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Canvas Courses Home-Page Snapshot Repository

Canvas Courses Home-Page Snapshot Repository

The idea is to have a link, maybe in Help in the Global Nav, where one can search or scroll and click and see a snap-shot of all the institution’s Canvas Homepages, to see how others are setting their Homepages up and get ideas.

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Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team

 @cmccann1 ‌

Fortunately, this can be accommodated through Canvas Commons. The local admin for a school can manage the resources shared by a school's users to Canvas Commons so that instructors, instructional designers, and others with access to Commons can upload their page templates to Commons and allow their colleagues to browse through approved examples of home page designs. The admin chapter on Commons and  How do I allow and manage approved content in Commons? provide details.

Would you please work with the local Canvas admin for your school to see how you can get this set up?

cmccann1
Community Participant

But you can't see or preview things in Common on-the-fly -- you have to import them to an existing dev or production site first

Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team

 @cmccann1 , it's no longer necessary to import Commons resources into a course in order to preview them, and the preview functionality for Commons is documented in https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-16718-4152725343 

cmccann1
Community Participant

That good but only works if a course was uploaded to Commons -- I'd like to see a snapshot, preview, of everyone's Homepage at the university or y department to see if everyone -- if things look wackadoodle on the Homepage then the entire course design is likely wackadoodle and it be nice to have a preview and ifn a problem is spotted then we could contact that instructor to give them help.

Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team

 @cmccann1 ‌

Thanks for those additional details. While it might be possible for Canvas to identify which page an instructor has designated as the "home page" for a particular course, that home page might turn out to be the Modules list or Recent Activity or one of the other options; it wouldn't necessarily be limited to a Page as Home Page. In addition, Canvas might be able to identify all home pages across an account, but would draw from all courses: not only from live courses but also past courses and sandboxes where instructors are trying out design ideas.

Commons is the ideal place for instructors to review others' pages and get design ideas from them or import the page to tweak and incorporate into their own courses. Are you envisioning this new feature as a resource that would allow instructional designers or the eLearning department for an organization to review all of teachers' home page content in one spot? If that is the intended use case, would you rewrite the idea to reflect that?

Thanks.