I think the Canvas Commons has potential, but is lacking some usability. We would like it to work like a shopping cart, where we can provide links directly to specific objects inside the repository.
Thus, we'll create a Canvas Gallery with demos of Course Pages, code snippets (tabs, accordion, etc.), and so forth. Each item will have a link/button that goes directly to said-item in Commons.
The Commons is built with frames, etc. - thus masking any direct URLs to specific objects. Any ideas for getting around this?
The issue with the Commons - you can't link to specific items, you can't pass variables to it so folks can find things, and worst of all - users can't "see" and "try" objects ahead of time. It doesn't facilitate try-before-you-buy. Which is what we are trying to build now. Think of the code-snippets in the Canvas Hacks classroom where each snippet as an "Add to my course" link. Bada-bing!