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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
travis_thurston
Community Member

This is a fantastic suggestion!

jordan
Community Member

I completely agree  @jthoms !

I would also suggest that content should not only be available to clone or copy, but also that the creator should be able to specify a QUANTITY for the content being copied.

From the perspective of an instructor and course designer who has designed many courses in Canvas and helped hundreds of others develop courses, I find that Teachers often have assignments (sample) discussions (sample) and especially pages (sample 1 - sample 2 - sample 3) that have a certain format and they want all of these similar items in their course to be consistent and match that format. Often times they will know that they need 5, 10, 20, or even 30 of those same items. Cloning would allow them to copy that format and they should be able to do so by a quantity they specify.

Picture this scenario: Lets say that a teacher or instructional designer wants to create a quick skeleton/frame up of their course.  They know that they are going to give 14 Weekly Overview pages, 10 Lab assignments, 6 papers submitted as assignments, 10 quizzes, and 14 weekly discussions. With a cloning option, coupled with a quantity option, they could create just 2 assignments (one for lab and one for paper), 1 discussion, 1 quiz, and 1 page template in their course. Then they could use the "clone" option and choose how many times they want to clone each item. Or, even better, imagine if they could add each of these content items into a module for "Week 1" then copy or clone that module 14 times, and all of the content would copy as well.

Another consideration is that you would probably want each content item to be the same name as the original content item with a number after it, increased by an increment of 1. So in the example above Week 1 module should create 13 other modules... week 2... week 3... week 4... etc. And the content items within could work the same way... Lab 1 (the original), then after the clone you would have Lab 2... Lab 3... Lab 4... etc.

travis_thurston
Community Member

Excellent points, Deactivated userThis is currently achievable using kennethware​ and the Template Wizard: Template Wizard: CIDI Custom Tools

I use this feature when creating courses at USU. It absolutely simplifies creating a quick skeleton frame for a class. There is a similar idea on this vein posted by the Community Team:  ​.

jthoms
Community Member

Great to know -- thanks,  @travis_thurston ​! Hopefully that proves the concept well enough to prove the need to bake it into Canvas.

leward
Explorer III

Ditto.  The absence of a copy or duplicate function was something we noted during our evaluation of Canvas.  Reducing repetitive tasks with simple features like copy makes for happy faculty! Smiley Happy

carol_walsh
Community Member

I agree. Thanks to all. We use a templated approach to ensure course consistency across our institution and being able to copy pages would save everyone a lot of time and reduce repetitive copying of pages.

James_Kocher_UF
Learner II

This IS possible now, with the following work around I just posted  Smiley Happy

Copying items in a course

James

travis_thurston
Community Member

Hey  @James_Kocher_UF ​, John​ & Deactivated user​!

I made a gif to show how I copy pages in my courses using kennethware. The functionality of the "copy existing" allows me to copy from pages within the same course automatically, or as I model in this gif, to paste a url of a page from another course and it will copy the content. You may need to click on the image below to launch the animated gif.

*Note: it does not copy files that are embedded in the page, but it will copy all code (embedded youtube videos, section headings, etc). Files (pictures or pdf's) have to be uploaded to the target course's files and linked appropriately.

copypage.gif

James_Kocher_UF
Learner II

We're working on getting custom tools!  by hook (locally) or by crook (unizen)  :smileygrin:

kate_hill
Community Member

This shouldn't even require a vote. Honestly, this is probably one of the HUGE missing pieces in Canvas. I appreciate the workarounds, but hoping this gets pushed through immediately!

dwillmore
Learner II

A must have I think.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

When developing and building courses I've often been frustrated with the inability to EASILY copy things. This would be a HUGE time-saver!

mlewis23
Learner II

Rubrics! Yes!

mfranz
Community Member

Love this idea! It not only helps with design consistency but also allows for easier creation of individualized assignments and content that may only need minor changes from one assignment to another.  Love, love, love this!

cfierro
Community Member

Thank you for a great suggestion.

ahill
Community Member

This would be a huge time-saver for faculty and other course developers. Hope to see this suggestion move to the next stage soon!

bdoran
Instructure
Instructure

Thanks for sharing James!

BradMoser
Adventurer

Would love to see this as an option, especially for quizzes and wanting to quickly duplicate a question with minor changes. I love to have science and math teachers build self graded multiple attempts quizzes for students to be able to use as formative assessments and practice. Sometimes I need to copy the question with the image and, while there is a work around to do this, it would be nice if it was just a simple "copy me" button.

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Image from: Free Vector Graphic: Copy, Duplicate, Twin, Dual, Boxes - Free Image on Pixabay - 27190

SPARROWR
Community Member

As we have been doing our training workshops for faculty (we are rolling out Canvas this summer and fall) this has been one of the items that our faculty ask about once they are familiar with the system. It's a bit challenging to make the case as to why we don't have this feature in Canvas when we had this feature in our legacy system--so any progress that can be made on this would be greatly appreciated! Smiley Happy

joseph_allen
Community Member

Its kind of sad to me that we have to 'vote' on things like this.  To be a world class learning leader, let's move beyond the 'start up' company mentality here and just start building functionality that users are asking for and that make sense. The Canvas product managers should already know that lack of a copy functionality is a product deficiency, or at the very least they should be watching community conversations and just implementing ideas that will improve the product.   Basic copy functionality of pages, quizzes should already be part of this product.  It is one of the highest pain points among my 5,000+ teachers that they can't build a page or a quiz, then just copy it.  I actually have to teach people how to copy the html code and then paste it in a new page in order to copy a page.  The other work arounds such as using Commons or importing parts of a course are too cumbersome.  Let's get going development team.