What if there was a place where you could find and share instructional resources with other educators around the world who also use Canvas?
It’s called Canvas Commons, and, in the educational technology world, it’s what’s known as a “learning object repository” or LOR for short. In essence, it’s a searchable database containing thousands of Canvas courses, quizzes, assignments, and more created by other educators.
Once you find a good resource, you can import it to your Canvas classes, make changes to it, and use it with your students. And if you feel like you’re stealing ideas, don’t. Commons are, as the name implies, free to use by everyone, and, besides, educators do far less sharing of ideas than they should.
Here’s how to get started:
1) Click on the “Commons” icon in the leftmost menu on your screen while in Canvas.
2) Search by keywords, type of content, or student level.
3) After you’ve clicked on the content you’re interested in, you can download it to preview it or import it to one or more of your classes.