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Copy a Single item from a Commons Module

Hi!  Our institution has just transitioned to Canvas, and we are trying to effectively use the Commons to share department policies with all faculty in our department.  We've created a module that contains 10 or so items that may be useful to instructors and shared them to the commons.  Many instructors only need one or two of those 10 items (many are course-specific).  Is there a way for faculty to just import those one or two items into their courses?  It seems like they can only import the entire module, which clutters up their course.

One possibility seems to be to share each item in the module as a separate item in Commons but this is a) more work on my end and b) harder for instructors to locate each of those individual pages/files that are floating around than if they are all in the same folder.  

Do you have any suggestions on being able to copy/import specific items from a Commons module into a course?

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Hello @rcottrel ...

As far as I know, the scenario you've described is not possible.  People cannot pick and choose what parts of a shared module they want to include in their course.  Your solution, albeit not as ideal, is really the way to go.  If you take a look at this Guide, How do I edit the details of a resource in Commons?, there are a couple things you could do to make searching for the content in Commons a little bit easier for your colleagues.  First, you could share the content with only people at your school (only people in your account).  Next, you could set the content as "Institution Approved Content".  People can filter content they are searching for...and it will make it easier to locate in Commons.  How do I use Commons?

I hope these resources will be of help to you.  Sing out if you have any other questions about this...thanks!  Take care, stay safe, and be well.