As you design your course based on your desired learning outcomes, it is important to think through what parts of your content are critical to support student achievement of those outcomes and what parts are less critical. By continuing the process of backward design, the foundational content should directly support students as they complete activities and assessments. Content that doesn’t directly support activities and assessments (which were developed to provide practice and show mastery of learning outcomes) is supplemental content and would be prioritized behind foundational content. Supplemental content can include additional in-depth materials for advanced students, related inter-disciplinary content, or review of basic knowledge and skills for students without the prerequisite abilities for the course.
When migrating course content, many faculty have opted to start from scratch and only use the course components from their migrated course that support the learning outcomes and course design. To start from scratch, use one of your DEV shells to build the course. Once the DEV course is finished, you will import it into the official Banner created course.
Migrated courses, DEV shells, and Official Courses, oh my!
When you log into Canvas, you may be confused or overwhelmed with the different ‘course shells’ appearing on your Dashboard. Here is an explanation about each type of shell, and a process to follow when working with your migrated content.
The shell with BB-xxxxx (Migrated) contains the migrated content from your Blackboard course. Your first step is to organize your course components in this shell.
The shell with DEV-yourname is an empty shell. You will import your BB-xxxx (Migrated) course into this DEV shell.
The shell with the Publish button and the course ID and name is the official banner created course for the indicated semester. You will import from your DEV shell into this course each semester.
For step-by-step instructions on how to import content from one course to another, see How to use the Course Import Tool Canvas Guide
A New Place for Finding Content
One of the great resources that Canvas provides is the Canvas Commons.
What is Canvas Commons? How can you use it?
The Canvas Commons is a learning object repository that allows you to find and import shared content from other Canvas users and institutions. You can also share publish your content to the Commons.
Commons also allows an institution to share content just with users at the institution. For example, the Academic Toolbox that was automatically added to each course in Blackboard can be found in the WCU Commons repository for instructors to import into their course.
You can also create a personal repository for your content that you want to reuse in other courses or subsequent terms.
To get started, click on the Commons icon in the left navigation bar in Canvas.
How does this align to Canvas training materials?
- How to use the Course Import Tool Canvas Guide
- Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons Guide for WCU Faculty
- Want more? Here is everything there is to know about Canvas Commons: Canvas Commons Guide
- Visit canvas.wcu.edu
- Contact the 24/7 Canvas Help if you need help with issues as you are working in Canvas. (NOTE: 24/7 Canvas Help goes away on June 30 and Help will be taken over by the WCU Helpdesk which is not manned 24/7).
- Canvas Migration FAQ
- Register for one of the Zoom sessions which will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at 11:00 A.M. after reviewing the Priming the Canvas Course. This week’s sessions will cover Canvas Course Storage as well as using Quizzes and Assignments in Canvas.
Our next article will highlight the Syllabus tool in Canvas; visit Canvas Blog to see all our Canvas articles.