Is it possible to have multiple courses involved in a single discussion board?
Hi Heather Edwards
Currently (okay, likely forever) this is not possible in Canvas, and I cannot think of any kinky, hinky work-rounds that wouldn't be more trouble than they are worth.
However, I have a friend in the Community who is very good with embedding external tools in Canvas for this type of thing. let's ping her..........
Laura Gibbs, I know you will have some great suggestions for Heather depending on what her goal is. So thanks in advance for your help.
Thanks! It would be so awesome if there was some sort of tool!
I am actually a bit curious as to what Laura might suggest, because I see a lot of potential in this.
I assume that these courses are not related, so sections wouldn't be a solution. That being said, let me toss something out for consideration.
One idea that may be possible with the help of your Canvas Admin is to have an additional course that ONLY houses the shared discussions. No syllabus, no other content, just the collaborative discussions.
For example, Class A, Class B, and Class C may want to participate collaboratively in Class D. All students could be enrolled in sections (to correlate with their classes), and instructors would be able to interact with all sections.
In Class A, Class B, and Class C, instructors could create an assignment with instructions and a link to a discussion in Class D. Instructors could help assess the discussion in which their students participate. The grade would be recorded in Class D's gradebook. Then, instructors could export their gradebook by section...making it easy to transfer/copy the information back into their Class X's gradebook.
Would something like this work?
Before my institution had Canvas, I got creative with hosting a discussion in different Google Docs, asking students to sign their posts. I was able to use the editing history and make comments to keep track of contributions.
FlipGrid could be a great solution as well. I've had a lot of luck with the tool/app with my classes, and I know it would work between different courses. Instructors could collaborate in the design of the grids and share access to the grids via link.
I'll look for other tools too!
Well, it isn't ideal, but since Canvas doesn't have this feature... it's probably the next best thing. Thanks for recommending it! I am interested in this FlipGrid thing. Does it integrate with Canvas at all?
FlipGrid does integrate with Canvas!! ...I am not sure how it would work with your multiple-course-scenario, but it is awesome in a single course setting.
Hello Heather Edwards...
I have been reviewing older questions here in the Canvas Community, and I stumbled upon your question. It looks like you've gotten some good work-around ideas so far! One other idea that you might want to try is to use Groups that live outside of any Canvas course. A while back, I wrote a blog about this, and you can find it here: Campus Clubs and Groups. Would this be a workable solution for you?
There hasn't been much activity in this topic for almost four months, so I am going to mark your question as "Assumed Answered". However, that won't prevent you or others from posting additional questions and/or comments below that are related to this topic. I hope that's alright with you, Heather. Also, if you feel that one of the above responses has helped to answer your question and you would like to mark that person's response as "Correct", please go ahead and do so. Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.
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