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How do I share my lead course with other instructors?

Last updated on October 19, 2021

Many courses at the university have several sections, taught by several different instructors. Still, we want to create a consistent experience across sections of a course so students all receive a similarly excellent learning experience. There are several ways a department chair or course facilitator can share their lead course, or the relevant content within, with those instructors teaching different sections of the course.

Note: Any of the following methods can be used to deploy a lead course to other courses once they are ready. These methods typically require familiarity with the CTLD Ready Website self-help tutorials.

Directions

Terminology

  • Lead Course – A course developed specifically to be distributed to multiple instructors. (Previously called template, master, etc.)
  • Recipient Course – A course that will receive content from a lead course. (Previously called child course, templated course, etc.)

Method 1: Send an Export (.imscc) of the Lead Course

Lead Course Instructor Steps

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Select the Lead Course you’d like to export.
  5. Click on Settings from the Course Navigation Menu on the left.
  6. Click Export Course Content from the menu on the right.
  7. Navigate to the Export Type section.
  8. Click the radio button labeled Course.
  9. Click Create Export
    • Note: This process may take some time. You can leave the page without interrupting the export. You will receive an email when the course export is complete.
  10. Navigate to the Content Exports section by clicking on Export Course Content again from the menu on the right.
  11. Click the Newly Created Link to download the exported .imscc file.
  12. Save the .imscc file  to your computer
    • Note: An .imscc file is a Canvas Common Cartridge file and is not something that can or should be opened on your computer. It is native to Canvas and should be imported directly into a course shell, as is.
  13. Send the .imscc file to recipient instructors by attaching it to an email or sharing via OneDrive.

Recipient Instructor Steps

  1. Download the .imscc File sent by the lead instructor.
  2. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  3. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  4. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  5. Select the Course Shell you’d like to import content to.
  6. Click Import Existing Content from the menu on the right.
  7. Click the Content Type drop-down menu. 
  8. Select Canvas Course Export Package.
  9. Click the Choose File button. 
  10. Select the .imscc File you previously downloaded.
  11. Click the radio button next to Select Specific Content.
  12. Select Options, such as Adjust Due Dates, as desired.
  13. Click Import.
  14. Navigate to the Current Jobs section.
  15. Click Select Content next to the course you just imported.
  16. Check Boxes for the following course elements:
    • Modules 
      • If listed, deselect the Course Information Module and Sample Module to avoid importing duplicates. If you put information in these modules, copy and paste them to your new course post-import
    • Assignments
    • Quizzes
    • Question Banks 
    • Discussion Topics
    • Announcements
  17. Click Select Content in the lower right to begin running the import.

Method 2: Enroll Recipient Instructor in Sandbox Version of the Lead Course

Lead Course Instructor Steps

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Select one of your Sandbox Courses to copy content into.
  5. Click Import Existing Content from the menu on the right.
  6. Click the Content Type dropdown. 
  7. Select Copy a Canvas Course.
  8. Search for your Lead Course in the input box labeled Course Name.
  9. Click the radio button next to Select Specific Content.
  10. Select Options, such as Adjust due dates, as desired.
  11. Click Import.
  12. Navigate to the Current Jobs section.
  13. Click Select Content next to the course you just imported.
  14. Check Boxes for the following course elements:
    • Modules 
      • If listed, deselect the Course Information Module and Sample Module to avoid importing duplicates. If you put information in these modules, copy and paste them to your new course post-import
    • Assignments
    • Quizzes
    • Question Banks 
    • Discussion Topics
    • Announcements
  15. Click Select Content in the lower right to begin running the import.
  16. Enter the Sandbox Course you just imported content to. 
  17. Click People in the course navigation menu on the left.
  18. Click the + People button on the top right.
  19. Search Users for the recipient instructor by email address.
  20. Click the Role drop-down menu.
  21. Select Teacher role.
  22. Click Next
  23. Click Add Users
  24. Send instructors a link to the Course Copy Guide tutorial.

Recipient Instructor Steps

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Select the Course Shell you will be teaching from.
  5. Click Import Existing Content from the menu on the right.
  6. Click the Content Type drop-down. 
  7. Select Copy a Canvas Course.
  8. Search for the Sandbox Course you were just added to in the input box labeled Course Name.
  9. Click the radio button next to Select Specific Content.
  10. Select Options, such as Adjust due dates, as desired.
  11. Click Import.
  12. Navigate to the Current Jobs section.
  13. Click Select Content next to the course you just imported.
  14. Check Boxes for the following course elements:
    • Modules 
      • If listed, deselect the Course Information Module and Sample Module to avoid importing duplicates. If you put information in these modules, copy and paste them to your new course post-import
    • Assignments
    • Quizzes
    • Question Banks 
    • Discussion Topics
    • Announcements
  15. Click Select Content in the lower right to begin running the import.

Method 3: Recipient Instructors Enroll the Lead Course Instructor in their Recipient Course

Lead Course Instructor Steps

  1. Email recipient instructor and request to be added to the Recipient Course as a teacher.
  2. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub once the recipient instructor has added you to the course.
  3. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  4. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  5. Select the Recipient Course you will be transferring content to.
  6. Click Import Existing Content from the menu on the right.
  7. Click the Content Type drop-down. 
  8. Select Copy a Canvas Course.
  9. Search for your Lead Course in the input box labeled Course Name.
  10. Click the radio button next to Select Specific Content.
  11. Select Options, such as Adjust due dates, as desired.
  12. Click Import.
  13. Navigate to the Current Jobs section.
  14. Click Select Content next to the course you just imported.
  15. Check Boxes for the following course elements:
    • Modules
      • If listed, deselect the Course Information Module and Sample Module to avoid importing duplicates. If you put information in these modules, copy and paste them to your new course post-import
    • Assignments
    • Quizzes
    • Question Banks 
    • Discussion Topics
    • Announcements
  16. Click Select Content in the lower right to begin running the import.
  17. Recipient instructors may now teach from this course.

Recipient Instructor Steps

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Select the recipient course you will be teaching from.
  5. Click People in the course navigation menu on the left.
  6. Click the + People button on the top right.
  7. Search for the Course Facilitator by email address.
  8. Click the Role drop-down menu.
  9. Select Teacher role.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Click Add Users
  12. The lead course instructor may now copy content to your course shell.