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Duplicate, Clone, or Copy anything in Canvas

Duplicate, Clone, or Copy anything in Canvas

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This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas
An option to "make a copy" should be present on nearly every gear in Canvas -- modules, quizzes, assignments, announcements, pages, discussions, rubrics...

 

Consistency is an important element of good course design, and this would help instructors and designers achieve it more easily.

 

Ideas related to this have been developed and depoyed

 

This idea was completed through the Khaki 2017: Priorities & Related Ideas

Here are the content items that were completed as part of Khaki

- Module Item Duplication: Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-11-18) 

- Module Duplication: Canvas Production Release Notes (2018-06-23) 

- Assignment Duplication: Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-07-15) 

- Discussion Duplication: Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-10-28) 

- Page Duplication: Canvas Production Release Notes (2017-07-15) 

You can read more about Khaki in What in the world does “Khaki” have to do with Canvas?

*We know that the ability to copy a rubric from the rubric manager does not currently exist, but we have elected to mark this idea as complete anyways.  If copying a rubric is something that you think should be developed, please add your comment and vote to https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/5167" modifiedtitle="true" title="Copy a rubric.

149 Comments
awilliams
Instructure
Instructure

Woohoo! I used it last week too. Even used it in conjunction with my mouse click macro recording solution. Check out my little write up of that at Killing All the Clicks: Automating Tasks in Canvas

rachels222
New Member

This would make working in Canvas so much easier.

jgood1
New Member

I realize that you've added functionality to duplicate assignments in the same course, I still need to be able to quickly duplicate assignments between different courses. My courses are not exactly the same, they're not different sections of the same course, but they often share the same assignments. Your competitors all offer this basic functionality that would save me 15-20 minutes of real life time and frustration when I'm duplicating assignments individually. Yes, I know I can export things to commons and re-import them. Yes, I can import assignments via the import content-> copy canvas course function. Both of these require me to go into each course and copy assignments one at a time. Please make this a priority.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
ben_guido
New Member

I was just about to go put this idea out there, and thought I should check to see if it was already discussed, figuring it probably was somewhere. Lo and behold, it's the top thing on the product radar. It is such a waste of time to go through and manually create the same weekly assignment/survey/quiz 16 times, having to get all the settings right each time.

Also, if it hasn't been mentioned, being able to copy a QUESTION on a quiz and in a question bank would be quite useful. I use a clumsy workaround by having a "copy area" question bank so that I can one by one move a question to another bank while still leaving a copy in the copy area bank to edit it and then move it again and again, always leaving the question in the copy area bank as I do this.

Chris_Hofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Lo and behold, it's the top thing on the product radar. It is such a waste of time to go through and manually create the same weekly assignment/survey/quiz 16 times, having to get all the settings right each time.

Hi  @ben_guido ...

The ability to duplicate assignments (not quizzes/surveys/graded discussions) in your "Assignments" area of your course is now possible.  Just click the gear icon to the right of the assignment name, and then click on "Duplicate".  This also works for content in your "Pages" screen.  Check out this portion of the July 15, 2017 Production Release Notes.

jgood1
New Member

Hi Chris.... it's a function in the same course only. I need to be quickly able to copy assignments between courses. This one "quirk" wastes 15 minutes of my life every time I need to recreate the same assignment across multiple courses.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

 @jgood1 ‌ It sounds like you may want to check out Blueprint Courses?  Here are a couple great resources for this.

Chris_Hofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @jgood1 ...


Does your school use Canvas Commons?  If so, have you thought about sharing the assignment to Commons (making sure all your settings are the way you want before sharing to Commons, of course), and then you could then go to Commons and import that assignment to multiple courses.  And, if there was a change later on that you needed to make, you'd update the "master" assignment, and then go back into Commons to push out that change to all the "child" courses.  Would that work for your needs?

How do I share a resource to Commons? 

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-11222-38287725358 

Another option is Blueprint courses...which it looks like  @Renee_Carney ‌ has already mentioned.  🙂

debra_russell
New Member

Yes!

jholte
New Member

This copy feature also needs to work between courses. Please!

If I want to copy one module, or assignment, or quiz from an old course into a new course, there is not really an option for that.  I called the help line, wanting to copy one module, and ended up getting instructions for copying all the modules (then I had to delete everything but the one that I actually wanted.)  If we can share individual items to the commons, why can't we share things between our own courses?  Or if we can, why doesn't support staff know that?

Chris_Hofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @jholte ...

Canvas does allow you to copy only specific parts of a course from one course to another.  This includes specific modules.  Take a look at this Guide: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-9878-4152497985  When you select specific content, you'll be able to select only the modules that you want to bring over from one course to another.  As you'll see from the screen shots in that Guide, you'll want to click on the arrow icon just to the left of the modules checkbox to expand the modules (see the example under the heading "Select Specific Group Content"), and then you should see all the module names listed there.  I hope this helps!

jholte
New Member

Thank you! I will try this.

Jenny Holte, Ph. D.

Distinguished Service Professor

jholte@stthomas.edu<mailto:jholte@stthomas.edu>

Phone 1 (763) 360-2587

Office OSS 112

vrs07nl
Community Contributor

copy group content!

talagad
New Member

Over 2 years to get simple duplicate functionality for some assignment types. 

bogardde
Community Participant

I'm loving that I can now copy/clone assignments, discussions, and pages...and after this weekend's update, I'll be able to do this directly from the Module that the item is in! Still hoping to see it with Quizzes as well.

tbaltimore
New Member

Yes yes yes. I also added this recently: https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/10672-announcement-templates 

rmiller
New Member

Please make this capability a reality.  I spend hours redoing quizzes from scratch that are essentially the same with minor variations.  I know that it is possible to use "master courses" and re-download things.  However, I need the ability to work within a course to duplicate and change things. The time involved in re-creating content is so extensive that I have considered going back to paper based assignments for many of the activities in my courses.

cholling
Community Champion

Hi Robin, 

Could you build a set of master quizzes, then pull in the one(s) you want to tweak  with the minor variations? You could then use the same quiz over and over again.

Cindy.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

From previous testing of this they don’t duplicate when you do this they copy over the one you already had. The only way I’ve been able to make this work is to create the quiz in the course and then copy it back into the same course. Yet, that’s gotten buggy and last time I tried it I was only abke

to make 4 copies before it quit working.