This is great news, Scott. I almost forget that not everyone has access to Commons, and I consider Commons to be the best thing to come out of Instructure in a while.

kmcgee
Instructure
Instructure

This is a request we hear from many of our users! I would love to hear what you think we should concentrate on first?

Quizzes? Assignments? Pages? Discussion? (these would all trickle down to show the content inside of a module. Thanks for the feedback!!

Kate McGee

Commons Product Managers

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Thank you, Deactivated user​!

mdevaney
Community Member

Hold the phone! Does this mean everyone will have access to the commons starting in August? I ❤️ commons but I am currently limited by who I can share with as not everyone has this feature. Global release would be amazing!!!

kmcgee
Instructure
Instructure

So even better news is that we'll be opening up Commons on 6/16 for all Canvas users!! All they need to do is reach out to their CSM to turn the account on. Smiley Happy

We also will be doing a campaign this summer to get more Publicly shared resources available for the start of school year.

Hoping that we can save teachers time in the Fall with lots of great resource to grab and use, or tweak and use in Commons!

rgibson1
Explorer III

We just started playing with it today.The first thing I noticed was that I could not preview any of the content. So, you might download all the content only to discover it doesn't work for the course. That really defeats the purpose. <Voted Up. Way up>

cfierro
Community Member

Assignments next please

gusanip
Surveyor

Assignment with question banks, please...

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi  @gusanip ​,

I'm not sure what you mean by "Assignment with question banks."  Please explain.

Thanks,

Scott

gusanip
Surveyor

Hi Scott,

Sorry, I had a typo earlier...it is quizzes or assessments with question banks.

I am a new Canvas user and trying to figure out how to use Commons. We are currently in the process of migrating from ANGEL to Canvas. We are using ANGEL Learning Object Repository (Commons) to share question banks within the courses based on sub-account and able to preview questions. I am unable to find this option in Canvas. May be I don't know where to find this or may be this option is not available.

Pragna

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

 @gusanip ​,

OK, that makes sense...  Smiley Happy

You'll definitely want to check out Canvas Commons​ which is now available for all accounts.  You might also want to look into the ANGEL Users​ group depending on how far along you are.  Welcome to Canvas!

gusanip
Surveyor

Thank you Scott. I will certainly check this out.

chofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

+1 for being able to preview content in Commons before it is imported into a course.

rgibson1
Explorer III

Scott, does 'full production release' differ from what we have now?

klewis
Surveyor II

I'd like to know this as well.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Rob,

As I understand it, as of now, any Institution can choose to have Commons turned on for their account.  For the foreseeable future Commons will remain behind a feature flag (meaning that an institution can choose to turn it on or not).

chofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

 @scottdennis ​...

I'm recalling this from memory from a few days ago, but our CSM had turned on Commons for us in the "production" environment, and when I went into the "Feature Options" options on the Admin side, I wasn't able to find any option to turn this on/off.  So, I had our CSM disable Commons from our "production" environment, and we are reviewing it in our "test" environment before going "live".  I can't find any "Feature Option" in this environment, either, that allows us to turn it on/off...even when it's already enabled.  :smileyconfused:

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Chris,

Sorry for the the terminology confusion - feature option vs feature flag...   Yes, you can request of your CSM to have Commons turned on in beta, test or production but I believe it is true that you have to ask for the change to be made rather than making it yourself.

chofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Ooooh!!  o.k.  I didn't pick up on the difference in terminology.  Thanks for pointing that out.