Active Teaching Lab Recap: Open Educational Resources — Canvas Commons

Wed October 9, 2019

On October 9, 2019, participants of the Active Teaching Lab discussed Canvas Commons as a warehouse from which to share and import course materials. The focus was on the specific steps to import to Canvas Commons, as well as some of the obstacles users will encounter when downloading to their own course pages.


  • Canvas Commons facilitates the sharing of content between faculty members of the same department while also serving as a warehouse for a single instructor to archive their course materials. 
  • Request a Canvas Sandbox course! The Sandbox course is your personal experimentation space for developing and designing course materials before releasing them to students.
  • Preview course materials before you decide to import them from Canvas Commons. Materials from other instructors or institutions might include LTI components that the UW might not yet have a license for and so not all content will work as it should.

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The Active Teaching Lab is a Faculty Engagement program with sessions held on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm and Fridays from 8:30-9:45am in the Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.), room 120. Check out upcoming Labs or read the recaps from past Labs. We build interdisciplinary conversations that are more emergent than a presenter and more dynamic than a panel — a conversation with colleagues sharing challenges, solutions, and experiments on topics selected by a variety of stakeholders.

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