I use Canvas in two schools. Does anyone know if I can share Files between the two schools? Or use cloning of pages, etc?
Hi, Cristin, and welcome to the Canvas Community! Different Canvas accounts are entirely separate, and the courses and files reside behind different authentication credentials, so your students from one school can't access the Files area from a course in another account, for example. Having said that, there are several ways you can readily use your resources from both schools.
Course export/import/copy. The quickest way to accomplish this is to have a course shell handy that you can use as a staging area, or sandbox. That will be where you'll keep your resources by exporting them from one school and importing them into another. Instructions can be found at How do I export a Canvas course? , How do I import a Canvas course export package? Once you've set up the sandbox, you can selectively import content into your live course(s) by following the directions at How do I select specific content as part of a course import? This will cover everything: files, pages, the works--and the advantage here is that you can selectively import what you want from the sandbox whenever you needed it.
Canvas Commons. You can share your file(s), page(s), or entire course(s) to Canvas Commons--sharing them only to yourself (private), unless you want to share the resources more broadly--and then pull down the resources into your sandbox as needed. I recommend staging in a sandbox whenever using Canvas Commons imports, although you can import directly into a live course if you are so inclined. Please review How do I share a resource to Commons? and How do I import and view a Commons resource in Canvas? as well as What types of sharing options are available in Commons? If you're only interested in sharing files, check out How do I share a document, image, video, or audio file to Commons? The key difference here is that you can't select only one file or only one page to import from Commons.
Third-party tool. If you simply want to be able to create the same links to files in both school accounts, you'll need to use a third-party solution. My favorite is Google Drive. Keep all of your files on Drive, and create links to files as needed.
Hope this helps!
...but on second thought, Cristin, it occurs to me that the Commons solution will only work if you're willing to share the resources publicly. If you're sharing to "yourself" in one school account, the specific credentials for that school will attach to your share--so when you try to access the resources from a different Canvas account, Commons will not recognize you as you.
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