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huic
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Copying a podcast discussion and its contents into a new course

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I record my lectures as podcast episodes, which are posted in a discussion board that only I would post in in order to leverage the podcast feature. I also post transcript of each episode on the same discussion board.

Is there a way to copy such instructor-only discussion board AND its contents into a new course?

I have a feeling the answer is no, which then you (Canvas team) may consider this a feature request — create a different mechanism for podcast posting such that it can be copied into a different course.

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huic
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To close out this thread, I guess the solutions are:

1. NO there isn't a way to copy discussion content to another course.

2. Workaround: use announcement as podcast, but lose the normal capability to send out actual announcements to class that are organized in one place.

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scottdennis
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Hello @huic 

Couldn't you also upload your podcast files to your course files and then link to the episodes and transcripts in a page, using the RCE?  This would let you copy everything to next term's course at the end of the current term.

I don't think page has the podcast functionality — i.e. creating a RSS file that is accessible to students so that they can subscribe to it using their podcast apps. If I weren’t using that functionality, I would have just created separate assignments and posted the audio file in the assignment description instead.

Oh, gotcha!  OK, I misunderstood.  Thank you for clarifying.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

I believe course announcements have an rss feed option for students and you can copy announcements forward to your next class.  Does that help?  Could you add your podcasts as announcements?

Interesting idea @scottdennis! I wasn't aware that announcements also push out an RSS feed. It’d be a smart hack of existing functionality, but at the expense of usual function of announcements — to send out just-in-time communication to the class (e.g. snow day, room change, due date reminder, etc). 

huic
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To close out this thread, I guess the solutions are:

1. NO there isn't a way to copy discussion content to another course.

2. Workaround: use announcement as podcast, but lose the normal capability to send out actual announcements to class that are organized in one place.

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