Import Objects from Canvas Commons


Canvas Commons provides instructors at Indiana University access to many different valuable resources that can be imported directly into a Canvas course, to supplement existing course content.  The process for importing resources from Canvas Commons is straightforward, but knowing where to start is tricky.  The following steps will walk you through the process of importing content from Canvas Commons into your Canvas course.  For this example, we'll walk through the process of importing a module from Creating Research Posters into a Canvas course.

  1. In Canvas, navigate to the course you wish to import the module into.
  2. From the Home page of the course, click on the Import from Commons button on the top right side of the screen. 
    Screenshot of a portion of the Canvas interface, highlighting the Import from Commons button.
    The Canvas Commons page will load, and now we can search for content to add.  We'll be looking for the module Creating Research Posters in Illustrator.
  3. In the search bar underneath the Canvas Commons navigation, type "Creating Research Posters in Illustrator". The site will bring up content that matches your search term as soon as you finish typing.
    Screenshot of the Canvas Commons site, displaying search results for the term Creating Research Posters in Illustrator.
  4. Click on the title of module you wish to import - this will bring you to the module details page.
    Screenshot of the Creating Research Posters in Illustrator module details
  5. In the Import Into Canvas section on the right side of the screen, click the checkbox for the course(s) you want to import the module into, then click the Import into Course button.
  6. A confirmation message will appear at the top of the module details window, and the module will be imported into your Canvas course - this process may take several minutes. When the module appears, it will appear in the Modules section of your course.
    Screenshot showing the imported module in the Modules page of a Canvas course.

Once the content is in your course, you can adjust where it appears in your course content and customize the contents of pages in the module to meet your course's needs.