Requesting Course Spaces

by | Sep 15, 2015 | Tips/How-to | 0 comments

Faculty and staff may request three types of course spaces in Canvas: a Sandbox (practice course), Master Courses, and Manually Enrolled Courses. In addition, they may request a new space to have multiple courses merged into one course. These PSU-specific customization features are available as buttons on the Canvas Dashboard (https://psu.instructure.com).

 

Screenshot of a Canvas Dashboard showing three buttons on the right side for requesting course spaces or merging courses.

Screenshot of a Canvas Dashboard showing three buttons on the right side for requesting course spaces or merging courses.

Note: If you do not see the buttons for these features on your Canvas Dashboard, it may be a result of High Contrast Styles being enabled in your personal settings. Turn High Contrast Mode off (see https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2888) to resolve this.


Request a Course Sandbox

Description: A Sandbox is a practice course space where you can familiarize yourself with the features of Canvas. Instructions: From your Canvas Dashboard, select the “Request a Course Sandbox” button to automatically have a Sandbox created for you and add you to the roster as a “teacher.” Time to Create Sandbox: The Sandbox is created immediately. Important Notes:

  • Sandbox courses should never be used to enroll students or to teach credit or non-credit bearing courses.
  • Only one Sandbox per user ID may be created, so if you already have a Sandbox and you select this button, you will get a message that reads Error: Sandbox already exists for user.”

Merge Course Manager

Description: A merged course is a new course that is created by combining two or more other courses. Each of the original courses will become a course section in the new course. Once courses are merged, the action cannot be undone. Instructions: From your Canvas Dashboard, select the “Merge Course Manager” button to have multiple courses merged into one. You must be enrolled as a teacher or course admin in each course that you wish to merge. The courses cannot be published or have any student submissions, and they should be empty of course content. Time to Create Merged Course: The new course is created automatically, but it may take a day or two for the entire roster from each course to populate the new course.

Important Notes:

  • Always merge courses before adding content; then copy content into the merged course from a Master Course.
  • When the merge is complete, you will no longer have access to the original course spaces. The new merged course space will be empty, and you will need to populate it from a Master Course or a previous offering.
  • From within the merged course, you can see what courses have been merged by going to Settings -> Sections Tab. The courses listed under Course Sections are the original courses that have now been merged into one.

Request a Master Course

Description: A Master Course is a course development area or prep space for a course that will be taught in the future. You can design and develop your course using a Master Course space and then copy it into the official course space from LionPATH in a future semester. Instructions: From your Canvas Dashboard, select the “Request a Master or Manually Enrolled Course” button to request a Master Course. In the request form that appears after you select the button, choose the option to request a Master Course. You will be asked to provide the Master Course name; purpose for the Master Course (such as course development); and access account user ID(s) of the course admin or designer for the Master Course (ex. xyz5000). Time to Create Master Course: Requests for a Master Course may take up to two days to be completed. Important Notes:

  • Master Course spaces should never be used as live course spaces.
  • Students should not be manually enrolled in a Master Course.
  • In the request form, it is very important that you use the Location drop-down menus to select a campus, college, and department so your Manually Created Course is created in the correct area. You will be added to the roster as a “teacher.”

Request a Manually Enrolled Course

Description: A Manually Enrolled Course is a non-credit bearing course that has student enrollment but is not connected to LionPATH. Instructions: From your Canvas Dashboard, select the “Request a Master or Manually Enrolled Course” button to request a Manually Enrolled Course. In the request form that appears after you select the button, choose the option to request a Manually Enrolled Course. The user will need to provide the course name; purpose for the course (whether professional development or University Outreach); and access account user ID(s) of the course admin or designer for the Manually Enrolled Course (ex. xyz5000). Depending on which purpose is selected for the course, a drop-down menu will appear and the user will enter additional information. Time to Create Manually Enrolled Course: Requests for a Manually Enrolled Course may take up to two days to be completed. Important Notes:

  • In the request form, it is very important that you use the Location drop-down menus to select a campus, college, and department so your Manually Created Course is created in the correct area. You will be added to the roster as a “teacher.

Alternatives to ANGEL Groups

Faculty, staff and students who use ANGEL Groups for collaborative or storage space will need to find an alternative by November 1, 2017. This change is tied to the transition from ANGEL to Canvas as the University’s Learning Management System. To learn more, see ANGEL group space will be ending in 2017; alternatives are now available.