Canvas Tip of the Week (16 December 2019)

Spring is Around the Corner, Are You Prepared to Copy Your Course(s)?


Once again, not a traditional “Canvas Tip of the Week,” but I wanted to pass along some tips that a colleague from the Canvas Team in New York shared with her faculty.  You’ll see I have added some TUC/TUN specific comments in red for some of the recommendations.

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.
Fellow, Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching (Touro University Western Division)

As we approach the end of the fall semester and begin to think forward to the spring term, we would like for you to keep in mind some recommendations when copying your course content from one semester to the next:

Recommendation #1 Use the Select Content Option – When copying a course using the select content button to choose which information you copy over from one semester to the next can eliminate duplication of items, and prevent unnecessary items from being copied over (e.g., old announcements). This option gives you the freedom to choose what content (e.g., modules, discussions, quizzes) you want in your new shell. [MKB – We have a video that describes this process at]

Recommendation #2: Adjust (Assignment) Due Dates – As part of a course copy, you can adjust the due dates associated with course events and assignments. You can also shift due dates to a different day or remove all associated due dates. Note that you may still have to make some manually changes to dates.

Recommendation #3Update Your Instructor Contact Info – As always it is important that your students know where and how to contact you. Be sure to update your contact information in the designated Instructor Information area of the course. Also let student know when they can expect to receive a response from you. The typical response time for emails is 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends or holidays.

Recommendation #4Review Rubric Standards – The Touro Rubric for Online Education is the guide to setting up your online course. These standards have been put into place to provide online students with the best experience possible at Touro. [MKB – Note this is a useful tool for all online content in Canvas, not just for online courses.]

Recommendation #5: Contact Online Education for Support – The Online Education team is here to help as you conclude one semester and begin another. If you would like support, please reach out by emailing one of our fabulous team members to set up a one-on-one or small-group session:

  • Holly Owens, Assistant Director of Instructional Design,
  • Brandi So, Instructional Designer, 
  • [MKB – Holly and Brandi are available to assist any faculty throughout the system with the development of online course content (i.e., anything you’d put in Canvas), regardless if the course is offered online or face-to-face.]

Wishing you a fabulous end of the semester!

Take Care,


Holly Owens
Assistant Director of Instructional Design,
Department of Online Education
M: 410-916-5044
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