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Copy a Module Structure

Copy a Module Structure

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

 

A good instructional design practice is to have a predictable module structure for students to follow throughout a course. This means repeating a similar flow of pages and assignments over multiple sections of a course.

 

Currently copying requires creating a new module and items for each section, and copying content for each item. By adding a “copy” option when editing a Module, the effort to build a course will be greatly reduced. If this triggered a dialogue to state how many copies to make, it would be very simple to quickly build out a course structure.

Comments from Instructure

For more information, please read through the https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-14759 .

37 Comments
allison
Instructure
Instructure

Hello all, the features you are describing make a lot of sense to me. In fact, as we are rebuilding Quizzes, you'll be excited to hear that we are building duplication functionality into the authoring process from the ground up. I believe that what is needed here is not a workaround or a surface extension of current functionality, but a rethinking of how modules are authored in Canvas to include: 1. the ability to set defaults for all modules created in a course, 2. the ability to duplicate modules and all the objects inside with suffixes the author can control (i.e. "-week 2"), and 3. the ability to leverage template pages and/or content throughout the course. All three of these features would support a much more efficient authoring workflow.

Modules will not be a focus for us in the next six months, so I think we should archive this for now. Please, please know, however, that we are aware of the pain that instructional designers and teachers feel when they author modules in Canvas and it is definitely something we would like to solve for in the future.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Awesome Allison!

I can wait! The great new quiz features will make the time pass like a day in heaven!

Agent K.

jthoms
Community Participant

That is so cool to hear, Deactivated user​! Sounds like you all understand the issue and are rethinking things at a level that would provide a lot of benefit. Here's to hoping this will be come a focus in the later half of this year :smileygrin:

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
  Idea is currently in Product Radar Learn more about this stage...
Nancy_Webb_CCSF
Community Champion

We would be so excited to have this capability.  Better pedagogy and consistency, easier on course creators.  Any idea on when the new Quiz engine will be released, and is copying really being built in? 

Modules weren't the focus for 6 months, and now it's 11 months later... great that it's on radar.  Is 3 months on radar too soon to hope for a timeline? Are we in hiatus on ideas?

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Nancy,

Yes, the feature idea process is currently on hold while we reconfigure how community input into product development is handled.  We have been posting blog posts periodically here.  You can also follow a link to a preview and focus group here.  I hope this is helpful information.

mary_primm
Community Member

I love the idea of copying module structure.  This would allow you to take time and create a module with all of the "bells and whistles" that you want and then be able to use it later in other courses.  This seems as though it will be a huge time saver and will create a uniform look and feel for your courses.

cdproflaura
Community Participant

This feature would have saved me a lot of time as I prepared a new course recently.  I had to copy each item in a module one by one and pull it into the new module (then rename everything, etc...).  It would be a great feature to add.

chasedimarco
Community Participant

Has there been any progress on this front in the past few years? I see discussions going back to 2018, but haven't been able to see if this functionality has been added yet. I don't see any thing on the course creation end thus far. This would definitely save a lot of time.

cboyle576
Community Member

Hi there, I see that this went into the "Radar" stage in 2016, and the last comment (in 2016)noted that there wouldn't be a chance to work on it for the next six months. I think this idea is really crucial for helping instructors manage the time it takes to create a course, and also for helping organize a predictable workflow for students. What's being done to create this function?

sberry7
Community Participant

I cannot fathom why this feature isn't available. It's one of the most common LMS use cases in existence!!!

Boekenoogen
Community Contributor

It would be nice to have the ability to copy the structure of a module and then just link what you need. 

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
This idea has been developed and is On Canvas Beta How do I access the Canvas beta environment?

 

For more information, please read through the Canvas Beta Release Notes (2018-06-11) .

jthoms
Community Participant

Woot! :smileygrin:

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

 @jthoms  Thank You  for submitting this idea, as well as,  @Jeff_F  Thank You , wwashington Thank You ,  @jacqueline_chu2  Thank You , jenniferpassman Thank You ,  @epokryfki  Thank You , u0438341 Thank You , abaine Thank You ,  @kona  Thank You ,  @quz2  Thank You ,  @kmatson  Thank You ,  @kmeeusen  Thank You ,  @Nancy_Webb_CCSF  Thank You , mary.primm Thank You , cdproflaura Thank You ,  @chasedimarco  Thank You , cboyle576 Thank You , sberry Thank You , &  @jrboek  Thank You  for your contributions. Your investment in this idea helped refine a feature which is now part of Canvas! 

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas 

 

For more information, please read through the Canvas Production Release Notes (2018-06-23) .

cdnielsen
Community Participant

Omigoodness, yes, THANK YOU! The inability to duplicate a module was probably the biggest omission in Canvas' original design. I bemoaned the lack of this feature when colleagues at my former university, on a different LMS, would ask me about Canvas; they would respond with puzzled, dismayed faces. Now I can happily tell them otherwise.

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